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Studying Law and Democracy at Ohio Northern University

Gathering new knowledge and developing new skills for building democracy around the world may seem like an unusual reason to travel to a small town in Ohio. But the location of the school, its faculty, and its resources make Ada and Ohio Northern an ideal place to combine the practice and theory of promoting the rule of law. We invite you to look through these pages and learn more about our College of Law and the LLM in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law.

Mission of the LL.M. Program

The LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law provides young lawyers and law students with the training and tools necessary to implement law reforms that support stable democratic institutions and the rule of law. The core of the LL.M. program is real-world experience: the professional experiences of international students, the externships of concurrent students, and the broad professional expertise of the faculty in rule of law reform. ONU provides a unique learning experience. Featuring a combination of rigorous academic instruction in specially designed courses, field experiences, presentations by outside experts, and the shared stories of your colleagues, you will graduate from ONU ready to change the world.

The LLM program is offered to students at three phases of their professional life:

  • Foreign lawyers from transitional states with experience in governance and law reform
  • Students just entering law school who would like to gain both their JD and LL.M.in three years
  • American lawyers seeking to complement or redirect their career with the LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law