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Experiential Learning

Learn by doing at Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law

At ONU Law, we believe that learning outside the classroom is just as important as learning inside it. Our unique location and small class sizes provide continuous opportunities to combine study with real-world practice.

ONU Law is unique because of the close relationships you’ll develop with your professors and advisors, who become your advocates from day one and mentors long after you graduate. Add to that our rural location, which means you don’t have to compete with scores of students as you would in a larger metropolitan area, and you find a program that puts you on a unique path to success.

ONU Law’s experiential learning requirements

After completing your first year at ONU Law, you must successfully complete at least seven hours of instruction elected from courses designated as meeting the skills requirement, no more than six of which may be clinic courses.

Clinics and externships

ONU Law’s legal clinics and externships allow you to enhance your education while adding value to your degree and experience to your resume. Three things set our program apart: availability, flexibility and student-centered guidance.

Availability means 100 percent placement – plain and simple. If you want to enroll in a program, we take every step possible to find a spot. We guarantee a legal clinic or field placement for every student.

Flexibility means we work with you directly to shape an experience that suits your needs.

Student-centered guidance means that, throughout your time at ONU Law, you’ll develop close working relationships with seasoned attorneys who become your advocates and mentors.

Learn more about ONU Law’s clinical placement programs here. 

In addition to clinical or field placements, the following experiential classes have been offered recently:

  • Advanced Legal Research
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Labor & Employment Law Practicum 
  •  Law Office Economics
  • Negotiation Workshop
  • Pretrial Litigation  
  • Scientific Evidence
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Trial Advocacy: Advanced