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University of Dayton (School of Law)




The University of Dayton School of Law, accredited by the ABA and a member of the AALS, is an integral part of the University of Dayton, a Catholic university founded by members of the Society of Mary in 1850. We share the University's commitment to serving others and offering an education that blends theory and practice. Our mission has important implications for how law is taught here - and how you can expect to be treated as a student. We focus on attention to the individual - from first contact to well beyond graduation.

Our mission as a law school reflects our character and purpose, derives from our traditions, and inspires our aspirations. Our mission and our vision have important implications for how law is taught here - and how you can expect to be treated as a student.

As an integral part of the University of Dayton, a Catholic university founded by members of the Society of Mary in 1850, we share the University’s commitment to serving others and offering an education that blends theory and practice. Like the University, we also highly value the role of faculty as teachers and mentors, as well as scholars.

Central to our curriculum and our teaching is the notion of developing complete professionals. The traditional approach to legal education prevalent at law schools across the country, centering upon the case method and legal reasoning, is augmented by development of the professional skills that our students will rely upon as practitioners and an enhanced appreciation for ethics and community service that will distinguish them as lawyers and leaders in the years ahead.

As a law school with a growing reputation, we are committed to developing and offering outstanding programs of study. We continually invest in those areas most important to the education of our students - our dedicated faculty, our innovative curriculum, and the physical environment in which our students’ education takes place.

Our entire faculty and student services team focuses on ensuring that each of our students is prepared to serve as a problem-solving leader with ethics and integrity. Our faculty members are consistently praised for their high-quality teaching and willingness to take an active interest in students' lives outside the classroom. We encourage our students to become servant leaders in their communities, promoting justice and serving others.

UDSL offers a strong core academic program in a beautiful, technologically sophisticated facility. But it is the people and programs that make us distinctive by assisting students in becoming outstanding lawyers. Like the University, we also highly value the role of faculty as teachers and mentors, as well as scholars. Our Academic Excellence Program begins preparing participating law students for the rigors of legal study long before the first day of classes.

UDSL offers a dynamic Program in Law and Technology (PILT), which has been ranked nationally. PILT offers: an internationally respected faculty; a myriad of special events featuring experts in intellectual property, patent and cyberspace law; specialized moot court teams; and exciting externship opportunities.

The Zimmerman Law Library offers a large collection of volumes and robust wireless internet access to meet our students' research needs. UDSL's Law Clinic enables students to provide an important service to the community while developing essential lawyering skills through the representation of real clients in civil and criminal cases under the supervision of law faculty who are actively engaged in the practice of law. The support network extends well beyond the beautiful, technologically sophisticated law building and into the legal community. Highly respected lawyers and judges, who serve as adjunct professors, work with student projects, provide employment opportunities, and mentor our students in many ways, including through participation in Partners in the Profession, which provides each UDSL student with two mentors from the Dayton Bar Association.

As a law school with a growing reputation, we are committed to developing and offering outstanding programs of study. We continually invest in those areas most important to the education of our students - our dedicated faculty, our innovative curriculum, and the physical environment in which our students’ education takes place.

The University of Dayton School of Law is dedicated to preparing graduates for the practice of law anywhere in the nation. Our diverse and practical curriculum combines both traditional and innovative courses and teaching methods, with a variety of opportunities for students to develop their professional legal skills throughout the curriculum.

Our curriculum begins with a solid grounding in the traditional courses that educate students in the basic principle of public and private law, and therefore serve as the foundation for advanced studies. These courses include Civil Practice and Procedure, Contracts I, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Introduction to Legal Skills, Legal Profession I and II, Legislation, Real Property I, Torts I and II, and Values and Perspectives.

After the first year, students will take eleven more core required courses that will continue to develop their understanding of fundamental legal concepts and their practical skills. These courses include Business Organizations, Commercial Transactions, Constitutional Law, Contracts II, Evidence for the Litigator or Fundamentals of Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Professional Skills Evaluation, Real Property II, and Wills and Trusts. Students will also complete a capstone course or clinical experience, and an externship, which are all designed to provide students with experience-based learning.

To further diversify their education, students will also select one of the three tracks we offer: Advocacy and Dispute Resolution; Personal and Transactional Law; or Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw and Creativity. Completing the track requirements will give students an in-depth knowledge of a particular area of the law.

Finally, students will choose from the variety of electives we offer to complete the semester hours necessary for graduation. They will be able to select electives that are of particular interest to them either to increase their breadth or their depth of knowledge of a particular area of the law.

The University of Dayton School of Law is committed to encouraging people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to join our student body. Each year, our entering class consists of approximately 44% females and 15-19% ethnic minorities. The age range of each class has been 21-60, with 14% being married before they matriculate. The class has students from 20 states and over 64 different colleges with 55 different undergraduate majors.

Annually, we award a significant number of Legal Opportunity Scholarships for our entering students based on their diverse backgrounds and interests. Students may participate in programs such as the Minority Summer Judicial Clerkship Program, Minority Summer Externship Program and in regional minority career fairs.

With support from the faculty, fellow students and the administration, student organizations such as the Black Law Student Association, Women’s Caucus, Cyberspace Law Association, the Environmental Law Society, the Christian Legal Society and Phi Alpha Delta, to name just a few, support and encourage students of all backgrounds and interests.

Our Academic Excellence Program, open to all entering students, assists in helping students adjust to the rigors of law school and provides helpful information on studying and exam-taking. Our nondiscrimination policy is critical to our mission in emphasizing the educational and social enrichment that diversity brings to the School of Law, the community and the legal profession.

The University of Dayton School of Law is an exciting place to study the law. The city of Dayton is home to a wide variety of cultural activities, athletic opportunities, and interesting sites to see.

Students have a variety of housing possiblities to choose from, and they receive their legal education in Keller Hall, a modern learning facility.

The student community at UDSL is also very active, with a variety of student organizations hosting a multitude of events throughout the year.



School name:University of DaytonSchool of Law
Address:300 College Park
Zip & city:OH 45469 Ohio
Phone:937-229-3211
Web:http://law.udayton.edu
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