Welcome from Dean Verna Williams
Welcome to Cincinnati Law! Thank you for choosing to explore the nation’s premier, small, urban, public law school. As the country’s fourth oldest continuously operating law school, we have a storied history of preparing legal professionals to be business and governmental leaders, champions of justice and responsible global citizens.
You can join them.
Nestled within the University of Cincinnati, a top-tier public research university with more than 50,000 students across three campuses, our law school community is close-knit and focused on action.
Our enrolled student population totals fewer than 400 students, allowing for an enviable 8 to 1 student-faculty ratio. Our first-year sections are among the smallest in the nation.
Our faculty includes renowned scholars and practitioners whose work is recognized globally and praised in academia as well as the judiciary and the practicing bar—and the public. I encourage you to meet our leadership. Cincinnati Law faculty and staff specialize in providing personal and individualized attention.
The success of our curriculum is evidenced by the success of our students. Our students pass the bar at higher rates than Ohio’s average, and on top of that, Cincinnati Law graduates land full-time jobs, many before donning their caps and gowns and others within 15 months of graduating.
IT'S GREAT TO BE A BEARCAT
The Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area is home to 2 million people, more than 800 law firms, and serves as headquarters for 8 Fortune 500 companies. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and U.S. District Court for Southern District of Ohio are both located in downtown Cincinnati, a mere two miles from the law school, allowing for expansive and distinctive practical experiences that round out a rigorous academic curriculum.
Along with opportunities for employment with law firms and corporations, every year Cincinnati Law students get hands-on legal experience through hundreds of externship opportunities that put them to work in government entities, non-profit organizations and judicial offices.
We’re also proudly Cincinnati, a Midwestern city consistently ranked highly for its quality of life, strong professional networks and start-up communities as well as its affordability. In fact, Forbes ranked Cincinnati as one of America’s “Best Bargain Cities.”
Cincinnati Law’s distinctive Centers and Institutes also provide valuable learning experiences. Consider:
- Our Urban Morgan Institute is the first center at an American law school dedicated to the study of international human rights.
- The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice is home to the highly acclaimed Ohio Innocence Project at Cincinnati Law. OIP, which welcomes undergraduate as well as JD-candidate students in its work, has already helped exonerate 28 wrongfully convicted inmates since its founding in 2003.
- The Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice, of which I am the co-director, puts academic theory into action as we prepare students to take the lead in advancing justice.
With approximately $3 million awarded annually in scholarships, consistently high bar passage results and below average student loan debt figures, a Cincinnati Law degree provides a solid return on your investment.
I hope you enjoy exploring our website and learning more about the exciting opportunities here. Come for a visit and learn even more, or start your application now.
VERNA L. WILLIAMS
Dean and Nippert Professor of Law
Jacob Katz Cogan
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs | Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law | Faculty Director, Cincinnati Center for the Global Practice of Law, College of Law | Affiliate Faculty, Department of History
409 College of Law Building
Areas of Interest: Comparative Law, Contracts, International Business, International Law, Legal History,