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Learning Objectives

About Our Curriculum

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ONU Law engages its students in a rigorous and innovative academic curriculum. Small class sizes enrich the educational experience and allow professors to bring the curriculum alive for students. ONU law students can choose from a variety of specializations and more than 120+ course options while also expanding their experience by studying abroad, participating in Law Review, accepting research and teaching assistantships, participating in pro bono programs, or taking an active role in Moot Court.

ONU Law's curriculum has been developed to teach every student the necessary skills needed to stand out in 21st century practice. We expect our students to obtain at least 10 credit hours of skills courses, which have been specifically designed to provide students with the practical and professional skills needed to practice the law every day. For nearly 45 years, ONU Law has offfered guarenteed clinical placement programs which allow students the opportunity to delve into their field of choice and learn at the elbow of a seasoned professional. It provides them with the knowledge and expertise for which our graduates and alumni are known.

ONU Law's curriculum begins with a core curriculum in legal theory that includes work with statutes and administrative regulations. The core curriculum develops students’ legal writing and familiarizes them with principles of accounting and finance that all lawyers need to know. A student completes the core curriculum by the third semester, and the remainder of the student’s time at the college can be spent in meaningful opportunities to develop skills essential to the practice of law.

Academic Mission

The school’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.  The law school works 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. 

Learning Objectives:


  1. To obtain a foundation in legal reasoning, analysis and writing.
    • Legal Research and Writing I & II
    • J-term course, Legal Problem Solving & Analysis
    • Writing across the curriculum
    • Meetings with Academic Support  
  2. To obtain a thorough understanding of the structures of and policies of the law.
    • Public Law and the Legal Process
  3. To gain a broad and general understanding of how the law and legal institutions evolve and operation.
  4. To gain an awareness of the limits of law and how lawyers can contribute beyond the boundaries of the profession.
    • Clinical experiences
    • Many student organizations

LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law

  1. To obtain knowledge and understanding of diverse governance and legal systems from around the world.
  2. To obtain knowledge and understanding of critical problems and issues confronting nations developing democratic and law based institutions and procedures.
  3. To learn how to apply the new knowledge and understanding to legal and governance problems confronting their home countries or other transitional states.


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