Chicago University Law School Interview Questions

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Course Information

Perhaps the standout feature of the University of Chicago’s Law School is that Barack Obama taught there for more than a decade. The course focuses on ‘interdisciplinary inquiry’ – this means that ‘law does not exist in a vacuum.’ Therefore, students are encouraged to look at how law affects the behaviour of the society it governs, and how law reflects the values of a given society.

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Admissions Statistics & Process

The admissions process at Chicago is as follows:
– Applicants must submit a detailed resume with educational history, extracurriculars, community activities, and all work experience
– Applicants must submit a personal statement, which is ‘your opportunity to introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee.’ This should demonstrate how you are ready to contribute to the community at the Law School and the wider university in general.
– Applicants must submit either the LSAT, GRE or GMAT.

Overall Success Rate (Total Applicants : Total Spaces)
Overall Success Rate (Total Applicants : Total Spaces)

Key Dates

Interview invitations will be sent after initial reviews of applications – applicants then have only seven days in which to schedule their interview. 

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Chicago Law Interview Details

Chicago is clear on how their interviewing process works. They state that the process is designed to ‘complement the Law School’s holistic approach to evaluating applicants.’ It’s designed to assess who will fit into the school’s ethos, make the most of the small class sizes, and provide the most benefit to other students as well. The interview will allow the Admissions Committee to learn more about each individual’s background and their personal story. Additionally, it will allow the community to assess applicant’s motivation for law, communication skills, and maturity.

In terms of interview format, all interviews are conducted by members of the Admissions Committee. Interviews will last for around 20 minutes, and there will be space for your questions at the end if time permits. You should be prepared to interview on Zoom, and should therefore have a private place without background noise ready. You will receive a Zoom link on the date of the interview. The university states that no formal preparation is required, although you ought to learn about the process beforehand. Whilst you are not asked any legal questions, you should nonetheless treat the assessment as a professional interview. You must be ready to discuss your entire application file, career goals, your reason for applying to UChicago, and how you will be ready to contribute to the ‘law school environment.’ 

Previous Questions for Chicago Law Interviews

Personal Background

  • Tell us about yourself.
  • How did you become interested in pursuing a law degree?
  • What are your long-term career goals?
  • Describe a challenging situation you’ve faced and how you overcame it.
  • What is a personal accomplishment that you are particularly proud of?

Academic and Professional Experiences

  • What attracted you to the field of law?
  • How have your previous academic experiences prepared you for law school?
  • Discuss a specific course or project that has shaped your perspective on law.
  • Tell us about a meaningful work or internship experience in the legal field.
  • How do you plan to utilise your law degree in your career?

Chicago Law School Specific

  • Why do you want to attend Chicago Law School?
  • What specific programs or resources at Chicago Law School interest you?
  • How do you see yourself contributing to the Chicago Law School community?
  • Describe any research or collaboration opportunities you hope to pursue at Chicago Law School.
  • Can you discuss a recent development or issue in the legal world that has caught your attention?

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

  • Describe a complex problem you’ve encountered and how you approached solving it.
  • How do you handle situations where you must make difficult decisions under pressure?
  • Explain a time when you had to persuade others to accept your point of view or change their position.
  • Can you give an example of a situation where you had to analyse conflicting information to make a decision?
  • Describe an instance when you had to think on your feet in response to an unexpected challenge.

Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Tell us about a time when you worked as part of a team to achieve a common goal.
  • Can you provide an example of a situation where you had to navigate a conflict within a group?
  • How do you approach working with individuals who have different perspectives or opinions?
  • Discuss an instance where you played a leadership role in a group setting.
  • What qualities do you think are important for effective collaboration in a professional or academic setting?
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