UC College of Law
Volume 3, Issue 2
November 2010

IngotThe Benefits of Applying Early

Applications to law schools nationwide rose roughly 7% from 2009 to 2010 according to the Law School Admission Council. With this came an increase in competition for seats at law schools around the country. Cincinnati Law was no exception experiencing a 38% increase in applications year over year. As a result those applying to law school for 2011 or beyond should not underestimate the value of submitting their applications early in the process. At Cincinnati Law applications for Fall 2011 admission are accepted between September 2010 and March 1, 2011. Though this window of time spans six months, last year Cincinnati Law saw approximately 500 applications arrive in the final two weeks of February alone.

Since applications are reviewed by our admission committee as we receive them on a rolling basis, waiting to apply at the end can mean your application being part of a very large group. This can make it harder for an application to stand out given the committee has already reviewed so many other candidates. Applying earlier in the process to Cincinnati Law and other "rolling" schools also means applicants can learn of their admission decision sooner, ultimately then giving themselves more time afterwards to make a final decision on which law school they wish to attend. Many applicants have also benefitted in the past from making a visit (or second visit) or speaking with faculty and/or students before deciding to pay an admission seat deposit.

IngotFall Open House

Cincinnati Law will host its Fall Open House on Friday, November 19 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Prospective students are invited to attend the program to learn more about academics, the admission and financial aid process, career placement and more. Attendees will be able to interact with College of Law Dean Louis Bilionis, faculty, students and staff, as well as take tours of the law school building. Attendees must register in advance of November 12 by simply sending an email to admissions@law.uc.edu  A confirmation email will be sent in reply.

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IngotHow Destiny Moore '11 Made a Career Out of the Army, Law, and Community Development

Destiny MooreDestiny Moore '11 is proud to live in what she calls the greatest city in the world.  Originally from Cincinnati, she returned here for law school and plans to remain here after graduation.  "I love it here," she says, "I wouldn't go anywhere else."  Her love for the Queen City has spilled over into her career goals: she hopes to use her law degree to continue developing the city and making it even better and stronger. (Read more)

IngotUpdate from Admissions Office

Applications have been arriving at an encouraging clip since September and the Admissions Committee, composed of three faculty members, the Assistant Dean for Admission and two current law students, will begin reading files soon.  Prospective applicants are encouraged to apply early in the process: "Every year we admit candidates early in the process who may not have been admitted otherwise. This happens due to many factors, but some of the more compelling are a strong academic record, interesting file and you have taken the time to ensure we are reviewing your application early," states Assistant Dean for Admission Al Watson.

Applicants are encouraged to read our Admissions website closely for many tips on how to write a successful application. Associate Director of Admissions John Stiles encourages prospective applicants to "dig into our website and think reflectively about how your background can be a plus when the committee reads your application." The most common way an applicant successfully influences the admissions committee is through a well written personal statement. Applicants should remember to closely proof read their application. "I'm surprised each year how many applicants make careless mistakes on their application," states Jessica Butler, Senior Admissions Officer. "We encourage applicants to have a close friend and/or pre-law advisor read the finished product before sending the application to the College of Law."  

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