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FAQs About Cincinnati Law Admissions

Q. What are the requirements to apply for law school?

A. Applicants to the JD program must have a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university by the time they enter law school. All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and have all academic transcripts sent to the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Our admissions requirements are available here. International applicants are encouraged to read requirement nine carefully. More information on the LSAT and CAS is available at www.lsac.org.

Q. When can I apply for admission?

A. The College of Law offers only a fall start for first-year students in the JD program. Applications for Fall 2014 can be submitted any time between September 1, 2013 and March 15, 2014. To begin the admissions process, please visit the following link here.

Q. How do I apply for scholarships from the College of Law?

A. Simply complete the scholarship section of the admission application.

Q. When are applications reviewed and who reviews the applications?

A. The admissions committee, composed of three faculty, the Senior Assistant Dean for Admissions, and two students, begins the review process each fall. Using a full file review process, the committee considers all factors including personal statements and letters of recommendation, along with numerical measurements such as the LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average. Therefore, we strongly encourage applicants to give special attention to their personal statement and letters of recommendation as they are read carefully and considered by the committee.

Q. When are applicants notified of an admission decision?

A. The Admissions Office will notify you by email when your file is complete. Once you have received this email, the committee has begun reviewing your file. A decision is likely in the next 3-5 weeks.  Applicants may also use our online status checker.

Q. If admitted, when will I have to pay an acceptance deposit?

A. If admitted prior to March 1, the acceptance deposit date is April 15. For students admitted after March 1, the acceptance deposit deadline is typically 3-4 weeks from the date of acceptance. Cincinnati Law requires only one acceptance deposit of $250; half of that deposit ($125) is refundable up to May 15 if you notify us of your intent not to enroll. For these reasons we prefer not to grant acceptance deposit extensions.

Q. How much does it cost to attend Cincinnati Law?

A. We estimate Ohio resident tuition and fees for the 2014-15 academic year will be approximately $24,000, with non-resident tuition and fees at $29,000. Exact figures are not available yet and will be announced in late Spring 2014. The Cincinnati area has a low cost of living, especially considering the size of our metropolitan area. In 2011, Forbes included Cincinnati in its Top 5 Most Affordable Cities.

Q. Is admission competitive?

A. Annually, over 1,000 applicants apply to join our first year class of approximately 110 students. Because many applicants apply and are admitted to more than one law school, the College admits more applicants than ultimately matriculate. The same admissions standards apply for both Ohio residents and non-residents. The median LSAT and GPA for the entering Fall 2013 class were a 158 and a 3.50.

Q. Can I attend Cincinnati Law part time?

A. While we do not offer a part-time evening program, a limited number of seats are available in our daytime flex program. Visit law.uc.edu/flextime for details.

For further information, please contact us at the following addresses:
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Office of Admissions
PO Box 210040
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0040
admissions@law.uc.edu
(513) 556-0078 or (513) 556-6805