Overview

Applicants
766
Acceptance Rate
64%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.41
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
119

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
148 - 155

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
Yes

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
57

35.1
Female
12.3
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The University of Akron School of Law is an “undervalued,” “regional law school” that offers a lot of perks. “The tuition is very reasonable”; in fact, non-residents and international students can benefit from resident tuition rates from day one. The bar-passage rate is solid. Course load options are “extremely flexible.” It’s very easy to switch between the full-time and part-time programs. The four specialized centers here “are very well-known.” The “high-powered” certificate program in intellectual property and Joint JD/LLM are particularly notable. There’s also a certificate in litigation and areas of concentration galore. Akron Law also boasts five joint-degree programs, a couple of “pretty freaking amazing” journals, and the chance to study abroad in Japan and South Korea. The curriculum here focuses primarily on the hard-boiled application of law. “If you want a legal education that emphasizes practical skills needed in the real-world,” declares a 1L, “Akron Law is for you.” The trial advocacy program is “outstanding” and the trial team is “one of the best” in the nation, routinely bagging trophies at national tournaments. Clinics are “very strong” and reportedly a cinch to get into. One of the clinics is the Clemency Project, which aids low-income people who have been convicted of crimes in securing pardons from the state governor. Another is the new business legal clinic, which helps people start businesses in the Akron area. As far as academic complaints, some students have called the legal writing program “poor.” Luckily, Akron now has five full-time legal writing faculty.
Students heap praise on both the faculty and the administration. “The professors at Akron are the crown jewel of the school,” beams a 1L. “They make even esoteric, archaic concepts like the rule against perpetuities interesting and understandable.” “It is evident that they are passionate about teaching.” “Many could probably make double or triple their salary by working in a big-city law firm.” Faculty accessibility outside of class is “great,” too. Professors here are “really interested in helping you find your way as a lawyer.” They are “constantly walking the halls and willing to chit-chat.” “Every professor I have had in class knows my name,” reflects a 3L. The “ultra-helpful” and “very flexible” administration is “also very accessible and interested in the students” and “willing to work with” them.
While you can find Akron Law graduates all over the country, the great mass of alumni ends up practicing in northeast Ohio. While critics charge that the Office of Career Planning “does not do a great job at placing students,” most students seem pretty happy with their post-law school employment prospects, and the employment rate is consistently around 90 percent. The school has a “good reputation in the region.” “The local bar association has a very close relationship with Akron Law,” and “the school provides countless opportunities for” mentoring and networking.
Akron Law has started a complete renovation of its facilities, including the construction of a state-of-the art wing with a new courtroom and interactive classrooms In the meantime, the current facility is “less than stellar” and it just “doesn’t feel like a law school.” “The physical plant is a mess,” explains a 3L. “The law school is actually two buildings that were combined in the cheapest way possible.” “Areas of the building can seem cramped.” “The heating and cooling system is consistently broken.” On the plus side, classrooms are adequate. “They are all equipped for wireless Internet access and have plug-ins for every student laptop.” Also, the location is excellent. City, county, state, and federal courts “are all steps from the door of the school.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
84%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
65

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Brouse & McDowell; Roetzel & Andress; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease; Squire, Sanders & Dempsey; Sughrue Mion; Jones Day; 9th District Court of Appeals; US Army JAG Corps; City of Akron Law Dept; Hahn, Loeser; Brennan, Manna & Diamond; Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff; Black, McCuskey, Souers & Arbaugh; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty; Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell; Summit County Prosecutor's Office

Prominent Alumni

Deborah Cook
Federal Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals-Sixth Circuit

Rochelle Seide
VP, Intellectual Property & Business Affairs, Sancilio & Company, Inc.

John Vasuta
VP, Gen. Counsel & Sec., Bridgestone Firestone

Alice Batchelder
Federal Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals-Sixth Circuit

Alex Shumate
Managing Partner-Squire Patton Boggs

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1
Application Deadlines
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$27,808

% Students Receiving Some Aid
92%

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$21,376
Out-Of-State Tuition
$21,376
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$11,524
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$11,524
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,000
Fees
$3,064

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
405
Parent Institution Enrollement
25,865

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
4
Average Age at Entry
27

% Out-of-State
22%
% International
2%

Demographics

12.40%
% Under-represented Minorities

72% are full time
28% are part time
43% female
57% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The vast majority of students at Akron Law are residents of Ohio. They describe themselves as “pretty outgoing and friendly.” “The biggest surprise about law school is the fact that the other students are normal,” relates a 1L. “I was expecting snobs and nerds but I have found people that I look forward to seeing every day.” Student opinion concerning the academic atmosphere is decidedly split. Some students perceive “healthy amounts of competition.” Others don’t. “You see your fellow classmates as colleagues,” says a 1L. “Students here aren’t that competitive,” adds a 3L. “I have helped several students and others have helped me study for exams.” Beyond the confines of the classroom, a respectable number of speakers come to campus and the student bar association is “very active.” Socially, “there is quite a divide between day and evening students” and “there are a lot of cliques.” The city of Akron is “a small, insular community.” It’s not the worst place in the world, but it’s certainly not a world-class city, either. “Downtown Akron is not, shall we say, appealing in many ways,” explains a 2L. “Some areas are nice, but some areas abutting campus are sketchy.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Barbara C. Weinzierl
Asst. Dean of Admission, Strategic Initiatives

Address
The University of Akron School of Law
302 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH 44325-2901

Phone
800-425-7668

Email
lawadmissions@uakron.edu