Admissions & Aid

Cincinnati Law students graduate prepared to lead and ready for next. Empowered by carefully curated experiences in and out of the classroom, our students serve as active and effective advocates in boardrooms, courtrooms, and throughout their communities. These opportunities enhance the law school experience, sharpen their understanding of the practice of law, and push them to think like a lawyer and work like a professional – launching their unlimited future.

Your Next Starts Now.

The University of Cincinnati College of Law has provided students a premier law school experience since 1833. Our students are thoughtfully trained and mentored to be innovative leaders guided by intention and driven by a passion to elevate justice and the rule of law in society.

As the inventors of cooperative education in 1906, it only makes sense that experience-based learning is part of our DNA today. Whether you are applying for a JD, an LLM, Joint Degree, or one of our certificate programs, Cincinnati Law willl provide a life-changing experience that ensures you are prepared to lead and ready to launch your unlimited future.

Applying to law school can be a stressful process. That’s why our dedicated admissions team is here to help. Whether they’re walking you through our admissions requirements or assisting with financial aid questions, you’ll have someone with you every step of the way.

New Building for UC Law

A $45.6 million renovation is transforming an existing 84,443-square-foot campus facility to create open, modern, light-filled spaces for the College of Law’s close-knit student community. Completely upgraded classroom technology, expanded library facilities and centralized student services will make this a best-in-class law school, serving as a launchpad for student success. Move-in is slated for July 2022.

Why Choose Cincinnati Law?

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Not all law schools are created equal. Some law schools offer an affordable legal education. Others focus on the quality and breadth of courses, faculty expertise, and meaningful student experiences. At Cincinnati Law, we are proud to deliver on all of these qualities and more. That is why Cincinnati Law students are uniquely trained through a combination of carefully curated courses and experiences beyond the classroom. These guaranteed experiences ensure you graduate prepared to think like a lawyer and practice like a professional.

Through financial aid, we’re able to offer this one-of-a-kind education without the high cost typically associated with law school. Our students graduate with debt levels nearly $80,000 less than the national average for public and private law schools. U.S. News ranks Cincinnati Law No. 3 in the nation for affordability and we are a five-time "Best Value Law School" according to the National Jurist. Affordable tuition, low cost-of-living, and competitive scholarships provide a strong financial future and long-term success to our law students.

As a student at Cincinnati Law, you benefit from a number of factors that make our programs world-class. Key among them is our ability to guarantee experiences beyond the classroom for every student. Whether that's through our comprehensive externship placements, legal clinics, or one-of-a-kind fellowships, our students graduate with a robust résumé of experiences.

We are able to provide meaningful opportunities for every student because as Cincinnati's sole law school, we do not have to complete with another law schools programming. Greater Cincinnati is home to more than 800 law firms; headquarters to more Fortune 500 companies per capita than New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles; and houses both U.S. Court of Appeals for 6th Circuit and U.S. District Court for Southern District of Ohio.

Consistently ranked on many top-10 and best-of lists for living and visiting, the Cincinnati area boasts a vibrant, architecturally, and historically resonant backdrop for arts, sports, cuisine, music, and cultural festivals. Resplendent in its beautiful hills, rivers, and nationally renowned city parks — with one of the oldest zoos in the country just blocks from our campus — it’s amazing that Cincinnati also ranks as one of “America’s Best Bargain Cities.” As you take advantage of being in the only law school in a great networking city of 800 law firms, join us in living and studying in our diverse and exciting river city!

 Art & Culture: Aronoff Center for the Arts, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cincinnati Observatory, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Krohn Conservatory, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Taft Museum of Art, Know Theater of Cincinnati

Festivals: Art in the Park, BLINK, Bunbury Music Festival, Cincin-Cinco, Festival of Lights, Flying Pig Marathon, Juneteenth, Oktoberfest, Opening Day Parade, Paddlefest, Riverfest, Soul Fest, Taste of Cincinnati

Professional Sports: Bengals (football), Cyclones (ice hockey), Reds (baseball), Revolution (ultimate disc), Rollergirls (roller derby), FC Cincinnati (soccer)

Competition Teams―You can hone litigation skills that you will use throughout your career on these three intercollegiate competitive teams.

  • Moot Court
  • Trial Practice Competition Team
  • Moot International Arbitration Team

Student Journals―Develop critical writing skills on journals that impact important areas of law domestically and across the globe.

  • University of Cincinnati Law Review
  • Human Rights Quarterly
  • Immigration and Human Rights
  • Law Review
  • Intellectual Property and Computer Law Journal

Student organizations are essential to a successful legal education, and they play a major role in shaping the social, cultural, and intellectual environment at Cincinnati Law. These organizations sponsor workshops, panels, and networking opportunities.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Club
  • American Constitution Society
  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Pacific Law Students Association
  • Black Law Students Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Criminal Law Society
  • Entrepreneurship Law Club
  • Environmental Law Club
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
  • First Generation Law Students
  • Freedom Center Journal
  • Honor Council
  • Human Rights Quarterly
  • If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
  • Immigration and Human Rights Law Review
  • Intellectual Property Law Society
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • Juvenile Law Club
  • Labor and Employment Law Club
  • Latina/o Law Student Association
  • Law Democrats
  • Law Review
  • Moot Court
  • Muslim Lawyers Society
  • National Association of Public Defenders
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Out & Allies
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Public Interest Law Group
  • Republican Law Students Association
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Club
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Bar Association
  • Student Legal Education Committee
  • Tenant Information Project
  • Trial Practice Team
  • UC Law Women
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
  • William Howard Taft Table
  • Tennis Consortium

Get to Know Dean Verna Williams

preLaw Magazine recently interviewed Dean Williams about her role as Dean of the College of Law, a fierce social justice champion, and the future of legal education. Watch the full interview below!

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Being a student at Cincinnati Law was like being a member of a big, supportive family. The faculty and administration were always at the ready with listening ears when I was stressed, worried, or needed advice throughout my law school journey. UC Law felt like home from day one, and I can attribute that to them. I am so proud to be a Bearcat and to be part of such an incredible alumni base.

Kennedy Womack Class of 2020

Apply to UC Law today!

The University of Cincinnati College of Law offers a life-changing education through a stellar curriculum, competitive financial aid, a convenient location, and top-flight faculty. Interested in learning more? Request information or apply today!

Rankings & Points of Pride

Top Criminal Law Program, Top Public Service Program, Best Value Law School
  • Ranked a Top 45 Public Law School - U.S. News & World Report
  • 4th Oldest Law School in the U.S. and Ohio's First
  • A Top Social Justice Law School
  • No. 3 Most Affordable Law School in the nation - U.S. News
  • A seven-time "Best Value Law School" - the National Jurist
  • A Top Law School for Public Service - preLaw Magazine 2021
  • A Law School with the most Super Lawyers - preLaw Magazine 2021
  • Ranked a Top School for Criminal Law, Corporate Law, Public Interest Law, and Trial Advocacy
  • 8:1 Student-to-faculty ratio
  • Graduate debt levels nearly $80,000 less than the national law school average
  • Cincinnati Law's Ohio Innocence Project has helped release 33 individuals who together served more than 650 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.
  • One of the 25 Most Affordable Places to Live in the U.S. in 2021-2022 -  U.S. News
  • Cincinnati ranks 6th in the nation – No. 1 in Ohio – for young professionals to live in 2020, according to SmartAsset

Admissions News

JD Admissions Contact Information
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Monday - Friday
phone: 513-556-0078
fax: 513-556-2391

University of Cincinnati
College of Law
2540 Clifton Ave.
Suite 201
Cincinnati, OH 45219

PO Box 210040

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0040