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Value: Our Promise to You
An Education of Value
In October of 2013, ONU decided to take a step that would help define the future of legal education. We chose to be the first private law school in the country to reduce the price of tuition. We believe our extraordinary outcomes – No. 1 in Ohio for job placement and bar passage, among others – should be accessible to every future law student. Our twenty-five percent tuition reduction afforded us the recognition of being 1 of only 6 private law colleges in the nation named to the 2014 “Best Value Law Schools” list. We could not be prouder of the accomplishments of our students, and believe this tuition reduction provides every one of our students a more financially secure future.
25 percent reduction in tuition rates
Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, Ohio Northern University will reduce its tuition by 25% percent of its 2013-14 tuition rates across all colleges and academic majors.
For the College of Law, the 2015-16 tuition rate will be $25,470.
During these economic times, this will help ensure that a legal education remains within reach for students and families across the country.
Impact of the Tuition Reduction
Less borrowing now means greater long-term financial strength for every student. It is projected that with our reduction in tuition, the median debt for ONU Law students will decrease to $79,499, a roughly $26,500 reduction from existing median debt projections. A nearly $9,000 tuition cut is the largest known tuition cut of any private law school in the U.S. at this time, and we are are proud to be taking the lead in affordability and true value.
Projected median debt will reduce by nearly $26,500
ONU Law will award more than two (2) million dollars in scholarships to all three class years for the 2015-16 school year. Sixty-seven (67%) percent of the 2014 incoming class received aid in the form of scholarships and/or grants. Our average scholarship award was $12,500.
Average scholarship for 2014 was $12,500 | Range 5k - 24k
Value is defined by more than just sticker price
Superior Practical Skills Training
ONU College of Law is committed to providing top quality, hands-on legal education to ensure that every student has access to clinical training and are practice-ready upon graduation. Students are guaranteed the opporunity to enroll in 1 of 11 unique clinical opportunities. Our in-house clinic does not function like other law school clinics. It operates like a true law firm. Students are assigned clients and are expected to not only meet with them, but to represent their clients from the start of a case and see if through until their clinic tenure is finished. We believe it's the number of hours our students spend interacting with real clients, in courtrooms, and drafting legal documents that defines the true value of experiential learning. A full list of our clnics can be found here.
Renowned Faculty and Mentors
ONU Law's Faculty have been educated at the nation's most distinguished law schools and have real experience practicing and teaching throughout the country, bringing to ONU Law a diversity of backgrounds, professional interests, and outlooks on legal education. More than fifty-percent of ONU Law faculty have earned their PHD's.
An Unbelievable Community Feel
Any student, alumni, faculty, or staff member will tell you that the community and support you feel while at ONU Law is unlike anywhere else. We are a community that embraces every student and are truly interested in their ideas, interests, and goals. Relationships between faculty and students nurture collaboration and create connections that will stick with you long after graduation. Faculty help build a network within all levels of the legal profession, allowing greater familiarity with practicing in the 21st century.
Emphasis on Outcomes
No. 1 in Ohio for three-year average overall bar passage rate
No. 1 in Ohio rating for full-time bar-required job placement, Class of 2013
11:1 student-to-faculty ratio – one of the lowest in the country
Innovative legal education with the lowest private law school tuition in the Midwest
A top law school for practical experience and experiential learning - preLaw Magazine, 2015
Top in the nation for bar preparation - The National Jurist, 2015
45-year track record of providing high-impact, guaranteed clinical placements – almost 20 years before any other law school
ONU Law was recently recognized as one of the “Most Innovative Law Schools in the Nation” in 2012 for our addition of our interactive January term required for all first year students.
Faculty accessibility is at the core of “The ONU Law Difference.” With an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio, every student is guaranteed a personal legal education with individualized instruction from Orientation through successful completion of the Bar exam.
Bar Passage Success
ONU Law continues to have incredible success on the Bar exam. ONU Law was No. 1 in Ohio for overall bar passage on the February 2014 exam, nearly 15 percent above the statewide average.
High-Impact Clinical Placements
ONU Law has been offering clinical placements since the mid-1960’s, nearly 20 years before most universities even considered experiential learning. ONU Law offers 11 guaranteed high-impact clinical placement opportunities across the state of Ohio. Every student has the chance to learn at the elbow of seasoned professionals.
Quality of Life
Our law students experience a quality of life unlike most larger universities. Our size allows for unique collaboration in and out of the classroom and the opportunity to get to know the entire student population. Students also find the extremely low cost of living in Ada to be an added benefit in addition to what is an extremely safe campus and community.
ONU Law is one of the few law schools in the country to offer deluxe on-campus housing for law students. We have 48 available on-campus apartments located within walking distance to the College of Law. Our on-campus housing was recently recognized by the National Jurist.
Every year ONU Law students and organizations are recognized within the greater University, throughout local communities, and at national competitions. Our Moot Court program is one example where ONU Law sees annual success.
Recent Alumni Success
Our recent alumni are finding incredible success throughout the country and around the globe. Click Here to read personal testimonials from a sample of our recent alumni.
Job Placement Success
We might be a small school, but we pack a mighty punch when it comes to job placement. For the Class of 2013 we are No. 1 in Ohio for JD-required job placement, and are nearly 10 percent higher than the national average.
ONU Law’s rural location allows for the unique opportunity to study in a place with fewer distractions, allowing studies to remain top priority. We are the only rural law school of all nine Ohio law schools and are centralized between Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Pittsburgh, all within easy driving distance.
ONU Law resides on the larger university campus which spans 342 acres. Consistently awarded the “Tree Campus USA” award by the Arbor Day Foundation, ONU is proud to offer a gorgeous tree-lined, green-focused, campus.
ONU Law’s facilities have undergone significant changes over the last 10 years. Most primary spaces including technology classrooms, both moot courtrooms, our student lounges, and our law library have undergone significant remodeling. We are proud of our technologically-enhanced facility and encourage you to explore our building through our online Virtual Tour.