NKU Law School

General Info

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Students at NKU Chase College of Law are part of a rich academic environment. Obviously, the classroom study of law is an academic experience. Yet there are many additional academic opportunities. For example, some students may wish to earn academic credit by participating in moot court or trial advocacy competitions against other law schools. Other students may wish to earn academic credit by working in a clinical externship with a practicing judge or attorney. Students who enjoy legal writing may wish to join the Northern Kentucky Law Review which is also an experience that awards academic credit.

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NKU Law School Admissions

NKU Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 83% of its applicants. Comparatively, Nku is Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2024 496 409 (82.46%) 169 (34.1%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.90 3.19 3.41
LSAT 144 149 152

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $17,960 $28,802
Part Time $12,882 $21,151

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $11,870
  • Living off-campus: $15,166
  • Living at home: $15,166

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 09/01
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 04/01
  • Application Fee: $40

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NKU Law School Community

NKU Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Nku is Below Average.

Student body

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Comparable Schools

Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 21
  • Part Time: 19


  • # Female Faculty: 16
  • # Minority Faculty: 7


20.6 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

NKU Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Northern Kentucky University 1L section size is 16% smaller than law schools in Kentucky and 78% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

NKU Law School: 74
Kentucky Average: 86
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 345
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 47

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 82
  • Law Journals: 36
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 16.7%
  • Second Year: 11.1%
  • Third Year: 0.7%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

NKU Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Northern Kentucky University class of 2019 had an employment rate of 89% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2019, 79.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 39.0%
  • Business: 30.0%
  • Government: 17.0%
  • Public Interest: 4.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Kentucky: 48%
  • Ohio: 41%
  • Tennessee: 2%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 79.9%
  • First Time Takers: 149
  • Average School: 76.5%
  • Average State: 80.8%
  • Pass Difference: -4.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Ohio: 81.1%
  • Passed: 50 of 63 (79.4%)
  • State Average: 80.8%
  • Difference: -1.8%