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National Jurist ranks College of Law among best in preparing students for public service

In an issue devoted to identifying the “Best Schools for Public Service,” the National Jurist magazine has named The University of Toledo College of Law a top school for preparing law students for criminal law practice.

The UT College of Law was recognized as one of the top 20 schools in the United States for preparing students for prosecutor and public defender positions. The National Jurist looked at employment data, curriculum, standard of living, and loan forgiveness programs in evaluating schools. Top law schools for government, public interest, state and local clerkships, and federal clerkships also were honored.

“We are delighted to be recognized for the prosecutor and other criminal practice training opportunities that we make available,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the UT College of Law. “This education has opened doors for many of our graduates into prosecutor and public defender jobs.”

Last summer, the College of Law Reinberger Honors Program in Prosecution awarded $30,000 to six students — $5,000 stipends to each — to enable recipients to spend eight weeks prosecuting criminal cases in jurisdictions of their choice. Students also have the option to participate in the Criminal Law Practice Program, which places them with prosecutors’ offices where they conduct victim interviews, plea negotiations and trials.

In addition, the College of Law offers a public service commendation, a criminal law certificate of concentration and a juris doctor/master of arts in criminal justice joint degree program.

Read the full article in the January issue of the National Jurist online here.