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Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law

NKU Chase's full-time division is geared toward individuals who can commit to the full time study of law. Classes in this division typically meet five days per week. Full-time students typically take three years to complete their degree. Although not required, students may take classes during the summer. Graduation requirements are identical to the requirements for part-time students. All students have the same opportunities to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, including involvement in the school's Centers for Excellence, law review, competition teams, and externship and clinical programs.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 546
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 149 - 155
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.86 - 3.4
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 79.1%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87.0%
In State Tuition $15,782
Out of State Tuition $33,540

Overview

Overview

About Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law

NKU Chase's full-time division is geared toward individuals who can commit to the full time study of law. Classes in this division typically meet five days per week. Full-time students typically take three years to complete their degree. Although not required, students may take classes during the summer. Graduation requirements are identical to the requirements for part-time students. All students have the same opportunities to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, including involvement in the school's Centers for Excellence, law review, competition teams, and externship and clinical programs.

Reviews

At Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, an unwavering commitment to quality teaching fosters a stimulating and engaging learning atmosphere. Recruiting and retaining superior teachers is a priority at Chase, and the school “has gone out of its way to get good professors, especially in the last few years.” As a result, “Classes are rich and rewarding.” The “student-oriented [professors] create an atmosphere that is comfortable but challenging.” In the classroom, critical-thinking skills and student participation are emphasized, and professors make lectures engaging with their humor, enthusiasm, and intelligence. While material can be difficult and dry, Chase professors take a lighthearted approach to instruction. A 1L explains, “The majority of our professors use humor to keep us involved and challenge us to work through difficult theories instead of just giving us the answers or letting us off the hook.” One professor even “came up with lyrics to a country song during property class to help us understand fees.” In addition to traditional course work in legal theory, students appreciate Chase’s “good, structured curriculum geared toward preparing students for the bar.” In addition, “Chase’s emphasis on practical experience is found in such classes as interview and negotiation, trial ad, and externships. These classes/externships are offered on a regular basis [and] prepare the student for immediate success in the courtroom or the boardroom.” “Chase’s practical teaching methods and adherence to the principles of the ever evolving legal world allow a student to learn how to practice law and not simply what the law is historically.” This applied experience also plays out positively in career placement, as “Chase has a great local reputation for turning out lawyers who are capable of hitting the ground running.” Described by weary students as “exhausting and exhilarating,” the Chase experience is extremely competitive. Students warn that “the work load is obscene,” and they are further challenged by the school’s Draconian grading policies. Ultimately, “Chase is about helping people succeed”; to that end, “The faculty really go out of their way for students.” One student reports, “My writing professor is not only a good lawyer and writer, but also a personable and kind individual. He seems genuinely concerned about my education and about me personally.” According to another, “The faculty are always willing to have students to their offices to answer questions or help in finding jobs.” On top of that, “There is a very personal relationship between the deans and the students,” and the administration is active in establishing programs to help students adjust to and succeed in law school. In particular, “Chase truly works on transitioning students into their first classes.” In addition, there is a required course, introduction to legal studies, for all first-years, which builds on the summer program. This made the first day of law school a lot less intimidating.” Chase’s supportive atmosphere is particularly evident in the remarks of evening program participants. While part-time students at other law schools often feel overlooked or misunderstood, Chase is “accommodating for students who work full-time, have children, or have been out of the classroom for a long time.” One night student reports, “As a part-time student with a more than full-time job, my professors value my experience. I find they incorporate our expertise in their questioning, which means they have taken the time to get to know us.” Indeed, night students say that “there are a large number of older students with real-world work and life experience attending classes [along] with traditional students.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 149

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/MBA: 3.5 - 4 years full-time

Specialty Law Programs

  • Labor
  • Taxation

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 62
Full-Time Faculty 31
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 23
Faculty Gender 53% Male
46% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 62% Male
38% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 89%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 0%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $15,782 Same as On-Campus
Housing $17,989 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $33,771 $15,782

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $33,540 Same as On-Campus
Housing $17,989 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $51,529 $33,540

Financial Aid

89% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$29,550 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 27

Application Fee: $40

Incoming Class

Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 149 - 155
LSAT Part-Time 148 - 155
LSAT Total 149 - 155

Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.97 - 3.4
Part-Time 2.56 - 3.35
Total 2.86 - 3.4

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 70%
First Time Pass Rate 79%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 20
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 36 28%
Firm Sized 11-25 13 10%
Firm Sized 26-50 5 10%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 3 2%
Business Industry 31 24%
Government 16 12%
Public Interest 12 9%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 4 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 19 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
IN 2%
KY 40%
OH 53%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law include:

  • Katie Kratz Stine - Senator & President Pro Tempore, Ky. State Senate
  • W. Bruce Lunsford - Chair & CEO, Lunsford Capital, LLC
  • Dustin E. McCoy - Chair & CEO, Brunswick Corp.
  • Patricia L. Herbold - Former United States Ambassador to Singapore
  • Steve J. Chabot - United States Congressman

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