The Lunsford Academy

The W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology offers students an honors curriculum designed to enhance the comprehensive legal education by emphasizing legal technology, quantitative methods, leadership, informatics and other skills critical to the future of the practice of law and business.

Recent graduate Charles Rust is combining what he learned in traditional law school courses with his innovative courses in the Lunsford Academy into his career.

“The Lunsford Academy provided a balanced legal education that enabled me to be practice-ready upon graduation. It also afforded me the opportunity to form lasting professional friendships.”

His legal education went beyond the basics of learning about criminal law and constitutional law. As a student in the W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology, he also learned about financial accounting and law office technology.

“The Lunsford Academy helped me develop the insight necessary to approach theoretical issues in a more pragmatic manner,” he says.

Chuck is now an associate attorney with a mid-sized real estate firm with five offices in Ohio and Kentucky.

Former Director Chris Gulinello introduces design thinking to Lunsford Scholars

Andrea Sager

Recent graduate Andrea Sager developed skills through the Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology she would never need for a bar exam, but which were essential when she began practicing law.

“The classes that went beyond academics, such as those for technology and emotional intelligence, were very helpful for becoming a more proficient lawyer and better understanding of clients.”

“The Lunsford Academy has brought about improved networking skills for me. With a number of events, I have gradually seen my networking skills improve over the last three years,” she says. Those are not skills she acquired from a casebook, but ones she developed in Lunsford Academy seminars and receptions with alumni, lawyers, and business executives. They are the skills that help a new lawyer who knows about torts and tax laws develop the mentoring relationships and client base necessary for long-term success.

Andrea is applying her traditional legal knowledge, Lunsford Academy training in multi-discipline problem-solving, and networking abilities at a large Cincinnati law firm and with her own clothing line business.

“Courses in accounting, technology, privacy, and business helped me enter my first year as a corporate associate with an understanding of concepts many graduates must develop in practice alone. “

– Shelbie Wilson ’17



Our Leaders

W. Bruce Lunsford


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Jeffrey A. Standen

Robert Furnier


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Jeannine Abukhater Lambert

Assistant Director of Advancement

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Future Students

Jordan McSayles

Jordan McSayles expected to be busy in law school, but she did not expect that the W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology would help her wisely allocate time among classes, studying, and activities. “Balancing not only my 1L work, but also the additional meetings required of Lunsford students has required me to balance my time more efficiently,” she says of her academy experience.

Her other benefit from being part of the academy: “I have learned to be more efficient with my writing skills, especially for exams.” Even as she is learning to blend the problem-solving skills of law, business, and technology she hopes will lead to a position in a Cincinnati law firm, her Lunsford Academy experience is paying off by helping her devote the right mix of time and writing skills to other law school courses.


Jeannine Abukhater Lambert
Administrative Director

NKU Chase Office of Admissions

Robert Furnier
Director of the W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology
Adjunct Professor of Law

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