Law

Centers and Research

The University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Centers allow students to gain first-hand experience in the practice and research of multiple legal areas. At Cincinnati Law, students benefit from our long history of attracting global scholars and practitioners to our prestigious centers and institutes. While each center has a specific focus and areas of expertise, they share deep commitments to promoting education, justice, and opportunities for all.

Our Six Centers

Each of our six law centers provide first-hand, experiential learning. In addition to the resources found in the Cincinnati legal community, these centers offer a chance for you to make a difference both locally and around the world. Whether you’re examining a case with the Ohio Innocence Project, fighting for human rights around the globe, or participating in a fellowship with the Weaver Institute, you gain indispensable law experience and knowledge.

These centers are:

  • Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice
  • Ohio Innocence Project
  • Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights
  • Corporate Law Center
  • Center for Practice
  • Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry

Judge Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice

The Jones Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice provides experiential learning, research and other opportunities for interdisciplinary inquiry. At this Center, you'll bridge theory and practice, forge relationships with local, national and global communities and prepare to take the lead in advancing justice. Primary programs include the Joint Degree Program in Law and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS); the Freedom Center Journal; and the Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic.

We also offer fellowships in addition to the JD/MA degree program, our internationally-recognized journal, and more. If you’re looking for somewhere to train as a leader for social change, there’s no better place than the Jones Center.

Ohio Innocence Project

The Ohio Innocence Project at Cincinnati Law, founded in 2003, harnesses the energy and intellect of law students like you to identify inmates in Ohio prisons who are actually innocent of the crimes they were convicted of committing. At Cincinnati Law, you can be a part of one of the national Innocence Network's most successful branches: to date, OIP has helped 28 individuals obtain their long-sought freedom.

This center provides fellowships and internships, as well as an opportunity for you to improve the criminal justice system first-hand. This is an opportunity that is unique to the University of Cincinnati.

Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights

For three decades, the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights at Cincinnati Law has educated and trained human rights lawyers to promote and protect human rights in the international arena. You can travel the world and sharpen your editorial skills as part of training with the renowned Institute, which serves as a model for many other human rights programs and produces the Human Rights Quarterly, recognized as the leading academic journal in the human rights field.

Students can work on the Human Rights Quarterly staff, earn fellowships, and train around the world with our Human Rights Summer Experiences. In the past students have worked with organizations such as the ACLU, Minority Rights Group in London, and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission.

Corporate Law Center

For more than 20 years, Cincinnati Law's Corporate Law Center has addressed substantive issues in corporate, securities and business law. You can learn from scholars, regulators and practitioners at the annual Corporate Law Symposium, where ideas are exchanged, issues debated and research and scholarship analyzed. The Corporate Law Center also offers expansive experiential opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, helping you learn about business law theory and practice, from ethics to entrepreneurship.

Along with fellowships, the Corporate Law Center offers a symposium for students to other students and scholars from across the country. This is an advantageous networking opportunity for UC students.

Center for Practice

Cincinnati Law's Center for Practice will help you develop professional skills through classroom work and extra-curricular experiences. Our interdisciplinary approach draws from psychology, economics, communication, rhetoric, drama and decision analysis to inform legal negotiation and dispute resolution. We capitalize on the University of Cincinnati's rich urban environment and cross-campus collaborations, and we partner with leading law firms, businesses and civic organizations to provide you with impactful real-world opportunities.

Our graduates set themselves apart from the competition because of training opportunities such as those offered at the Center for Practice. This training includes trail practice and experiential opportunities.

Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry

From forensic psychiatry to mental health law, Cincinnati Law's Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry offers you an array of rich opportunities—including classroom instruction, educational symposia and public lectures—to learn how the law uses information from the fields of psychiatry and psychology. As part of the Center, you will develop the knowledge and background you need to handle psychiatric issues that affect criminal adjudication, civil cases, correctional decision-making and legislation.

The Weaver Institute also features fellowships and workshops in collaboration with the other centers at UC Law.

Explore UC Law's Centers for yourself!

The University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Centers provide unique, indispensable training and learning opportunities to students. Interested in learning more about these? Request information today!