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Concurrent J.D./LL.M. FAQ
Q. How many students are accepted into the program each year?
The program accepts up to 8 students each year.
Q. How do I apply to the concurrent program?
You must first be admitted to the JD program at Ohio Northern and then file a separate application for the concurrent program with the LL.M. office. This application includes a separate personal statement and letter of recommendation directed towards the objectives of the LL.M. program.
Q. Are there additional requirements for the concurrent program?
Yes. To begin taking the LL.M. classes in the spring semester of the first year of law school and to be eligible for a summer externship, concurrent students must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.5 during their first semester (or summer and first semester) and a grade of at least C+ in Legal Research and Writing.
Q. What is the application deadline?
There is no fixed application deadline. Students admitted to the JD program may apply at any time, including during the fall semester of their first year at ONU. Students applying during the fall semester will not be considered until fall semester grades have been received.
Q. Does the concurrent program cost extra?
Students in the concurrent program pay the same tuition as the other JD students for fall and spring semesters during their three years. They pay the LL.M. tuition rate for the two summer externships (six credit hours each) and the three-week January term classes (two credit hours each) during their second and third years.
Q. Is there scholarship money available for the concurrent program?
Law college scholarship and grant funds are available for qualified students for the three years of their JD study. These funds are not available for the LL.M. summer externships or second- and third-year January term courses. Some externships include living stipends and housing provided by the partner organization.
Q. Are student loans available to cover my living expenses during my externships?
Yes. The externships are just another form of summer school, and most loan programs provide for living expenses, even if living abroad.
Q. How do I find a summer externship?
The LL.M. program staff identifies placements for concurrent degree students. A student may find his or her own placement, but it must be approved by the LL.M. director.
Q. What kinds of places do the summer externs work?
There are two summer externship programs: domestic and foreign after the first and second years of law school, respectively. Domestic placements have been primarily in the Washington, DC area, although students have been placed at the United Nations in New York City and some other locations. In Washington, students have worked at the World Bank, the EPA and Department of Defense and in international development, anti-human trafficking and anti-corruption organizations. For the foreign externships, students have been placed in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kosovo, Kenya, Iraq, and Georgia, working for a variety of U.S. government-funded projects, foreign government offices and local NGOs.
Q. What law school courses do I have to give up if I am admitted to the concurrent degree program?
Concurrent students take all of the required JD and LL.M. courses. This leaves room for the primary bar exam electives. Students in the concurrent degree program are not able to complete other specialized concentrations in the law school. However, they do qualify for the International Law Certificate, in addition to the JD and LL.M. degrees.
Q. May I participate in law school extracurricular activities such as law review and moot court?
Yes. Concurrent students are encouraged to become active in all law school activities. Concurrent students served as members and editors of the law review, president of the Student Bar Association, and coaches and members of moot court teams.