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THE BEST WAY to get to the head of the classroom is to venture outside it.
» Maybe far outside it, fighting for human rights in
places like The Hague, Colombia, Uganda, or Botswana. Or maybe you prefer to stay stateside, devoting your summers to public interest work, business and entrepreneurship, or working to overturn wrongful convictions. No matter where you’re going or what you have planned, we’ve got your back.
This is education, unleashed. At the University of Cincinnati College of Law, students balance theory with practice — in the real world, encountering real situations at companies, law firms, and courthouses, all over the globe. The world is your classroom. Where will you go?
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Centers & Cincinnati Law’s centers and institutes attract scholars and experts from around the globe. Headed by Cincinnati Law faculty, these programs offer students opportunities to participate in symposia and workshops, work on important social justice, business, and international law issues, and conduct in-depth research locally and across the globe.
» The Ohio Innocence Project Institute For Justice
» The Corporate Law Center » The Center For Race, Gender, and Social Justice
» The Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights
» Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry
» Center for Practice
“Our experiential learning program is outstanding, offering valuable opportunities for our students to engage in handson learning in our numerous ‘live client’ clinics, externships, and simulation courses. Through these experiences, they learn to become effective legal counselors in a variety of practice areas, while working under the supervision of experienced lawyers. We understand the importance of these experiences to the professional development and careers of our students and to members of the Cincinnati community, who gain access to pro bono legal services they could not otherwise afford. It’s a win-win.”
–Lewis H. Goldfarb
Professor of Clinical Law Director of Clinical Programs Director, Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
The Ohio Innocence Project - Institute For Justice Working to overturn wrongful convictions.
The Rosenthal Institute for Justice was established at Cincinnati Law thanks to the generosity of Lois and Richard Rosenthal. The primary component of Cincinnati Law’s Rosenthal Institute for Justice is the Ohio Innocence Project, which was founded in 2003. Harnessing the energy and intellect of law students as its driving force, the OIP seeks to identify inmates in Ohio prisons who are actually innocent of the crimes they were convicted of committing. Innocence is often determined by DNA testing, but can include other types of evidence such as new witnesses, new expert testimony, or evidence of police misconduct. Once an inmate’s innocence has been established through investigation, the OIP sends the case back to court and litigates in the hope of obtaining the inmate’s freedom. Innocence Projects across the country have freed more than 250 wrongfully convicted inmates to date. The Ohio Innocence Project to date has helped 27 individuals obtain their long-sought freedom. Sample Criminal Law Elective Course Offerings: » Advanced Problems in Constitutional Law: Contemporary Constitutional Challenges » Antitrust » Appellate Practice and Procedure » Civil Rights Litigation » Computer Crime Law » Counterterrorism Law » Criminal Defense: Investigation and Discovery » Criminal Procedure I » Criminal Procedure II » Crimmigration » Evidence » Federal Courts » Introduction to Law and Psychiatry » Negotiations » Trial Practice » White Collar Crime 4
Fellowship Opportunities The Ohio Innocence Project accepts about 20 students each year for a one-year fellowship. Typically, students serve as fellows during their second year of school. They begin by working full-time during the summer, and they receive a stipend for their work. In the following fall and spring semesters, they work part-time and complete the fellowship’s classroom component.
OIP fellows gain a wealth of hands-on experience. Under the supervision of an attorney, they review inmates’ applications to determine if a given inmate is innocent and that innocence can be proven in court. Students examine case files and review public records, learning how to perform legal research in a very real setting. OIP fellows work directly with clients and potential clients, and they visit them in prison one or more times in the course of the fellowship. If a case comes to litigation, students handle the court filings and assist OIP attorneys in material ways. In the classroom component of the fellowship, students learn everything they need to know to perform their work for the OIP. They will also learn from OIP Director Mark Godsey about the causes of wrongful conviction and related issues in the US criminal justice system.
Additional REAL-WORLD OPPORTUNITIES in Your Second and Third Year: Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry
Untangling mental health and legal matters in social policy. Fellowship Opportunities Law students interested in mental health law should take note of the fellowship opportunity offered by the Weaver Institute. Fellows work once a week gaining hands-on experience as part of the community placement program. This program sees fellows working in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Mental Health Court, the Veterans Administration, and Christ Hospital’s in-patient psychiatric unit, to name a few.
Center for Practice
Developing your professional skills in a robust, interdisciplinary approach. The Academic Component In the first year, students take Civil Procedure, Legal Research and Writing, and Advocacy. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the fundamentals of legal practice. In the second year, students enroll in Client Counseling and, if eligible for the competitive Trial Practice Team, they take the Trial Practice course. In these courses, students gain experience applicable to their professional paths.
In addition to community involvement, Weaver Fellows also complete formal course work. During their 2L year, Weaver Fellows take Mental Health Law I & II (courses exclusive to Weaver Fellows), and they take Introduction to Law & Psychiatry in either their 2L or 3L year.
Trial Practice Team Here, students can put their skills to the test in a competitive environment. Students enrolled in the Trial Practice course will participate in an Ohio competition in the fall of their 2L year and an additional competition in the following spring semester.
Weaver Fellows receive a total of 11-12 credit hours for their work, in addition to a stipend. What’s more, fellows leave prepared to serve as well-rounded legal professionals. In the words of Weaver Fellow Ben White (Class of ’18), “The legal system is already intimidating, but to go through it with a mental illness would be even worse.”
Students on the Trial Practice team prepare witnesses, work with experts, and conduct pre-trial discovery. These are skills that will benefit any future practitioner. Externships After their first year, law students can participate in a multitude of externship opportunities. These grant students hands-on experience in a professional law environment. The Center for Practice recommends that students consider opportunities with the Sixth-Circuit Mediation Office and the Hamilton County Private Complaint Mediation Service. Independent Research Projects Because Cincinnati Law is a small law school, professors are able to supervise student’s individual research projects. These projects involve a wide range of formats, depending on student interest, but often involve video taping lawyers and clients in negotiation, client counseling or mediation, and creating negotiation or mediation simulations based upon practitioner interviews and real cases. law.uc.edu
The Corporate Law Center Developing 21st Century Business Attorneys
The Corporate Law Center at Cincinnati Law consists of three primary components designed to give students: 1) a broad foundation of substantive knowledge; 2) the practical skills necessary to represent businesses in the new economy; and 3) significant real-world experience. These three modes of learning are integrated so that each experience complements the others. Our students also have many opportunities to learn from Business Law scholars and practitioners. Substantive Courses As a Cincinnati Law student, you may elect to take a wide range of courses in business, corporate, and tax law. These classes are taught by our full-time faculty, as well as adjunct professors who bring years of practice to the classroom experience. These courses provide you with a detailed foundation in the fundamental areas of Business Law, particularly the legal forms for business entities, tax, corporate finance, intellectual property, and contracts. We also offer a variety of specialized business courses for those seeking to focus in particular Business Law practices, such as labor and employment, health care, securities regulation, and mergers and acquisitions. Students that complete certain course requirements are eligible to graduate with a Corporate Law concentration. In addition, the College of Law and the College of Business offer a joint degree whereby a student earns both a J.D. and a Masters of Business Administration in four years.
Practical Skills The practical skills program with the Corporate Law Center is designed to hone your expertise in the fundamental tasks that all business attorneys must master. The core of this program is our upper level writing program, where you will learn how to analyze, draft, and review complex commercial contracts in concise, understandable language. You will also practice counseling clients in a variety of simulated contexts in your client counseling workshop, and may elect to take a class on the fundamentals of accounting and finance, providing you with a critical foundation for understanding business issues that affect all clients. The capstone of the skills program is a transactions course offered in your third year. Working in teams, you will negotiate, draft, and complete the sale of a private company from beginning to end. You may find it the most demanding â€” yet most fulfilling â€” course in your law school experience. Collectively, the skills program empowers you to hit the ground running on your first day of practice.
Real World - Active Learning The class experiences provide you the substantive knowledge and skills training necessary to become an outstanding business law attorney. However, training without real-world experiences is an incomplete education. At Cincinnati Law, we believe that you learn best by doing. To that end, our Business Law program offers an incredible range of experiential opportunities that complete your transformation from law student to lawyer. We are fortunate to have a number of global companies based in Cincinnati, and Cincinnati Law has partnered with these companies to offer students a diverse range of externships and internships. You will have the chance, while in school, to work with major law firms and companies such as Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Kroger, and Fifth Third Bank.
Business is changing and law is
changing with it. The pace of change is incredibly fast. The bold, the curious, and the entrepreneurial will be at a strategic advantage as we move forward. At Cincinnati Law, we are at the vanguard of these changes and have committed our program to developing attorneys that have an immediate and lasting impact on the companies they represent. If that is of interest to you, you should consider Cincinnati Law.
Co-Curriculars In addition, Cincinnati Law offers a variety of co-curricular programs in the area of Business Law that are coordinated through the Corporate Law Center. These activities include student groups, speakers from law and business, and interdisciplinary programs with other colleges at the University of Cincinnati. The highlight of the Corporate Law Center is an annual symposium that brings prominent speakers from all over the world to Cincinnati for a oneday discussion of major issues in Business Law. A recent symposium was themed “Corporate Social Responsibility” and attracted over 200 attendees from around the region. Fellowship Opportunities The Corporate Law Center also selects a limited number of fellows each year from the incoming class. Corporate Law Fellows receive an annual monetary stipend for all three years of law school; but more importantly, work hand-in-hand with professors and other fellows in developing the Center’s programs, organizing the symposium, researching topics of academic interest, and participating in the Fellows’ reading and networking group. Fellows are also automatically eligible to participate in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic during their second year of law school, and will receive priority placement for our summer externships at the Hamilton County Business Center and with Mortar.
Perhaps the crown jewel of our experiential program is the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, where students obtain hands-on experience representing local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on transactional legal issues critical to their success. These services include entity selection, protection of intellectual property, regulatory compliance, and a host of other services common to the entrepreneurial environment. The Clinic has also partnered with high profile business accelerators such as Mortar and Ocean to place students in a direct advising relationship with a number of high-growth nationwide startup companies.
The Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice Breaking Down Barriers — Cultivating Social Change
take courses such as Gender, Sexuality, and Public Policy; Third World Women; and Environmental Justice and Equality. Program students may also apply their coursework to “real world” problems by serving as externs at national feminist legal organizations such as Equality Now, a New York City based non-profit dedicated to ending violence against women and girls around the world. Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic Working in partnership with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, clinic students have represented over 1,600 survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Our students also have advocated successfully for greater city funding to address the harms of domestic violence.
Kristin Kalsem, Co-Director of the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice and Charles Hartsock Professor of Law
The College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice seeks to cultivate leaders, activists, and scholars committed to social change through the interdisciplinary and intersectional study of race, gender, class, and sexuality. To accomplish this mission, the Center’s tools include coursework, research, and public interest work through the four components described below. Joint Degree Program in Law and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies The first of its kind in the nation, the J.D./M.A. program gives students the opportunity to engage in a rigorous, interdisciplinary study of the law. At the College of Law, students take courses such as Feminist Jurisprudence; Gender and the Law; and Critical Race Theory. In the university’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, students 8
Freedom Center Journal Students participating in this interdisciplinary journal gain valuable research and writing skills while examining the interconnected issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class. A joint, scholarly publication of the College of Law and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (located in Downtown Cincinnati), the Freedom Center Journal explores legacies of historic struggles for freedom in order to provide a better understanding of ongoing forms of subordination and to craft strategies for social change.
Felix Chang, Associate Professor of Law, involved in a panel discussion at the College of Law.
Legal Participatory Action Research Program The Center engages with community stakeholders to identify legal issues and develop strategies to address them. Currently, two ongoing projects are focused on addressing predatory lending and domestic violence, one focused on public defense reform, and another working with highly-policed communities to define and implement policies that promote “public safety” as the community defines it. Substantive Courses The co-directors of the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice teach in a variety of different areas, including gender, race, sex, equality, and the operation of criminal legal systems. Courses include: Civil Rights Litigation; Constitutional Law I; Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure; Critical Race Theory; Family Law; Feminist Jurisprudence; Gender and the Law; and Law, Literature, and Gender; as well as Bankruptcy; Contracts; Payment Systems; Sales; and Secured Transactions.
» Social Justice Fellowships
The Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice selects a limited number of outstanding students annually as Social Justice Fellows. Their activities include research on current social justice issues, coursework that involves legal analysis through the intersecting lenses of race, gender, class, and sexuality, externships with local social justice organizations, and participation in activities that seek to cultivate social justice scholars, leaders, and activists. Each fellow receives tuition assistance in exchange for work with the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. Social Justice Fellows are required to enroll in two of the following three courses, taking at least one in their second year of study: Critical Race Theory; Feminist Jurisprudence; Gender and the Law. They also are required to participate in a threecredit research project sponsored by the Center, help with the Center’s annual fall event, and support Center programs throughout the academic year.
The Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice challenges audience members to think differently through a variety of programming hosted throughout the year.
The Urban Morgan Institute For Human Rights Leading the Fight for International Human Rights
For almost four decades, the Urban Morgan Institute (UMI) has educated and trained human rights lawyers who promote and protect human rights in the international arena. Established at the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1979, the Institute now serves as a model for many other human rights programs. The Urban Morgan Institute offers many opportunities, both inside the classroom and beyond, for students who are interested in international law and human rights. At the core of the Institute’s success is the Human Rights Quarterly,
ranked HRQ sixth out of 636 academic journals in terms of downloads of articles. Co-Curriculars Recently, UMI hosted “The Sir Nigel Rodley Human Rights Conference” that brought together important human rights advocates to pay tribute to the late Sir Nigel Rodley, one of the giants in the human rights field. The quality of the discussions of human rights issues was excellent, and UMI students played a pivotal role making our distinguished guests feel welcome in Cincinnati. UMI’s next major conference will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Through the course of the year, human rights activists and delegations from around the world participate in our Distinguished Visitors Program. The format typically includes a dinner conversation with human rights students, and these dinners often become some of the students’ most informative and memorable moments in law school.
First — The Urban Morgan Institute is the first endowed institute at an American law school dedicated to the study of international human rights law. recognized as the leading academic journal in the human rights field. The Quarterly covers the range of human rights issues encompassed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, the Human Rights Quarterly is edited by Cincinnati Law students who are overseen by Professor Bert Lockwood, Editor-inChief and Director of the Institute. The HRQ is unique in the law school world because you can join the staff in your first year. Recently Google ranked HRQ second in the international law field, and Project Muse 10
UMI Externships Students working on the Human Rights Quarterly may also choose to participate in our Summer Externship Program which provides placement opportunities in human rights organizations around the world. Cincinnati Law students have interned in places like Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana, Chile, China, Colombia, Ireland, India, Nepal, South Africa, Spain, New Zealand, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Uganda.
“Human Rights Externships afford students the opportunity of working with key human rights organizations and individuals abroad and within the United States. It is not uncommon for students to characterize their experiences as ‘lifechanging.’ We have been placing students for almost 40 years, and thus our contacts are extensive around the world. –Bert Lockwood
Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights
» Urban Morgan Fellowships
Since the founding of the Urban Morgan Institute, Arthur Russell Morgan fellowships have been offered to a number of outstanding students who demonstrate a commitment to international human rights. Each year the Institute awards five fellowships to incoming first-years at the College of Law. The fellowships carry stipends for both the academic year and the summer externship placement after the first year of law school.
The Intern’s License 3L students who have completed a minimum of 60 credit hours toward graduation can obtain an intern’s license. With this, students can practice in court under the supervision of a prosecutor or defense lawyer. These internships put academic knowledge into real-world use, allowing students to gain professional experience prior to graduation.
Legal Extern Program
The University of Cincinnati legal extern program enables our students to gain important practical skills, make valuable connections in the legal community, and develop their professional identity under the direct supervision of an experienced attorney. Second and third year law students may apply to work for academic credit at a variety of placement sites, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, and Fortune 500 corporations. Each student is assigned an Attorney Field Supervisor at the placement site who supervises the student’s work and provides professional guidance and mentoring. Cincinnati Law students must complete a minimum of 100 hours at their placement site and enroll in the mandatory companion course. Third year students are eligible to obtain a Limited License to Practice as a Legal Intern from the Ohio or Kentucky Supreme Courts. Externs with a limited license are able to make court appearances on behalf of their clients under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney.
“One day I was conducting research concerning a merger, the next I was looking up contract and compliance issues. Having a research method that can be applied in these different areas is extremely useful. I learned these at Cincinnati Law.” –Kyle Miller ’16
Externships with Great American Insurance Company and Fifth Third Bank
Judicial Extern Program
Students can choose from a variety of placement sites. Recent University of Cincinnati Legal Externs have been placed at: » The Kroger Company » Macy’s » Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati » The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy » Office of the Cincinnati City Solicitor » Ohio Justice and Policy Center » Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio » Fifth Third Bank » ProSeniors » National Labor Relations Board » Housing Opportunities Made Equal » Cincinnati Public School » Su Casa Hispanic Center » United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau » Wright Patterson Air Force Base » Cincinnati Interfaith Workers’ Center » Center for Closing the Health Gap » Children’s Law Center » University of Cincinnati Department of Athletic Compliance » Internal Revenue Service » Procter and Gamble » Talbert House Fatherhood Project » and various county prosecutors and public defenders’ offices among many others.
The judicial extern program allows law students to perform essentially the same work as that performed by a law clerk to a judge. It usually involves preparing memoranda on cases, reviewing case files, drafting opinions and orders, and attending trials, hearings, and conferences. The precise tasks depend upon the type of court and style of the judge. Judicial externs also have an inside view of the judicial process, learning not only how the courts function, but also what influences a judge to rule in a particular way.
“We were trying to bring a suit against the government, not only for damages of property destruction, but also for how it affected kids in those villages. They saw their homes destroyed right in front of their eyes. I had to use what I learned, constitutional law based on US Law, and try to apply it to a South African context.” –Emily Roberts ’18
UMI externship with Legal Resources Centre in Durban, Africa
Few law school experiences provide so many benefits related to the professional development of a prospective lawyer. For those students interested in a judicial clerkship, the program gives a taste of the work to help them decide whether to pursue a clerkship, as well as the most relevant training. A judicial externship also is a strong addition to a resume. In assigning placements, a student’s interests and capabilities are matched with the needs of the judges. Opportunities are available in both state and federal courts. Students must complete a minimum of 100 hours at their placement site at a rate not to exceed ten hours per week. Cincinnati Law students must also enroll in the mandatory companion course. Academic credit is awarded for both classroom and placement components. law.uc.edu
Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic
Clinics provide students with unique opportunities to develop practical skills under the close supervision of a faculty member and other legal professionals.
The Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic provides experience in practicing law and trial advocacy in the context of domestic violence. Third year law students develop the skills necessary for effective client representation, including interviewing, investigation, negotiation, drafting pleadings and correspondence, and direct and crossexamination. More than 1,600 victims represented since begun in 2005
“The variety of work done by the Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) exposed me to different types of law and illustrated the impact sexual assault has on the lives of survivors and their families.”
-Lee Serbin ’14
Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
In the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, Cincinnati Law students represent local small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on transactional legal issues critical to their success. Client services include assistance and counseling on entity selection and formation, regulatory compliance and licensing, advice on trademark and copyright protection, and lease and contract review, negotiation, and preparation.
Indigent Defense Clinic
The Indigent Defense Clinic provides third year law students with the opportunity to represent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies in Hamilton County. With oneon-one supervision, each student is mentored by a practicing criminal defense attorney.
“[Entrepreneurs are] so passionate. And when you speak to them they talk about their ideas like it’s their baby, but they’re excited! They want to move forward with their idea, and they go into work every day pumped up about what’s coming up next.”
-Sarah Ambach ’17 “The most meaningful classes have been the practical experiences, by far. In my three years at Cincinnati Law, I have worked at a small firm, completed research for a professor, worked at the Hamilton County courthouse for a judge, participated in the externship program — working at UC’s Intellectual Property office — and the Domestic Violence clinic, and participated in an independent study.”
-Alex Doyle ’13
More than 600 criminal defendants have been provided free legal representation since the Indigent Defense Clinic’s 2007 founding
Sixth Circuit Clinic
In the Sixth Circuit Clinic, law school students work closely with an attorney on cases pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Students attend arguments at the Court and participate in mooting the attorneys for oral argument.
Ohio Innocence Project
Cincinnati Law’s Ohio Innocence Project seeks to identify and assist prison inmates who claim to be innocent of the crimes for which they were convicted. OIP students review inmate requests and assist with investigations to determine whether the request meets the screening criteria. They also work on cases where new evidence supports the inmate’s claim of innocence. The OIP is one of the premier innocence projects in the country and the only innocence project in Ohio. 162 current cases; 40,425 letters received…1,902 phone hours logged since inception in 2003 to free the wrongfully convicted
“The Ohio Innocence Project provided me with the skills to conduct better interviews with clients and witnesses. It also taught me to think outside the box when it comes to constructing a defense for my clients. The experience was life-changing and opened my eyes to the injustices served by our justice system. This is incredibly rewarding work.”
– Maxel Moreland ’17
“The Sixth Circuit Clinic was the most dynamic learning environment I found in law school. You’re working on a live case, defending a real person’s rights, so you’re learning a ton about advocacy, the practical ins-and-outs of appellate litigation, and the substance of appellate law. It was the toughest, but most rewarding class I took in law school.”
– Benjamin White ’18
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Patent and Trademark Clinic (PTC)
Ohio’s first clinic to focus on both patents and trademarks, the PTC provides much needed legal assistance to local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs and will allow you to work alongside seasoned IP attorneys to practice IP law. “In the PTC you help make dreams come true. Small businesses and individual inventors come to you with their life’s work, providing you with a unique opportunity to play such a critical role so early on in your legal career. The clients are grateful, the work is rewarding, and the impact is real.”
– Jorge Tameron ’19
While we are highly selective about our choice of new students, if you bring the ability, drive, and passion, we want you to apply. Our review process is holistic; we will consider your character, academic preparedness, prior leadership history, service and/or employment record, your personal statement, and letters of recommendation. The window for application opens Sept. 1 and closes March 15 — don’t miss out. Complete application procedures are online at law.uc.edu.
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