University of Dayton: Flyer Legal Promise provides full tuition, $ 15,000 stipend and post graduation employment

Wednesday 6 October 2021

Dayton law firms Thompson Hine and Taft Law are partnering with the University of Dayton Law School to recruit underrepresented and underserved students into law schools and the legal profession. The Flyer Legal Promise program will provide two students with full tuition in law, a stipend of $ 15,000 for living expenses, mentors, summer internships and a job at one of the firms after graduation. of their diploma.

“Rather than waiting for diverse talent to apply to law school and then later to elite law firms, the Flyer Legal Promise program proactively seeks, recruits and invests in talented undergraduates. and able to excel in the legal profession, ”said Andrew Strauss, UD Dean of Law School.

The program will recruit students primarily from the University of Dayton’s Flyer Promise program, which began in 2017 and provides funding and mentoring assistance to under-represented and underserved students from UD partner high schools. Learn more about UD’s Flyer Promise program here.

“We are honored to partner with the University of Dayton Law School to set a precedent for creating more inclusive law firms in Dayton,” said Glen McMurry, partner at Taft Law. “To do this effectively, we need to invest in young talent in our region, foster their growth and provide them with opportunities right here in the world.

Gem City. Taft is incredibly committed to our diversity and inclusion agenda and we will continue to partner with diversity leaders like the University of Dayton to develop meaningful and lasting solutions to achieve these important goals and better serve our community. “

Other students not enrolled in the Flyer Promise program may be proposed by the admission offices of the UD or the Faculty of Law.

“We are encouraging other Dayton companies to join us in this endeavor,” said Wray Blattner, partner at Thompson Hine. “Our legal community should be just as diverse as our community as a whole, and equity and inclusion should be the cornerstone of legal representation. to their customers. This initiative is important not only to provide opportunities to diversify the profession, but also to improve the way we serve the region.

Anyone interested in becoming a partner of the Flyer Legal Promise program can contact the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Julie Zink at [email protected].

The University of Dayton Law School is committed to admitting people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The law school was named one of the best law schools for African Americans in the Winter 2020 issue of National Jurist’s preLaw magazine. A third of the school’s entry class in 2021 are students from under-represented and underserved populations. Students can participate in the Diversity Summer Clerkship Program, Minority Summer Clerkship Program, Black Law Student Association, Asian and Pacific Islander Law Student Association, and Hispanic Law Student Association, to name a few.

“Diversity is essential to the educational and social enrichment of the law school, the community and the legal profession,” said Strauss.

The University of Dayton Law School has seen a recent wave of success, showing improvements in selectivity, median law school admission test scores and GPA of incoming students, pass rates at the bar and placement. The law school has attracted more applicants and more academically accomplished students by providing flexibility with additional options like an online hybrid JD program, 3 + 2 programs for faster completion of bachelor’s and diplomas. in law, and a leadership specialization program offering full scholarships, designed leadership training and mentorship by distinguished judges and lawyers.

“The Flyer Legal Promise program will certainly add to the offerings that will attract highly qualified law students and future lawyers,” said Strauss.

Once here, all law students participate in a program and support system focused on passing the bar exam, as well as programs that allow students to immerse themselves in specific areas of law such as the The school’s program in law and technology and collaborations with the UD Center for Human Rights and Hanley Institute for Sustainability.

To apply to the University of Dayton Law School, visit

For more information on the program, email Julie Zink, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Faculty of Law at [email protected] For interviews, contact Shawn Robinson, Associate Director of News and Communications, at [email protected]

This press release was produced by the University of Dayton. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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