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Professor Sandra Sperino Presents Draft of Forthcoming Book


Professor Sandra Sperino presented a draft of her forthcoming book at Cardozo School of Law on October 26 as part of its faculty speaker series.  The book (co-authored /w Thomas) will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Professor Janet Moore Presents Work


Professor Janet Moore presented “Make Them Hear You: Participatory Defense and the Struggle for Criminal Justice Reform”at theLatCrit Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. Sdhe also presented “Make Them Hear You: Participatory Defense and the Struggle for Criminal Justice Reform” at theClasscrits VIII: Emerging Coalitions: Challenging the Structures of Inequality, October 23–24, 2015, at University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law. Professor Moore also presented another work in progress as part of the faculty speaker series at the University of Tennessee.

Professor Yolanda Vázquez Presents Work


Professor Yolanda Vázquez presented "Nothing is Ever Black & White: Mass Incarceration and the Continued Denial of Recognition of Immigration Detention's Role in It" at the LatCrit Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

Professor Yolanda Vázquez presented her work in progress, “Crimmigration: The Missing Piece of the Criminal Justice System in the 21st Century” at the Central States Law Schools Association Conference in Toledo, Ohio.

Prof. Solimine Co-authors Article with Kathryn Elvey


Professor Michael Solimine and co-author Kathryn Elvey, Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Justice in the College of Educated at UC published an article: Federalism, Federal Courts, and Victims’ Rights, 64 Cath. U. L. Rev. 909 (2015).

Professor Chang Presents Paper at Maurer School of Law


Professor Felix Chang presented his paper, “Vertical Integration in Derivatives Markets” at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University on October 29, 2015.  

Professor Mank Quoted in Bloomberg Article About Case that Could Affect Environmental Plaintiffs


Professor Brad Mank spoke with Bloomberg BNA about how Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins—a case that will be heard in the Supreme Court on Nov. 2—might not affect environmental cases. He discussed how and why the case impacted credit reporting and identity theft cases more than environmental cases.  Read the story here:  Standing Case/Bloomberg BNA

Professor Solimine Quoted in ABA Journal Article About Suing Internet Data Sites


Professor Michael Solimine was quoted in the November, 2015 issue of the ABA Journal by Mark Walsh in “Misinformation Age: Court Weighs the Right to Sue an Internet Data Site,” at pages 19-20. Mark Walsh interviewed Professor Solimine following Solimine’s joining an amicus curiae brief of law professors filed on behalf of the respondents in the Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins case, soon to be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. The online version is available at available at www.abajournal.com/magazine.

College of Law Reports Strong Bar Passage Results



Kevin Flynn, recent graduate, is hooded
by his father, ’87 UC Law graduate Kevin R. Flynn.

Law School Beats State Average and ranks second in Ohio as 88 % of First-Time Takers
Pass the July 2015 Ohio Bar Exam

Cincinnati, OH—Three years of coursework, thousands of study hours, and hundreds of hours of legal work experience all come together three days in July when law school graduates from across the state and beyond sit for the Ohio Bar Examination. Today, the results of the July 2015 Bar Exam were released and the University of Cincinnati College of Law, ranked an A level “Best Value Law School” by The National Jurist, recorded an 88 percent passage rate for first-time takers, second among Ohio law schools. This rate exceeds the state-wide average passing rate of 80 percent.

The overall passage rate for College of Law’s takers is 87 percent, second among Ohio law schools. It is almost 13 percent higher than the state-wide average rate of 74.5 percent.

Out-of-state results are just as strong. For those jurisdictions that have released their outcomes, Class of 2015 results represent a 87.5 percent pass rate, including a 100 percent pass rate in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin.  

 “We’re excited about the results of the July bar exam and very proud of our students. Their hard work has paid off,” said Jennifer S. Bard, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law. “They have represented our school, their families, themselves and the community with distinction. We look forward to celebrating with them during the swearing ceremony in Columbus and supporting them as they continue their careers.”

She continued, “Although in the end each student’s bar preparation is one of individual effort, much credit goes to the faculty and staff who have developed a curriculum that both prepares students to pass this specific test and excel as lawyers.”

Applicants who successfully passed the examination and who satisfied all of the Supreme Court’s other requirements for admission will be admitted on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. during a special session of the Supreme Court at the historic Ohio Theatre in Columbus, OH. The session will be streamed live via the Supreme Court and Ohio Channel websites at www.supremecourt.ohio.gov and www.ohiochannel.org.  It will also be available statewide on the Ohio Channel’s local public broadcasting stations.

 Photos from the event

 

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38 Percent Jump in First Year/JD Enrollment 

Best Value Law School 

College of Law, a '2015 Best Value' Law School, sees 38 Percent First Year/JD Enrollment Jump


High bar passage, plus employment, minus school debt add up to student success

This fall, first-year enrollment at UC's College of Law jumped 38 percent as the College earned A-level recognition as a "best value" law school. In addition, the college reports a 64% increase in the number of LLM students. These figures represent a 42% increase in the number of newly enrolled students, as compared to last year.

The school's high bar passage and employment rates for its students, combined with low student debt, tuition and cost of living, distinguished it from its peers.

Students new to the school this year include 101 J.D. students and 18 graduate students, 40 percent of whom are from out of state. Overall, the class represents 30 undergraduate majors from 64 colleges. Ten percent of the new class is comprised of "Double Bearcats," or students who also have an undergraduate degree from UC.

"We are all delighted by the first year class," said Jennifer S. Bard, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law at the school. "Their strengths illustrate that our high-quality programs, our emphasis on learning by doing and our externship placements are gaining the recognition they deserve."

In addition to its academic advantages, students appreciate the city and its surrounding opportunities, according to Mina Jones Jefferson, the College of Law's Senior Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Professional Development. "Prospective students are hearing about the law school’s vibrant network of opportunity.”

She continued, “The law school is less than 6 miles from the region’s strongest law firms, legal departments of Fortune 500 companies and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is one step away from the Nation’s Supreme Court.  This proximity means that students get experience from the first day and move seamlessly between the University and legal community.”

She also noted that “Ohio is a top 10 state for legal entry-level employment and Cincinnati is the fastest growing economy in the Midwest, which means opportunity follows.” Jefferson said that there are also more non-traditional high-level jobs available primarily to those with law degrees, including human resources managers, patent examiners, providers of international tax services and hospital administrators.

University of Cincinnati College of Law Ranked a Best Value Law School…Again


The National Jurist and preLaw magazines have ranked the University of Cincinnati College of Law one of the Best Value Law Schools for the third year, and second consecutive year, respectively.

Each year, the magazines release rankings of law schools across the nation, taking into account many different factors. 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 ton of debt.  This year, the number of ranked schools increased from 53 to 64.

Factors for ranking include employment, which is the most important and makes up 35% of the grade, tuition and cost of living, and amount of debt upon graduation. In an effort to address enrollment decline, many law schools have increased scholarships, making it more affordable for students.

This is not the only time that the College of Law has been honored by National Jurist. In Spring of both 2014 and 2015 it was ranked as a top law school for practical training, a testament to the work and impact of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic.

And for those wishing to stay in the area after graduation, there is good news as well. According to Forbes’ 2015 ranking of “America’s Most Affordable Cities”, Cincinnati comes in at #5. This ranking assessed housing affordability and cost of living (which includes food, gas, utilities, transportation, medical expenses and other day-to-day expenditures), and weighed these factors according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index.

Looking at these three rankings together, it’s clear that both the College of Law and the City of Cincinnati are a great  “bang for the buck,” making Cincinnati an affordable opportunity to many law students.

(Read about Best Value Law Schools in The National Jurist)