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More Good News from the University of Cincinnati College of Law

Enrollment Increases. Best Value. Super Lawyers. This semester the University of Cincinnati College of Law has enjoyed extensive external recognition for the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, students and alumni.

 “The recent high bar passage and the trending upwards in employment demonstrate why we have been recognized as an A level Best Value Law School.  Our value is in our high quality education, high bar passage, high employment rate, low tuition, low debt and low cost of living.” said Dean Jennifer S. Bard. “Our strong academic programming, bar prep programs, and scholarship offerings for highly-qualified students has gone a long way toward preparing our students for success. Our students are employable and employed, evidenced by the job numbers. And our well-qualified, skilled alumni are proof of what we produce.”

Across the board the numbers tell the story:

  • Enrollment Increase. After several years of a market decline at law schools around the nation, this fall first-year enrollment at the College of Law jumped 38 percent. In addition, the LLM program—the master’s degree program for foreign-trained attorneys—continues to grow as the law school saw a 64 percent Increase in the number of LLM students. These figures represent a 42 percent increase in the number of newly enrolled students, as compared to last year.
  • Best Value Law School Ranking. The National Jurist and preLaw magazines have ranked the College of Law an A level Best Value Law Schools for the third year in a row. The ranking is designed to identify law schools where graduates have excellent chances of passing the bar and getting a legal job without taking on a lot of debt.
  • Top School for Practical Training. In spring 2015 and 2014 the College of Law was ranked a top law school for practical training by National Jurist. "This is because of the many opportunities we offer students to learn by doing," said Dean Bard. The work and impact of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic was a key reason why. Since its inception five years ago, the clinic has assisted 163 business owners with 700 legal matters, estimated at nearly $1M of free legal services to the local economy.  
  • High Bar Passage Results. The law school beat the state average and ranked second in Ohio as 88 percent of first-time takers passed the July 2015 Ohio Bar Exam. The overall passage rate for College of Law takers is 87 percent, second among Ohio’s law schools and almost 13 percent higher than the state-wide average of 74.5 percent. Not only that, out-of-state results are just as strong. For those jurisdictions that have released their outcomes, the results represent a 93 percent pass rate, including a 100 percent pass rate in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin.
  • 40th in the Nation (ABA 2014 employment summaries) and 10th in the Midwest (noted by ChicagoINNO) for JD-Required Positions. Our jobs numbers represent a 16% increase from last year, one of the largest increases in the country. And, the National Law Journal named the College of Law among the top 50 law schools in the country for sending graduates to the top 250 law firms. “The numbers we’re seeing are definitely encouraging for students,” said Mina Jefferson, Senior Assistant Dean, Center for Professional Development at the college. “Students learn to think like lawyers and work like professionals. Their professional life begins the first day of law school. So when they leave, they are prepared for success.”
  • Top 30 National Jurist Super Lawyer School. Good news continues not just for students, but also for College of Law alumni. The National Jurist 2015 magazine just named the College of Law to its list of law schools that have the most alumni on this year’s Super Lawyers List. The College, which came in at 28* in the nation, had 13.1 percent of its alumni being considered a Super Lawyer (*The National Jurist Fall 2015 edition).