Wednesday January 14, 2009

Law School Applications Down Nationally, Up at UD

The UD School of Law has bucked the downward national trend in four of the past five years.

The number of people applying to law schools nationwide continues to fall, but not at the University of Dayton.

In a tight job market, applications to law schools usually increase because undergraduate students may not find the job opportunities they desire, according to Janet Hein, UD School of Law assistant dean and director of admissions. However, Hein said, an uncertain student loan market coupled with the economic downturn is contributing to a drop in law school applicants nationally.

The number of applicants to the UD School of Law is up 5.6 percent from last year, according to Hein. The number is down 4.5 percent nationally and 7.5 percent in the Law School Admissions Council's Great Lakes Region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin). The UD School of Law has bucked the downward national trend in four of the past five years.

"We also have a strong applicant pool, in terms of their personal backgrounds and academic records," Hein said.

Applicants indicated that UDSL's two-year option, recommendations from attorneys and pre-law advisors, and their interactions with UDSL admissions representatives are among the reasons they applied to the UD School of Law.

The UD School of Law developed its Lawyer as Problem Solver program in 2005 because students and employers asked for curriculum that included more practical skills needed to deal with real clients. The program, which has a two-year option for flexibility, emphasizes service and applying legal education to solve problems for clients, communities and the world.

The program has attracted the attention of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, The New York Times and The National Law Journal, among others. The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution honored the program with an award for excellence in 2006.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.