The University of Toledo College of Law

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Introduction

Toledo Law is a vibrant community of outstanding faculty, students, and alumni who are making a difference across the country and around the world. We offer a rich and engaging classroom experience guided by faculty members who are not just leaders in their fields, but committed and caring teachers. Every student is required to participate in a clinic or externship. Additional practical skills coursework and volunteer opportunities are available to help students develop and sharpen the skills needed to succeed as new attorneys. From the first day on campus, students are part of a close-knit community committed to their success.

Toledo Law has a long tradition of excellence. Our graduates have been making an impact in law and society since 1906. We are accredited by the ABA and were awarded a chapter of the Order of the Coif in 1984.

The University of Toledo is a public, comprehensive research university with more than 20,000 students. The Law Center is nestled in a corner of the main campus on the western edge of Toledo, Ohio, in one of the city’s most beautiful suburban residential neighborhoods. The city of Toledo is known for its world-class amenities while still maintaining the low cost of living and friendliness of a small town.

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Enrollment/Student Body

Total enrollment at Toledo Law is under 300 students. The most recent entering class includes 92 students—74 in the full-time program and 18 in the part-time program. Over the last several years, our students have come from over 131 undergraduate institutions in 13 states, 3 US territories, and 7 countries.

Students come to Toledo Law with a variety of experience. Some enter directly from college, while others have been in the workforce for years. This diversity exposes all students to an interesting, stimulating, and creative atmosphere where insights and ideas flourish. Our diversity is also reflected in student groups and activities that represent a broad spectrum of perspectives.

Faculty

Small class sizes and an open-door policy offer Toledo Law students the opportunity to know their professors as teachers, mentors, and friends. Our students get the personal attention they deserve in a community notable for the dynamic rapport among students, faculty, and staff.

In addition to exceptional classroom teaching, our faculty are outstanding scholars and many have earned national acclaim. They include graduates of top law schools, Fulbright scholars, members of the prestigious American Law Institute, and accomplished lawyers with years of private practice and public interest experience.

Law Center Building and LaValley Law Library

The spacious Law Center includes a variety of lecture halls and classrooms, a state-of-the-art courtroom, a striking gathering place called the Forum, and an amphitheater-style auditorium. The entire building offers wireless access, and all classrooms include SmartBoard technology.

Occupying four levels within the Law Center, the LaValley Law Library contains quiet areas, collaborative group study rooms, a computer lab, and a newly renovated loft with individual study carrels and standing desks. Students are trained in the use of two vast electronic law libraries—LexisNexis and Westlaw.

Curriculum

Toledo Law requires the successful completion of 89 semester hours for graduation. The curriculum consists of required courses during the first year of the full-time program and first two years of the part-time program. An extensive upper-level curriculum covers traditional as well as cutting-edge subjects and incorporates professional legal skills and values.

Through our Academic Success and Bar Passage programs, Toledo Law provides a number of resources to cultivate student success in the classroom and on the bar exam. Faculty advisors work closely with students on course planning and academic goal setting. Special seminars and training in advanced legal analysis help students sharpen academic skills. Bar exam preparation and post-graduation mentoring offer students additional support during bar exam study.

Special Programs

  • Certificates of Concentration—Toledo Law offers six certificates of concentration that permit a student to focus in a particular field of interest: Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, and Labor and Employment Law. Although not required for graduation, the certificates of concentration are excellent preparation for the practice of law in these specialty areas.
  • Joint Degrees—In conjunction with other colleges and departments at The University of Toledo, Toledo Law offers five joint-degree programs, leading to a Juris Doctor degree and one of the following graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Engineering, and Doctor of Medicine.
  • Legal Clinics—Our clinical offerings are an important component of the educational experience for upper-level students. With each student required to complete four credits of clinical or externship work prior to graduation, the wide variety of clinical programs provide students the opportunity to gain practical skills while representing real clients or working in the larger legal community. Clinical and externship opportunities include the Children’s Rights Clinic, Civil Advocacy Clinic, Criminal Law Practice Program, Criminal Post-Conviction Remedies Clinic, Dispute Resolution Clinic, Public Service Externship Clinic, and Tax Controversy Clinic.
  • Speaker Series, Symposia, and National Conferences—Toledo Law offers a top-notch speaker series and multiple symposia and conferences. Notable annual events include the Great Lakes Water Conference, Law Review Symposium, “Day After” Speaker Series (in which a lawyer who argues before the US Supreme Court visits the Law Center to share his or her experience and discuss the case), and the Stranahan National Issues Forum.

Student Life

The University of Toledo Law Review is published four times a year by student members who are selected on the basis of academic performance and a writing competition. Training and practice in brief writing and oral argument beyond the required Lawyering Skills courses are obtained through the Moot Court Program. There are also competitive opportunities through several national and regional moot court competitions as well as Toledo Law’s annual intraschool Charles W. Fornoff Appellate Advocacy Competition.

Our many active student organizations include

  • Student Bar Association
  • American Constitution Society
  • Black Law Student Association
  • Business Law Society
  • Criminal Justice Society
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Family & Juvenile Law Society
  • The Federalist Society
  • Health Law Society
  • Intellectual Property Law Society
  • International Law Society
  • Labor and Employment Law Association
  • OUTLaw (LGBTQ)
  • Public Interest Law Association
  • Sports & Entertainment Law Society
  • Women’s Law Student Association

Career Services and Professional Development

Toledo Law places top priority on providing comprehensive career planning and professional development to its students and graduates. The Office of Professional Development (Law Career Services) assists students through workshops, class meetings, and individualized counseling. The office also brings together members of the local bar association and alumni from around the country for panel presentations, networking events, and volunteer work. As a result of both on- and off-campus interviews, students accept summer and postgraduate legal positions in all major cities in Ohio and Michigan, as well as locations throughout the United States. Graduates successfully practice law in large and small firms, government offices, the judiciary, and public interest positions in nearly every state as well as overseas in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Some graduates also use their law degrees in fields such as business, banking, and compliance.

In and Around Toledo

Toledo is one of the five largest metropolitan areas in Ohio and is within 60 miles of Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Toledo offers both the cultural amenities of a big city and the affordable cost of living and close-knit feel of a small town. With a symphony, ballet, world-class art museum, hands-on science museum, professional sports teams, extensive metro parks system, and one of the region’s best zoos, there is plenty to do.

Toledo also provides prime access to legal opportunities. The city of Toledo is home to local, state, and federal courts as well as law firms, legal service organizations, large corporations, and nonprofits. Additionally, the Toledo Bar Association, which offers membership to law students, is a great resource for connecting to the local legal community.

Admissions

Toledo Law understands that starting law school in August may not be convenient for everyone. Applicants can apply to start law school in January or August. Completed applications must be received by November 15 (January start) or August 1 (August start). Applications are reviewed by our Admissions Committee and accepted on a rolling basis.

The Admissions Committee considers undergraduate grades and transcripts, LSAT scores, recommendations, professional experience, postgraduate educational experience, extracurricular activities, community service and involvement, and a personal statement.

Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before the first day of law classes, or be admitted under an established 3+3 program. We do not require any particular prelaw curriculum, but recommend that students take courses to enhance analytical and writing skills.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Toledo Law provides a nationally ranked legal education at an affordable cost. In fact, we offer the lowest tuition and fees of any law school in Ohio, Michigan, or Indiana.

Toledo Law awards scholarships in excess of $1.5 million each year, and all admitted students are considered for scholarship awards without a separate application. In 2017, over half of our entering class received a scholarship award. Additionally, all scholarship recipients keep their awards as long as they maintain good academic standing (2.0 GPA). Federal student loans, including Stafford and Graduate PLUS Loans, and some Federal Work-Study opportunities are also available.

Michigan and Indiana Resident Scholarship Guarantee

For members of the 2018 entering class, Toledo Law provides Michigan and Indiana residents with a scholarship equal to the out-of-state tuition surcharge, allowing them to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition and fees. This scholarship is awarded at the time of application and automatically renews each semester of law school enrollment.

Visit Toledo Law

Toledo Law strongly encourages prospective students to visit, talk to our students and faculty, and observe a class. We offer special on-campus events for prospective and admitted students, including our popular, no-cost Mock LSAT seminars. Contact our law admissions team today to schedule a campus visit.

Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at Toledo:

3.15 to 3.67

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Toledo:

149 to 155

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Toledo:

3.15 to 3.67

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Toledo:

149 to 155

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Toledo:

3.15 to 3.67

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Toledo:

149 to 155

120
135
150
165
180

Contact Information

1825 West Rocket Drive,
Toledo, OH 43606-3390,
United States