Admission to LLSO


A photograph of Wendy Olmsted
Prof. Wendy Olmsted revived and reconstructed LLSO precursor PERL (Politics, Economics, Rhetoric, and Law) in the early 1980s as Master of the New Collegiate Division and Chair of the program.

Application timeline: The LLSO application process takes place each year during the Winter quarter. The application typically opens on the first day of the quarter and is due at the end of week two. Students are notified about admissions decisions before pre-registration begins for the Spring quarter.

Eligibility: Only second-year students are eligible to apply. 

What we look for: Because of the nature of the program requirements, a limited number of students can be admitted each year. Students are evaluated on the basis of the application statement and previous performance in the College. LLSO asks prospective students to explain why an interdisciplinary major is the best fit for them. The program is interested in students who are curious about law, political philosophy, political economy, and rhetoric. We do not expect applicants to be attracted to law as a future profession, although many are. 

Additional Information & Application


Photo of Wendy Olmsted from the University of Chicago Photographic Archive, apf1-12786, Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.