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Leading Lawyers

The University of Dayton School of Law is launching a new Leadership Honors Program, which includes a full-tuition scholarship for students selected for the program.

Leadership Honors Program students will participate in roundtables with prominent judges and lawyers and in custom-designed leadership training at the University of Dayton's Center for Leadership. Former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, a distinguished research associate who teaches classes in the University of Dayton department of political science, will lead the roundtables.

"We feel lawyer-leaders have a special role to play in our society," said School of Law Dean Andrew Strauss. "What better way of fulfilling our Marianist mission to learn, lead, and serve than to provide this opportunity to students who will ultimately become our next generation of lawyer-leaders."

Honors program students also will complete the standard School of Law curriculum, which includes hands-on experience by representing clients in one of the school’s clinics or participating in externships with judges, law firms, government agencies or corporations. Leadership Honors students also may complete the program through the School of Law's accelerated curriculum in two or two and a half years.

"We want to do our part to provide opportunities to high-performing students who aspire to careers advocating for social, political and economic progress in their communities, the courts and our political institutions," said Susan Wawrose, director of the Leadership Honors Program. "The full-tuition scholarships support students as they pursue a high-quality legal education and prepare to undertake leadership roles."

A limited number of students will be selected for the program and must be nominated by designated nominators. Interested students who do not have a designated nominator can contact the University of Dayton School of Law's admissions office at or 937-229-3555 to identify a possible nominator. Deadlines are March 15 for students starting in May and May 1 for students starting August.

To learn more about the program and its requirements, visit the related link or contact the School of Law the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 937-229-3555.


News and Communications Staff