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Application Requirements & Timelines

Admissions Policy

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.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete or be currently working to finish your bachelor's degree.

  2. Register with LSAC and decide when you will take the LSAT (2019-20 LSAT Dates: Sept. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 25, Jan. 13, Feb. 22, March 30, April 25).

  3. Register with the Credential Assembly Services (CAS). The CAS will compile all LSAT scores, transcripts and letters of recommendation and send them to ONU Law as a complete report.

  4. While ONU Law does not require any letters of recommendation, we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to add value to your application by requesting letters of recommendation from professors, employers or mentors who can speak to your academic achievement and overall readiness to attend a rigorous law school. Up to three letters of recommendation can be submitted and should be sent to LSAC.

  5. Prepare a personal statement detailing your interest in ONU Law and how you will add diversity to our incoming class. It is recommended that you write several drafts to ensure there are no spelling or grammatical errors. The personal statement can be uploaded directly to ONU Law’s online application.

  6. Polish your résumé and make sure all activities, work experience and leadership roles are up to date. The résumé can be uploaded directly to ONU Law’s online application.

  7. Include a detailed explanation of any character and fitness issues (if applicable).

  8. Complete and submit ONU Law’s free online application.

  9. International applicants and transfer applicants must provide additional documentation, which is listed here.

  10. It is important to indicate on your application if you have ever attended any law school previously (if applicable).

Timeline for 2020-2021 Admission

Sept. 3, 2019 – Free 2020-21 Application available online. Office of Law Admissions begins review of applications. Admittance decisions sent on a rolling basis. Invitations for the Summer Starter Program sent on a rolling basis.

April 4, 2020 – Accepted Students Day - RSVP Now

April 15, 2020 – First Deposit Due

May 1, 2020 – Priority Scholarship Deadline

May 15, 2020 – Deadline to interview for the Summer Starter Program

June 15, 2020 – Second Deposit Due

Aug. 1, 2020 - Deadline to apply for fall 2020 entry