Participation in student activities is an excellent way to maximize your legal education at The University of Toledo College of Law.
There are groups and activities dedicated to many areas of specialization, providing opportunities to interact with and learn from students with similar interests and backgrounds.
Many of our activities also will afford you an opportunity to fine tune skills you will need in practice and to discuss current legal issues with experienced professionals.
Charles W. Fornoff Competition
Law Review - The Law Review is a publication devoted to the scholarly discussion of current legal problems. The Law Review contains articles by eminent legal scholars and professionals, comments by students on new developments in the law and discussions by students of recent note- worthy cases. Four issues are published each year.
The Toledo Journal of Great Lakes' Law, Science and Policy -
The Journal is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the publication of multi-disciplinary research related to the Great Lakes region. The Journal has an editorial review board and a student staff that assists in producing the Journal. The Journal is published twice each year.
Moot Court - The Moot Court program helps build excellence in the arts of brief writing and oral advocacy through participation in national and intra-school competitions. It is managed by a student Moot Court Board. The numerous national and regional competitions in which the college participates are open to advanced students on a voluntary basis. The intriguing problems challenge the student to deal with a variety of issues drawn from many areas of the law. The experience is a rich and rewarding one and is professionally important. Most of the competitions present awards for outstanding briefs and oral presentations.
Charles W. Fornoff Intra-School Competition - is open to all of the upper-class students on a voluntary basis and is held each fall. It engages a large part of appellate arguments leading to a college champion. Elimination rounds are argued to faculty, members of the local bench and bar, and student judges. Final arguments are heard by panels of distinguished judges which have included Justices William J. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor of the United States Supreme Court.
Trial Advocacy - The Trial Advocacy Team is a special program for law students interested in learning the art of Trial Advocacy and how to conduct a successful, competent trial using the applicable rules of evidence and procedure. The team is comprised of eight to twelve 2 nd and 3 rd year law students working collectively to prepare opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, and closing arguments, as well as the necessary motions and objections. Students who participate in this program compete against other students from across the country in trial advocacy competitions during both the Fall and Spring Semesters for a chance to advance to a National Championship. Competition problems are based on issues of either criminal or civil law that give students the opportunity to analyze the problem and prepare an entire trial based on their ultimate theory of the case.
Public Service - The College of Law encourages students to participate in a variety of pro bono and public interest activities. Students have opportunities to volunteer in programs such as Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Student Bar Association Pro Bono Committee, Law Tuesday, Robinson Junior High School Mentoring Program, and Summer Minority High School Students in Law. In addition, students receive academic credit for participation in programs providing free legal services through the College of Law Civil Advocacy Clinic, the Dispute Resolution Clinic, the Criminal Law Practice Program, the Public Service Externship Program, and the Domestic Violence & Juvenile Law Clinic. Further, students assist faculty who perform public service through their individual volunteer service to the community and the legal profession. Fellowships and work study funds are available to assist students who accept volunteer public interest positions.
Research Assistantships - Qualified second and third year students may become research assistants to faculty members. Research assistants work with faculty member on major projects.
Teaching Assistantships - Qualified students are hired as teaching assistants to assist faculty in basic required courses. The Teaching Assistants may teach review classes as well as edit student outlines and practice exams.
Law Alumni Association - All graduates of the College of Law are automatically members of the Law Alumni Association. The organization with more than 6,000 members across the country, has active representation in most large metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington D.C. The Association's officers and executive committees are elected annually. The association sponsors a number of social and professional activities each year.