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Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

 

These represent some of the most frequently asked questions we receive as admission directors. We hope you find answers to your questions. If not, please feel free to contact us: Toll free: 877-452-9668 or Email: lawadmissions@onu.edu.

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS?

A: For answers to frequently asked questions about preparing for law school or the LSAT; your résumé, personal statement or letters of recommendation; transcripts; graduate experience; admission requirements and more, visit our APPLYING TO LAW SCHOOL webpage.

Q: WHAT IS ONU LAW'S MEDIAN LSAT & MEDIAN GPA?

A: The median LSAT for the 2017 entering class is a 151. The median UGPA is a 3.28. For more statistics on the 2017 incoming class, please visit our JD Class Profile page.

Q: WHAT IS THE APPLICATION FEE?

A: ONU Law does not require an application fee. To apply, visit our How To Apply page.

Q: CAN I VISIT ONU LAW?

A: We love when students visit and strongly encourage them to do so. There is no better way to see what life is like as an ONU Law student than to stop by for a campus visit. Click Here, fill out the form, and we'll be in contact with you to finalize your visit itinerary.  Students who complete a full visit to ONU Law will qualify for the $1,000 Dean's Campus Visit Scholarship* upon acceptance.  See the Schedule a Visit Form for details.  

*Does not apply to students in the Summer Starter Program.

Q: WHAT IS THE STUDENT-TO-FACULTY RATIO?

A: We currently have less than 200 students attending ONU Law, which allows us an incredible 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Small class sizes and consistent availability to our renowned faculty are major factors as to why our law students are so successful.

Q: WHAT PERCENT OF ONU LAW STUDENTS ARE FROM OUT OF STATE?

A: Each year between 1/2 and 2/3rds of the student body hail from outside of Ohio. We have more than 35 states represented. Most of our students choose to go back to their respective home states, however a few choose to remain and practice in Ohio. 

Q: WHAT ARE ONU LAW'S MOST RECENT BAR PASSAGE RESULTS?

A: ONU Law ranked first in Ohio for first-time bar passage following the February 2017 exam.  ONU Law's bar passage rates are consistently above the statewide average.  See ONU Law's history of success on the bar exam here.  

Q: WHAT ARE THE MOST RECENT CAREER PLACEMENT STATS?

A: 78% of ONU Law's 2016 graduating class were employed or enrolled in a graduate program nine months after graduate.  

Q: WHAT ARE GRADUATES KEY AREAS OF PRACTICE?

A: Close to 50 percent of our students go into private practice. Others choose to practice in government positions, judicial clerkships, business law and public interest law. 

Q: DOES ONU OFFER CLINICAL and externship PROGRAMS?

A: ONU Law offers 12 clinical placement programs and 100% placement. For a summary and description of these clinical placement programs, Click Here. More than 60% of the student body participates in clinics prior to graduation. Every student is guaranteed a clinical placement at ONU Law.

Q: WHAT IS THE AVerage DEBT OF AN ONU LAW STUDENT?

A: The average debt of our law students after three years is roughly $94,000. However, with ONU Law's reduced tuition of $27,140, overall student debt will undoubtedly drop.

Q: WHAT ARE THE FEE AND TUITION RATES?

A: ONU Law continues to offer a premier legal education at a marginal cost. We remain the lowest private law school tuition in the state. Tuition was reduced to $27,140 for the 2017-2018 academic year, and 2018-19 tuition will be announced in early-2018.  There is also Student Bar Association Dues of $4.  In addition, Law Review Dues are $20 and a parking permit costs $65.  To learn more about ONU Law's commitment to making a private legal education affordable for more students, click here.  

Q: DOES ONU PROVIDE FINANCIAL AID?

A: More than 65% of our current student body is receiving scholarships or grants. Roughly 95% of our student body is receiving some form of financial aid.

Q: DOES ONU LAW HAVE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES?

A: Our average scholarship for the entering class in 2017 was $19,450. Depending on your combination of LSAT score, GPA, employment history, academic achievements and community involvement, you may qualify for a merit-based scholarship that is renewable for up to 3 years. We awarded more than 2 million dollars in scholarship and grant money for the 2017-2018 academic school year.

ONU Law reevaluates students after their first year, oftentimes increasing students' scholarships for exceptional performance. Students who enter law school with no scholarship will also be considered for an award applicable to their second and third years. Additionally, students who received a scholarship requiring them to achieve a 2.7 GPA who do not maintain a 2.7 GPA do not necessarily lose their entire scholarship. Many times a scholarship is only decreased slightly, dependent on the students' performance.

Q: WHAT ARE ONU LAW'S DEMOGRAPHIC STATS?

A: In the entering 2017 class, 50% were female. Our ages range from 21-45. 21% of the incoming students classified themselves as Minorities.

Q: WHERE DO ONU LAW GRADUATES PRACTICE?

A: ONU Law has alumni practicing in all 50 U.S. states and abroad.  

Q: DOES ONU LAW HAVE ON-CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS?

A: ONU Law was recognized in 2012 by the National Jurist for our on-campus housing. We provide deluxe accommodations of 48 two-bedroom apartment-style options in either Polar Place Apartments or Courtyard Apartments. Both residences are reserved for graduate students only. The Office of Residence Life will assist students with finding housing in Ada and with placement in on-campus apartments. For more information, call 419-772-2430. To view photos of available on-campus law housing and for additional details, visit our Housing Page.

Q: DESCRIBE THE TAGGART LAW LIBRARY

A: Our law library contains 436,000 volumes, 30,000 square feet, 282 seats, and 25 computers, which is very competitive for a school our size. The Taggart Law Library was ranked No. 1 of all Ohio private law school libraries (2010) by the National Jurist. For more information, and hours of operation, visit our Library Page.

Q: WHERE IS ONU LAW LOCATED?

A: Ohio Northern University is located in the beautiful community of Ada, OH. Ada is located between the cities of Toledo and Dayton and is 20 minutes east of Lima, Ohio. The environment is quiet and peaceful, which lends itself very nicely to the study of law. The campus is filled with 342 acres of beautiful trees and lush forests (2011 Tree Campus USA), several ponds and plenty of friendly faces. ONU is also within easy driving distance of more than 10 major U.S. cities: Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Detroit, and Louisville, among others.

Q: Describe ONU Law's cURRICULUm?

A: ONU Law was recognized in 2012 as one of the most innovative law schools by the National Jurist. For a full guide to your First Year Curriculum, click here.

After your first year at ONU, you meet with your advisors to determine your areas of interest. You can then choose to take additional courses in that area of interest. Click here for a list of our available Certificate Programs. ONU Law offers 115+ courses from which a student can choose.

Q: WHAT IS THE SUMMER STARTER PROGRAM? | High GPA, Lower LSAT

A: We have a non-conditional summer program for students with high GPAs and disproportionately lower LSAT scores. This program consists of two first year courses totaling eight credit hours, which are completed in eight weeks in the Summer prior to entering law school (beginning early June). Students are advised 3 times a week individually and in groups, as well as tested weekly. This program is a great way to get a jump start in law school. Many of our Summer Starter students have gone on to be the top of their class. If you fall into the category of "I'm a great student, I am just not great at standardized testing," than this may be the program for you.

Q: WHAT WILL MY THREE YEARS BE LIKE?

A: The first year is the most critical and anxiety filled. The second year is more academically demanding, and the third has the additional pressures of preparing for the bar and for employment after graduation, so each has its claim as the most difficult. Being in a smaller environment like ONU Law, you'll have a great support system among the many friends, faculty, and staff members you'll find here. To learn more about our Academic Support programs, click here.

Q: WHEN WILL A DECISION BE MADE REGARDING MY APPLICATION?

A: We make every effort to be in contact with all applicants within 3-5 weeks of applying, but this is not necessarily a final decision. We typically begin applicant review December 1st. We have no application fee, so we encourage you to apply now for the greatest consideration for admission and scholarship.

Q: ARE LAPTOPS REQUIRED OR RECOMMENDED?

A: Most students do bring laptops to law school. Both PCs and Macs are used. Free updated versions of Microsoft Office are provided during orientation your first year.

For answers to any additional questions you may have, please contact an admissions representative! Phone Number: 419-772-2211 or Email Us: lawadmissions@onu.edu