Welcome from Dean McGreal

Dean Paul E. McGrealWelcome to the University of Dayton School of Law! At Dayton Law, you will study under our nationally recognized curriculum. This program's challenging classroom dialogues and unique experiential learning opportunities will prepare you to be a lawyer who solves the real-world problems of individuals, families, organizations and your communities. You will acquire the legal knowledge, skills and values needed to help others and to distinguish yourself by making a true impact upon the world.

Our academic program gives you the choice of an accelerated, two-year J.D. or a traditional three-year J.D. While the academic pace of the accelerated program is quicker than the three-year schedule, the two-year option features the same rigorous course load. Whether you opt to graduate in two years or three, you will enjoy opportunities to participate in special programs such as the Program in Law and Technology, the Pro Bono Commitment to Community Program, externships, clinics, Law Review, moot court and mock trial.

In addition to our J.D. program, we offer graduate degrees in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, including a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and a Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.), as well as a joint J.D./M.B.A. degree and a joint J.D./M.S. in Educational Administration degree.

Our courses are taught by talented, dedicated, full-time faculty and a cadre of part-time faculty that includes respected judges and experienced practitioners. Before joining Dayton Law, our full-time faculty members were judicial clerks, public defenders, litigators and practicing attorneys in private firms, corporations and government agencies; some spent time working outside the legal profession in diverse fields like the entertainment industry, nursing and the U.S. military.

You will find Dayton Law to be a place where you forge lifelong friendships with your classmates. A diverse community of bright, motivated people who genuinely care about one another and about their community is waiting to welcome you. Last year's graduating class alone donated almost 12,000 hours of community service. We have student organizations to match every interest, from intellectual property law to child advocacy to constitutional issues.

As both a student and an alumnus, you will also benefit from an extremely supportive network of alumni who regularly serve as teachers and mentors. And Dayton Law is at the heart of the Greater Dayton legal community; judges, lawyers and other community leaders, many of whom are graduates of our School, are frequently on campus.

Our faculty, staff and students work hard to make the University of Dayton School of Law a collaborative community, where, we believe, you will find a warm, welcoming place. You will also discover that we are committed to inclusivity, service and justice inspired by our Catholic, Marianist heritage. Great lawyers do not just know their craft, they also do what is right. That is why we believe law is not just a job.

It is a calling.

If you have questions, please contact our Admissions Office or visit us and tour our beautiful facility, Joseph E. Keller Hall. 

Paul E. McGreal
Dean and Professor of Law