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Academic Awards and Honors

 The Willis Society

The Willis Society is the highest academic honor society at the College of Law. It was named after Frank B. Willis, distinguished statesman, lawyer and alumnus of Ohio Northern University. Membership is restricted to the top 10% of the third-year class.

Order of Barristers

The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy and brief writing skills through effective law school appellate moot court programs. It provides national recognition for individuals who have excelled in moot court ability and service at their respective schools.

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is a national honorary society with a chapter at Ohio Northern University that is open to upper class students of the College of Law. Membership is restricted to students at the top of the second- and third-year classes, as specified by the regulations of the society.

Dean's List

Each semester those students receiving a minimum grade point average of 3.5 are named to the Dean’s List of the College of Law. They are recognized with a certificate at the annual awards ceremony.

Oustanding Scholastic Achievement Award

Each year the College of Law provides awards in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement. These College of Law presents these awards to the students with the highest cumulative grade point averages in their classes.

Summer Scholar Award

The College of Law selects an outstanding first- or second-year student to receive a significant stipend and scholarship to enable him/her to spend the summer working with a member of the law faculty on a significant research project.

CALI Excellence for the Future Award

CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, presents an award to the student in each law school course achieving the top grade in the course. CALI is a consortium of the nation’s law schools which provides research and development and a distribution network for computer-assisted instruction in the law.

The Liberty Bell Award

The Liberty Bell Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Student Bar Association, is presented annually in conjunction with the American Bar Association as public recognition for outstanding law community service at the Claude W. Pettit College of Law.

Law Review Awards

The Law Review sponsors two awards annually. The Daniel S. Guy Award is presented to a senior Law Review member for excellence in legal journalism. The Editor’s Award is presented to the outstanding Law Review member as voted by the members.

American Bar Association Awards

The ABA Section of Urban, State and Local Government Law awards certificates of excellence to the top students in Municipal Corporations and Land Use Seminar.

The American Bankruptcy Law Journal Award

Each year the American Bankruptcy Law Journal presents an award to the student achieving the highest grade in Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights.

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award

Each year the Academy sponsors a scholarship at each of the law schools in Ohio to recognize those students who have excelled in the area of family law.

National Association of Women Lawyers Award

This award is given annually to an outstanding woman graduate of each ABA approved law school. Included with the award is a one-year membership in the National Association of Women Lawyers.

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) presents an Outstanding Law Student Award to one student who best represents the criteria listed below.

  • Contributes to the advancement of women in society
  • Promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession
  • Exhibits motivation, tenacity and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrates academic achievement
  • Earns the respect of you and your colleagues

Honorees are recognized by publication in the Women Lawyers Journal®, receive an Outstanding Student Award, and a one-year honorary membership in the Association, entitling the award winner to participate in the full range of NAWL activities and committees and to receive all publications. The law student also receives a Certificate of Recognition.