While our precise criteria change from year to year, applicants with LSAT scores above our median and high GPAs are given the most serious consideration. Currently, the top quartile of our 1L class has an LSAT of 154 with a GPA of 3.5, while the median has an LSAT of 152 and a GPA of 3.26. Many of our students come from non-traditional backgrounds, and due consideration is given to all applicants.
The Admissions Committee considers LSAT scores, undergraduate grades and transcripts, recommendations, significant employment experiences, post-graduate educational experiences, extracurricular activities, special skills and talents, community service and involvement, and personal statements. In an effort to enhance diversity in the student body and to accommodate those applicants with non-traditional backgrounds, the Admissions Committee also considers other factors as appropriate.
We do not have an official application deadline. We use a rolling admission process and continue to evaluate applications up until mid- July. It is to the advantage of the student to submit applications early in order to receive optimal consideration for admissions and scholarship opportunities.
Approximately 400 students are enrolled in The College of Law. Our 1L entering class for 2012 includes 123 students, 104 enrolled in the full-time program and 19 enrolled in the part-time day and evening programs.
We work hard to keep our 1L class sizes small in order to encourage class participation and to keep the environment within The University of Toledo College of Law as supportive and welcoming as possible. Class sizes for first year courses will be between 16 and 70 students, depending on the number of students in the 1L class.
A full-time law student can expect to dedicate 40 or more hours a week to their academic responsibilities. This estimate includes class time and independent study time. While many students find time to participate in non-law school activities, a legal education is a significant time commitment, and success depends directly on sustained effort and dedication.
More information, including sample schedules, is available here.
The University of Toledo College of Law has a generous scholarship program, awarding approximately $1,500,000 to entering students every year. Scholarships are awarded to those students with outstanding academic credentials and to those representing groups traditionally underrepresented in legal education and in the legal field. In 2012, more than 50% of the entering class received a scholarship. Full and partial scholarships are awarded to students with outstanding entering credentials. All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships. No additional application is required.
Residency status is determined by the Admissions Office at the time of application. This determination is made based on information provided by the applicant in the application. Factors influential to the residency determination include current and permanent place of residence, place of most recent employment, and duration of both residence and employment.
The American Bar Association limits the hours students may work during law school. Full time first year students are strongly discouraged from working and are advised to limit any work responsibilities to fewer than 20 hours a week. Upper level students are also encouraged to limit work hours to 20 per week. Many upper level students do work in law firms, corporations or government positions during the academic year and over the summer. The University of Toledo College of Law offers part-time day and evening programs for students whose family responsibilities and careers require a commitment of more than 20 hours a week.
Extremely affordable and convenient housing is available off-campus in a number of private apartment complexes and rental properties within a short commute to the law school. More information is available here.
The University of Toledo College of Law does not require students to purchase a laptop computer. The Law Library is equipped with a computer lab for student use. Should you chose to purchase a laptop computer, wireless internet access is available to students on the entire University of Toledo campus and in the law school building at no charge. Individual power strips are located in all law school classrooms for those students choosing to use laptops.
Many of our students choose to accept internship opportunities during the academic year and in the summers. Most paid internships opportunities occur during the summer between second and third year of law school and during the 2L and 3L years. Our dedicated Career Services staff assists students in finding internships in their chosen area of law. We also offer a variety of externship and clinical opportunities, which allow students to gain valuable experience and earn either academic credit or monetary stipends.
The University of Toledo College of Law is a national law school supporting a national curriculum that will prepare you for success on the bar examination of the state of your choosing. Currently, our graduates are employed in 48 states and 9 foreign countries.
Toledo is a mid-sized city with a metropolitan area population of approximately 650,000. Toledo offers many attractions, including the Toledo Art Museum, Toledo Zoo, Imagination Station Science Museum, art galleries, concerts, live theatre, movie theaters, restaurants, parks, and golf courses. Our city offers the extraordinary Toledo Metropark system, with plentiful hiking, cross country skiing, and biking trails. Students can enjoy University Toledo football, basketball, and other sports, as well as Toledo Mudhens baseball and Toledo Walleye hockey. For more information please visit our City of Toledo page