Academic Advising

The University of Dayton School of Law is committed to helping you navigate law school. At the start of your first year, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who can provide guidance on course selection, exam preparation and career opportunities.   Each full-time faculty member serves as the official advisor to a small number of students throughout those students’ years at the Law School.

Many faculty members also serve as informal advisors to students who are not specifically assigned to them. You are encouraged to also seek out faculty members who teach in the areas that interest you for guidance and advice.  All professors have set office hours each week when they are available for drop-in visits; students may also call or email professors to arrange for an appointment.

In addition, every incoming first-year student will be assigned to a Learning Community comprised of 8-10 first-year students and led by a Dean’s Fellow.  Dean’s Fellows are high-performing, upper-level students who are committed to modeling and supporting the development of the professional qualities of excellence that the Law School cultivates and expects for incoming students.  Dean’s Fellows meet with their Learning Community members first during orientation and then weekly throughout the first semester of law school.  Dean’s Fellows supplement the advising offered by faculty and often help students to address academic adjustment and social issues.

The Law School also hosts a number of informational sessions for students during the school year. In the past, these sessions have included discussions about courses, career paths, and clerkships.