dubster101 wrote:Anyone know what Chicago's deferral policy is? I've searched all over and can't find any information about it (other than some possibly outdated info. from a questionable 3rd party source).
I was accepted last year and deferred for one year. It's a really easy process. They will have you fill out a form and then write a page long explanation detailing exactly why you want to defer. Again, it is nothing to stress about. I got the impression that they pretty much approve everyone. I deferred because I wanted to work for a year (not even a legal job) to save some money and get married and they were totally cool with it.
Additionally, if you receive any scholarships you get to keep them regardless of when you start. This is really nice because some schools will make you forfeit all scholarship money if you want to defer. The Ruby may be the one exception to this. I would look in to this if it applies to you.
However, don't apply for a deferral unless you KNOW that you want to come to UChi. The form that you submit that I referenced earlier contains an agreement that you have to sign saying that you will withdraw all other law school applications. Unless they have changed their policy from last year, you don't need to apply for a deferral until late April, so I wouldn't do anything yet. Wait and see where else you get accepted to and what the scholarship picture is going to look like before you apply because once they approve your deferral you are coming to Chicago regardless. You also need to submit a seat deposit before they will consider a deferral request.
If you are considering Chicago, I am guessing Columbia is also in the mix. For what it's worth, Columbia has the exact same policy regarding deferrals and transferring scholarship money. They even say on their website that pretty much everyone gets approved for a deferral.
Hopefully this makes some kind of sense. Shoot me a message if you have any other questions.