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Community Engagement

Catholic, Marianist Identity & Community Engagement

Our goal is to educate lawyers who will prevent and solve problems not only for their clients, but for their communities. Our Law Clinic provides free legal services to the impoverished and marginalized in both civil and criminal cases. Many students also opt to undertake their mandatory externships in offices serving those in need, such as the Public Defender’s Office.

Learning extends beyond the classroom. Law students have extended their hands to help with everything from building homes for people experiencing homelessness to helping draft wills for firefighters and police officers to helping immigrants complete their tax forms. Many Dayton Law graduates earn their pro bono service honors as well.

Each summer, the Lisa A. Kloppenberg Public Interest Award provides support for law students working in unpaid public interest internships. Students have served dozens of different organizations, including Legal Aid, Advocates for Basic Legal Equity, Ohio Legal Rights Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, the NAACP and Dayton Catholic elementary schools. Their clients have included children, the elderly, individuals with disabilities and people whose incomes are below the poverty threshold. 

Through work at the University of Dayton School of Law legal clinics and pro bono projects, students have the opportunity to assist in immigration cases, help individuals apply for an executive pardon, represent juveniles in delinquency court, and assist veterans at the Dayton VA.

Dayton Law’s scholarly symposia series, like the Gilvary Symposium, attempt to engage students in issues with ethical or moral dimensions (along with legal matters).


School of Law

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2760