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    The University of Akron School of Law
    The University of Akron
    School of Law
    Akron, OH 44325-2901
    FAX: (330)258-2343
    Post Graduate Degrees
    • LLM in Intellectual
    • Property Law

    The School of Law

    The University of Akron School of Law is the law school at the University of Akron located in Akron, Ohio. Offering both the J.D. and LL.M. degrees, it was founded in 1921 and fully accredited by the American Bar Association in 1961. The school was ranked #2 in the National Jurist and the Pre-Law Insider magazines as a best value law school. Since 1921, the school has produced over 6,000 graduates who have gone on to careers in the private and public sectors, including several notable judges and politicians. Located across from E.J. Thomas Hall on University Avenue, The University of Akron School of Law is housed in the C. Blake McDowell Law Center on the northwest portion of the University of Akron campus. It also houses the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility and The University of Akron Center for Constitutional Law, one of only four constitutional law centers established by Congress in the United States.


    The University of Akron School of Law admits traditional three year J.D. students, part-time J.D. students, and also students for the LL.M. Within the J.D. program, Akron Law students can also choose to specialize in one of eight areas of law, which include business, criminal, intellectual property, international, labor and employment, litigation, public law, and tax law.

    Joint Degree Programs

    The School of Law also offers five joint degree programs, listed below:
    • Juris Doctor/Master in Business Administration
    • Juris Doctor/Master in Taxation
    • Juris Doctor/Master in Public Administration
    • Juris Doctor/Master of Science and Management in Human Resources
    • Juris Doctor/Master in Applied Politics

    The joint degree programs allow credit from classes to count towards both a masters degree and to the Juris Doctor. In most cases, a joint JD/MA program can be completed in four years.

    Intellectual Property Program

    The school's program in intellectual property, managed by The Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology, if of note as it offers the only LL.M. in intellectual property in Ohio, and is one of only nineteen such programs in the United States. A study conducted by IDEA -- The Intellectual Property Law Review, ranks Akron's IP program curricular offerings as tied for fifth in the nation. The law school also publishes the Akron Intellectual Property Journal which is a "scholarly legal publication of The University of Akron C. Blake McDowell Law Center that produces an annual volume of two issues for use by scholars, practitioners, and judges."

    University of Akron School of Law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    The University of Akron is a rather large, public institution located in the town of Akron, Ohio, and has a combined graduate and undergraduate population of over 10,000 students. The university's School of Law, however, is significantly smaller, and is home to about 570 graduate law students. The average age of enrollment is around 26, and it is quite rare for any students to enter the school directly from their undergraduate education. The school is perhaps best known for its wonderful research resources, as well as for its wide range of legal specialties offered to students. The school offers degrees in the 3 year JD, as well as the 1 year LLM in intellectual property, as well as combined degrees in the 4 year JD/MBA, the JD/MS in management in human resources, the JD/MTax, the JD/MA in applied politics, as well as the JD/MPA in public administration. Some of the most popular programs of study include courses in the areas of business law, criminal law, intellectual property law, international law, litigation, as well as taxation.

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      School of Law Staff: Part I

      Dean's Office Staff

      Shannon Aupperle
      Administrative Assistant
      Room 136-X
      [email protected]

      Administrative Assistant (Intellectual Property Center and Miller-Becker Center; also additional faculty support including annual IP Symposium; administrative support for IPAC and MBCAC; administrative support for IP and MBC faculty; Administrative Briefs; faculty minutes and policies; assists in faculty support)

      Terri Bisesi
      Student Services Counselor
      Room 136-T
      [email protected]

      Student Services Counselor (Admissions and Financial Aid including advising; application processing including transfer/transient and Summer Study Abroad; decision letters; admit and prospect packets; coordinates admission programs; applications, Prospects and LSDAS downloads and other database updates; Coordinator, Miller-Becker CLE seminars; administrative support for admissions professionals)

      Christopher P. Cochran
      Web Development Specialist
      Room 153
      [email protected]

      Develops and maintains web pages for the School of Law websites

      Anthony Colucci
      College Program Specialist Law Finance & Administration
      Room 136G
      [email protected]

      College Programs Specialist (Finance and Administration including student life; student organizations; student leadership; student competition travel; EAF funds and event approval; graduation (e.g., ceremony, class composite photos); building (e.g., classroom readiness, renovations, PFOC maintenance, bulletin boards); budget; new personnel set-up (e.g., telephone, keys, supplies, office space); property inventory and surplus property; purchasing/maintenance contract; annual Holiday reception)

      Maureen Davis
      Administrative Assistant
      Room West 120
      [email protected]

      Administrative Assistant (Clinical Programs)

      Elijah Eubanks
      Computer Support Assistant
      Room 153
      [email protected]

      Install and maintain all Law School owned computer equipment and peripherals; provide support for faculty, staff, and student personal equipment; oversee technology purchases for the Law School; ExamSoft administrator

      Misty Franklin
      College Program Specialist
      Room 136-X
      [email protected]

      College Programs Specialist (Academic Associate Dean including support related to academic information, curriculum, course schedules, and exam schedules; faculty development; registration; speaker series; disability accommodations; faculty and adjunct faculty PAFs; summer PAFs; assists in faculty support)

      Mary Ann Garrett
      Front Desk Secretary
      Room 136-A
      [email protected]

      Receptionist (additional responsibilities include room reservations; SOL calendar; handouts; inquiries)

      Joshua G. Gross
      Coordinator, Media Support Technology
      Room 153
      [email protected]

      Manages and coordinates Media Support Services for the Law School.

      Jeanne A. Kennedy
      Career Planning Student Services Counselor
      Room 132
      [email protected]

      Student Services Counselor (Career Planning and Placement including on-campus interviews, student and alumni employment assistance, coordination of exit interviews, career workshops)
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        Re: The University of Akron School of Law

        School of Law Staff: Part II

        Angela S. McElrath
        Office Coordinator,
        Room 136-X
        [email protected]

        Coordinator Office Administration (including faculty support; booklist; assignments; syllabi; student research assistants; submission of writing assignments)

        Michele A. Novachek
        Events Coordinator
        Room 136-B
        [email protected]

        Events Coordinator (External Programs including academic symposia; gift processing; donor correspondence and record maintenance; alumni updates; and development staff support)

        Marilyn Quillin
        Administrative Secretary (Constitutional Law Center)
        Room West 103-A
        [email protected]

        Grant Administrative Secretary for the Seiberling Chair and Constitutional Law Center

        Liz Sauders
        College Program Specialist
        Room 136-I
        [email protected]

        College Program Specialist (including registrar duties and student services such as graduation, academic standards/clearance, class rankings, Dean’s List, grades, student disciplinary matters, overload/underload, student advising, transfer/transient, Bar registration, course withdrawals, and student leaves of absence; Bar statistics)

        Suzanne Staats
        Events Coordinator
        Room 136-B
        [email protected]

        Events Coordinator (External Programs including Law Alumni Association; alumni chapters; alumni city visits; Raisers Edge and NetCommunity; E-Letter; Winter Institute; Akron Law; and alumni and marketing support)

        Library Staff

        Kristina Floyd
        Day Circulation Supervisor
        [email protected]

        Serves as the primary day contact for the Circulation Desk. Hires, trains, and supervises Circulation student assistants. Manages loose leaf filing. Collects and reports Circulation Department statistics. Assists in the maintenance of Access Services web pages. Manages Law Library document delivery.

        Debra Henline
        Cataloging Assistant
        Room 211
        [email protected]

        Locate cataloging records, process new publications and repair damaged library materials.

        Tiffanie Nevins
        Evening Circulation Supervisor
        Room 253
        [email protected]

        Serves as the primary night contact for the Circulation Desk. Hires, trains, and supervises Circulation student assistants. Manages loose leaf filing. Maintains the print and electronic reserve collection. Maintains Circulation student assistant records. Maintains Circulation financial records.

        Abagail Silchuk
        Serials Control and Administrative Support Technician
        Room 211
        [email protected]

        Check-in all serials, routing of publications to faculty, process serials for the bindery, library maintenance, supply orders, and assists with the administration of the Advanced Legal Research course
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