Vision, Innovation, and Proven Success
Ohio Northern University College of Law has been fully accredited by the American Bar Association since 1948 and a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1965.
9th in the U.S. for job placement in Government and Public Interest
2nd in the state for JD Required job placement
Noted as one of the most innovative law schools in August, 2012 by the National Jurist
Recognized for our exceptional on-campus law student housing in August, 2012 by the National Jurist
Bar Exam Success:
90% of first-time takers passed the July 2013 Bar Exam, highest among all private law schools in Ohio and well above the statewide average.
100% of first-time takers passed the Feb. 2013 Bar Exam. This was 20% higher than the statewide average for first-time takers
92% average first-time passage rate from 2010-2013, placing us first in Ohio for Bar Passage
Job Placement Success:
For the class of 2012, ONU Law placed 2nd in the state for full-time bar required job placement. Overall, 84.6% of our 2012 graduates who responded to our survey were employed or pursuing an LL.M. program within 9 months of graduation.
Founded in 1885
Nationally recognized as one of 2012's Top 20 "Most Innovative Law Schools in the Nation," ONU Law is leader in preparing students for 21st century practice. As one of the smallest law schools in the country, we are redefining the law school experience. Why ONU Law? We are a leader in bar passage and job placement. We have a unique location conducive for academic studies. Our atmosphere of support is unmatched. Lastly, we have a loyal, active, and engaged alumni network.
A Personal Approach to Legal Education
Our 12:1 student to faculty ratio allows for some of the most engaging student-to-faculty interaction in the country. ONU Law has faculty who were trained at the top law schools in the country and who have used their training in courtrooms throughout the United States. They are eager to convey their knowledge and experience to our students. A smaller student body means you are not wasting time waiting to meet with professors. Faculty members know their students by name and care about their success, both in and out of the classroom. At ONU Law, you are not just a number. Learn more about our faculty
Extensive Academic Support
ONU Law is proud of the strength of its academic support program. From the first day of orientation to graduation, you have a team of faculty, staff and current students looking after you. Each new law student is assigned a faculty mentor and a fellow upperclassman peer advisor. In addition both our Director and Assistant Director of Academic Support are available to assist you in your course of study. This team is built to provide you with the resources you need to succeed in law school. All major first year courses or upper level courses that cover subjects typically tested on the bar are complemented with Teaching Assistants (TA’s), who are second or third year students who did exceptionally well in that same class. They hold weekly review sessions and are available for one-on-one academic counseling. Discover more about our Academic Support Programs
Melding Theory with Practice
Our curriculum has been developed to teach students the necessary skills needed to become proficient practitioners. We expect our students to obtain 10 credit hours of skills training during their time in law school. Our skills courses are designed to provide students with the professional skills needed to practice the law. A vital component of skills training is hands on practice experience. ONU Law’s eleven outstanding clinical placement programs allow students the opportunity to delve into the field and get the experience that will help set them apart after graduation. It provides them with the knowledge and expertise that our graduates and alumni are known for. ONU Law has provided clinical education opportunities for students for over 40 years and we continue to be on the forefront of experiential education.
A Beautiful Campus in a Great Community
Ada, Ohio is the ideal place in which to study law. Its rural location allows for few distractions, yet its central location allows for easy access to more than 10 major U.S. cities, all within easy driving distance. (Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Detroit, and Louisville, among others) Ada’s quaint and small town college feel allows students to become easily acclimated to the area, letting them spend the necessary time focusing on their studies.
The university is known for its picturesque beauty, built on 342 acres filled with large trees, beautiful ponds and lush green plant life. Ohio Northern Law is settled on the main University’s campus and is a central point on the academic side of campus. We invite you to schedule a campus visit, and discover more about ONU Law.
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