Our Story

Salmon P. Chase College of Law is named for one of the region’s most prominent lawyers and jurists − the Cincinnati lawyer who was an Ohio governor, U.S. treasury secretary during the Civil War, and, from 1864 to 1873, Chief Justice of the United States.

Chase, which offers full-time day and part-time evening programs, was founded in 1893 as the third night law school in the nation. It quickly became a model for those that followed. In 1971, Chase merged with Northern Kentucky University, moved from downtown Cincinnati to Northern Kentucky, and added full-time day classes to its evening program.

Chase has had a reputation since its founding as “The Lawyer’s School,” because of the skills graduates display when they enter practice and the numbers of them who rise to prominence in the bar and on the bench.