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.

Our Story


3L Charles Rust is going beyond the basics of learning about criminal law and constitutional law at Chase. As a student in the W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology, he is also learning about financial accounting and law office technology. And there is more:

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

Charles plans to combine what he learns in traditional law school courses with his innovative courses in the Lunsford Academy into a career that could include working with the judiciary or a mix of litigation and transactional law. Whatever direction he chooses, he expects his Lunsford Academy experience to help him make a smooth transition from law student to lawyer.

Former Director Chris Gulinello introduces design thinking to Lunsford Scholars

Andrea Sager

3L Andrea Sager has been developing skills through the Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology she will never need for a bar exam, but which will be essential when she begins her law practice.

“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 will be able to apply her traditional legal knowledge, Lunsford Academy training in multi-discipline problem-solving, and networking abilities at a large Cincinnati law firm right after graduation and the bar exam.



Our Leaders

W. Bruce Lunsford


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W. Bruce Lunsford

Jeffrey A. Standen

Robert Furnier


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Robert Furnier

Jeannine Abukhater Lambert

Assistant Director of Advancement

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Jeannine Abukhater Lambert

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.

Lunsford Academy Curriculum:

Business Organizations
Essential Quantitative Skills for Lawyers
The Business of Law: Creative Thinking for Firms and Clients

Intellectual Property and Other Intangible Assets: Drafting and Negotiating Strategies
Technology of the Modern Legal Practice
Legal App Development

Providing students with essential business acumen

The Lunsford Academy recognizes that the modern lawyer needs a basic understanding of the tools and language of business. Entrepreneurs, business leaders, clients, and professional colleagues all use a common set of disciplines and tools to share information, evaluate risk, and make financial decisions.

The Lunsford Academy provides students with competence in finance, accounting, and statistics so they can better understand the needs of their clients, make strategic decisions for their own businesses, and play a role in their clients’ financial decisions.

Fostering creative thinking

New lawyers are facing a changing legal marketplace. Traditional paths to practice are narrowing, competitive forces on the profession are increasing, and clients are demanding new types of services and service experiences.

The Lunsford Academy trains students in creative design and problem solving for their law practices. In addition, students also develop skills that allow them to fashion creative legal solutions for their clients’ businesses. In the Lunsford Academy, students develop the foundational skills for becoming business-competent lawyers and business leaders.

Harnessing the power of intellectual property

Business clients need attorneys who can advise them on maximizing their ability to generate revenue from their intellectual property.

The Lunsford Academy provides students with the skills necessary to identify strategies for effective drafting and negotiation of intellectual property licenses.

Introducing students to modern technology

The modern legal practice requires a high-level of proficiency with technology. Attorneys without these skills generate additional costs for law firms and clients.

The Lunsford Academy instructs students in the efficient use of standard office technology in the practice of law and introduces them to legal technology products designed specifically for attorneys as well as the products that compete with lawyers.

In the Lunsford Academy, students also develop a legal app. Through this project, they gain a deeper understanding of the legal and technological issues relevant to developing software products and they learn how to articulate their legal knowledge to non-experts.



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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