Kronk wrote:Got off the phone with Prof. Futterman. Pretty much convinced me Chicago is awesome. Number of details I am willing to PM to people.
very interested in what he had to say. would appreciate a PM, thanks!
I will just post it here:
This professor and I were mainly talking about public interest law (although I think that Chicago's record in every other area speaks for itself--biglaw/academia/clerkships, so no need to go further in that area).
This guy basically told me about how unique all their PI clinical programs are, his interests are pretty much mine exactly and it's the only clinical program that does that kind of law in the nation according to him. He runs one on civil rights, racial discrimination, and police brutality. He said his students this quarter got to argue against a full jury--from opening statements to examinations to closing statements--and in more than one case got to work on Supreme Court cases (though he said they weren't arguing before the SCOTUS, obviously, but that they "did everything but"). Everyone who is passing and wants to do a clinic gets the opportunity--though some have to wait until their third year.
There are fellowships and less competition for them because there are less PI people at Chicago, and the only place where Chicago really takes a hit in PI is internationally, which I have no interest in. He's also had offers at many other T14s to do their PI programs and wants to stay at Chicago because they are really strengthening their faculty and programs. A big part of it has just been how accessible the professors there are. I have been emailing three of them and they get back to me within the day (this guy gave me his home phone). I emailed Berk and NYU profs and they haven't responded in two weeks. I think that sort of proves the "Chicago professors care and are accessible" stereotype to some extent.
I might be able to answer other questions if you have them. Or you could probably email him and he'd talk to you, too.