Ohio Bar Admissions Workshop

Ohio Bar Admissions Workshop
Staff from Bar Admissions Office, The Supreme Court of Ohio                               
Monday, October 18, 2010
5:00 to 5:15 registration  (FREE cookies & bottle water will be served!)
5:15 to 6:25 presentation
Room 151
If you are a first or second year law student, you are considering or definitely planning to sit for the Ohio bar exam, and you have NOT yet submitted your required preliminary bar application, then you should absolutely plan to attend this FREE workshop.   This program is open to all law students.
Topics addressed will include:
 ¨       The Ohio bar application process
¨       Character and Fitness (issues, problems, investigations)
¨       The level of scrutiny given to the bar applications
¨       Appropriate and thorough responses to the bar application questions
¨       DEADLINES!
 Consider the following Preliminary Bar Application DEADLINES for The Supreme Court of Ohio
 November 15:  By all SECOND YEAR FULL- and PART-TIME students  ($75 fee)
 January 15:       DROP DEAD DEADLINE for July bar exam takers ($200 late fee)
 August 15:        DROP DEAD DEADLINE for February bar exam takers ($200 late fee)
WARNING:   Waiting until the drop-dead dates to file an application places you at risk of not
getting to take the bar exam right after graduation.
QUESTIONS?    Please contact College Program Specialist Liz Sauders at Liz@uakron.edu
or Assistant Dean Thorpe at LThorpe@uakron.edu.


 If you have not already done so, your Application to Register as a Candidate for Admission to the Practice of Law must be RECEIVED in the Office of Bar Admissions at the Supreme Court of Ohio by November 15, 2009.

 Please see http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/admissions/calendar.asp  for calendar of deadlines.

 Also see http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/AttySvcs/admissions/admissionApps/default.asp  to access that application.

 Law school certificates (available on the application link above) must be submitted to the law school dean’s office, College Program Specialist / Law Registrar Liz Sauders for processing.  Do not delay!   These forms take time to process. 

 Questions?   Please feel free to contact Assistant Dean Lauri Thorpe at LThorpe@uakron.edu or me at liz@uakron.edu.

Mediation Classes Offered During Winter Break


Graduate and Undergraduate Courses 

Mediation is the fastest growing means of dispute resolution throughout the United States. It is an accepted means of resolving custody cases in Ohio courts. It is also a lifetime skill being taught to students in schools all over the state of Ohio.

The mediation training that is offered includes two courses. Together, the general (12-hour) and the divorce (40-hour) mediation courses meet the Ohio Supreme Court’s requirement of 52 hours of mediation training for receiving court-referred mediations of custody and visitation issues in Ohio.

 ¨       INSTRUCTOR     Frank J. Motz, JD:  Chief Mediator, Summit County Common Pleas Division Court and Chair, Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution

¨       INSTRUCTOR     Cheryl Hollis, JD: Mediator, Summit County Common Pleas Division Court.

 ¨       TEXTBOOKS:  Available to students at DocuZip – Room 219, 2nd floor of the Student Union

 ¨       COST:  This depends on your status as a student. Tuition, subject to change, is based on your status as a student and differs for undergraduate, graduate and law students.

 ¨       TIME AND PLACE:

 Seminar: General Mediation Training             (12 hours)             1 credit hour   

Class # 14790          Graduate 7400:585:008                            

Classes will meet at The University of Akron, Schrank Hall South, Room 220.

  • Monday December 14,  2009           8:30 AM to 4:00 PM       
  • Wednesday December 16, 2009                                8:30 AM to 4:00 PM


Seminar: Divorce Mediation Training              (40 hours)             3 credit hours

Class # 14788          Graduate 7400:585:007

Classes will meet at The University of Akron, Schrank Hall South, Room 220.

  • Monday, January 4th 2010     8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
  • Tuesday, January 5th,            8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
  •  Wednesday, January 6th       8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
  •  Thursday January 7th            8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
  •  Friday January 8th                 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM
  •  Saturday 9th                          8:30 AM to 4:45 PM



The assignments will be sent by e-mail to registered students at their University of Akron    e-mail addresses sometime during the middle of December.                                                                                          

The Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes (which is where the winter intersession courses reside) is available through Zipline.  Look for it in the Graduate School’s Schedule of Classes under the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences Department – 7400.


Joint degree students most often are not eligible to have these mediation courses apply toward the number of credits transferred to their JD degree because they will not apply toward their graduate degree [as electives].  If you are a joint degree student interested in taking these courses, check with your graduate advising office for applicability before completing this application and submitting to Law Student Services.

  In order to register, you will need to:

 1. Complete the first page of Graduate Credit Request Form found here http://www.uakron.edu/law/students/studentservices/docs/Transfer_of_Graduate_Credit_Permission_Form.pdf , including term, course name, course number and credits.

 2. Submit to Assistant Dean Lauri Thorpe of Law Student Services, School of Law Dean’s Office. It will be reviewed and then placed in your law school mailbox with Dean Thorpe’s decision.

 3. If approved, take the approved form to the Graduate School, Polsky Building, 4th Floor. It may be signed while you wait.

 4. Once the Graduate School has processed this form and created your graduate file in the University’s PeopleSoft system, you should be able to register via Zipline on the web. If the course is controlled, which historically has not been, take fully approved form to The Office of the University Registrar, Simmons Hall Room 120, to register in person.