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The University of Akron School of Law

School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through our commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. We also are committed to expanded opportunities for legal education. A regional school of national impact, Akron Law features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986. Learn why more than 6,000 alumni have chosen Akron Law!

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 515
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 151 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.01 - 3.64
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 91.11%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90.5%
In State Tuition $23,085
Out of State Tuition $36,268

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About The University of Akron School of Law

School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through our commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. We also are committed to expanded opportunities for legal education. A regional school of national impact, Akron Law features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986. Learn why more than 6,000 alumni have chosen Akron Law!

Reviews

The University of Akron School of Law is an “undervalued,” “regional law school” that offers a lot of perks. “The tuition is very reasonable,” especially if you can claim residency in Ohio. The bar-passage rate is solid. Course load options are “extremely flex­ible.” It’s very easy to switch between the full-time and part-time programs. The four specialized centers here “are very well-known.” The “high-powered” certificate program in intellectual property is particularly notable. There’s also a certificate in litigation and areas of concentration galore. Akron Law also boasts five joint-degree programs, a couple of “pretty freaking amazing” journals, and the chance to study abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. The curriculum here focuses primarily on the hard-boiled application of law. “If you want a legal education that emphasizes practical skills needed in the real-world,” declares a 1L, “Akron Law is for you.” The trial advocacy program is “out­standing” and the trial team is “one of the best” in the nation, routinely bagging trophies at national tournaments. Clinics are “very strong” and reportedly a cinch to get into. One of the clinics is the Clemency Project, which aids low-income people who have been con­victed of crimes in securing pardons from the state governor. Another is the new business legal clinic, which helps people start businesses in the Akron area. As far as academic complaints, some students call the legal writing program “poor.” Also, “Internships and externships placements are not readily available,” and grading can be “pretty harsh.”Students heap praise on both the faculty and the administration. “The professors at Akron are the crown jewel of the school,” beams a 1L. “They make even esoteric, archaic concepts like the rule against perpetuities interesting and understandable.” “It is evident that they are passionate about teaching.” “Many could probably make double or triple their salary by working in a big-city law firm.” Faculty accessibility outside of class is “great,” too. Professors here are “really interested in helping you find your way as a lawyer.” They are “constantly walking the halls and willing to chit-chat.” “Every profes­sor I have had in class knows my name,” reflects a 3L. The “ultra-helpful” and “very flexible” administration is “also very accessible and interested in the students” and “will­ing to work with” them.While you can find Akron Law graduates all over the country, the great mass of alumni ends up practicing in northeast Ohio. While critics charge that the Office of Career Planning “does not do a great job at placing students,” most students seem pretty happy with their post-law school employment prospects. The school has a “good reputation in the region.” “The local bar association has a very close relationship with Akron Law,” and “The school provides countless opportunities for” mentoring and networking.Students tell us, “Akron is in the process of building a brand-new law school.” In the meantime, the current facility “isn’t grotesque-looking” but it’s “less than stellar” and it just “doesn’t feel like a law school.” “The physical plant is a mess,” explains a 3L. “The law school is actually two buildings that were combined in the cheapest way possible.” “Areas of the building can seem cramped.” “The heating and cooling system is consis­tently broken.” On the plus side, classrooms are adequate. “They are all equipped for wireless Internet access and have plug-ins for every student laptop.” Also, the location is excellent. City, county, state, and federal courts “are all steps from the door of the school.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 166

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/Master in Business Administration; JD/Master in Taxation; JD/Master in Public Administration; JD/Master in Applied Politics -these progs. usually take 1 additional semester to finish, may be completed with summer hours. J.D./LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law is 100 hours total and can be completed in 3 years (full-time) or 4 years (part-time).

Specialty Law Programs

  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 53
Full-Time Faculty 32
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 16
Faculty Gender 66% Male
33% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 81%
Multi-racial 1%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 5%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $23,085 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,134 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $34,219 $23,085

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,268 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,134 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $47,402 $36,268

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$27,808 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision:

Average Age Admitted: 26

Incoming Class

The University of Akron School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 153 - 157
LSAT Part-Time 148 - 155
LSAT Total 151 - 156

The University of Akron School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.14 - 3.69
Part-Time 2.85 - 3.54
Total 3.01 - 3.64

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Recommendations, State Residency, Interview, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#103 National Universities
#164 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 77%
First Time Pass Rate 91%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 65
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90%
Average Starting Salary $54,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 25 20%
Firm Sized 11-25 10 8%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 8%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 4 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 1%
Business Industry 36 29%
Government 19 15%
Public Interest 4 3%
State Clerkship 3 2%
Other Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 5 4%
Unknown Employer Type 3 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 7 5%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MO 2%
TX 3%
OH 79%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The University of Akron School of Law include:

  • Alex Shumate - Managing Partner-Squire, Sanders, Dempsey
  • Alice Batchelder - Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals-Sixth Circuit
  • John Vasuta - VP, Gen. Counsel & Sec., Bridgestone Firestone
  • Rochelle Seide - Partner, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner
  • Deborah Cook - Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals-Sixth Circuit

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