University of Dayton School of Law

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Official Guide to ABA-Approved JD Programs


Introduction

Located an hour north of Cincinnati and an hour west of the state capital, Columbus, Ohio, the University of Dayton is a top-tier Catholic research university. We offer a full-time JD program, including a two-year JD and a part-time Online Hybrid JD, as well as LLM and MSL programs in American and Transnational Law, providing a distinguished tradition of concern for the individual student in a challenging yet supportive environment. Our dedication to preparing students for today’s law practice is reflected in our highly regarded first-year legal research and writing program, as well as in our upper-level skills curriculum and required capstones. Courses in our Program in Law and Technology are designed to give students an edge in handling modern-world problems, including those of intellectual property, trademarks, copyrights, patents, and cyberspace.

Dayton Law’s student body of approximately 300 promotes ample opportunity for one-on-one interaction with faculty, staff, and classmates, creating an atmosphere of collegiality. Our students actively participate in a myriad of law school organizations and community service opportunities. The University of Dayton School of Law is accredited by the ABA and is a member of the AALS.

Facilities and Campus

Joseph E. Keller Hall is a 122,500-square-foot complex featuring a dramatic atrium, a variety of classroom and meeting spaces, and an expansive law library. The Zimmerman Law Library, which occupies 46,000 square feet, has more than 500 seats and 8 study rooms in which students may meet in groups of up to 20. The library also contains a computer-training center where students learn to conduct online and computer-based research.

Founded in 1850, the University of Dayton enrolls more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus of nearly 400 scenic acres has a fitness center, a student health center, child care, meal plans, and banking services. On-campus housing, located within three blocks of the law school, is available for campus law students. The campus is located minutes from the city’s center.

The Dayton Community

With a population of approximately 840,000, the Dayton metro area offers many amenities of larger urban areas while retaining its scenic and green open spaces. As the birthplace of the Wright brothers, the city has a variety of flight-related museums and events, as well as many other cultural and recreational activities. You will find housing, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment districts that are varied and affordable. Sports fans can cheer for the UD Flyers, Cincinnati Reds, or the Dayton Dragons, a minor league baseball team with the longest active sellout streak in all of US pro sports. Dayton’s beautiful river bikeways, recreation trails, and parks provide miles and acres of exhilaration for the outdoor enthusiast. If students want to explore beyond Dayton, they can reach Cincinnati or Columbus in an hour or visit the eclectic towns of Yellow Springs, Waynesville, and Lebanon in less than 30 minutes.

Curriculum and Programs

Dayton Law offers a traditional education that blends theory and practice with a focus on attaining essential lawyering and problem-solving skills. Our traditional, two-year, and Online Hybrid programs help students acquire practical legal skills through real-world experience, including capstone and clinic courses, and a required Externship Program.

Entering students may begin their first year in May (two-year only) or August. By starting in May, our two-year JD students may complete their JD in two calendar years instead of the traditional three years. Students may also take advantage of our flexible schedule and graduate in two and a half years.

The Online Hybrid JD program will operate on a separate schedule and course sequence. Please visit the Online Hybrid JD website, or contact admissions@onlinelaw.udayton.edu to learn more.

Legal Profession Course Sequence

This comprehensive two-semester, six-credit-hour sequence helps students build skills in legal research, analytical thinking, and writing necessary to be practice ready. Legal Profession classes meet in small groups and are led by experienced full-time faculty who are at the forefront of trends in legal writing and research. Courses stress the practical application of research and writing skills necessary to produce clear, effective legal documents. Based on this first-year foundation, students further develop writing skills in the second year by taking either Appellate Practice and Procedure or Transactional Drafting.

Learning Communities

The University of Dayton School of Law is committed to providing all incoming law students with the foundational skills necessary for success through placement in a Learning Community. Each Learning Community consists of approximately 8 to 10 students and is led by Dean’s Fellows, upper-level students selected for their academic achievement, commitment to the law school community, aptitude for expert learning strategies, and interest in education.

Dean’s Fellows work with the Academic Success department and the first-year doctrinal professors to assist students in developing effective strategies to maximize the opportunity for academic success. Throughout the semester, Dean’s Fellows facilitate a 60-minute session for their Learning Community. While not providing substantive legal instruction, Dean’s Fellows assist students in developing the five general skills areas that first-year students need to be successful in their studies: (1) time management; (2) note-taking; (3) reading and briefing cases; (4) synthesizing (weekly review and outlining); and (5) and test-taking strategies.

The Learning Communities also encourage and promote students’ participation in various professionalism and career services activities and workshops to ensure that students are not just proficient in the classroom, but are healthy and well-rounded.
Participation in a Learning Community during the first semester of law school is a graduation requirement for all students.

Program in Law and Technology (PILT)

For over 25 years, Dayton Law has been committed to producing graduates who are well versed in law and technology issues. The program is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in several areas: patent law, copyright and trademark law, business dimensions of intellectual property law (particularly the licensing of intellectual property), computer/cyberspace law, entertainment law, and the impact of technology on the practice of law. More than a dozen courses are offered in these areas. Please note that the Online Hybrid JD program operates on a separate schedule and course sequence and not all areas and course options are available.

Externships and Clinics

The semester-long legal externship provides on-campus and hybrid students the opportunity to practice their craft, to observe highly respected attorneys and judges at work, and to network with the legal community. Each student externs in a legal setting, such as a governmental agency, law firm, corporation, court, or legal aid office.

For our on-campus students, we have four in-house legal clinics in the areas of criminal, civil, immigration, and intellectual property.

Capstone Courses

These courses are designed as a synthesis and completion of previously studied material. During their last semester, each student takes a capstone course specially designed to provide closure to their legal education. Each student must demonstrate his or her ability to apply the substantive knowledge and practical skills acquired during law school to real and simulated legal problems.

Road to Bar Passage

Dayton Law encourages bar exam success during and after law school. Student success is promoted with referral and early intervention policies, and a bar preparation course is required. The Bar Pass Program also helps students prepare for the bar exam after graduation by providing services such as offering graduates dedicated study space in the library, planning a study schedule, offering and reviewing practice questions, and organizing simulated practice exams.

Graduate Programs

Our graduate degree programs in American and Transnational Law, a Master of Laws (LLM), and a Master in the Study of Law (MSL), focus on the American legal system and laws that transcend national boundaries. Our graduate degrees are offered to both lawyers and nonlawyers from the US and abroad. Optional certificates in applied business law, criminal law, cyberlaw, government contracting and procurement, and intellectual property law are available to students interested in pursuing an in-depth specialization in a particular area of law.

Faculty

With backgrounds spanning a wide spectrum of legal experience, many of our faculty members are known nationally for their expertise and scholarship. As prominent scholars and leaders, our professors transfer their expertise to students both inside and outside of the classroom. Students consistently praise our faculty, not only for their outstanding teaching skills, but also for their constant involvement in, concern for, and support of students’ lives and academic success.

Student Life

Collegiality, support, and a welcoming atmosphere distinguish our diverse student body. Students may participate in organizations that help develop writing, research, and oral advocacy skills; those that speak to their mutual professional interests; or others that provide support of a student’s personal and biographical background and interests. Our Student Bar Association, composed of officers and representatives from each class who oversee all student organizations, is the voice of student governance at the law school. Community service is a centerpiece of a legal education at the University of Dayton School of Law. In the last three years, Dayton Law students have contributed more than 30,000 total hours of community service during their time in law school.

Career Services

Whether providing online networking for recent alumni or working one-on-one with students to hone their job search, career services is a priority at the University of Dayton School of Law. Our Career Services Office has outpaced many of its peers in placing graduates in full-time law jobs. The Career Services staff is committed to providing comprehensive career planning and placement services to assist students and alumni with identifying and securing positions commensurate with each individual’s interests and career goals.

Admission

The Admissions Committee looks for a well-rounded and diverse group of students for each entering class. Undergraduate GPA and LSAT score are seriously considered. However, commitment, motivation, leadership, and a breadth and depth of experiences are also a large part of the applicant review. Decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning November 1 and continuing through late spring.

Please note that admissions and decision deadlines for the Online Hybrid JD program will differ. Please contact an admissions counselor at admissions@onlinelaw.udayton.edu for more information.

Financial Aid

The majority of the entering class receive scholarships. Scholarships may be available for Online Hybrid JD students. Most of our scholarships are merit based, with the goal of diversifying the class also taken into consideration. Renewal of merit scholarships is dependent upon academic performance after the second semester.

Federal Direct loans of up to $20,500 per year are also available to students who file the FAFSA. Additionally, students with a good credit rating or an eligible cosigner can apply for Federal Grad PLUS loans or private alternative loans to help cover any remaining legal education costs. All loans are subject to citizenship requirements.

Prospective Students

Prospective on-campus students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 937.229.3555 or lawinfo@udayton.edu for questions or to schedule informational visits. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Prospective Online Hybrid JD students can learn more about the program through our website or by speaking directly to an admissions counselor at 855.992.9059 or admissions@onlinelaw.udayton.edu.

Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at Dayton:

3.19 to 3.67

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Dayton:

148 to 153

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Dayton:

3.19 to 3.67

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Dayton:

148 to 153

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Dayton:

3.19 to 3.67

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Dayton:

148 to 153

120
135
150
165
180

Contact Information

300 College Park, 112 Keller Hall,
Dayton, OH 45469-2760,
United States