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University of Cincinnati College of Law
Location Cincinnati, OH, US
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University of Cincinnati College of Law is located in Cincinnati, OH

The University of Cincinnati College of Law is the fourth oldest continually running law school in the United States and a founding member of the Association of American Law Schools. It was started in 1833 as the Cincinnati Law School. Then-dean and future 27th President of the United States, William Howard Taft (1880), merged it with the University of Cincinnati in 1896.

The school is one of only five American law schools, along with Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, to have produced both a President of the United States (William Howard Taft) and a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (both Taft and Willis Van Devanter). Incidentally, the school has also produced a Vice President of the United States, Charles G. Dawes, as well as numerous governors and U.S. congressmen.



The UC College of Law's faculty includes several leading scholars in their fields. The faculty consists of 29 full-time employees and 27 part-time employees, creating a favorable student to faculty ratio of 11.8: 1. There are 10 endowed UC College of Law professorships currently. In 2005, the school announced the appointment of Louis Bilionis as Dean and Nippert Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Bilionis was formerly the University of North Carolina School of Law's first Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law.


Admission to the College is very competitive. In 2006, there were 1,183 applications, 407 admissions, and 113 matriculations. UC Law offers a full-time, day program only. Enrollment for the First Year Class is limited to 135 students. Total enrollment is limited to 385 students. According to 2006 data, the median LSAT is a 160 and the median GPA is a 3.60. The 75th percentile for LSAT/GPA is a 161/3.80 respectively, while the 25th percentile for LSAT/GPA is a 157/3.31 respectively. There are 57 undergraduate schools represented in the 2006 incoming class and 147 undergraduate institutions represented for all classes combined. In terms of diversity, 18% of the students come from minority backgrounds and about one-half of the student population is female.

The bar passage rate for first time Ohio bar examinees in 2006 was 93%[1], the highest in Ohio. In 2005, 96% of students are employed within 9 months post graduation. About 46% of graduates went into private practice firms and 15% did judicial clerkships; 65% are employed in Ohio.[2]

Tuition/Financial Aid

Tuition and fees for the 2005-06 academic year was $16,210 for a resident and $29,284 for a non-resident. After one year students are able to apply for residency and obtain the in-state tuition rate. On average, a student will receive a $6,000/year scholarship.


In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of top law schools (2008), UC Law was ranked 57th in a tie with University of Pittsburgh College of Law and University of Utah (Quinney). From 1995 to 2002, UC Law was ranked in the top tier (top 50) of U.S. law schools by U.S. News & World Report. Law professor and scholar Brian Leiter has other law school ranking insights--Brian Leiter's Rankings.

Library Services

The Robert S. Marx Library has 422,146 volumes with 196,995 titles and a full-time staff of 8 employees. The library also has two computer labs and a wireless network.

Special Programs and Student Activities

UC Law offers a variety of special programs. The Center for Professional Development works to develop students' legal research and writing capacities. The Rosenthal Justice Center has experienced much success with the help of the Ohio Innocence Project. The College also offers a joint degree in law and Women's Studies. Also, the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights is the oldest endowed international human rights program for American law schools. The Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights edits the Human Rights Quarterly, the leading international human rights journal in the world.

UC Law publishes the University of Cincinnati Law Review (founded 1927) which was the first law journal published by an Ohio law school. The Immigration and Nationality Law Review is another journal published by UC Law. It is one of only two American law journals focusing exclusively on immigration law, the other being the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. In addition, the College of Law offers a well-respected Moot Court program.

UC Law has a number of ideological and political student groups on campus. The two largest and most influential ideological and political groups at UC Law are the UC Law Democrats, and the Federalist Society, which officially honored Norton P. Chipman and renamed its chapter to the "Norton Parker Chipman Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies at the University of Cincinnati College of Law" in April 2006. Both groups sponsor a number of speakers and debates and often co-sponsor events.


The College of Law is located in Cincinnati, Ohio which is the 58th largest city in the United States--List of United States cities by population, while the Cincinnati-Middletown metropolitan area is the 25th largest in the country by population--United States metropolitan areas. The Greater Cincinnati area is home to over 685 law firms. Notably, Cincinnati's downtown is the site for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit courthouse, and also the courthouse for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Furthermore, Cincinnati is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies including being the headquarters for Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bank, GE Aviation, Federated Department Stores and Kroger.

In their annual list, the Partners for Livable Communities has continued to name Cincinnati as one of the top ten most livable cities in the United States.

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