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What is the law program like at the University of Chicago?

I think I might want to go to the University of Chicago, but I don't know how good their program is for law.
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Ken’s Answer

It really does not matter what school you attend, as the most important factors are how well you do with the school work, which is an indication to an employer about what kind of employee you will be, and the effort that you put forth in your networking to set up networking connections that will help you throughout your education/career journey. Here is an important video for you to watch: ## http://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=education ##


The most important thing to determine is if being a lawyer is a career which is relevant to your personality traits and if you share the same personality traits as successful lawyers. Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .



Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
• It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
This site will tell you much about becoming a lawyer: ## https://www.thebalance.com/so-you-want-to-become-a-lawyer-2164536 ##
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Jeanette’s Answer

I recommend that you start with some internet research.  Here are some suggestions:

https://www.law.uchicago.edu/life

https://abovethelaw.com/schools/university-of-chicago-law/

  https://www.princetonreview.com/law-school-rankings?rankings=best-law-schools&page=2

https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings

 There may be Facebook pages for the Chicago Law School or its law students or its law student alumni where you could learn more from the law school and those who attend or have attended it.  If possible I recommend that you personally visit the school and talk to someone in their admissions office about the school.  You could see the school for yourself and may be able to talk to some of the students who are currently attending.  The law school's website should have information about the programs and courses.

 

Jeanette recommends the following next steps:

Reseach internet sites such as those listed above to get more information about the University of Chicago Law School.
Research Facebook and view pages that might exist for the University of Chicago Law School, its current law students or its law student alumni. It would be worthwhile to start conversations with the Facebook page members to get more information about the law school.
Contact the Admissions Office of the law school and arrange a personal visit to the school where you can find out more about the admissions process, the education program and the students.
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Bill’s Answer

The University of Chicago is one of the best universities for any subject.  They're considered on par with Ivy League schools in terms of academics.  Their law school is no exception. 


Keep in mind, it's also one of the hardest schools to get accepted to.  The median LSAT (Law School Admission Test) score for the class entering in 2017 was 170 with an undergraduate GPA of 3.9.  It has an acceptance rate of 21.89%  (Source: http://chicago.lawschoolnumbers.com/)


If you want to go there, make sure your LSAT and undergrad GPA is at that level.  If it isn't, the likelihood of acceptance is very low.

Thank you comment icon This was helpful, thank you for those statistics. Faith
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