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Professional Pathways

The curriculum at the University of Cincinnati College of Law prepares students for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession and for admission to the bar. Because of the diversity in the backgrounds that students bring to law school and the differences in their objectives in law school and after graduation, UC Law students have the ability to select from a broad array of classes in their second and third years of law school.

Unlike the structured first-year academic program, second and third year law school students have the option to select among many classes based on these varied interests. Although these students must ensure that they will meet all of the graduation requirements including a small number of required courses, the rest of their course selections can be driven by their own career objectives and a desire to have a rigorous and fulfilling academic experience. The following Professional Pathways are designed to help students identify courses that will be useful to them as they prepare to enter various practice areas in the profession.

Most students will elect courses from multiple Professional Pathways as they strive to not only develop a depth of knowledge in certain curricular areas, but also to cultivate a breadth of knowledge that will allow them to become well-rounded lawyers. Such a curriculum helps students obtain knowledge of various substantive areas of the law, prepare to take a bar exam, and develop professional skills. Students are not required to elect or sign up for a prescribed curriculum from a Professional Pathway, and should not feel compelled to adhere directly to any Pathway. Instead, these should be viewed as tools to help students design a curriculum that will best meet their personal goals. We encourage all students to select challenging and unique courses from the rich curriculum offered by the UC College of Law.