An education at the University of Dayton School of Law begins with our belief in what a lawyer is: someone who solves problems, whether they are the problems of a person, a family, an organization or even society at large. By equally applying a broad base of legal knowledge, extensive practical experience and professional values to the cause of helping others, our graduates have the ability to distinguish themselves in their careers while making an impact upon the world.

We also understand that every student has unique needs, talents and goals. That's why our academic calendar is designed to provide a flexible academic calendar. That means you can graduate in two years — or jump start your legal studies early under our summer-start option.


At the University of Dayton, we pride ourselves on reading the signs of the times and preparing our students for the world they'll face.  It's part of our timeless, Catholic Marianist philosophy.

It's why we were the first in the nation to offer an accelerated, two-year option that allows you to earn your law degree, pass the bar and start practicing law before your peers. (And you save a year's worth of living expenses.) Our curriculum couples a rigorous classroom experience with clinics and externships.

The world definitely needs more of our kind of lawyers — those who can practice law and promote justice. We attract leaders who want to serve.

I invite you to learn more about the forward-thinking education you will receive at the University of Dayton School of Law.

Paul E. McGreal


A University of Dayton law education begins with our strong belief in what a lawyer is: a problem solver. At the University of Dayton School of Law, we prepare our graduates to be lawyers who can solve problems, whether they are the problems of a person, a family an organization or even society at large.

We pride ourselves on creating well-rounded lawyers immersed in all aspects of the law. Here, you'll be exposed to the challenging classroom dialogues found throughout the nation's top law schools. But more importantly, you will be expected to apply your classroom knowledge to real-world problems through capstone courses, externships and live-client clinics. It is this balance of theory and practice that gives our graduates uncommon knowledge and rare distinction.

There's nothing like fieldwork
to help you network.

The Career Services Office at the University of Dayton School of Law is dedicated to offering our students and alumni comprehensive career planning and placement services.

We assist law students in articulating, developing and attaining their professional goals. Our objective is to assist in the transition from law student to employed professional. Services and programs are created to facilitate career planning efforts and to maximize potential for employment.

The Career Services Office assists students and alumni with:
  • Identifying career options
  • Aligning career opportunities with individual interests and skill sets
  • Determining a rewarding career path
  • Developing successful job search techniques
  • Securing rewarding summer and permanent employment

Long hours in the law library have a way
of bringing out the best in people.

The Zimmerman Law Library, a state-of-the-art facility, is located in the heart of Keller Hall, the University of Dayton School of Law building. It provides the law school and undergraduate community — as well as lawyers, judges, and the public — with ready access to more than 295,000 volumes of printed legal materials and microfilms, supporting research in Anglo-American, foreign, comparative, and international law.

The Law Library is primarily a research facility and most library materials do not circulate. Numerous electronic resources are accessible in the Law Library, including the library’s catalog and legal databases. The Law Library shares its catalog with Roesch, the undergraduate library.

Among the most valuable resources of the Zimmerman Law Library is a staff of librarians available to assist students with effective legal research. Consultation with a reference librarian is available year-round.

Alumni Community

The best measures of the quality of a law school are the achievements of its graduates. Our alumni are a distinctive group of legal professionals with careers spanning public and private business sectors, government and academia.

Dayton Law provides many opportunities for alumni and friends to stay involved in the life of the School of Law. From becoming an active member of the Alumni Association to attending a symposium on the latest trends in law, graduates and others in the legal community are invited to join us in continuing our tradition of excellence in legal education.


If you have more questions, then you are probably on the right path. We have several ways for you to learn more about our school, programs, housing and the Dayton region. You can always call us or schedule a visit and we'll be happy to help.

School of Law
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-2760

Phone: 937-229-3555
Fax: 937-229-4194

To learn about our programs, faculty, career services and more, contact us or visit our website.