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Enrollment Boost Returns UC Law School to Historic Levels

First-year enrollment at Cincinnati Law continues to grow, with the biggest class entering the law school in six years.

Date: 10/11/2016 12:00:00 PM
By: Sherry English
Phone: (513) 556-0060

UC ingot   It’s official. This fall, first-year enrollment at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, among the top 50 public law schools in the nation, saw a 26 percent increase over last year.* With a first-year class of 126 JD students, not only is this group the biggest class entering the law school since 2010, it is also representative of a six percent increase in applications over the past year. 

“I am very pleased to welcome a diverse and highly qualified class to join our law school community,” says Dean and Nippert Professor of Law Jennifer S. Bard. “Our students come from 21 different states, 62 different colleges and 41 different majors. In particular, I’m excited about our growing ties with the University of Cincinnati’s student body that has resulted in the enrollment of 25 ‘Double Bearcats’ with two degrees from the University of Cincinnati and three ‘Triple Bearcats.’”
In addition to the JD, the LLM Program, a year-long master’s degree program for internationally-trained attorneys and law graduates, continues to grow in size and in the quality and diversity of its students. This year the program has enrolled 18 attorneys from 10 different countries including its first ever Fulbright Scholar. Since its inception in 2011, 50 attorneys from 23 countries have come to the law school to immerse themselves in the U.S. legal system.
All of this positive enrollment news comes on the heels of recent notable accomplishments at the law school. The college’s Ohio Innocence Project/Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice has just received a $15 million gift from Richard Rosenthal, the largest for the college and any innocence program in the country, which will provide for the program in perpetuity. The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees recently approved $1 million to fund a concept design for a new building, development of a probable cost for new construction and a relocation study while construction is underway.

“I attribute the increase in enrollment to an increase in awareness of the value of a Cincinnati Law degree,” explains Dean Bard. This is the third year in a row that the college has been recognized as a best value school. Employment outcomes continue to be strong; 80.7 percent of 2015 graduates obtained full-time, JD-required jobs within 10 months of graduation. “Moreover, our students are well prepared by our high quality faculty and our nationally recognized ‘learn by doing’ program,” she says.

Indeed, for three consecutive years Cincinnati Law has been named a top school for practical training. The law school is ranked an A- school for students interested in public interest or criminal law, based on the depth of our curricular offerings. And, “the strength of our program is evident,” says Dean Bard. “Our high quality program reflects the strides we have made over the last several years in academic and career preparation. We are excited that others are also recognizing what is happening at Cincinnati Law.”

* Final enrollment numbers submitted for certification by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and the Law School Admissions Council as of Oct.5, 2016.