The ABA-Approved
Online Hybrid J.D. Program From the University of Dayton

Providing Greater Access to High-Quality Legal Education

The University of Dayton School of Law is proud to offer the Online Hybrid Juris Doctor (J.D.) program. Our practical, relevant curriculum will prepare you to sit for the bar exam and pursue a career upholding the rule of law in our tradition of learning, leading and serving.

The program includes live online classes, interactive online coursework and a total of 10 campus visits spread across your four years in the program. As an online J.D. student, you will benefit from real-time interaction with School of Law faculty members, who are experienced educators, legal scholars and practitioners in the field.

ABA Accreditation

In May 2018, the American Bar Association (ABA) approved the University of Dayton School of Law’s variance request to offer a hybrid Juris Doctor (J.D.) program. Our program is only the third ABA-approved online hybrid J.D. degree program in the nation.

Most states require aspiring attorneys to graduate from an ABA-accredited school, such as the University of Dayton School of Law, before they can take the bar exam and become licensed. Eligibility standards vary by jurisdiction and are subject to change. Contact the state bar agency for the jurisdiction in which you would like to practice to determine the bar eligibility requirements.

Join the Next Class

Apply now to earn your J.D. degree online from the University of Dayton School of Law.

Admissions

The University of Dayton School of Law is shaping the future of legal education and admits well-rounded, diverse students who can contribute to an exciting and dynamic law school experience. We review Online Hybrid J.D. applications holistically, evaluating academic and demonstrated leadership skills equally.

Application Requirements

To apply to the Online Hybrid J.D. program, candidates must submit the following:

  • Online application through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)
  • LSAT or GRE score
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Character and fitness disclosures
  • Official transcripts 

Please note that all applicants must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Standardized Test Scores

You can apply to our ABA-approved online program with either your LSAT or GRE score, but we will consider both scores if you take both tests.

We recommend registering for the test that will best demonstrate your skills.

Opportunities to sit for the LSAT and GRE are offered throughout the year. However, the GRE is offered more frequently, with test dates nearly every day across the nation.

Application Timeline

The School of Law is accepting applications for the upcoming fall 2020 cohort. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we will notify you of a decision within two to six weeks of submission.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $1,500 per credit hour. This rate begins with the fall 2019 cohort. There is an additional $130 University charge per term. You are also responsible for Get REAL week travel expenses and fees, which are not included in the cost of tuition.

Learn more about tuition, financial aid and additional fees here.

For more information about the admissions process, application requirements and standardized test scores requirements for the Online Hybrid J.D. program, visit our admissions page.

Curriculum

Our practice-ready J.D. curriculum prepares you to pursue a career as a lawyer, including sitting for the bar exam.

90

credit hours

192

externship hours

4

years to complete

90 credit hours

192 externship hours

4 years to complete

Core Courses

The foundational curriculum introduces you to subjects such as civil procedure, constitutional law, evidence, torts, contracts, and criminal law that every attorney must master. Our foundational courses are spread across the program to provide you with the time needed to thoughtfully consider and fully understand key concepts tested heavily on the bar exam.

As you participate in your online classes each week, you’ll receive feedback from your professors so that you can make sure you are fully understanding the material.

Legal Research and Writing Courses

During your first year, you will complete a 6-credit-hour sequence that teaches you to research, read, and synthesize the law and to communicate your legal analysis effectively.

Each course meets in a small group using the interactive online platform, which puts you face-to-face with faculty who are driving trends in legal writing and analysis.

Externship

During your final semester, you will complete a semester-long, 192-hour externship in a legal setting, such as a government agency, law firm, corporation, court or legal aid organization. You will have opportunities to learn a variety of skills, such as how to interact with clients, investigate facts, negotiate and manage your time effectively.

We will help you secure your externship with an experienced attorney or judge, who will supervise and mentor you throughout the experience.

Capstone Course

Taken during your final year, the capstone course rounds out your J.D. education by challenging you to use your legal knowledge and skills to represent simulated clients and help them solve their legal problems as if you were in a real work setting.

For more information about what you will learn in the Online Hybrid J.D. program, visit our curriculum page.

A Practical Curriculum
Relevant to the
Bar Exam

You will have opportunities throughout your enrollment to improve your readiness for the bar exam through legal learning labs and other courses.

Prepare to Serve With Integrity

Earn your J.D. from a school that emphasizes the highest standards of professionalism.

Hybrid Learning Experience

The Online Hybrid J.D. program combines live online classes and interactive coursework with week-long learning experiences on campus.

Online Classes and Coursework

Our faculty have worked with professional producers to translate the J.D. coursework into engaging interactive video classes and conversations modeling the Socratic method. Your professors will engage you in active discussion, asking you questions in real time and challenging you to think critically and quickly, just as you would in the office, the boardroom, or the courtroom.

Each week, you’ll complete readings and exercises and discuss them in an interactive online classroom.

On-Campus Classes and Experiences

As part of the program, you are required to visit campus two to three times per year for Get Relevant Experience and Applied Learning (Get REAL) weeks, where you will attend classes with your cohort.

You’ll participate in labs and other experiential learning opportunities that will give you the confidence to practice law. You’ll also have the opportunity to get to know your classmates in person while talking about the policies and societal values underlying our laws and discussing how you plan to use your knowledge to serve your clients and our society.

To learn more about how you will earn your J.D. online, visit our student experience page.

Student Services and Co-Curricular Opportunities

As an online J.D. student, you’ll be a valued member of our community, afforded the same resources as aspiring lawyers studying on campus.

Law librarians are only a click away through the online platform, and you will have access to all the resources our career services team has to offer.

You’ll be eligible to contribute articles to our Law Review if you are in the top 12 percent of students. You may also have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that can help make you a more confident lawyer.

Mock Trial Team

Build your confidence in the courtroom as you prepare for and argue cases with our aspiring trial lawyers.

Moot Court Team

Write more effective appellate briefs and advocate more persuasively for clients as you argue appeals before three judges.

Student Bar Association

Help shape decisions affecting the School of Law student body while serving as a representative to law school faculty and administration.

Prepare to Serve Communities in the Midwest

Join our extensive alumni network of dedicated lawyers in Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit and Milwaukee.