The School of Law at University of Akron

By | March 2, 2019

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Lauri S. Thorpe
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee $0
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of Akron

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 53.6% – High
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.35
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 153

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 50.3%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-157
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.12-3.63
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.32
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 69.7%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 149-153
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.14-3.63
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.41
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 151

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.Tax
J.D./M.P.A.
J.D./M.B.A. Human Resources
J.D./M.A.P.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Clinical Programs: Appellate Review; Jail Inmate Assistance Program; Small Entrepreneur & Economic Development (SEED) Clinic; Civil Litigation; Trial Litigation. Certificate Programs: Intellectual Property; Litigation. Joint degree programs: JD/MBA, JD/MPA; JD/MTax; JD/MAP. Centers: Intellectual Property; Con. Law; Prof. Responsibility. Summer study-abroad: Geneva, Switzerland.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 87
Seminars 36
Positions available in seminars 788
Positions available in simulation courses 590
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 375
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Akron Law Review; Journal of Intellectual Property Law; Akron Tax Journal;Constitutional Law on-line Journal. Moot Court Honor Society; Mock trial teams: ATLA National champions in 2004, second in the nation four times; NITA Tournament of Champions, Top 16 teams in the nation 19 out of 23 years. Twenty active student organizations, Annual Student Leadership Retreat. Academic Success activities.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 56
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 26
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 231
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 253
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 63
Full-time students involved in field placements 38
Full-time students involved in law journals 44
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 27
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 3

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 63
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 145
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 141
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 19
Part-time students involved in field placements 13
Part-time students involved in law journals 20
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 5
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 3

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 13.8:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 43
Full-time minority faculty 11.5%
Part-time minority faculty 0.0%
Total faculty 54
Total faculty (men) 66.7%
Total faculty (women) 33.3%
Total faculty (minorities) 5.6%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#119 Best Law Schools

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#53 in Part-time Law
#11 in Trial Advocacy

Law Ranking Scores

Score 36
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.9
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.4
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.12-3.63
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.35
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 151-156
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 153
Acceptance rate 53.6% – High
Student-faculty ratio 13.8:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 58.2% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.8% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.5% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar OH
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 86.2%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 536

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 318

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 218

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 14.4%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 3.2%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 1.3%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school 2.5%
Male students discontinuing law school 9.5%
Female students discontinuing law school 4.5%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Michelle Ellis
Financial aid phone (800) 621-3847
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $21,873 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $34,428 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $17,802 per year (in-state)
Part-time: $27,846 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $14,751
Books $1,283
Miscellaneous expenses $0
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? No
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 17.3%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 19.8%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.9%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 17.6%
Median grant amount $15,738
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $7,000–$17,238
Full-time students receiving grants 55.7%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 16.1%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 6.9%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 9.2%
Median grant amount $5,744
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,000–$10,393
Part-time students receiving grants 32.1%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $67,948
Proportion who borrowed 94.8%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 48,010
Microform titles 20,737
Electronic titles 49,976
Other non-book titles 1,710
Total titles 120,433
Volumes (excluding microforms) 181,389
Volume equivalent microforms 78,130
Total volumes and volume equivalents 259,519
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 49,884
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 105
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 66
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 26
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 13
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 77
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 20
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 93
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 51
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 26
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 16
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 4

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 3
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 30
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 8
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 34,634
Total seats available for library users 274
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Law School is within a short walking distance of state & federal courthouses. All campus has wireless Internet access and law classrooms have electrical outlets for all students. UA Law Library has wired/less Internet; 291,000 volumes on site; LEXIS/WESTLAW; 3.8 million additional volumes on campus; 45.5 million volumes through OhioLINK; Over 125 databases available remotely.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar OH
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.5% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 86.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 134
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 58.2%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 58.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 38.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.8%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 3.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.2%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $44,580
Median private sector starting salary $62,500
75th percentile private sector starting salary $75,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 40%
Median public service starting salary $46,657

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 4.8%
Percent employed in business and industry 24.8%
Percent employed in government 16.8%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 5.6%
Percent employed in law firms 39.2%
Percent employed in public interest 5.6%
Percent employed in an unknown field 3.2%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 83%
Graduates employed out-of-state 17.2%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 13
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 4.2%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 83.6%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.8%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 7.4%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.6%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.6%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.8%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Pro Bono/Public Interest Fellowship; On-Campus Interviews; Solo/Small Firm Job Fair; Minority Clerkship Program; Judicial Clerkship seminars; First Year Career Orientation; Career Roundtable Speaker Series; Government Information Fair; Off-Campus Career Fairs; Attorney/Mentor program; Practice Interview Program.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 61.2%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 87.8%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 6.7%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 18.7%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 92.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 5.2%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 57.1%