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Cincinnati Law Admissions

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Cincinnati Law offers an ambitious, well-connected, and personalized legal education in a city that Fortune Magazine calls one of the top places in the country to live and work. As the 4th oldest continuously operating law school in the nation and Ohio's first law school, we have a history of developing highly accomplished lawyers who lead.

At Cincinnati Law, you learn by doing thanks to our:

  • accomplished and award-winning faculty
  • committed community partners
  • renowned global connections
  • resources reflective of a major urban research university

This is the Cincinnati Law Advantage.

Return on Investment

A degree from Cincinnati Law pays off. Our graduates traditionally pass the bar at a rate higher than the state average. At the same time, competitive tuition and scholarship allow them to assume less debt and improve their post-graduation financial status.

Cincinnati Law graduates land full-time jobs, many before donning their caps and gowns and others within 15 months of graduating. For the Class of 2016, Cincinnati Law ranked 14th in the nation in job placement for public law schools.

The Cincinnati region is rich with job opportunities, with more than 800 law firms; headquarters to more Fortune 500 companies per capita than New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles; and both U.S. Court of Appeals for 6th Circuit and U.S. District Court for Southern District of Ohio.

Academic Success

Our students benefit from Cincinnati Law’s groundbreaking approach to academic support services, as well as an 8:1 student-faculty ratio that ranks among the lowest in the nation.

Practice Makes Perfect

Our distinctive Center for Professional Development connects our students with life-changing externships and internships in private practices, federal courts, and global exchanges. We offer continual real-world support and expansive opportunities through unique fellowship positions both during and after law school.

Interdisciplinary Joint Degrees

Explore the intersection of law and other fields through one of our interdisciplinary joint-degree programs. Cincinnati Law has long fostered cross-campus and cross-disciplinary collaborations as critical connections between academic study and real-world impact.

For example, Cincinnati Law’s JD/M.A. in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program, which provides students opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary and feminist study of law and social justice, was the first of its kind in the nation.

Some of Cincinnati Law’s joint degree programs can be attained in just 4 years. 

Centers and Institutes

Centers and institutes at Cincinnati Law give our students specialized hands-on opportunities. Our students make local, national and global headlines, from helping entrepreneurs launch start-ups in one of the country’s top innovation accelerators, to supporting investigations that overturn wrongful convictions at the Ohio Innocence Project.

Global Reach

Longstanding global opportunities also make Cincinnati Law a destination law school, whether students want to develop expertise in international law or explore global legal issues from a wide range of perspectives.

Our LL.M program prepares internationally trained graduates to better represent their clients, both in the US and abroad.

For more than three decades, our Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights has served as a leading voice for human rights issues around the globe. The home of the leading academic journal covering human rights, The Human Rights Quarterly, serves as a model for other human rights programs.