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Admissions - Welcome to Cincinnati Law!


You're Going Places. Discover where Cincinnati Law can take you.

Studying at the nation’s fourth oldest continuously operating law school, you will carry on a long tradition of reaching far and wide across both the legal spectrum and globe. Our low 8 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio offers unparalleled access to accomplished, award-winning faculty, who will challenge you to think above and beyond. Cincinnati Law students are going places. Apply today and discover where Cincinnati Law can take you. In the end, we hope you decide to become a part of both our storied tradition and our exciting future.

The Cincinnati Law School Experience

Outside of the classroom, Cincinnati Law students gain real-world experience in our numerous centers, clinics, and institutes, plus through our many externship and fellowship opportunities – some that even begin in the first year of the JD program. Networking opportunities also abound including employer roundtables, information fairs, on-campus interviewing opportunities, speed chats, and Catalyst, a “micro-mentoring” program.

Cincinnati Law School Opportunities

The Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area is home to 2 million people, over 800 law firms, and serves as headquarters for ten Fortune 500 companies. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and U.S. District Court for Southern District of Ohio are both located in downtown Cincinnati, a mere two miles from the law school.


Nestled within a large public research university of over 45,000 students, you will find a small law school community of less than 350 students with an enviable 8 to 1 student-faculty ratio and first year sections that are among the smallest in the nation. Cincinnati Law faculty and staff are eager to provide personal attention, while new classmates quickly form community to support each other’s success.


With approximately $3 million awarded annually in scholarships, consistently high bar passage results, and below average student loan debt figures, a Cincinnati Law degree provides a solid return on investment. In addition, Forbes ranked Cincinnati as one of America’s “Best Bargain Cities” and as one of the most affordable places to live well. Students from other states also have an opportunity to participate in the Graduate Metropolitan Rate or reclassify for Ohio residency.


  • Ranked a Top 35 (33) Public Law School - U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked a Top 14 Public Law School in nation and Top 10 in Midwest for Job Placement (full-time, JD-required/advantage jobs)
  • Ranked a Top 16 Public Law School for Public Service
  • Ranked a Top School for Criminal Law, Corporate Law, Public Interest Law, and Trial Advocacy Law - preLaw Magazine
  • Ranked a Top 30 Law School for Super Lawyers - the National Jurist
  • #3 in nation for Public Defender and Prosecutor jobs - preLaw Magazine
  • A five-time "Best Value Law School" - the National Jurist
  • 81% overall bar passage rate for the Class of 2017, nearly 10% above the statewide average
  • 8:1 Student-to-faculty ratio, one of the lowest in the nation for an urban school


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