Northern Kentucky University—Salmon P. Chase College of Law

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Introduction

NKU Chase College of Law has educated individuals who make immediate contributions to the legal profession and to their communities. With a collegial, student-centered environment in full-time and part-time programs, Chase provides an intellectually rigorous education in legal theory and professional skills; offers practical training through its curricular offerings, cocurricular programs, and specialized centers; and instills the ideals of ethics, leadership, and public engagement.

Located near a major Midwestern center of commerce, industry, arts, and entertainment, the region supporting a thriving legal and business community, Chase offers an affordable legal education with unlimited opportunities for students to gain practical experience. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Faculty

The Chase faculty engages students through an intellectually stimulating education of both legal theory and practice. With a variety of professional legal backgrounds, faculty members bring expertise in areas such as advocacy, art law, business and corporate law, children’s law, constitutional law, employment law, family law, intellectual property law, international law, public interest law, sports law, and tax law into the classroom.

Outside of the classroom, faculty members create unique opportunities for students to engage in legal thinking and practical application. Opportunities include in-house legal clinics, robust externships, advanced elective coursework, student competition teams, and specialized seminars.

W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology

The Lunsford Academy offers students an honors program designed to enhance the comprehensive legal education provided by NKU Chase by emphasizing legal technology, quantitative methods, leadership, informatics, and other skills critical to the future of the practice of law and business.

The Lunsford Academy trains students in creative design and problem solving for their law practices. In addition, students also develop skills that allow them to fashion creative legal solutions for their clients’ businesses. In the Lunsford Academy, students develop the foundational skills for becoming business-competent lawyers and business leaders.

Lunsford Scholars receive special invitations to exclusive events with law school distinguished alumni, donors, and leaders in the business and legal communities. They also receive mentorship opportunities with prominent members of the community.

Students will attend Lunsford Lunches where they will have the exclusive opportunity to meet special guest speakers and gain insights into leadership, networking, and career development. Students can bring their own ideas to the Lunsford Academy administration to help shape future events and courses.

Clinics and Field Placements

Centers and institutes at Chase provide opportunities for students to expand their knowledge or to develop practical skills through symposia, training workshops, and competitions. The centers and institutes are directed by Chase professors and attract scholars and practicing lawyers from throughout the nation to participate in panel discussions and presentations. Clinical programs are opportunities for students to apply the knowledge, critical thinking, and practical skills they develop in classes to real situations with clients in contested cases or in business-related matters. Students assume responsibilities for interviewing clients, investigating claims, drafting documents, and, for those with a limited law license, appearing in court with a lawyer’s supervision.

  • Children’s Law Center Clinic
  • Constitutional Litigation Clinic
  • Small Business and Nonprofit Law Clinic
  • Kentucky Innocence Project
  • Semester-in-Practice

Additional opportunities for study outside the classroom are provided to allow students to develop their practical and professional skills and deepen their knowledge of particular areas of law. Field placements are available in a wide variety of settings, including criminal prosecution and defense, civil family and poverty law, juvenile law, and tax law, as well as in both federal and state courts and fields specifically tailored to the individual student’s interests.

Centers for Excellence

The Center for Excellence in Advocacy provides students with the knowledge, skills, and values they need to represent clients from the initial interview through the appeals process. Attorneys, judges, alumni, faculty, and students work together through innovative courses and programming. As a result, NKU Chase students develop practical litigation skills and graduate with an in-depth understanding of the law. Students participate in substantive and skills-based courses, competition teams, clinical opportunities, field placements, research projects, alumni mentorships, and student organizations.

The Transactional Law Practice Center provides students with suggested course schedules, skills-building workshops, simulations, field placements, opportunities to compete in scholastic competitions, and other programs that students will need to best serve transactional law clients. Students acquire and hone interviewing, negotiating, drafting, business-planning, client-counseling, communicating, and problem-solving skills. Focus areas include business and commercial law, environmental law, real estate law, adoption law, and intellectual property law. Skills training offerings include interviewing, negotiating, contract drafting, business planning, and client counseling.

Certificates and Concentrations

Certificate programs enable students to focus their studies on particular skill sets. Students may earn a certificate signifying excellence in advocacy or transactional law by completing coursework and participating in field placements and extracurricular learning opportunities.

Concentration programs provide students with an opportunity to “major” in a particular law subject while simultaneously obtaining a well-rounded legal education. Chase offers concentrations in tax law and in employment and labor law.

Pro Bono Service Program

Chase students learn early about lawyers’ professional responsibility to provide uncompensated legal services for the public good—and at the same time they develop practical skills and make professional contacts that enhance their own career development.

The Pro Bono Service Program requires students to complete 50 hours of pro bono service prior to graduation. Students may design their own projects or select placements from a database of approved organizations.

Joint-Degree Programs

NKU Chase offers two joint-degree programs, one with the College of Informatics and one with the College of Business. The Juris Doctor/Master of Business Informatics program focuses on the study of information technology in the context of business and law. The Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration program teaches critical management, accounting and finance, and leadership skills to enhance the student’s understanding of law.

Part-Time Divisions

For 125 years, NKU Chase has been providing legal education to working professionals through its part-time evening division. The part-time evening division meets two nights per week and some Saturdays. In addition, NKU Chase offers a part-time day division designed for those who work evenings or have other commitments that prevent study in the evening. The part-time day program typically meets three times per week, although students are occasionally required to attend events on other days.

Student Activities

Competition Teams

NKU Chase’s moot court program is just one of the law school’s wide variety of national competition teams that provide students with numerous opportunities to “learn by doing” in competitive yet collaborative environments. The following Chase teams have a long history of success in a variety of regional and national competitions: trial advocacy, arbitration, client counseling, negotiation, transactional lawyering, and moot court.

Law Review

The Northern Kentucky Law Review is an independent journal published by Chase students. It includes scholarly legal writing by law professors, practitioners, jurists, and students.

Organizations

Student organizations provide opportunities to relate educational experiences and other interests to a world beyond the classroom, and to develop peer networks and leadership skills that can extend beyond graduation.

Chase student organizations include the

  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • Black Law Students Association
  • blu. (business law union)
  • Chase Christian Legal Society
  • Chase Evening Division Association
  • Chase Cyberlaw and IP Society
  • Chase Pride
  • Chase Public Interest Group
  • Chase Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Criminal Law Association
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy
  • Latino Law Students Association
  • The Legal Association of Women
  • Military Law Society
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Scholars Program

The NKU Chase Scholars Program recognizes the achievements of outstanding students and provides financial assistance that will allow them to explore a variety of professional opportunities after graduation.

  • Salmon P. Chase Scholars: Full-tuition merit scholarship each year, plus priority consideration for a paid research assistantship in the second or third year of study.
  • Henry Clay Scholars: Merit-scholarship award amounts beginning at $5,000 per year.
  • John Marshall Harlan Diversity Scholars: Scholarship award amounts range from $3,000 to full tuition. NKU Chase defines diversity as “the ability to enhance the multicultural and socioeconomic differences at the college of law through such characteristics as ethnicity, race, gender, age, abilities/limitations, and/or multicultural and socioeconomic background.”

Admission

NKU Chase seeks to admit applicants who have the potential to produce high-quality academic work. The Admissions Committee relies heavily on undergraduate grades and performance on the LSAT. Additional factors considered include academic performance, including course-selection patterns, upward trends in grades, and postgraduate work completed; achievements made in another profession or vocation; community involvement and volunteerism; cultural, educational, or sociological diversity; demonstrated leadership and professionalism; employment background, including working while attending college; and letters of recommendation.

Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at Northern Kentucky:

2.84 to 3.53

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Northern Kentucky:

150 to 155

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Northern Kentucky:

2.84 to 3.53

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Northern Kentucky:

150 to 155

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Northern Kentucky:

2.84 to 3.53

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Northern Kentucky:

150 to 155

120
135
150
165
180

Contact Information

Nunn Hall, Nunn Drive,
Highland Heights, KY 41099,
United States