PRESENTERS:        Christine Einloth, Bar Admissions Specialist and Kelly Witt, Bar Admissions Specialist from The Supreme Court of Ohio

 DATE:                        Monday, October 12, 2009

 TIME:                        5:00 to 5:15 registration  (FREE cookies & bottle water will be served!)

                                      5:15 to 6:25 presentation

 LOCATION:                 Room 151

PURPOSE:                   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 Programs Specialist Liz Sauders at Liz@uakron.edu or Assistant Dean Thorpe at LThorpe@uakron.edu.



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 http://www.uakron.edu/law/studentservices/class_rankings.php

(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 classrankings@uakron.edu. 

Thank you!

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


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


BarBri Q&A Session and Student Appreciation Day

  • Win a Video iPod and score free lunch!
  • Thursday, October 1
  • 12-1pm
  • Room 167

Learn about what enrolling early in BarBri can do for you. Your enrollment includes:

  • Outlines for Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Real and Personal Property, Torts, Criminal Procedure, Corporations, Evidence and more!
  • Practice essay questions with model answers and objective questions with detailed answers
  • Access to Online Review Lectures to help you better understand your subjects
  • Access to our Exclusive StudySmart Software to test your knowledge of first year concepts
  • Access to an Online Law School Success Lecture to maximize your exam performance

*Lunch is first come, first serve. One Video iPod will be raffled off!

All students welcome! Our ONLY business is bar review.