In assembling each year's entering class, the Admissions Committee adopts a multifaceted recruitment strategy to ensure that the student body is not only academically talented but also representative of a diverse set of racial, ethnic, social, economic, geographic, and educational backgrounds. One part of this strategy includes an annual visitation event called Discover Law Day, which is co-sponsored by the Law School Admission Council. Discover Law Day seeks to educate minorities, inner-city residents, and high school, community college, and early college students about the merits of law school and careers in law. Discover Law Day has been an annual event for more than a decade and typically draws nearly 100 guests from around Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
Our approach to recruiting a diverse student body has been successful. Fifteen percent of the students enrolled at Akron Law are people of color, and 45 percent are female. Our students range in age from 21 to 58 and come to us from 32 states as well as four foreign countries (Canada, China, Germany, and Vietnam). In college, our students pursued 94 unique majors at 170 different colleges and universities. 41 of our students have graduate degrees, which were earned from 29 graduate schools and represent 29 different fields of study. Akron Law counts among its students two medical doctors (an MD and an OD), two PhDs, seven MBAs, and five professional engineers. Click here to learn more about what our Admissions Committee considers when reviewing admission applications, and click here to look at entering class profiles dating back to the fall 1999 entering class.
One popular view of law school is that only the affluent and well-connected can attend. This is not the case at Akron Law: 25 percent of our students are the first person in their family to graduate from college, and 80 percent are the first person in their family to attend law school. Approximately 35 percent of our students receive a total of $2.5 million in scholarships, graduate assistantships, and tuition remission annually, and nearly 80 percent of our students receive financial aid in the form of loans.