Allright, time for procrastinating finals studying by answering questions...
Can't really answer the south loop question. Find an apartment finding service and have them help you out.
Ghost wrote:I know most people seem to dislike New Grad Housing. How are the Drexel apartments though?
Are you talking about the grad building on 60th and Drexel, or the individual university apartments scattered around Drexel? The former is meh - the rooms are small and the furniture is standard dorm fare, but it's really cheap and you're close to the law school (and unlike New Grad you get a kitchen). The other individual apartments around Drexel tend to be quite spacious and kind of cool-looking, but the buildings are old so you might have heating/cooling problems.
alphamoose wrote:If current student here lives anywhere other than hyde park, could you share how you get to school each day/how long it takes?
I don't, but have made the commute from South Loop before. From the South Loop during peak times driving is 20-25 and bus is 35ish, depending on traffic and where in the South Loop you live.
Name wrote:Hi! I just got off the wait list and i have a few questions. I read this whole thread but i am still unsure on a few points.
First, I plan on coming for a visit, but as it is almost June what can i expect to find at the school? Are any classes still running? If I call the dean of admissions can I get a student to show me around and tell me about the place?
Second, I am someone who needs downtime. I really do not want studying to be my whole life. I am from New York City, so I like the idea of being in another big city with things going on, but how much will i really have an opportunity to take advantage of living in the city? How much is UChi really a place where fun goes to die? And does the quarter system make for a more miserable life? And yes, i know all law schools are hard work and stress, but even still...
Third, how difficult will it be to find placement in NY? It seems that 80 percent of the class falls in the B range, will employers from far away be turned off by that and turn instead to Columbia and NYU? I imagine that UChi does very well in the chicago and Midwest markets, but what about NY, and how on top do you need to be?
Lastly, I plan on entering public interest or government. I am not super interested in big law, how helpful will UChi be in helping me in this field. Does it pay to go to UChi, which seems to be a hugely intense school, or can I go to Georgetown and receive the same chances in the public interest/govt market?
1. 2L and 3L finals are this week, 1L finals are the following week. You might be able to sit in on a 1L class, but it's really not the ideal time. I'm not sure if students will be available to show you around, but if you call Dean Perry I am sure she will work something out to make sure somebody (whether it is a student or admissions staffer) to show you around.
2. Depends on your studying habits and how much effort you put into seeing the city. Plenty of people went out on a regular basis during 1L, but if your goal is to be on law review you probably won't be going out as much. In no world though will you NEVER get a chance to see the city - especially fall quarter when you only have 2 finals of 1 quarter of material. If you live in Hyde Park though it does make it harder to get out.
The "fun goes to die" thing though is primarily for the undergrads. That's definitely not true at the law school. I'd say people here probably are a little more serious about academics than students at other law schools, but going out on weekends is the norm (during non-finals time and non-LRW assignment time, at least).
Quarter system makes life easier in the fall, much worse in the spring (when you take 4 finals).
3. You don't need to have higher grades to get in the NY market. In fact, if anything it's more competitive in Chicago because there are so many people trying to get jobs here and the legal market here has been a bit slower to pick up. There are fewer employers from NY that come to OCI than at NYU or Columbia, but there are still plenty that come to have enough spots for the people that want the jobs and are otherwise qualified for any other market.
4. I don't understand then why you asked about NY "placement." Usually that word carries the connotation of biglaw; public interest is another game entirely. Your grades don't matter nearly as much as your commitment, prior experience, involvement during law school, and connections to organizations. Whether it's "worth it" to go to UChicago depends a lot on what you want to do. If you want a public defender job or work for state government - probably won't make a difference. If you want to aim for the prestigious fellowships (Skadden, Equal Justice Works, PMF), selective public interest gigs (e.g., ACLU), or high-level federal government (DOJ, SEC), you will have a better shot coming from Chicago. Not only does the ranking matter, but also the fact that you won't be competing against as many people for these positions.
UofC's public interest services are rapidly improving. Our resources aren't quite on par with NYU yet, but we have a great director of public interest who is super connected, there are more pro bono opportunities, and they're overhauling the clinic system so any student who wants to be in a clinic will be able to be in one.