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University of Cincinnati College of Law

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University of Cincinnati College of Law
MottoJuncta Juvant ("Strength in Unity")
TypePublic (state university)
Established1833; 188 years ago (1833)
DeanVerna L. Williams
Location, ,
39.12905°N 84.52010°W

The University of Cincinnati College of Law, a top 100 (83rd 2021[1]) law school in the U.S., was founded in 1833 as the Cincinnati Law School. It is the fourth oldest continuously running law school in the United States and a founding member of the Association of American Law Schools.[2] Then-dean and future 27th President of the United States, William Howard Taft (1880), merged it with the University of Cincinnati in 1896.

UC Law offers a JD program as well as an LLM (Master of Laws) in the US Legal System for international attorneys. Graduate certificates in US Law are also available.

Entrance to the College of Law from Clifton Avenue.
Entrance to the College of Law from Clifton Avenue.

U.S. News & World Report, listed Cincinnati's tax law program as 63rd in the nation in 2021.[3]

The College's trial courtroom, where Cincinnati-area state and federal judges conduct proceedings in real cases several times each year.
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.
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.
Another view of the Taft statue.

Deans of the College of Law

Dean[4] 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
Thomas Gerety 1986–1989
Joseph P. Tomain 1989–1990*
Louis D. Bilionis 2005–2015
Jennifer S. Bard 2015–2017
Verna L. Williams 2017—2019**

*Acting **Interim


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


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

Notable alumni

Name Year of Graduation Notable Accomplishments
John D. Altenburg 1973 Major General and military lawyer (U.S. army ret.) appointed authority for military commissions covering detainees at Guantanamo
Helen Elsie Austin 1930 A U.S. Foreign Service Officer and the first black woman to graduate from UC Law
William M. Barker 1967 Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
Michael Ryan Barrett 1977 District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Sandra Beckwith 1968 Chief Judge and the first woman to sit on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Theodore 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
Howard Landis Bevis 1910 President of Ohio State University, Ohio Supreme Court
Joseph Gurney Cannon 1859, attended U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1903–1911)[5]
Samuel Fenton Cary 1837 U.S. Congressman representing Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives (1867–1869), United States Vice Presidential candidate, prohibitionist
Leonard Case Jr. 1844 Founder and endower of Case School of Applied Science in Cleveland, Ohio, later known as Case Western Reserve University.
Stan 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"
Norton 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
Donald D. Clancy 1948 Former U.S. Congressman representing Ohio in the House of Representatives (1961–1977) and former mayor of Cincinnati
James Beauchamp Clark 1875 U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1911–1919)
Cris Collinsworth 1991 Former wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals and current television sportscaster for NBC Sunday Night Football
Charles G. Dawes 1886 30th Vice President of the United States (1925–1929) and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
James W. Denver 1844 Governor of the Kansas Territory (1857–1858), Secretary of State of California (1853–1855) and namesake of Denver, Colorado
Joe Deters 1982 Ohio State Treasurer (1999–2005), Prosecuting Attorney of Hamilton County, Ohio (2005–present)
Richard P. Ernst 1880 U.S. Senator from Kentucky (1921–1927)
John J. Gilligan 1947 Governor of Ohio (1971–1975)
Judson Harmon 1870 Attorney General of the United States (1895–1897), Governor of Ohio (1909–1913)
John David Holschuh 1951 Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
John Wesley Hoyt 1849, attended Third Governor of the Wyoming Territory, List of Governors of Wyoming (1878–1882)
Miller Huggins 1902 Manager of the New York Yankees, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame[6]
David P. Hull 1840 Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
Henry Thomas Hunt 1903 Mayor of Cincinnati (1912–1913)
Charles Keating 1948 Founding partner of Keating, Muething & Klekamp; appointed to one of Richard Nixon's Presidential Commissions
William J. Keating 1950 U.S. Congressman in the House of Representatives (1971–1974);partner of Keating, Meuthing & Klekamp
Sharon L. Kennedy 1991 Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio
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
Nicholas Longworth 1894 U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1925–1931)
Charlie Luken 1976 U.S. Congressman and mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio (1984–1991, 1999–2006)
Harold G. Maier 1963 International Law Scholar; former Counselor on International Law, U.S. Department of State
Carrington T. Marshall 1892
William 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
Lawrence Maxwell Jr. 1875 United States Solicitor General (1893–1895)
Edwin P. Morrow 1902 Governor of Kentucky (1919–1923)
Hugh L. Nichols 1886
Edward Follansbee Noyes 1858 Governor of Ohio (1872–1874)
Emmett N. Parker 1882 Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court[7]
John M. Pattison 1872 Governor of Ohio (1906)
Atlee Pomerene 1886 Lieutenant Governor of Ohio (1910–1911) and United States Senator (1911–1923)
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
Thomas M. Rose 1973 District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Charles W. Sawyer 1911 Secretary of Commerce (1948 to 1953)
Thomas Adiel Sherwood 1857 Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court from 1873 to 1902.[8][9]
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.
Bob Taft 1976 Governor of Ohio (1999–2007)
William Howard Taft 1880 27th President of the United States (1909–1913), 10th Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930), United States Solicitor General (1890–1892), Governor of the Philippines, Governor of Cuba, Secretary of War, and Judge on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Willis Van Devanter 1881 Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1911–1937)
Marilyn Zayas 1997 Judge, Ohio's First District Court of Appeals (2016 - Present) [10]


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.[11]


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  2. ^ "Fast Facts: University of Cincinnati". Retrieved 22 November 2013.
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  4. ^ "College of Law Deans". University of Cincinnati College of Law.
  5. ^ "CANNON, Joseph Gurney, (1836–1926)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  6. ^ – Biography – Miller Huggins
  7. ^ H. James Bowell, American Blue Book (Boswell) Western Washington (1922), p. 12.
  8. ^ "Missouri Jurist Born 96 Years Ago", The Missouri Herald (June 6, 1930), p. 1.
  9. ^ "Biographies of the Gentlemen Comprising the Democratic State Ticket", The St. Joseph Weekly Gazette (August 3, 1882), p. 7.
  10. ^ Jordyn (2020-10-09). "Improbable life story responsible for Law Alumna's Legal Journey". UC News. Retrieved 2020-11-22.

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