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Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

 

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive as admission directors. We hope you find answers to your questions. If not, please feel free to contact us at 419-772-2211 or lawadmissions@onu.edu.

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS?

A: For answers to frequently asked questions about preparing for law school or the LSAT; your résumé, personal statement or letters of recommendation; transcripts; graduate experience; admission requirements and more, visit our APPLYING TO LAW SCHOOL webpage.

Q: WHAT IS ONU LAW'S MEDIAN LSAT and MEDIAN GPA?

A: The median LSAT for the 2019 entering class is a 151. The median UGPA is a 3.32. For more statistics on the 2019 incoming class, please visit our JD Class Profile page.

Q: WHAT IS THE APPLICATION FEE?

A: ONU Law does not require an application fee. To apply, visit our How To Apply page.

Q: CAN I VISIT ONU LAW?

A: We love when students visit and strongly encourage them to do so. There is no better way to see what life is like as an ONU Law student than to stop by for a campus visit. Click here, fill out the form, and we'll be in contact with you to finalize your visit itinerary. See the Schedule a Visit form for details.  

Q: WHAT IS THE STUDENT-TO-FACULTY RATIO?

A: We currently have less than 200 students attending ONU Law, which gives you an incredible 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Small class sizes and consistent availability to our renowned faculty are major factors as to why our law students are so successful.

Q: WHAT PERCENT OF ONU LAW STUDENTS ARE FROM OUT OF STATE?

A: Each year, between one-half and two-thirds of the student body hail from outside of Ohio. We have more than 35 states represented. Most of our students choose to go back to their respective home states; however, a few choose to remain and practice in Ohio. 

Q: WHAT ARE ONU LAW'S MOST RECENT BAR-PASSAGE RESULTS?

A: ONU Law ranked first in Ohio for first-time bar passage following the July 2019 exam. ONU Law's bar-passage rates are consistently above the statewide average. See ONU Law's history of success on the bar exam here.  

Q: WHAT ARE THE MOST RECENT CAREER PLACEMENT STATS?

A: Our 2018 graduating class has a 78% percent placement rate in full-time professional positions 10 months after graduation. Graduate employment outcomes data can be found in our ABA Required Disclosures.

Q: WHAT ARE GRADUATES' KEY AREAS OF PRACTICE?

A: Our graduates have successful careers in all areas of law, including in large, medium, small and solo firms; public interest groups; corporations; higher education; and government offices and agencies such as JAG programs, the Secret Service and the FBI. We have alumni in all 50 U.S. states and 26 countries.

Q: DOES ONU OFFER CLINICAL and externship PROGRAMS?

A: ONU Law offers 12 clinical and externship placement programs and 100 percent guaranteed placement. For a summary and descriptions of these clinical and externship placement programs, click here

Q: WHAT ARE THE TUITION RATES?

A: ONU Law continues to offer a premier legal education at a marginal cost. We remain the lowest private law school tuition in the Midwest. Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $30,130. To learn more about ONU Law's commitment to making a private legal education affordable for more students, click here.  

Q: DOES ONU PROVIDE FINANCIAL AID?

A: More than 65 percent of our current student body receives scholarships or grants. Roughly 95 percent of our student body receives some form of financial aid. 

Q: DOES ONU LAW HAVE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES?

A: Our average scholarship for the entering class in 2019 was $16,600. Depending on your combination of LSAT score, GPA, employment history, academic achievements and community involvement, you may qualify for a merit-based scholarship that is renewable for up to three years. We awarded more than $2 million in scholarship and grant money for the 2019-20 academic school year.

Q: WHAT ARE ONU LAW'S DEMOGRAPHIC STATS?

A: In the entering 2019 class, 50 percent were female. Our ages range from 20-45. Fourteen percent of the incoming students classified themselves as minorities.

Q: WHERE DO ONU LAW GRADUATES PRACTICE?

A: ONU Law has alumni practicing in all 50 U.S. states and abroad.  

Q: DOES ONU LAW HAVE ON-CAMPUS HOUSING OPTIONS?

A: ONU Law was recognized by the National Jurist for our on-campus housing. We provide accommodations of 48 two-bedroom apartment-style options in Courtyard Apartments. The apartments are reserved for graduate students only. The Office of Residence Life will assist students with finding housing in Ada and with placement in on-campus apartments. For more information, call 419-772-2430. To view photos of available on-campus law housing and for additional details, visit our housing page.

Q: DESCRIBE THE TAGGART LAW LIBRARY

A: Our law library contains 436,000 volumes, 30,000 square feet, 282 seats and 25 computers, which is very competitive for a school our size. For more information and hours of operation, visit our library page.

Q: WHERE IS ONU LAW LOCATED?

A: Ohio Northern University is located in the beautiful community of Ada, Ohio. Ada is located between the cities of Toledo and Dayton and is 20 minutes east of Lima, Ohio. The environment is quiet and peaceful, which lends itself very nicely to the study of law. The campus is filled with 342 acres of beautiful trees and lush forests (Tree Campus USA), several ponds and plenty of friendly faces. ONU is also within easy driving distance of more than 10 major U.S. cities: Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Detroit, and Louisville, among others.

Q: Describe ONU Law's cURRICULUm.

A: At ONU Law, we work with you to find your interests and personalize your education. Through specialty programs that let you gain a certificate on your degree and tailor your education based on your interests, clinical tracks that provide real courtroom and client-facing time, and academic support programs that prepare you to pass the bar and enter the work force, we provide countless opportunities for you to build real-world skills that set you apart from the competition.  After your first year at ONU, you meet with your advisors to determine your areas of interest. You can then choose to take additional courses in that area. ONU Law offers 100+ courses from which a student can choose.

Q: WHAT IS THE SUMMER STARTER PROGRAM? | High GPA, Lower LSAT

A: We have a non-conditional summer program for students with high GPAs and disproportionately lower LSAT scores. This program consists of two first-year courses totaling eight credit hours, which are completed in eight weeks in the summer prior to entering law school (beginning late May). Students are advised three times a week individually and in groups and are tested weekly. This program is a great way to get a jump start in law school. Many of our Summer Starter students have gone on to the top of their class. If you fall into the category of "I'm a great student; I am just not great at standardized testing," then this may be the program for you.

Q: WHAT WILL MY THREE YEARS BE LIKE?

A: The first year is the most critical and anxiety-filled. The second year is more academically demanding, and the third has the additional pressures of preparing for the bar and for employment after graduation, so each has its claim as the most difficult. Being in a smaller environment like ONU Law, you'll find a great support system among the many friends, faculty and staff members you'll have here. To learn more about our academic support programs, click here.

Q: WHEN WILL A DECISION BE MADE REGARDING MY APPLICATION?

A: We make every effort to be in contact with all applicants within three or five weeks of applying, but this is not necessarily a final decision. We typically begin applicant review Sept. 4. We have no application fee, so we encourage you to apply now for the greatest consideration for admission and scholarship.

Q: ARE LAPTOPS REQUIRED OR RECOMMENDED?

A: Most students do bring laptops to law school. Both PCs and Macs are used. Free updated versions of Microsoft Office are provided during orientation your first year.

For answers to any additional questions you may have, please contact an admissions representative at 419-772-2211 or lawadmissions@onu.edu.