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Summer Starter Program


Mandatory orientation on June 12, 2020

Classes begin june 15, 2020




Summertime at ONU - it’s warm, it’s quiet, and the College of Law is full of passionate first-year students looking for a head start to their legal education. They belong to the Summer Starter Program, a unique opportunity for students whose outstanding undergraduate performance indicates probable academic success in law school despite a lower LSAT score.

The eight-week Summer Starter Program consists of two first-year courses (eight credit hours) and provides our students with the one-on-one attention necessary to be successful in law school. From individual weekly meetings with your academic support advisor to weekly group teaching assistant (TA) sessions, you will learn the study skills and test-taking skills needed to set you apart from students entering in a typical fall program. Many of our Summer Starter students end up in the top of the class at the conclusion of their first year. This, in addition to hard work, can be credited to the skills and confidence acquired from completing the Summer Starter Program. Once you have completed the program, you are automatically enrolled into the fall entering class. There’s no need to re-apply.


Academically, Summer Starter Students are often ranked in the TOP 10 in each class.

Summer Starter students have more than met our expectations – they have far exceeded them. Academically, they are often ranked among the top 10 of each class. Sometimes, they even end up as valedictorians. Summer Starters also serve in leadership roles as members of all three classes at the College of Law. Many serve on the Editorial Board of Law Review, sit on the Executive Board of Moot Court, and hold executive positions with the Student Bar Association and other student organizations. Summer Starters land teaching assistant positions, receive book awards, compete on national and international moot court teams, and act as peer mentors. No facet of the law school has gone untouched by the Summer Starter Program.

Summer Starter Timeline

Follow Erin French, JD '13, from the start of the Summer Starter Program through graduation and beyond...

Summer 2010: Summer Starter Program Begins
First Year: Quarterfinalist in Daniel S. Guy Appellate Advocacy Competition; Phi Alpha Delta member
Summer 2011: Judicial Externship with Judge Gregory Frost at the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Second Year: Staff editor of Law Review; merit scholarship recipient; teaching assistant for criminal law; member of the Curriculum Committee
Summer 2012: Hired as full-time law clerk for Judge Richard Warren at the Allen County Common Pleas Court
Third Year: Editor-in-chief of Law Review; member of the Willis Society; graduated with high distinction; worked part time as law clerk for Judge Richard Warren and Judge David Cheney
Post Graduation:  Hired as an associate attorney in the litigation department at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease in Cincinnati, Ohio



  • Automatic fall entry (non-conditional)
  • Faculty accessibility and small class sizes (approx. 20 students)
  • Weekly exams to acclimate you prior to fall entry
  • Weekly teaching assistant (TA) sessions for additional review
  • Knowledge of outlining and note-taking
  • Familiarity with the Socratic Method



Applicants may apply for free online by submitting the general fall application. No separate application is required. If qualified for the Summer Starter Program, you will receive a letter and email invitation to interview for the program. You are encouraged to include a statement of interest in the program with your application.  Candidates that qualify for the program based on their application are invited to interview for the program on campus. Applications are accepted until the summer class is filled.

To apply, visit this page or From there, you’ll have an on-campus interview, because only you and your presence can convince us of your desire to attend law school and become a successful attorney.


Class preparation, test preparation and study skills will be addressed in individual weekly sessions with the coordinator of Academic Support. Test results will also be reviewed and analyzed through one-on-one meetings with your faculty members. Heavy emphasis is placed on providing intensive writing experiences with frequent feedback.

For more information on the Summer Starter Program, contact the Office of Law Admissions at or 419-772-2211.