Law

About Cincinnati Law

Our School — Since 1833

We are among a small group of elite law schools who can claim their founding in the early 1800’s — Harvard, Yale, and UVA to name a few. We’ve been training lawyers for nearly two centuries. And while we are proud of our past, we are steadfast in looking forward. Providing you a first-rate 21st century legal education that inspires you to pursue justice and advance the role of law in society is what matters most.

The University of Cincinnati College of Law is a rare resource, offering an affordable legal education in an energetic urban environment. We are a small and supportive law school community committed to your professional success. We offer an intimate and distinctive legal education while drawing on the resources of a major research university.


A National Law School

We are a nationally recognized law school in the heart of the Midwest, located in Clifton Heights, a thriving and dynamic neighborhood situated atop one of the many tree-lined hills that overlooks downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.

Our Criminal Law, Corporate Law, Public Interest Law, and Trial Advocacy programs are ranked among the top in the nation. Innovation and impact are infused throughout our curriculum. Every Cincinnati Law student can experience multiple semester-long clinical or externship placements, and often tout the Cincinnati network as central to their heightened experience.

Long-standing partnerships with many of the more than 800+ law firms, Fortune-500 companies, agencies, and state and federal courts that call Cincinnati home provide you our guarantee of experiences beyond the classroom – up to as many as 6 during your second and third years.

The National Jurist and prelaw Magazine have named us among the top 16 public law schools for Public Service, a top 14 law school for delivering exceptional Practical Training, and a five-time Best Value Law School. We are also noted as the No. 3 most affordable law school in the U.S. by U.S. News.


Innovation in Learning

We deliver an innovative curriculum taught by a top-flight faculty enhanced by a large group of adjunct professors who bring their experience and expertise to the classroom. We tap into our loyal alumni base to provide mentorship and counsel as you begin to develop your professional identity as a future attorney.

We offer JD, LLM, Certificate Programs, and three dual-degree programs. Our FlexTime program, a reduced full-time course structure, provides professionals with the flexibility needed as they manage families and careers. And our 3+3 partnerships with local colleges and universities means you could complete your Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctor in only six years!


Community and Global Partnerships

As a Cincinnati Law student, you will have access to one of the strongest and fastest-growing entrepreneurial ecosystems between coasts. We support engagement with the Cincinnati community – the legal profession, courts, government, business – and benefit from collaborations with those who make, practice, apply, and depend-on, the law.

Our active partnerships extend well beyond the city of Cincinnati. Our office of International Programs and recently developed Center for Global Practice of Law connects students to opportunities that will aid you in the development of competencies required to excel in a 21st century global marketplace. You can work abroad through our Urban Morgan Institute for International Human Rights, experience the law firsthand by participating in the annual Vis International Arbitration Moot competition, and learn the intricacies of international law by choosing our International Law Pathway or our Concentration in International Legal Studies.


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

We are deeply proud of our tradition of fostering an intellectually challenging and diverse learning environment. We recognize Equity & Inclusion as a core value, one that is also embraced by the University of Cincinnati. We introduced the nation’s first joint JD/MA Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies degree program in 1995 and continue to lead and innovate with initiatives such as our Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice.

UC recently earned the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from “Insight Into Diversity’ magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. 

Read our full statement on diversity.

Our Accolades

  • Top 45 Public Law School  - U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 2 in Ohio for Job Placement - Full-Time, JD-Required/Advantage Jobs, Class of 2017
  • 2018 No. 18 Best Value Law School - PreLaw Magazine
  • Top Law School for Practical Training, Honor Roll - The National Jurist (Spring 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017)
  • Ranked an A- School for Criminal Law, Corporate Law, Public Interest Law, & Trial Advocacy - PreLaw Magazine
  • Top 16 Public Law School for Public Service - The National Jurist
  • Named to list of law schools that have produced the most Supreme Court Justices - Huffington Post
  • Top 50 law school for sending graduates to the largest 250 law firms - National Law Journal 2015

Mission and Vision

Our Mission

The mission of the University of Cincinnati College of Law is to educate and inspire leaders who pursue justice and advance the role of law in society.

Our Vision

We are a community of learners, led by a faculty committed to excellent teaching, scholarship, and service. We strive to create a learning environment that inspires the pursuit of justice, cultivates diverse and innovative ideas about law in society, fosters collaborative relationships, and imparts the knowledge, values, and competencies needed to excel in a changing world.