Since 1959, it has been housed in an Eero Saarinen-designed building across the Midway Plaisance from the main campus of the University of Chicago. [24], The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees and living expenses) at the law school for the 2017–18 academic year was $93,414. Federal appellate judges who graduated from the law school include Douglas H. Ginsburg, David S. Tatel, Michael W. McConnell and Robert Bork, who was unsuccessfully nominated to the Supreme Court of the United States. Three of those journals are student-run: the University of Chicago Law Review, the Chicago Journal of International Law, and the University of Chicago Legal Forum. The law school is ranked first of all law schools in the United States by Above the Law, second by Business Insider, third in the United States in terms of scholarly impact and fourth by U.S. News & World Report. During his time at the law school, Levi also supported the Committee on Social Thought graduate program.[16]. It is consistently ranked among the best and most prestigious law schools in the world, and has produced many distinguished alumni in the judiciary, academia, government, politics and business. How big are the classes (first-year, upper-level electives, seminars)? The law school produces several series of academic papers, including the Kreisman Working Papers Series in Housing Law and Policy, the Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, the Fulton Lectures, and the Public Law and Legal Theory Working Papers, in addition to a series of occasional papers.[38]. [18] It also offers advanced legal degrees such as the Master of Laws (LL.M. [9] At the time of its opening, the law school consisted of five faculty members and 78 students. The University of Houston is known nationally for its program in Health Law. In the same year, Sophonisba Breckinridge became the first woman to graduate from the law school. I began my career at the University of San Diego, where there was a strong commitment to jurisprudence and law and philosophy:  there were several faculty with interests in that area, as well as regular outside speakers and conferences on jurisprudential topics; the library, though not especially large, had an exceptional collection of philosophical materials. In the judiciary, notable alumni include Lord Thomas, who served as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2013 to 2017, and former President of the Supreme Court of Israel, Shimon Agranat. Posner. III. Is scholarship an important part of getting tenure? Chicago Alumni in Academia [32] It is ranked second of all law schools in the U.S. by Above the Law,[33] second by Business Insider,[34] fourth by U.S. News & World Report[35] and third in the United States in terms of scholarly impact.[36]. [30] It also had the highest first-time Bar pass rate (98.9%) of all law schools in the United States. [40] Renovation of the library, classrooms, offices, and fountain was completed in 2008, notable for the preservation of most of Saarinen's structure at a time when many modernist buildings faced demolition.[41][42]. Legal scholars who graduated from the law school include Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon, who is a former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See; First Amendment scholar Geoffrey R. Stone; co-founder of the intelligent design movement, Phillip E. Johnson; and constitutional law scholar Harry Kalven. 1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637 Renovated in 2006, it features a second-story reading room. [12] Faculty member Edward Levi also introduced economics in the antitrust course, permitting Director to teach one of every five classroom sessions. There are approximately 60 student-run organizations at the law school which fall under the umbrella of the Law Students Association. Schools with a special identity--e.g., religious institutions like Notre Dame or Brigham Young or Baylor--will often attract excellent students who want to study law in that environment. For classes of more than 10 students, professors are required to set the median grade at 177, with the number of grades above 180 approximately equaling the number of grades below a 173. Ranked. (5)  Special Strengths:  Many law schools, though not nationally ranked, have special areas of distinction. The law school's professors use the Socratic Method to facilitate learning in lectures and seminars. "[26], A student graduates "with honors" if he or she attains a final average of 179, "with high honors" upon attaining a final average of 180.5, and "with highest honors" upon attaining a final average of 182. Does the school have up-to-date computer facilities--for faculty use, for research, etc.? Thus, factors having nothing to do with national reputation conspire to produce a fairly good student body. It established the Moot Court program in 1914. Are students encouraged to work with faculty on independent research projects? Does the faculty take teaching seriously? Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. The law school was conceived in 1902 by the President of the University of Chicago, William Rainey Harper. In 1904, the law school moved to Stuart Hall on the main University campus. In the field of non-governmental organizations, alumni include Gary Haugen, the founder and CEO of the International Justice Mission; and Luis Kutner, a co-founder of Amnesty International. Do they interact professionally and/or socially? Alumni who are leaders in higher education include the current president of Princeton University, Christopher L. Eisgruber; the current Dean of the University of Texas School of Law, Ward Farnsworth; the former Dean of Stanford Law School, Larry Kramer (legal scholar); the former Dean of the Yale School of Medicine, David A. Kessler; the former Dean of Cornell Law School, Roger C. Cramton; and the former Dean of Vanderbilt University Law School, Tulane University Law School and Cornell Law School, William Ray Forrester. [23], The law school is ranked third of all law schools in the world (third in the U.S.) by the Academic Ranking of World Universities[31] and fourth in the world (second in the U.S.) by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The last of these achievements is rare; typically only one student every few years will attain the requisite 182 average. [5] The law school expanded rapidly in the 1950s under Levi's leadership and, in the 1970s and 1980s, many scholars in the social sciences were attracted to the school's influence in law and economics, including Nobel laureates Ronald Coase and Gary Becker and the most cited legal scholar of the 20th century, Richard A. Does the law library have special collections of value or interest to you? If this is a law school that is part of a full-scale university, what are the strengths of the university? Are there "factions" and acrimony? Of the students who earned at the law school at least 79 of the 105 credits required to graduate, the top 10% are elected to the "Order of the Coif. [29] Between 1992 and 2017, it placed 88 alumni in Supreme Court of the United States clerkships. You may also want to look at my ranking site (, which collects a lot of different kinds of information about many (not all) law schools. Needing more library and student space, the law school moved across the Midway Plaisance to its current, Eero Saarinen-designed building (next to what was then the headquarters of the American Bar Association) in October 1959. In the 1930s, the law school's curriculum was transformed by the emergence of the law and economics movement. [14] The law school established a legal writing program in 1938 and the Law and Economics Program in 1939. Freund had suggested that the school advocate an interdisciplinary approach to legal studies, offering elective courses in subjects such as history and political science. [40], In 1987, and over the objections of the Saarinen family, the building was expanded to add office and library space (and the library renamed in honor of alumnus Dino D'Angelo). The law school currently employs more than 200 full-time and part-time faculty members and enrolls approximately 600 students in its Juris Doctor (J.D.) In business, notable alumni include David Rubenstein, the founder of the Carlyle Group; Daniel L. Doctoroff, the former CEO and president of Bloomberg L.P. and the current CEO of Sidewalk Labs; Thomas Pritzker, the executive chairman of Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Daniel Fischel, the chairman and president of Compass Lexecon and an emeritus professor at the law school; former president of Weyerhaeuser and of Boy Scouts of America, Norton Clapp; and Adam Silver, the current commissioner of the National Basketball Association. Is there adequate research support? In the 1930s, the law school's curriculum transformed to reflect the emerging influence of the law and economics movement. It is home to one of the three founding chapters of the Federalist Society. The law school was originally housed in Stuart Hall, a Gothic-style limestone building on the campus's main quadrangles. The Legal History Program was established in 1981. It was renovated in 2008, preserving most of Saarinen's original structure. The median LSAT of students at the University of Iowa--often regarded as one of the top 20 law schools--is about the same as for students at the University of San Diego--a strong regional school, usually ranked in the top third of America's roughly 180 accredited law schools.