Professional Academic Pathways at Cincinnati Law

Professional Pathways

You make the path, we'll make it possible.

The University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Professional Pathways allow students to take classes in nine different academic specialties depending on their career goals. These nine areas of study help them choose courses that benefit their specific needs after graduation. This opportunity is for second and third-year law students.

The curriculum at Cincinnati 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 after graduation, UC Law students have the ability to select from a broad array of classes across numerous disciplines.

Nine Areas of Study

The nine professional pathways a UC Law are:

Most students will choose 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 holistic view of law 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. We encourage all students to select challenging and unique courses from the rich curriculum offered by the UC College of Law. 

Benefits of Professional Pathways

Offering students a variety of options allows for a more customizable curriculum that many law schools don’t offer. These pathways offer guidance for course selection so that UC graduates can enter the workplace with a more specialized education. 

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.

Academic Advisors

Who is my academic advisor?

Breakdown of academic advisor(s) based on Professional Pathway.
Professional Pathway Advisor
Business and Entrepreneurship Law Sean Mangan, Professor of Practice | Co-Director, Corporate Law Center | Director, Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, College of Law
Criminal Law Brian Howe, Professor of Clinical Law, Ohio Innocence Project, Rosenthal Institute for Justice
Environmental & Energy Law Brad Mank, James B. Helmer, Jr. Professor of Law
General and Small Practice Law Center for Professional Development
Health Law S. Elizabeth (Betsy) Malloy, Andrew Katsanis Professor of Law
Innovation, Technology, and Intellectual Property Michael Whiteman, Associate Dean of Library Services & Director of the Law Library
International Law Jacob Katz Cogan, Associate Dean, Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Marjorie Corman Aaron, Professor of Practice and Director, Center for Practice

Elizabeth Lenhart, Professor of Practice

Public Interest Law Kristin Kalsem, Charles Hartsock Professor of Law

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The University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Professional Pathways offers nine specializations depending on the career aspirations of each student. Interested in learning more? Request information today!