The Pettit College of Law conducts a holistic review of applications in accordance with the University's Nondiscrimination Policy to admit students capable of successfully undertaking the rigorous program of study. The Admissions Committee considers myriad variables, including, but not limited to, cumulative undergraduate GPA, highest LSAT score, rigor of undergraduate coursework, prior work and educational experience, commitment to service, life experience, leadership ability or potential, demonstrated ability to overcome personal or structural barriers, evidence of discipline and responsibility, motivation to succeed at law school, and circumstances that put the applicant’s academic and personal achievements into context. Students admitted to the college have demonstrated their potential to become competent, ethical and professional legal practitioners. The Office of Law Admissions recruits and admits students who come from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds, who have integrity, and who are committed to the highest ethical standards as citizens and future lawyers. 

The College of Law accepts applications from Sept. 3 to Aug. 1. Admissions decisions are rendered on a rolling basis, and applicants are admitted until the class is full. The college does accept scores from the June LSAT. Students interested in admission are encouraged to apply early in the cycle to avail themselves of the greatest consideration for admission as well as scholarship and grant awards. All applications are automatically considered for merit-based aid scholarships and institutional grants. Students not immediately admitted may be placed on a waiting list.

The College of Law will not admit or readmit a student who has been disqualified previously for academic reasons without an affirmative showing that the prior disqualification does not indicate a lack of capacity to complete its program of legal education and be admitted to the bar.

Applicants admitted to the Ohio Northern College of Law are required to disclose any information that would change their responses to any questions on the application, including and especially disclosure questions regarding arrests and criminal history, disciplinary action, pending criminal charges, and professional misconduct. Once students matriculate to the Ohio Northern College of Law, this obligation to disclose continues through graduation.

The College of Law places high importance on the integrity, maturity and candor of applicants. Applicants are required to update the Office of Law Admissions in a timely manner of any circumstance that may alter their response to any question on the application. The College of Law reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission if the Admissions Committee determines that an applicant has engaged in behavior that brings into question their honesty, maturity, moral character or fitness to practice law. The College of Law may revoke an offer of admission if the Admissions Committee determines that the applicant has provided false, incomplete, incorrect or misleading information during the admissions process, or if new information is not provided in a timely manner. Applicants determined by the Admissions Committee to have provided incorrect, incomplete or misleading information in their applications may be reported to LSAC’s Committee on Misconduct or Irregularities in the Admission Process.