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University of Cincinnati College of Law


University of Cincinnati College of Law

University of Cincinnati
College of Law
University of Cincinnati Seal
Motto Juncta Juvant ("Strength in Unity")
Established 1833
Type Public (state university)
Dean Jennifer S. Bard
Students 385
Location Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Campus Urban

The University of Cincinnati College of Law was founded in 1833 as the Cincinnati Law School. It is the fourth oldest continually running law school in the United States and a founding member of the Association of American Law Schools.[1] Then-dean and future 27th President of the United States, William Howard Taft (1880), merged it with the University of Cincinnati in 1896.

The school has produced both a President of the United States (William Howard Taft) and a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (both Taft and Willis Van Devanter). The school has also produced a Vice President of the United States, Charles G. Dawes, and a Secretary of Commerce, Charles W. Sawyer.


  • Ranking 1
  • Deans of the College of Law 2
  • Publications 3
  • Location 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • Employment 6
  • Costs 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Entrance to the College of Law from Clifton Avenue.

U.S. News & World Report, perhaps the most well-known publisher of unofficial law school rankings, listed Cincinnati's full-time Juris Doctor program as 82nd in the nation in 2015.[2]

The College's trial courtroom, where Cincinnati-area state and federal judges conduct proceedings in real cases several times each year.
Statue of former Dean William Howard Taft outside the College of Law. Taft went on to serve as President of the United States and Chief Justice of the United States.
Another view of the Taft statue.

Deans of the College of Law

Dean[3] Years Served
Timothy Walker 1833–1843
William S. Groesbeck 1844–1869
Charles L. Telford
Maskell S. Curwen 1850–1868
Rotated among faculty 1869–1873
J. Bryant Walker 1873-1874
Rufus King 1875–1880
Jacob D. Cox 1880–1897
William H. Taft 1897–1900
Gustavus H. Wald 1900–1902
William P. Rogers 1902–1916
Albert B. Benedict 1916–1926
Merton L. Ferson 1926–1946
Frank S. Rowley 1946–1952
Roscoe L. Barrow 1952–1965
Claude S. Sowle 1965–1969
Samuel S. Wilson 1969–1970
Edward A. Mearns, Jr. 1970–1973
Victor E. Schwartz 1973–1974*
Jorge L. Carro 1978–1979*
Gordon A. Christenson 1979–1986 I- Thomas Gerety 1986-1989
Joseph P. Tomain 1989–1990*
Louis D. Bilionis 2005-2015
Jennifer S. Bard 2015-present



A study area in the Marx Law Library.

UC Law is home to several journals including the Human Rights Quarterly, University of Cincinnati Law Review, the Immigration and Nationality Law Review, and The Freedom Center Journal (FCJ), a joint publication between the law school and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

A lecture hall for larger classes at the College of Law.
A smaller classroom fitted with a variety of instructional technologies.


The College of Law is located in Cincinnati, Ohio which is the 64th largest city in the United States--List of United States cities by population, while the Cincinnati-Middletown metropolitan area is the 24th largest in the country by population--United States metropolitan areas. The Greater Cincinnati area is home to over 685 law firms. Notably, Cincinnati's downtown is the site for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit courthouse, and also the courthouse for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Furthermore, Cincinnati is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies including being the headquarters for Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bank, GE Aviation, Macy's, Inc. and Kroger.

The College of Law is located at the corner of Clifton Avenue and Calhoun Street in the Heights neighborhood of Cincinnati.

Notable alumni

The period from 1925 to 1929 was a golden era for the school's alumni. During this time, UC Law alumni had significant influence in all three branches of the federal government. Charles G. Dawes was Vice President (and therefore also President of the Senate), Nicolas Longworth was Speaker of the House of Representatives, and William Howard Taft was Chief Justice of United States. Also during this time, alumnus Miller Huggins managed the New York Yankees to World Series championships in 1927 and 1928.

Name Year of Graduation Notable Accomplishments
Altenburg, John D.John D. Altenburg 1973 Major General and military lawyer (U.S. army ret.) appointed authority for military commissions covering detainees at Guantanamo
Austin, Helen ElsieHelen Elsie Austin 1930 A U.S. Foreign Service Officer and the first black woman to graduate from UC Law
Barker, William M.William M. Barker 1967 Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
Barrett, Michael RyanMichael Ryan Barrett 1977 District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Beckwith, SandraSandra Beckwith 1968 Chief Judge and the first woman to sit on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Berry, Theodore TedTheodore Ted Berry 1931 First African-American mayor of Cincinnati, has been called "Mr. Cincinnati", advisor to Martin Luther King Jr. and pivotal attorney in the Civil Rights Movement for the NAACP
Bevis, Howard LandisHoward Landis Bevis 1910 President of Ohio State University, Ohio Supreme Court
Cannon, Joseph GurneyJoseph Gurney Cannon 1859, attended U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1903–1911)[4]
Cary, Samuel FentonSamuel Fenton Cary 1837 U.S. Congressman representing Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives (1867–1869), United States Vice Presidential candidate, prohibitionist
Chesley, StanStan Chesley 1960 Nationally recognized attorney of Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley Co., L.P.A., well known for his expertise with class action lawsuits; has been referred to as "The Prince of Torts"
Chipman, Norton ParkerNorton Parker Chipman 1859 Chief JAG Prosecutor at Andersonville, Secretary of the District of Columbia, U.S. Congressman, Author, and First Presiding Justice of the California Third District Court of Appeal
Clancy, Donald D.Donald D. Clancy 1948 Former U.S. Congressman representing Ohio in the House of Representatives (1961–1977) and former mayor of Cincinnati
Clark, James BeauchampJames Beauchamp Clark 1875 U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1911–1919)
Collinsworth, CrisCris Collinsworth 1991 Former wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals and current television sportscaster for NBC Sunday Night Football
Dawes, Charles G.Charles G. Dawes 1886 30th Vice President of the United States (1925–1929) and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
Denver, James W.James W. Denver 1844 Governor of the Kansas Territory (1857–1858), Secretary of State of California (1853–1855) and namesake of Denver, Colorado
Deters, JoeJoe Deters 1982 Ohio State Treasurer (1999–2005), Prosecuting Attorney of Hamilton County, Ohio (2005–present)
Ernst, Richard P.Richard P. Ernst 1880 U.S. Senator from Kentucky (1921–1927)
Gilligan, John J.John J. Gilligan 1947 Governor of Ohio (1971-1975)
Harmon, JudsonJudson Harmon 1870 Attorney General of the United States (1895–1897), Governor of Ohio (1909–1913)
Holschuh, John DavidJohn David Holschuh 1951 Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Hoyt, John WesleyJohn Wesley Hoyt 1849, attended Third Governor of the Wyoming Territory, List of Governors of Wyoming (1878-1882)
Huggins, MillerMiller Huggins 1902 Manager of the New York Yankees, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame [5]
Hunt, Henry ThomasHenry Thomas Hunt 1903 Mayor of Cincinnati (1912–1913)
Keating, CharlesCharles Keating 1948 Founding partner of Keating, Muething & Klekamp; appointed to one of Richard Nixon's Presidential Commissions
Keating, William J.William J. Keating 1950 U.S. Congressman in the House of Representatives (1971–1974);partner of Keating, Meuthing & Klekamp
Kennedy, Sharon L.Sharon L. Kennedy 1991 Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio
Kinneary, Joseph P.Joseph P. Kinneary 1935 ret. Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, The Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse dedicated in 1998
Longworth, NicholasNicholas Longworth 1894 U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1925–1931)
Luken, CharlieCharlie Luken 1976 U.S. Congressman and mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio (1984–1991, 1999–2006)
Maier, Harold G.Harold G. Maier 1963 International Law Scholar; former Counselor on International Law, U.S. Department of State
Marshall, Carrington T.Carrington T. Marshall 1892
Martin, William BillyWilliam Billy Martin 1976 Prominent defense attorney of Washington D.C.; represented Marcia Lewis during the Lewinsky scandal, the parents of Chandra Levy, former Atlanta mayor Bill Campbell, former NBA player Jayson Williams, and most recently NFL Quarterback Michael Vick
Maxwell, Jr., LawrenceLawrence Maxwell, Jr. 1875 United States Solicitor General (1893–1895)
Morrow, Edwin P.Edwin P. Morrow 1902 Governor of Kentucky (1919–1923)
Nichols, Hugh L.Hugh L. Nichols 1886
Noyes, Edward FollansbeeEdward Follansbee Noyes 1858 Governor of Ohio (1872–1874)
Pattison, John M.John M. Pattison 1872 Governor of Ohio (1906)
Pomerene, AtleeAtlee Pomerene 1886 Lieutenant Governor of Ohio (1910–1911) and United States Senator (1911–1923)
Richardson, William S.William S. Richardson 1943 Former Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court (1966–1982); The University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law is named after him for his dedication to its establishment
Rose, Thomas M.Thomas M. Rose 1973 District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Sawyer, Charles W.Charles W. Sawyer 1911 Secretary of Commerce (1948 to 1953)
Smolin, David M.David M. Smolin 1986 children's/human rights activist and law professor at Cumberland School of Law, Director of Cumberland School of Law's Center for Biotechnology, Law, and Ethics.
Taft, BobBob Taft 1976 Governor of Ohio (1999–2007)
Taft, William HowardWilliam Howard Taft 1880 27th President of the United States (1909–1913), 10th Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930) and United States Solicitor General (1890–1892)
Van Devanter, WillisWillis Van Devanter 1881 Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1911–1937)


According to University of Cincinnati's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 53% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[6] Actually 69.1% (103/149)of Cincinnati’s Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term employment nine months after graduation that was either Bar Passage Required or J.D. Advantage. "JD-required" is not recognized as a category in the ABA-required disclosures. To achieve a "JD-required" calculation one has to combine two of the four ABA reporting categories - Bar Passage Required and J.D. Advantage.


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at University of Cincinnati for the 2013-2014 academic year is $41,872 for residents and 59,380 for non-residents.[7] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $159,045 for residents and $176,001 for non residents.[8]


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