Dayton Law is empowering the leaders of tomorrow.

Our Investment

America’s lawyers have always been society’s leaders, advocating for social, political, and economic change in communities, courts, and political institutions. We support this proud tradition of accomplishment with our investment in the next generation of lawyer-leaders: a Full Tuition Scholarship for students in our Leadership Honors Program.

Our Program

Graduates of the Leadership Honors Program earn a Leadership Honors Program certificate in addition to the Juris Doctorate. Students in the Program undertake the full J.D. curriculum with other members of their graduating class and participate in a specially-designed Graduated Leadership Sequence

  • In the first year, students engage with national and international experts in law, governance and business in the Honors Roundtable Series, chaired in 2016-17 by former Ohio Governor Bob Taft. 
  • In the second year, students participate in a Leadership for Lawyers seminar at the University of Dayton's prestigious Center for Leadership.
  • Finally, in the next-to-last semester, students create their Leadership Legacy by working together on a project to help transform a community institution. Students can complete the entire course of study in two years (for our Summer Start students), two-and-a-half, or three years (for our Fall Start students).

Students must stay in the top 30% of their class to remain in the Leadership Honors Program and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7 to maintain their Full Tuition Scholarship.

Inaugural Roundtable Series Speaker

Members of the Leadership Honors Program with Dean Andrew Strauss, LHP Director Susan Wawrose, Roundtable Chair former Ohio Governor Robert Taft and speaker Prof. Lawrence Lessig.

The LHP Roundtable Experience

Dayton Law students in the Leadership Honors Program were invited to sit down with recent UD Speaker Series presenter, Lawrence Lessig. Here's what they said about their experience.

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Our Nomination System

For Incoming First-Year Students

Incoming students must be nominated — and cannot apply directly — to participate in the Leadership Honors Program. The minimum qualifications for consideration for the Leadership Honors Program are a 3.15 undergraduate GPA, a score of 152 on the Law School Admissions Test, and demonstrated leadership potential. 

Designated Nominators are:

  1. Designated Alumni Nominators drawn from our distinguished School of Law alumni;
  2. Representatives from undergraduate institutions selected to be Designated Nominator Schools, and;
  3. Dean-designated Nominators.

Interested students who do not have a Designated Nominator should contact the University of Dayton School of Law's Office of Admissions at or 937-229-3555.

Students who are nominated for the Leadership Honors Program must also apply for admission to the School of Law. Please note that a prospective applicant may gain admission into the School of Law without being accepted into the Leadership Honors Program.

Please nominate students by using this form.

Graduated Leadership Sequence

2-year J.D. program - Summer starters

S = Semester

S1 - Summer Selected LHP Activities
S2 - Fall
S3 - Spring
Honors Roundtable Series
Small group sessions where Leadership Honors Students engage with Roundtable Presenters and prominent members of the bench and bar.
S4 - Fall Leadership for Lawyers Seminars

A custom-designed series offered only to our Leadership Honors Students by the University of Dayton's Center for Leadership.

Leadership Legacy Project
A final seminar where Leadership Honors Students connect with community leaders to leave their Leadership Legacy.
S5 - Spring Leadership for Lawyers Seminars


2½-year J.D. program - Fall starters

S = Semester

S1 - Fall
S2 - Spring
Honors Roundtable Series 
S3 - Fall Leadership for Lawyers Seminars
S4 - Spring Leadership for Lawyers Seminars

Leadership Legacy Project (2½-year only)
S5 - Fall Leadership Legacy Project (3-year only)
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