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The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

With approximately 145 classes offered annually, Ohio State students have a rich array of courses from which to choose. The college's full-time faculty, plus a select group of adjunct faculty, bring to the classroom a depth and range of expertise and a commitment to teaching. The curriculum of the Moritz College of Law is designed to provide a strong theoretical and analytical foundation, as well as multiple opportunities for developing and honing students' lawyering skills. Though the first-year curriculum is completely pre scribed, the majority of the 88 credit hours required for graduation are elective, thereby allowing students to focus on areas of special interest. A notable feature of the Moritz Law curriculum is the number of courses that have enrollments of 40 students or fewer. In the spring of the first year, Legal Writing and Analysis classes are taught by members of the regular, tenure-track and clinical-track faculty in sections of just 18-20 students. First-year students also are placed in a substantive law course in which the enrollment is approximately 35-40 students. A number of upper-level courses, especially clinical offerings and seminars, also are taught in small sections, usually with enrollments of less than 20 students. Student enrollment in each entering LL.M. class is capped at 25 to provide for similar enhanced interaction with faculty and classmates.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 614
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 158 - 164
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.43 - 3.79
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 93.83%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 97.1%
In State Tuition $27,497
Out of State Tuition $42,449

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About The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

With approximately 145 classes offered annually, Ohio State students have a rich array of courses from which to choose. The college's full-time faculty, plus a select group of adjunct faculty, bring to the classroom a depth and range of expertise and a commitment to teaching. The curriculum of the Moritz College of Law is designed to provide a strong theoretical and analytical foundation, as well as multiple opportunities for developing and honing students' lawyering skills. Though the first-year curriculum is completely pre scribed, the majority of the 88 credit hours required for graduation are elective, thereby allowing students to focus on areas of special interest. A notable feature of the Moritz Law curriculum is the number of courses that have enrollments of 40 students or fewer. In the spring of the first year, Legal Writing and Analysis classes are taught by members of the regular, tenure-track and clinical-track faculty in sections of just 18-20 students. First-year students also are placed in a substantive law course in which the enrollment is approximately 35-40 students. A number of upper-level courses, especially clinical offerings and seminars, also are taught in small sections, usually with enrollments of less than 20 students. Student enrollment in each entering LL.M. class is capped at 25 to provide for similar enhanced interaction with faculty and classmates.

Reviews

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is a “kinder, gentler law school,” which “supports creativity.” “Through career workshops each week, setting students up with legal professionals as private mentors, and a wide breadth of clinics to satisfy each particular taste, OSU invests in its students. And their offerings keep expanding!” The new Entrepreneurial Business Clinic should ease any student fears arising from a per­ceived lack of focus on corporate law and “fill the one gap Moritz had.” OSU advocates pro bono work, and plenty of clinics allow students to gain practical experience in the legal world. Students love this “hands-on” approach. Additionally, there is a strong criminal law program, and “The alternative dispute resolution program is one of the best in the nation.” The legal writing program is also outstanding. Students praise the law school’s “connection with the university as a whole.” The school offers various joint-degree programs, including a master’s of public policy that can be completed “for free and in no additional time.” Students couldn’t be happier with their classroom experience, and professors seem to love what they do. “Almost every professor I’ve had has been engaging, brilliant, and enthusiastic,” says one student. Students agree there’s an endless supply of “fantastic educators.” Professors are “leaders in their research fields,” and “great citizens,” who give openly of their time and “have a real passion for instructing.” “It’s common to see faculty at student events and around the law school.” They’re “excellent facilitators of class conversation” and create a “friendly environment.” “I had no idea how strong the faculty would be,” one student proclaims. “I have yet to find a professor, who does not go above and beyond to meet with students and share insight.”The resources at OSU are “focused on student access.” The administration doesn’t “hesitate to interact with the students to give them advice or even just to have casual conversation.” Also, “We are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from downtown Columbus, home of the Ohio Statehouse, Ohio Supreme Court, and many other courts, organizations, and firms.” This is very helpful in acquiring externship opportunities and jobs within the community. Although there are “increasing career outreach opportunities through Career Services,” some worry that outside the state of Ohio resources might be “limited.” There’s a strong “network of alumni,” and even though some students did stress their concern over finding jobs out of state, one student offers, “Even if you don’t plan to stay in Ohio, OSU has great regional ties throughout the Midwest and a strong national reputation.” Another student says the alumni and the Columbus legal commu­nity believe in the school’s mission and will continue to help out when they can. Still students emphasize concern over the lack of east coast firms coming to campus to recruit.Students mention the “primarily left-leaning” nature of the faculty and student body. While some love this aspect, others disputed it as fact. Whichever way the pendulum might swing, at OSU “a strong current of tolerance pervades.” In the classroom and outside it, all views are expressed and accepted. Facilities and technology are a worry at OSU. Both are described as “surprisingly lacking.” However, they “just finished remod­eling the student union and the main library,” and one student admits, “The facilities have gotten much better this year.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 225

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/MBA (4), JD/MHA (4), JD/MPA (4), JD/over 80 different individually designed (4-5)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Government Services
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 81
Full-Time Faculty 52
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 12
Part-Time Faculty 17
Faculty Gender 60% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 56% Male
44% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 74%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 5%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,497 Same as On-Campus
Housing $15,876 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $43,373 $27,497

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,449 Same as On-Campus
Housing $15,876 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $58,325 $42,449

Financial Aid

81% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$9,512 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 23

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 158 - 164
LSAT Total 158 - 164

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.43 - 3.79
Total 3.43 - 3.79

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 71%
First Time Pass Rate 94%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 125
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 97%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 27 13%
Firm Sized 11-25 10 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 8 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 8 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 10 5%
Firm Sized 251-500 7 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 6 3%
Business Industry 48 24%
Government 41 20%
Public Interest 18 9%
Federal Clerkship 6 3%
State Clerkship 4 2%
Academia 7 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 5 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 4 2%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 4%
DC 4%
OH 68%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law include:

  • George Voinovich - Senator
  • Karen Sarjeant - V.P. Legal Services Corp.
  • Erin Moriarity - 48 Hours/CBS News Journalist
  • Brian Sandoval - Governor of Nevada
  • Jack Creighton - Former CEO Weyerhauser Corp. and United Airlines

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