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Making Our Case.
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.
2015-16 Tuition: $25,470 - "Best Value Law School - preLaw Magazine"
No. 1 in Ohio for 3.5-year average overall Bar passage rate
No.1 in the state for full-time JD-required job placement, Class of 2013
9th in the U.S. for job placement in Government and Public Interest, 2012
A top school for practical training and experiential learning, the National Jurist 2015
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:
No. 1 in Ohio for overall Bar passage on the February 2014 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
Job Placement Success:
For the class of 2013, ONU Law placed No. 1 in the state for full-time bar required job placement. Overall, 84.2% of our 2013 graduates who responded to our survey were employed or pursuing an LL.M. program within 9 months of graduation.
What's Your Motive?
There are as many reasons for becoming a lawyer as there are specialties to pursue. Do you want to speak out against oppression? Develop case law that lives on for decades to come? Become the voice of your generation, trumpeting the social issues that define our day? No matter what your reason is, here you’ll be able to achieve great heights. At ONU Law, we have created a unique program where you can develop the skills to make a difference, regardless of where you want to go with your law degree.
Your days here will be filled with incredible opportunities to build experience with working legal professionals. Once you graduate, you’ll find an international network of tight-knit alumni ready to help you advance. From your first day onward, you’ll discover a community that will take the passions you have and help you develop into the lawyer that you want to be.
Celebrating 130 Years
You know what they say about good things and waiting. Well, after 130 years, the Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University can only be expected to do great things. Things like being No. 1 in job placement and bar passage for the state of Ohio. And we’re not stopping there. Looking ahead to the next 130 years, our skills courses and guaranteed clinics are re-defining the future of legal education.
A Personal Approach
Our 11:1 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
ONU Law was recently recognized as one of the “Most Innovative Law Schools in the Nation” in 2012 for our addition of our interactive January term required for all first year students.
Faculty accessibility is at the core of “The ONU Law Difference.” With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, every student is guaranteed a personal legal education with individualized instruction from Orientation through successful completion of the Bar exam.
Bar Passage Success
ONU Law continues to have incredible success on the Bar exam. ONU Law is No. 1 in Ohio for 3.5-year average overall Bar passage rate
High-Impact Clinical Placements
ONU Law has been offering clinical placements since the mid-1960’s, nearly 20 years before most universities even considered experiential learning. ONU Law offers 12 guaranteed high-impact clinical placement opportunities across the state of Ohio. Every student has the chance to learn at the elbow of seasoned professionals.
Quality of Life
Our law students experience a quality of life unlike most larger universities. Our size allows for unique collaboration in and out of the classroom and the opportunity to get to know the entire student population. Students also find the extremely low cost of living in Ada to be an added benefit in addition to what is an extremely safe campus and community.
ONU Law is one of the few law schools in the country to offer deluxe on-campus housing for law students. We have 48 available on-campus apartments located within walking distance to the College of Law. Our on-campus housing was recently recognized by the National Jurist.
Every year ONU Law students and organizations are recognized within the greater University, throughout local communities, and at national competitions. Our Moot Court program is one example where ONU Law sees annual success.
Recent Alumni Success
Our recent alumni are finding incredible success throughout the country and around the globe. Click Here to read personal testimonials from a sample of our recent alumni.
Job Placement Success
We might be a small school, but we pack a mighty punch when it comes to job placement. For the Class of 2013 we are No. 1 in Ohio for JD-required job placement, and are nearly 10 percent higher than the national average.
ONU Law’s rural location allows for the unique opportunity to study in a place with fewer distractions, allowing studies to remain top priority. We are the only rural law school of all nine Ohio law schools and are centralized between Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Pittsburgh, all within easy driving distance.
ONU Law resides on the larger university campus which spans 342 acres. Consistently awarded the “Tree Campus USA” award by the Arbor Day Foundation, ONU is proud to offer a gorgeous tree-lined, green-focused, campus.
ONU Law’s facilities have undergone significant changes over the last 10 years. Most primary spaces including technology classrooms, both moot courtrooms, our student lounges, and our law library have undergone significant remodeling. We are proud of our technologically-enhanced facility and encourage you to explore our building through our online Virtual Tour.