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Summer Starter FAQs

Is there an additional application I need to complete other than the main ONU Law application?
No, the Office of Law Admissions reads through every JD application to determine whether or not a student should be invited to interview for the Summer Starter Program. If selected, an invitation to interview will be sent to you at the e-mail address and mailing address we have on record.

When should I apply to be considered for this program?

Applications for the Summer Starter Program will be accepted from early September through the middle of May. We encourage students to apply early because once the SSP class is filled, interviews are no longer granted.  Summer Starter interviews begin in December.  

Do I have to complete an on-campus interview to be considered for a seat in the Summer Starter Program?

Yes, only you and your presence can convince us of your desire to attend law school and become a successful attorney. Each year approximately 75 students are interviewed to fill 20 available seats.

Is there a minimum GPA required from the credits earned during the Summer Starter Program to stay in the law school, and what if I don't make it?

Summer Starter students have until the end of the spring semester to establish (or maintain) good academic standing. The Summer Starter Program is a nonconditional program. You are automatically enrolled in the fall class following your acceptance into the Summer Starter Program.  

What is the cost of the Summer Starter Program?

Tuition for the 2018 Summer Starter Program was $8,360.  On-campus housing for the summer 2018 was $440/month, $880 total in 2018.  With ONU's reduced tuition, Summer Starter students will be charged a total of $37,410 (2018-19) for their entire first year of law school, which is comparable to most private law schools (and even some public law schools) without the benefits of the Summer Starter Program.  Tuition and housing prices for 2019 will be announced in January 2019.  

Can I receive any financial aid as a Summer Starter?

Yes, Summer Starters can receive financial aid.  Summer Starter's are not eligible for any merit-based scholarships, however grants can be provided depending on availability. For more information on student loans and completing the FAFSA, contact the Office of Financial Aid: 419-772-2272.

What is the curriculum for the Summer Starter Program?

Students in the 2019 Summer Starter Program will be enrolled in Civil Procedure and Criminal Law.  

Where do Summer Starter Students live?

All Summer Starter Program students have the option to live on campus for the eight weeks of the program. Students can then choose to either stay on campus or move off-campus for the rest of their tenure at ONU Law. Students will be able to register for on-campus housing once their seat deposit is submitted.  Visit ONU Law's housing page for pictures and layouts of the on-campus law housing facilities.  Off-campus housing options are also available on the Law Housing webpage.  

Can I graduate early if I successfully complete this program?

Yes.  ONU offers several classes during the summer and January terms for rising second and third year students. Taking a full course load and summer or January term classes would enable you to graduate in December of your third year.

Do Summer Starter Student's typically end up doing well in Law School?

Absolutely! Many of our Summer Starter students move on to be in the top of their classes. Having the extra seven credit hours and being familiar with law school classes and exams prior to the start in the fall truly gives the SSP students an added advantage.

For more information or for answers to specific questions you may have, please contact Hailey Billing, Law Admissions Counselor at 419-772-2213 or via e-mail