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University of Cincinnati College of Law

The purpose of the academic program at the University of Cincinnati College of Law is to provide its graduates with the opportunity to equip themselves for effective and creative participation in the roles lawyers play in our society. These roles include counselor, litigator, negotiator, drafter, advocate, and decision-maker in virtually all aspects of our society, public and private, civil and criminal. Lawyers' involvement in government at the local, state and federal levels in the executive, legislative, judicial, and administrative departments of government has been recognized repeatedly. Lawyers are also intimately involved in the multitude of affairs, including business and family, that constitutes our national life. The College of Law recognizes that, in developing an academic program to enable its graduates to perform effectively as lawyers, it must provide them with a combination of substantive knowledge, ethical sensitivity, and analytical and practical skills that will enable them not only to function competently in the period immediately following admission to the bar, but also to grow and to adapt as the law and society develop, and the roles they play and the context in which they play them change over substantial periods of time. The College recognizes that to train lawyers to practice law only at one time, in one place, in a single context does not serve well either its graduates or the clients they represent.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 388
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.2 - 3.73
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 92.05%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85.7%
In State Tuition $23,536
Out of State Tuition $41,044

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About University of Cincinnati College of Law

The purpose of the academic program at the University of Cincinnati College of Law is to provide its graduates with the opportunity to equip themselves for effective and creative participation in the roles lawyers play in our society. These roles include counselor, litigator, negotiator, drafter, advocate, and decision-maker in virtually all aspects of our society, public and private, civil and criminal. Lawyers' involvement in government at the local, state and federal levels in the executive, legislative, judicial, and administrative departments of government has been recognized repeatedly. Lawyers are also intimately involved in the multitude of affairs, including business and family, that constitutes our national life. The College of Law recognizes that, in developing an academic program to enable its graduates to perform effectively as lawyers, it must provide them with a combination of substantive knowledge, ethical sensitivity, and analytical and practical skills that will enable them not only to function competently in the period immediately following admission to the bar, but also to grow and to adapt as the law and society develop, and the roles they play and the context in which they play them change over substantial periods of time. The College recognizes that to train lawyers to practice law only at one time, in one place, in a single context does not serve well either its graduates or the clients they represent.

Reviews

Students at the University of Cincinnati get the “small class sizes” and “intimate envi­ronment” typical of a private college while paying the comfortable, low tuition you would expect from a public institution. With roughly 125 students in each entering class, the school strikes an “excellent” balance with “its affordability, reputation, small class size, and excellent faculty. Students agree that UC professors are an “amazing and diverse group of people who care just as much for teaching and students as they do about publishing their own work.” UC is particularly noted for its focus on “public inter­est” and “international” law; however, “There is no shortage of brilliant legal minds in a broad range of subjects—that goes for students as well as the professors.” In addition to the accomplished tenured faculty, students rave about the school’s recent acquisition of “exceptional young faculty members that have great teaching skills to match their great scholarship.” A 2L sums it up, “As one of the smallest public law schools in the country, I feel my educational experience has been fantastic, and yet, at very little cost. Because our class consists of only 128 people, all of my professors know my name.”University of Cincinnati runs several “amazing” legal institutes and research centers focused on unique topics such as domestic violence, law and psychiatry, and corporate law. Through these centers, students can earn credit hours while doing fulfilling and useful work in the community. Many students make particular note of the Ohio Innocence Project, an institute at the University of Cincinnati through which students conduct substantive work to impact legislative reform, and work on real criminal cases. The institute also brings notable speakers to campus. Students also have the opportunity to research and write for the school’s renowned publications, including the Human Rights Quarterly, Law Review, and Freedom Center Journal. While students at other schools might scramble for spots on the school’s law review or clinic programs, “Since the school is small, each student can participate in and get involved in a number of organizations.”Thanks to an “ambitious but not overly competitive student body,” the learning envi­ronment is charged, but not cutthroat, at University of Cincinnati. A 3L attests, “While academic achievement is always a numbers game in law school, the atmosphere at UC is nonpretentious and noncontentious.” When it comes to the job and internship place­ments, University of Cincinnati maintains a “deep and well-regarded history as a legal educational institution” both locally and nationally. As a result, most students say the school “is a great place for students with all different kinds of career aspirations, and especially has a public interest/human rights orientation that I think is unparalleled in the Midwest.” In fact, “Public interest students can actually obtain funding for their sum­mer jobs through the school’s Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program.” Most UC grads stay in the Cincinnati area and meet with good results while those looking outside the region must do a little extra legwork to find a good placement. “While plenty of our grads go on to excellent careers in major firms, federal clerkships, and other government positions, I don’t feel like our school does enough PR work to get out-of-town employers interested in our students,” says one student.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 3

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 150

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's Business Administration, 4 years; JD/Master's Community Planning, 4.5 years; JD/MA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 4 years; JD/MA in Political Science, 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 74
Full-Time Faculty 32
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 33
Faculty Gender 59% Male
40% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 60% Male
40% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 85%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $23,536 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $23,536 $23,536

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $41,044 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $41,044 $41,044

Financial Aid

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $35

Incoming Class

University of Cincinnati College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 161
LSAT Total 156 - 161

University of Cincinnati College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.2 - 3.73
Total 3.2 - 3.73

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 73%
First Time Pass Rate 92%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 100
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86%
Average Starting Salary $55,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 23 19%
Firm Sized 11-25 9 8%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 8%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 12 10%
Business Industry 26 22%
Government 18 15%
Public Interest 9 8%
State Clerkship 3 2%
Academia 8 7%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 14 10%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
FL 2%
KY 4%
OH 74%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Cincinnati College of Law include:

  • William Howard Taft - President & Supreme Court Justice
  • Andrew Savage - IP Guru; Survivor Contestant
  • Billy Martin - Wash, DC based high profile case attorney
  • Cris Collinsworth - Journalist
  • Major General John D. Altenberg - Military

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