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University of Dayton School of Law

An education at Dayton Law begins with our strong belief in what a lawyer is: a problem solver. In our Lawyer as Problem Solver curriculum, we teach students how to use their knowledge of the law as a tool to help people resolve their legal problems as well as community and global issues. In addition to a traditional three-year program, we offer an Accelerated Two-Year Option. No matter which path you choose, we offer a flexible system to support your needs. Our dedicated faculty, state-of-the art facilities, and warm and vibrant community augment a well-rounded and practical law school experience.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 407
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 146 - 152
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.84 - 3.37
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 71.8%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 81.5%
In State Tuition $33,630

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Overview

About University of Dayton School of Law

An education at Dayton Law begins with our strong belief in what a lawyer is: a problem solver. In our Lawyer as Problem Solver curriculum, we teach students how to use their knowledge of the law as a tool to help people resolve their legal problems as well as community and global issues. In addition to a traditional three-year program, we offer an Accelerated Two-Year Option. No matter which path you choose, we offer a flexible system to support your needs. Our dedicated faculty, state-of-the art facilities, and warm and vibrant community augment a well-rounded and practical law school experience.

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A small, Catholic-affiliated private school with a strong reputation in Ohio, the University of Dayton School of Law offers two JD options: a traditional three-year program and an accelerated two-year degree. No matter which course of study one chooses, the curriculum begins with ten core courses, followed by elective classes and upper-level seminars. When evaluating their academic experience, students dole out praises for the “incredible writing program,” often citing the writing coursework as the school’s greatest strength. They also love the fact that “classes are small,” so students feel like “more than just a number to your professors”; although, they would love to see a “wider range of courses” offered to upper-level students. Those who choose this “serious” school should come prepared to work hard. At this fast-paced program, students insist, “We study just as hard as any first year law student possibly could—the bar is set high, and those who do not meet it after their first semester are asked not to return.” The good news is that “professors are extremely accessible” and “genuinely concerned with the success of their students,” often “more than willing to meet with students outside of office hours and [to] make previous exams available.” A 1L shares this rather reassuring advice, “If you do not study (the workload is considerable) you will fail, but if a person wants to be here, they just need to put in the work and they will be fine.” While UDSL recruits accomplished faculty, “The professors vary as far as quality” in the classroom. The majority of students maintain that “the professors are, for the most part, wonderful. They are all very knowledgeable and are willing to provide as much outside assistance as necessary.” Many will even “incorporate trending interests such as pop, music, movies into their teaching materials.” Unfortunately, a few UDSL professors love the sound of their own voice, making it “very difficult to learn and share opinions in class.” Still, a few bad classes amount to “a small and limited experience” when measured up against the program as a whole. Students dispute the administration’s effectiveness in managing the program, though they agree that the school’s deans and officers are “quick to respond to student concerns and are very personable.” Here, “both the Dean of Students and the Dean of the law school know most of the students by name”; however, frequent administrative glitches can be highly upsetting for students. For example, “grades are routinely incorrectly recorded,” which can lead to problems when calculating a student’s class rank.Throughout the program, there is a “strong emphasis on real world preparation and bar passage.” Traditional academics are complemented by courses in writing and research, clinical experience, and a capstone course, in which students must apply their skills to a real-world situation. Through the school’s clinical programs, students also get experience “preparing all aspects of a case, from the initial client interview to preparing for trial and possibly even participating in a trial”; plus, “every student is required to take an externship somewhere in a legal office so that we get hands-on legal training.” When it comes to hir­ing, students say the school has a “mostly regional appeal,” with most students seeking employment in surrounding Dayton. A big benefit in the job market is that “the alumni are very involved,” and the “school’s alumni base stretches past the Midwest,” reaching as far as western New York and other states.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 6

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and related issues. Includes instruction in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property licensing and litigation, and applications such as art and entertainment law, communications law, information technology law, sports law, and chemical and biotech patent 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.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 146

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 - 2 to 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal
  • Property
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 53
Full-Time Faculty 25
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 10
Part-Time Faculty 18
Faculty Gender 47% Male
52% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 84%
Multi-racial 3%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $33,630 Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $49,630 $33,630

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition N/A Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $16,000 N/A

Financial Aid

82% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$39,997 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: May 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 146 - 152
LSAT Total 146 - 152

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.84 - 3.37
Total 2.84 - 3.37

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Character And Fitness Information, Undergraduate GPA

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 73%
First Time Pass Rate 72%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 15
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82%
Average Starting Salary $495,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 40 30%
Firm Sized 11-25 7 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 2 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 4 3%
Business Industry 29 22%
Government 22 17%
Public Interest 7 5%
Federal Clerkship 2 2%
State Clerkship 2 2%
Academia 4 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 22 13%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
IN 5%
IL 6%
OH 52%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Dayton School of Law include:

  • Michael Coleman - Mayor, Columbus, Ohio
  • Honorable Mary Donovan - Justice of 2nd District Court of Appeals
  • Hinton Lucas - VP of Dupont
  • Barbara Gorman - Judge, Common Pleas Court

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