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‘It’s a family’: UA’s School of Law prepares students for successful careers


As part of The University of Akron’s sesquicentennial celebration — honoring 150 years of our people, place and promises — we are hosting a “Celebration of Academic Excellence” to highlight the history and future of our colleges and academic disciplines.

Today we are looking at the history and achievements of the School of Law.

In four brief videos, students in The University of Akron’s School of Law describe their experiences and what makes the Akron Law family, as they describe it, so great.

What each of these students commonly describe Akron Law as is a family. In the classrooms and mock courtrooms inside the C. Blake McDowell Law Center, there’s a sense of cohesiveness among the students, staff and faculty that makes the Akron Law experience set its students up for successful careers.

Caleb Ohrn describes his experience on Akron Law Review, a legal publication of Akron Law that produces an annual volume of four issues for use by scholars, practitioners and judges.

Ellison Starnes credits her success as a law student to the school’s student mentorship program, where newer law students are paired with upperclassmen to learn the intricacies of being a law student.

What Mike Arnold says he loves about UA is the “small university feel in a much larger university school,” which extends to the School of Law. Arnold is also vice president of the Black Law Students Association at UA, which gives him experience in studying social justice.

Cassi Meyer is thankful for being in Akron Law’s flexible part-time program to earn her law degree. As a student, Meyer founded and presides over the Antitrafficking Alliance at Akron Law and works with regional organizations to spread awareness about human trafficking.

Media contact: Alex Knisely, 330-972-6477 or