Noon to 1:00     AND     5:30 to 6:30

We want to hear from you!    

As you know, the Law Faculty approved a temporary two option ranking system for Spring 2009: 

  1. Option “A” —  separate full-time and part-time rankings, essentially as has been done in the past
  2. Option “B” — consolidated rankings based upon the class with which the student is expected to graduate.   

See options

(Spring 2009 Class Rankings) 

We now need to finalize class rankings and create a system whereby students would be ranked only with those students expected to be in their same graduation year. 

The Law Faculty are considering the following proposal:

  1. Eliminate separate rankings
  2. Eliminate rankings after the fall semester
  3. Publish consolidated rankings based upon the class in which the student is expected to graduate.

 We would not rank first-year part-time students because they form such a small part of the class with which they would eventually graduate.  We would provide the correlation between LGPA and rank of the various classes, which would allow those students to approximate their likely rankings once their entire graduation cohort is at the law school.

 We expect the rankings to look like this: 

Full- & Part-Time Students, Ranked Together (those most likely to graduate together), Based on TOTAL Credits Completed* & Classification on ZipLine

Total Credits Completed, End of Spring Semester, (subject to slight variation to assure that all students are ranked with the appropriate cohort)


First Year Students**

up to 30 = Full-Time, 1st Year Students

 up to 45 = Part-Time, 2nd Year Students

 Middle Year Students


31 to 60 = Full- Time, 2nd Year Students

46 to 68 = Part-Time 2nd & 3rd Year Students

 Final Year Students


(88 credits required to graduate)

61 = Full-Time, 3rd Year Students

             69 = Part-Time, 4th Year Students

It is important to recognize that the “credits completed” are approximate. They are appropriate for the vast majority of students, but when we implemented the interim approach last spring, we found it necessary to make adjustments for some students who were more likely to graduate with a class other than the one indicated by their actual credits completed.

 Please share your thoughts at one or both of the following Town Hall Meetings:


Noon to 1:00     AND     5:30 to 6:30 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

In the meantime, your comments and ideas are most encouraged on this proposal.   Please feel free to e-mail your feedback to 

Thank you!

Bill Jordan, Associate Dean and C. Blake McDowell Professor of Law


Lauri Thorpe, Assistant Dean of Admission, Financial Aid, & Student Services


China Business Summit

Interested in learning about business in China?  Join us for China Business Summit, Friday, October 2nd.

China Business Summit

Strategies for Managing through the Global Recession

Oct. 2, 2009   8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Quaker Square Inn at The University of Akron

135 South Broadway, Akron

Hear experts from Timken, Moen, Eaton, and more speak on topics such as Legal Update – Live from China, China Intellectual Property Panel, Economic Forecast and International Sourcing.

            The registration fee for Akron Law alumni and students is $195. Six hours CLE and eight hours CPE are being offered.  The cost includes CE hours, continental breakfast and lunch.  Complete program details and registration can be accessed at

Two students may attend the morning session free, by being selected from a random drawing.  To enter the drawing for free registration, submit your name, e-mail address and telephone number no later than Noon Sept. 30 to Michele Novachek in the Office of External Programs (  All are welcome to pay the registration fee to attend.

University Park Alliance Event – CrankUp! – Sun., Sept. 6

CrankUp! bicycle scavenger hunt and party – Sunday, September 6. See for more information.

The University Park Alliance announces the second annual CrankUp! event, a bicycle scavenger hunt and after party on Sunday, September 6.

About the scavenger hunt…

  • Entry fee is $4 in advance or $7 on the day of the race
  • Ticket sales: University Park Cycle Shop, 160 E. Exchange
  • Race Start: University Park Cycle Shop, 160 E. Exchange

About the after party…

  • Free!
  • Music by local indie rock band Other Girls
  • Location: Grace Park (N. Prospect & Perkins)

For more information, visit or contact the University Park Alliance at 330.972.8859 or

Welcome to Your Blog!

Hello Akron Law!

In an epic battle of human vs. technology, we have finally emerged victorious! Here, you will find up-to-date information on all things Akron Law! Only interested in Scholarships? Click on the Scholarships link under categories! (As soon as something is posted under that category it will show up).  NOTE: You may receive fewer emails now that we are utilizing a Blog, we hope you won’t mind. If you have any questions regarding a post, please contact the person who has posted.