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ONU Law ranked among the top schools in Ohio for job placement

At Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, we pack a mighty punch when it comes to bar passage and job placement. ONU Law grads often rank in the top three in the state for first-time bar passage rates and job placement is consistently strong. In fact, our Class of 2017 graduates are ranked third among Ohio’s nine law schools for bar passage required job placement, according to data released by the American Bar Association. With a placement rate of 71% in bar passage required positions, ONU Law grads are above the statewide average of 63.9% and the national average of 68.7%. Altogether, 81% of the Class of 2017 were employed in bar passage required or JD-advantage positions within 10 months of graduation.

Employment by Region 

39% employed in the East North Central Region (30% of those in Ohio)
20% employed in the South Atlantic Region
17% employed in the Mid-Atlantic Region
9% employed in the Mountain Region
7% employed in the East South Central Region
4% employed in the Pacific Region
4% employed in the West North Central Region

Positions are in various size law firms (including those starting their own law practices), federal, state, and local judicial clerkships, public interest, government, and business.

One 2017 graduate, Katie Plumer, is an attorney at Margolis Edelstein in Pittsburgh, PA. She shared:

ONU Law gave me the skills, education, and experience I needed to begin my career as an attorney. During my time at ONU, I was introduced to multiple alumni who practice law in the Pittsburgh area. These connections allowed me to find my first job practicing law at a mid-size firm in downtown Pittsburgh. I landed exactly where I set out to be thanks to ONU’s connections and dedicated faculty and staff.

ONU Law's Career Services program is structured to give practical and personalized instruction. Students receive individualized counseling and guidance on preparing application materials, researching opportunities, and interviewing. Career Services also hosts outside speakers on a wide range of legal topics, encompassing employment in various sized law firms, the government sector, the corporate arena, and the public interest field. No matter students’ professional goals, Career Services will help develop a career-search strategy that best fits their interests - here in Ohio, across the country, or around the world.

Employment Summary for 2017 Graduates - State of Ohio Comparisons

School % Bar Pass Required % JD Advantage & Bar Pass Required
Ohio State University 79% 93%
University of Cincinnati 77% 81%
Ohio Northern University 71% 81%
University of Akron 63% 81%
Case Western Reserve University 62% 77%
University of Toledo 62% 78%
Capital University 55% 74%
Cleveland Marshall University 54% 74%
University of Dayton 52% 70%