At the University of Cincinnati College of Law, you will find a rich and rigorous curriculum taught by top-notch faculty. Our curriculum provides a solid foundation of legal and analytical principles and core professional ethics and exposes you to important and global legal topics. You can plan your courses to focus on a particular area, such as business law, or elect a joint degree program that provides interdisciplinary engagement with other colleges across the University of Cincinnati, a world-class academic and research institution.
Our Ohio bar passage rates are always one of the highest in the state. We offer an Academic Success Program that provides structured study groups, as well as Ohio’s cutting-edge Individual Essay Tutorial program.
Strong legal research and writing skills are critical to practicing as a legal professional. Our innovative “Practice Ones” allow students to integrate core theory classes with a skills class taught by a lawyer practicing in that area. You also can hone your writing and research skills through one of our five student-edited journals.
You will be encouraged to gain real-world experience through any of our renowned centers, institutes, and clinics. The Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic represents over 100 civil clients per year seeking civil protection orders and our students fully represent real clients in all aspects of client counseling, trial, and the appellate process. Students in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic represent local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on transactional legal issues. Since its inception, students in the Indigent Defense Clinic have provided legal representation for over 200 indigent criminal defendants.
Externships and fellowships also provide valuable experiential learning opportunities. Over 130 law students pursued public interest, human rights, and government opportunities funded by UC Law in 2012, including 15 students who traveled to Botswana, Brazil, England, Ireland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. UC law students also accepted prestigious opportunities, including judicial clerkships and Presidential Managements, Equal Justice Works, and Skadden Fellowships.
Our program also provides unique opportunities to develop trial advocacy skills. Our trial practice team is ranked as one of the top 10 teams in the country. Moot Court members participate in competitions all over the United States and host the annual Rendigs National Product Liability Moot Court Competition. Through the American Inn of Court, you can work with federal and state court judges and experienced trial lawyers.
Our Center for Professional Development will help you create a professional development plan, build a professional resume, and provide tools to assess your individual strengths and interests. The CPD also continually seeks opportunities for key partnerships that can provide valuable work experience.
The Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area is home to a host of companies in technology, health care, manufacturing, financial services, as well as headquarters for a number of Fortune 500 companies. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and U.S. District Court for Southern District of Ohio are both located in downtown Cincinnati.
Our alumni are generous with their time and talent. Over 100 students were mentored by 70 practicing attorneys through UC Law’s innovative Catalyst program. Employer Roundtables, Information Fairs, and Speed Chats provide valuable networking experiences for law students.
Nestled within a large research university, you will find a small law school community with an enviable student-faculty ratio and first year sections that are among the smallest in the nation. At Cincinnati Law faculty and staff are eager to provide that personal attention you deserve. You’ll get to know your classmates well and you will be part of a community committed to helping you succeed.
The City of Cincinnati is a friendly Midwestern city with beautiful hills and valleys. There are any number of cultural and recreational opportunities readily available to our students. Forbes also ranked the University of Cincinnati as one of America’s most beautiful college campuses.
UC Law is the only law school in Ohio with an Innocence Project. OIP Fellows are actively investigating 287 cases and reviewing cases of inmates in 26 state correctional institutions. To date, they have helped secure the release of 16 innocent individuals. Rosenthal Institute for Justice/OIP Fellows spearheaded, researched and helped draft a new criminal justice reform bill signed into law. Called “one of the most important pieces of criminal justice legislation in this state in a century”, it makes Ohio a national leader in implementing best practices for the prevention of wrongful convictions.
UC Law also features the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, the first American law school to have an international human rights program, as well as the Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice.
Cincinnati Law has a long history of service to the nation and to our communities. The University of Cincinnati is the 4th oldest continuously operating law school in the nation, preceded only by Harvard, Yale, and Virginia. Our graduates include a former President of the United States, a Vice-President of the United States, 3 Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives, a Secretary of Commerce, 2 U.S. Solicitor Generals, a U.S. Attorney General, 2 U.S. Supreme Court Justices (including a Chief Justice), 4 state Supreme Court Justices (including 2 Chief Justices), 6 Governors, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Our average student loan debt is well below national average and tuition rates are far lower than most law schools nationally. Students from other states also may have an opportunity to participate in the Graduate Metropolitan Rate or reclassify for Ohio residency. Forbes ranked Cincinnati as one of America’s Best Bargain Cities and as one of the most affordable places to live well.