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The ONU Law Promise
Our Promise to You.
In 2013, Ohio Northern University decided to take a step that would help redefine 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.
Impact of the Tuition Reduction
Projected median debt will reduce by nearly $26,500
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.
ONU Law places last on the list for “Projected Debt Owed at First Loan Payment.”
Average fall scholarship for 2015 was $17,000 | Range 8k - 26k
Each year, ONU Law awards more than two (2) million dollars in scholarships to all three class years. Eighty (80) percent of the 2015 incoming class received aid in the form of scholarships and/or grants. Our average fall scholarship award was $17,000.
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
A top school in Ohio for multi--year averages for bar passage and job placement
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
A top school for "Preparing Students to Pass the Bar Exam" - The National Jurist, 2015
45-year track record of providing high-impact, guaranteed clinical placements – almost 20 years before any other law school