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Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law

ONU Law students are public servants, justice-seekers, and change-makers. They seek to impact the world, no matter how big or small the task. You can find them developing local communities, testifying in front of congress, advocating in courtrooms across the country, building democracies abroad, and changing state constitutions. Our students have meaningful and unique opportunities to make change. You too, can be a part of the ONU Law difference.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 274
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 145 - 154
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.81 - 3.45
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 84.85%
In State Tuition $25,470

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Overview

About Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law

ONU Law students are public servants, justice-seekers, and change-makers. They seek to impact the world, no matter how big or small the task. You can find them developing local communities, testifying in front of congress, advocating in courtrooms across the country, building democracies abroad, and changing state constitutions. Our students have meaningful and unique opportunities to make change. You too, can be a part of the ONU Law difference.

Mission Statement

ONU Law's mission is to educate and transform students into competent, ethical, professional legal practitioners able to apply their skills and talents in traditional and emerging environments. We work diligently to maintain an educational program that prepares students for admission to the bar and effective and responsible participation in the legal profession. Our objectives are to provide students with a foundation in legal reasoning, analysis, and writing; to give them a thorough understanding of the structures and policies of the law; to help them acquire a broad and general understanding of how the law and legal institutions evolve and operate; and to make them aware of the limits of the law and how lawyers can contribute beyond the boundaries of the profession. The educational program is designed not only to address current and anticipated legal problems, but to provide students with a substantial opportunity to regularly interact with faculty, to enhance and expand their exposure to professional skills, and to examine a topic of personal interest within a critical, yet collegial environment. The program offers a traditional, comprehensive curriculum consistent with producing ethical, competent, and responsible professionals.

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Ohio Northern University's Claude W. Pettit College of Law is a "remotely located" bastion of legal education that offers "small" classes and "substantial scholarships." The unique "summer starter program" here is also notable. It's designed for students with LSAT scores in the mid 140s and GPAs over 3.5. Students at ONU report that they receive oodles of "personalized attention." "The individualized attention offered by the professors at ONU is outstanding," gushes a 3L. Students call the "experienced, knowledgeable, open, friendly," and generally "wonderful" faculty "the shining star of the school." They "really do care about the students and their success" and they "go out of their way to help the students and to make themselves available" "One-on-one meetings" with professors are common. ONU's "very attentive" administrators "genuinely care for the students" as well and "and they actually get to know you as individuals." The deans' office doors are "always open." ONU's moot court teams are first rate and ONU's clinics and externships provide "excellent practical educational experiences." "Every law student at ONU has the chance to gain legal experience." Students involved in the ONU Legal Clinic represent more than 200 clients each year. The Innocence Project allows participating students to represent criminal defendants when DNA evidence compellingly demonstrates their innocence. "Opportunities include everything from working in the local prosecutor's office to helping out at the Ohio Supreme Court to carrying out bankruptcy proceedings at the bankruptcy clinic," explains one happy student. The range of clinical offerings is pretty narrow, though, and "for most you have to drive out of town." There aren't tons of courses available, either. "I would like to see a broader selection of classes that are offered every semester," suggests a 2L. Many students also "would like to see the school add more specializations." ONU isn't a pipeline to very many huge firms but career prospects are reportedly pretty decent. More than 100 legal employers interview law students here each year and, despite the fact that "no one has heard of ONU outside Ohio," graduates frequently get hired outside the state and around the country. However, some students call Career Services "pretty weak." The facilities at Ohio Northern definitely will not blow you away. "The building is laid out rather strangely and appointed even worse," gripes a 2L. "The classrooms are dull and boring." Otherwise, while "there is nothing horribly wrong with" the law school, students tell us that it feel more than a little uninspiring. "The campus is completely wireless," though, and "there are electrical outlets in every classroom for every seat." Research facilities are "nothing spectacular," and "the library staff is outstanding," but "the library could be much bigger."

- The Princeton Review

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 19

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 98

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law - Three Years JD/MPPA (Masters of Professional Practice in Accounting) - Three years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 37
Full-Time Faculty 20
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 9
Faculty Gender 59% Male
40% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Administrators

Administrators of Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law include:

  • Nancy Armstrong - Director of the Law Library & Professor of Law
  • Nancy Sabol - Director of Academic Support and Associate Professor of Law
  • Chad Vondenhuevel - Director of Law Admissions and Digital Communication
  • Bryan Ward - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
  • Richard Bales - Dean

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 59% Male
41% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 84%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Ethnicity Unknown 5%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $25,470 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,320 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $33,790 $25,470

Financial Aid

95% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$45,587 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: August 15

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law's entering class of 2016 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 145 - 154
LSAT Total 145 - 154

Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law's entering class of 2016 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.81 - 3.45
Total 2.81 - 3.45

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Resume, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Academic GPA, Interview, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#63 National Universities Top Public Rankings
#129 National Universities
#164 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 74%
First Time Pass Rate 85%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 20
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 81%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 17 22%
Firm Sized 11-25 4 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 0 5%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 1%
Business Industry 13 17%
Government 21 28%
Public Interest 3 4%
Federal Clerkship 2 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 12 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 2%

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State Percent Employed

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law include:

  • Jessica Price Smith - U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Ohio
  • Greg Miller - U.S. Attorney for Northwest Florida
  • Benjamin Brafman - Senior Partner at Brafman & Ross, New York City
  • Gregory Frost - U.S. District Judge Southern Ohio
  • Michael DeWine - Ohio Attorney General

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