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UC College Of Law Welcomes New Faces For New Year

Date: Aug. 20, 2001
By: Carey Hoffman
Phone: (513) 556-1825
Archive: General News

The University of Cincinnati College of Law begins the 2001-2002 academic year with the start of the fall semester on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

A total of 378 students are enrolled in the college, including 97 first-year students. The Class of 2004 was chosen from a pool of 1,125 applicants, the largest number of applicants in the last five years. The class features a median undergraduate grade point average of 3.44 and a median LSAT test score of 160 (out of a possible 180). The LSAT mark for the class is also the highest for the college in the last five years.

"From a qualitative perspective, this is one of the strongest recent classes to come into the college," says Al Watson, the College of Law's assistant dean for admissions and financial aid. The class profile also includes about 15 percent minority representation, and a clear majority of female students at 56 percent. About 35 percent of the class comes from outside the state of Ohio.

The UC College of Law has statistically led all nine Ohio law schools in admissions quality in eight of the last nine years. This year's class also continues other positive admission trends - the UC College of Law ranked 11th nationally in 2000 in minority enrollment, and is among the top 10 nationally in percentage of women enrolled.

Three new full-time faculty have joined the college as assistant professors. They are:

  • Kristin J. Brandser, an expert in commercial law, feminist legal theory, and law and literature. She comes from the University of Iowa, where she was a lecturer in the College of Law and an instructor in the Department of English.
  • Sara Stadler Nelson, an expert in intellectual property law and trademark and copyright law. She joins the college from the Atlanta law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP, where she was an intellectual property litigation associate. She has also worked as a novelist and screenwriter.
  • Verna L. Williams, an expert in family law, women's studies and civil rights. She comes from a position as vice president and director of educational opportunities for the National Women's Law Center. While there, she successfully argued the case Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court, establishing the obligation of educational institutions to address student-to-student sexual harassment under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Williams also previously served in two roles for the U.S. Department of Justice, as a trial attorney in the Voting Rights section of the Civil Rights Division and as special assistant in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices.
  • The school year continues through the college's Hooding Ceremony, scheduled for May 18, 2002. A highlight in the second semester will be the college's annual Burlingame Lecture on March 4, 2002. The scheduled speaker is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

    This is the 169th year for the UC College of Law, the fourth-oldest continually operated law school in the United States.


     
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