2L students: your Certificate of Dean is Ready for Pick Up

For all 2L students:

Your Certificate of Dean packet for your Ohio Bar Exam Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission is ready for pick up at the reception desk of the Law Dean’s Office.

The packet includes your Certificate of Dean, one (1) official transcript (if we had a transcript on file), and a fingerprint card. Please make an appointment to have your fingerprints taken as required by the Supreme Court of Ohio: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/admissions/application/default.asp

This packet is only part of the information required to complete your Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission.  Please make sure the information contained in this packet accompanies the additional material required by the Supreme Court (see: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/admissions/application/default.asp)

The completed application is due in Columbus, Ohio at the Supreme Court Office of Bar Admissions BY: November 17, 2014.

A photo ID is required, and we request that you open and review the contents for accuracy before you leave the Dean’s office.

Thank you!

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Are you graduating in December?

December Graduates - you are invited to:

Dinner with Dean Wilson

Monday, October 20, 2014, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM in Room L-165



  • Food!
  • Brief remarks by Dean Wilson
  • Introduction to bar preparation support which is available to you between graduation and the bar exam
  • Information from Career Planning and Placement
  • Information about Akron Law Alumni
  • Q&A – what’s next?

Please RSVP here.  (Even if you are not able to attend, it would be helpful if you would check in and let me know the best way to contact you between graduation and the bar exam.)

Nancy L. Reeves
Assistant Director of Academic Success Programs

315  C. Blake McDowell Law Center
(330) 972-6809

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Attention December 2014 JD Degree Candidates

ATTENTION December 2014 JD Degree Candidates:

VERY IMPORTANTAny changes to your Character and Fitness from your original law school application must be reported to our office by Wednesday, October 15.  Your Character and Fitness MUST BE updated and accurate for us to complete your Character Certificate that is due with your application to the Supreme Court of Ohio NO LATER THAN Monday, November 3 if you plan to take the Ohio February Bar Exam. You may find the amendment form at: http://www.uakron.edu/dotAsset/7b0bd928-54f6-4633-978c-5b57b5d37104.pdf.

Also, please check the Supreme Court of Ohio website for additional information regarding payment due, etc.:   http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/admissions/Bar_Exam/default.asp.

Character Certificates will be ready for pick up at the receptionist desk in the Law Dean’s Office on Monday, October 20.  This will include any updates to Character and Fitness you have submitted to us by October 15.

The Bar Review Course Fellowship amount has changed to 100% of your out of pocket expenses up to a maximum of $2,250 (the reimbursement does not include reimbursable deposits).  We will begin processing reimbursements weekly after your exit interview with Career Planning and Placement Director, Alisa Benedict-O’Brien.

Candidates who successfully complete their degree requirements in time to graduate will have a degree conferral date of January 10, 2015.  Diplomas will be available for pick up beginning January 12, 2015, and they will be mailed on January 19 if they have not been picked up.  Please remember that a photo ID is required for pick up. Also, please update your address in ‘My Akron’ or submit your address to me to assure we mail your degree to the appropriate location.

We know you are very busy, and we appreciate your cooperation with getting items to us by the dates we request.  This is the only way we can be sure to complete our part in a timely manner to best serve you.  If you have any questions, please contact Ivy Banks at ikw1@uakron.edu or Mary Cooke at mec@uakron.edu. Thank you!

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Bar Review Course Fellowships – Applications Available Soon

From Associate Dean Jordan:

After my announcement about bar review course vendors the other day, some of you have asked how to apply for the Fellowship to cover 90% of the cost up to $2200. Student Services Director Ivy Banks will send out the applications beginning October 1 for December degree candidates, and we will begin reimbursements on October 15th. We will do the same next semester for those graduating in May and taking the July bar examination.

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Offerings by Bar Review Course Companies – Message from Associate Dean Jordan

As we begin the school year, several companies will be promoting the sale of their bar review courses. We highly recommend that you take a bar review course in preparation for the bar examination, and as discussed below, the law school subsidizes a very substantial portion of the cost of your bar review course.

As you consider the various bar review course promotions, you should be aware of the following:

1. The law school will provide you with a fellowship to cover 90% of the cost of your bar review course, up to a maximum of $2200.

2. Although the subsidy significantly reduces the cost of the bar review course to you, you still need to be careful in selecting the course that is best for you. You should consider both cost and any other elements of the contract offered by the company.

3. This is an opportunity for you to exercise the skills you learned in Contracts. Examine each offer carefully. Generally, as any company offering any contract reduces its own potential income from the contract through discounts or cost reductions, it tends to add other provisions that strongly favor the company. This is normal commercial practice. As an intelligent consumer, particularly one with training in Contracts, you should carefully consider whether the balance suits your needs and make the choice appropriate to your situation.

Now is certainly the time to begin preparing for your ultimate success on the bar examination. Good luck!

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