Lawrence D. Rosenthal, Associate Dean for Academics
Ashley Gray, Director of Admissions
Salmon P. Chase College of Law offers full-time day; part-time day; and part-time evening divisions. Beginning in 2018, the curriculum consists of required and elective courses. Ninety credit hours are required to graduate. Full-time students complete the program in three years, and part-time students usually complete the program in four or five years. Chase has a number of academic-support and development programs designed to enhance the law school experience. Chase also offers a Master of Legal Studies, Master of Laws in U.S. Law (LL.M.), as well as a Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (J.D./M.B.A.) degree program in conjunction with the Haile/US Bank College of Business.
J.D. applicants are required to receive a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to enrollment and are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Chase seeks to admit those applicants who have the best prospect of high-quality academic work; thus, the Admission Committee relies heavily on each applicant’s undergraduate grades and performance on the LSAT during the application review process. Additional factors considered include upward trend of undergraduate grades; time between college graduation and application to Chase; college grading and course selection patterns; outside work while in college; letters of recommendation; graduate study; cultural, educational, or sociological deprivation; employment background; leadership ability; speaking or linguistic ability; and demonstrated competence in another profession or vocation. Chase seeks diversity in the student body by considering, in no particular order, sex, age, cultural or geographic background, and minority status. Full-time students and part-time day students enter in the fall semester; part-time evening students may begin in either the summer or fall semester. The priority deadline for applications is March 15 for summer start and April 1 for fall start.
NKU Chase also accepts applications from students who are in good academic standing at another law school and wish to transfer to the College of Law. Chase will typically accept no more than thirty credit-hours of transfer credits from another ABA-approved law school. Students transferring from a non-ABA-approved law school may not receive credit for more than thirty credits.
To receive credit for the courses taken at another law school, the student must have earned a grade of at least a “C.” Transfer students will not receive credit for any course in which they received a grade of “C-minus” or lower. If the other law school uses a number grading system, a student must earn at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (or this equivalent) to receive transfer credit for that course. A student’s grades from the other law school will not be factored into the calculation of his or her NKU Chase grade point average. The student’s NKU Chase transcript will simply note that the student received ‘credit’ from the other institution.
NKU Chase does not have any articulation agreements with any other educational institutions.
Chase is accredited by the American Bar Association, and it is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.
Please contact the Chase Admissions Office for more information: 859-572-5490 or (888) 465-7316.
Chase College of Law