Leadership Honors Program

Empowering The Leaders Of Tomorrow.

Leading The Way

Through our Leadership Honors Program you can attend the School of Law with a Full Tuition Scholarship. The program is designed for highly-motivated students who want to be part of the next generation of lawyer-leaders. You will have an opportunity to learn from some of the top professionals in their field while creating your own law school leadership legacy.

Enhancing Your Skills

Graduates of the Leadership Honors Program earn a Leadership Honors Program certificate in addition to the Juris Doctorate. Students in the Program undertake the full J.D. curriculum with other members of their graduating class and participate in a specially-designed Graduated Leadership Sequence

  • In the first year, you engage with national and international experts in law, governance and business in the Honors Roundtable Series, chaired by former Ohio Governor Bob Taft. 
  • In the second year, you participate in a Leadership for Lawyers seminar at the University of Dayton's prestigious Center for Leadership.
  • In the next-to-last semester, you create your Leadership Legacy by working together on a project to help transform a community institution.

You can complete the entire course of study in two years (for our Summer Start students), two-and-a-half, or three years (for our Fall Start students). Students must stay in the top 30% of their class to remain in the Leadership Honors Program and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.6 to maintain their Full Tuition Scholarship.

Getting Nominated

For Incoming First-Year Students

Incoming students must be nominated — and cannot apply directly — to participate in the Leadership Honors Program. The minimum qualifications for consideration for the Leadership Honors Program are a 3.15 undergraduate GPA, a score of 152 on the Law School Admissions Test, and demonstrated leadership potential. 

Designated Nominators are:

  1. Designated Alumni Nominators drawn from our distinguished School of Law alumni;
  2. Representatives from undergraduate institutions selected to be Designated Nominator Schools, and;
  3. Dean-designated Nominators.

Interested students who do not have a Designated Nominator should contact the University of Dayton School of Law's Office of Admissions at lawinfo@udayton.edu or 937-229-3555.

Students who are nominated for the Leadership Honors Program must also apply for admission to the School of Law. Please note that a prospective applicant may gain admission into the School of Law without being accepted into the Leadership Honors Program.

Please nominate students by using this form.

For Current Dayton Law Students

If you are a Dayton Law student who started in Fall 2017 or Summer 2017,  you may apply to join the Leadership Honors Program in your second year. To be considered, you must be in the top 15% of the class after Spring 2018 grades are submitted.  Completed applications are due June 15, 2018.

To apply to the Leadership Honors Program, current Dayton Law students must provide:

All documents should be submitted online using the above links. For questions about the application process, please contact Bonnie Beaman Rice, Leadership Honors Program Director, at brice3@udayton.edu.

Taking Classes

2-year J.D. program - Summer starters

S = Semester

S1 - Summer Selected LHP Activities
S2 - Fall
S3 - Spring
Honors Roundtable Series
Small group sessions where Leadership Honors Students engage with Roundtable Presenters and prominent members of the bench and bar.
S4 - Fall Leadership for Lawyers Seminars

A custom-designed series offered only to our Leadership Honors Students by the University of Dayton's Center for Leadership.

Leadership Legacy Project
A final seminar where Leadership Honors Students connect with community leaders to leave their Leadership Legacy.
S5 - Spring Leadership for Lawyers Seminars


2½-year J.D. program - Fall starters

S = Semester

S1 - Fall
S2 - Spring
Honors Roundtable Series 
S3 - Fall Leadership for Lawyers Seminars
S4 - Spring Leadership for Lawyers Seminars

Leadership Legacy Project (2½-year only)
S5 - Fall Leadership Legacy Project (3-year only)
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Contact LHP

Bonnie Beaman Rice
Director, Leadership Honors Program

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2772