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7 LAWS OF LAW 2016 Viewbook

Deciding to become an attorney and choosing a law school are big decisions. The 7 Laws of Law are here as a guide to help you make the most of your degree.

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“Ours is the profession of Lincoln and Darrow, of Gandhi and Mandela, and a profession of great power. At Moritz, we strive to provide students with a


transformational experience that equips them with the knowledge, skills, and qualities to solve problems for people, organizations, and society.” - Dean Alan C. Michaels, who is a former Supreme Court of the United States clerk, attorney for the Major League Baseball Players Association, and prosecutor for the New York County District Attorney’s Office Career Criminal Bureau

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Be Challenged A legal education should change the way you think, approach problems, and see the world. In a Moritz classroom, discussions are not limited to “what the law is” in a particular case, but they also emphasize the principles at work behind the current

Professor Peter M. Shane // Law & the Presidency

state of the law—the “how” and the “why” as well as the implications and potential changes. Ohio State law professors play an active role in national and international legal, business, and policy communities; they are discovering new knowledge and sharing it with students. Building on a tradition of teaching excellence that’s 125 years in the making, Moritz law faculty emphasize both theory and practice to prepare students for a lifetime of leadership and opportunities.

National Champions in more than one way

Your professors should expect a lot from you,

In the past two years, our students have won multiple national writing and moot court championships

and you should expect a lot from yourself. At Ohio State, our law school classes center around active group discussion and debate led

• Two Burton Awards in legal writing, sponsored by the Library of Congress

by our professors, whose passions for the law

• Grammy Foundation Entertainment Law Award

are matched only by their love for teaching.

• ABA Environmental Justice Award



Sean Wright ’13 won the ABA Environmental Justice Essay Competition with his essay “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors: An Environmental Justice Framework to Protect Beyond Reservation Borders.”

• Ruby Vale Corporate Law Moot Court Competition, First Place • Sutherland Cup (Constitutional Law) Moot Court Competition, First Place • National Appellate Advocacy Competition, National Best Advocate



Ohio State’s law faculty is made up of renowned scholars and inspiring teachers. They publish acclaimed books,

Professor Edward B. Foley testifies before Congress on recent changes to campaign finance laws. Foley, who served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of the United States and state solicitor general for Ohio, founded Election Law @ Moritz in 2004. The nation’s premier election law research program offers multiple advanced election law courses and has produced substantial original research. “How we handle a close or disputed election really tells us something about our national character,” Foley said.

articles, policy reports, and op-eds covering dozens of subjects. Their research is vitally connected to critical legal and policy issues. Accordingly, they regularly testify before Congress, are quoted by the national media more than 400 times a year, and serve on more than two hundred nonprofit, civic, and legal policy boards and committees. But these pioneering researchers also share something else in common: their commitment to great classroom instruction and student success.

Academic areas at moritz Administrative Law and Government Regulation Alternative Dispute Resolution Civil Rights Clinics and Experiential Learning Commercial and Consumer Law Constitutional Law Corporate Law Criminal Law Education Law and Policy Election Law

Professor Edward B. Foley // Election Law

Employment and Labor Law Environmental Law and Energy Family Relations and Wills and Trusts Professor Daniel Tokaji presents the findings of his book at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2014.

Professor Doug Berman prepares for an interview with NBC Nightly News. Berman, one of the nation’s foremost experts on the death penalty and criminal sentencing, has recently expanded his research to marijuana law and policy, an area with a broad range of criminal, banking, and administrative law questions.

Health Law and Policy Intellectual Property and Technology Law International and Comparative Law Jurisprudence and Legal Theory Law and Other Disciplines Legal Profession and Ethics Legal Writing Legislation and the Law of Political Process Litigation and the Judicial Process



Professor Sarah Cole, director of the Program on Dispute Resolution, is honored for her dynamic teaching style at halftime at Ohio Stadium. Cole won the university’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is the 11th Moritz faculty member to win the award since 1967 and is the sixth law professor in the past eight years to receive the honor.

Public Interest Law Real Estate Sports Law Taxation go2web: 3


The 1L Year

Building a Foundation

The first year of law school is designed to lay an intellectual foundation for subsequent study by focusing on core legal subjects and, more importantly, teaching you how to analyze the law and communicate your findings.

Our rigorous, flexible curriculum combines breadth and depth to offer virtually unlimited ways to customize your coursework plan to fit your goals and interests. But at the same time, a Moritz education remains an intensely personalized experience. Whether it’s through our legal writing program, frequently ranked among the top 15 nationally, or our small-size elective courses, you will have plenty of opportunities for one-on-one interaction and mentoring relationships with faculty.

What are you taking? Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Analysis and Writing I and II, Legislation, Property, Torts. marla trinidad // 1L

“Lawyers are professional writers. It’s through our written and spoken communications that we do the work of being lawyers: understanding, advancing, and changing the law.”

Who teaches your first-year classes? Full-time faculty who are leading voices in their respective fields.

– Professor Anne Ralph

Who is sitting next to you? Our students are exceptionally intelligent, friendly, motivated, collaborative, and down-to-earth. As a 1L, you will be a part of a “section” and will take classes with the same group of approximately 60 students all year. For some classes, your section will be further divided into smaller subsections.

Working on a law journal is a rite of passage for many law students. At Moritz, our journals are staffed by second and third year students who select, edit, and write articles as well as manage production. More than 70 percent of our students hone their writing skills on one of our five journals: 4


• Ohio State Law Journal • Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution • Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law • I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society • Ohio State Business Law Journal go2web:




Elective Courses Accounting & Finance for Lawyers Administrative Law Adoption Law Advanced Constitutional Law: Theories & Interpretations Advanced Family Law Advanced Legal Research: Business & Tax Advanced Legal Research: Electronic Advanced Legal Research: Litigation & ADR Advanced Legal Research: Ohio Advanced Legal Writing American Legal History Appellate Advocacy Appellate Practice Banking Law Business Associations Business Bankruptcy Business Basics for Lawyers Children & the Law The China Problem Civil Law Clinic Civil Procedure II Civil Rights Climate Change and the Law Commercial Paper Computer Crime & Surveillance Conflict of Laws Constitutional Litigation Consumer Credit Contracts II Copyright Law The Corporate Disaster Problem Corporate Finance Corporate Governance Law Criminal Defense Clinic OHIO STATE LAW

Criminal Procedure: Adjudication Criminal Procedure: Investigation Criminal Prosecution Clinic Critical Race Narratives Critical Race Theory Debtor & Creditor Law Depositions Designing Deals Disability Discrimination Disaster Law Dispute Resolution Processes Dispute System Design Workshop Disputed Elections Drafting Business Contracts e-Discovery Law Education Law Election Law Employee Benefits Employment Discrimination Law Employment Law Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic Environmental Law Ethical Issues Ethics & ADR Evidence Evidence in Trial Practice Externship: Judicial Externship: Public Interest Family Law Federal Antitrust Law Federal Courts Federal Death Penalty Federal Income Tax The First Amendment Foreign Relations Law Forensic Mental Health Law The Fourteenth Amendment Gender & the Law Health Law The Hospital Problem

Human Rights Immigration Law Insurance Law Intellectual Property Law International Business Arbitration International Business Transactions International Dispute Resolution International Intellectual Property International Joint Ventures International Law International Mergers and Acquisitions International Tax International Trade Investment Management Law Issues in Arbitration Jury Instructions Justice for Children Clinic Labor Law Law and Economics Law, History & Philosophy Law and the Presidency Law and Religion Law and Social Movements Law of Cyberspace Law of War Lawyers as Leaders Lawyers and the Media Lawyer in the Community Legal Negotiations Legislation Clinic Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform Mediation Clinic Mergers & Acquisitions Middle East Conflict Money & Politics Multiparty Mediation Clinic National Security Law Nonprofit Organizations Oil and Gas Law

Patent Law Patent Prosecution Patient/Client Care Pretrial Litigation Privacy Products Liability Professional Responsibility Public Health Law Public Utilities Race & Crime Real Estate Development Real Estate Finance Regulatory Compliance Sales Secured Transactions Securities Regulation Sentencing Law & Policy Sexual Harassment Sexual Orientation & the Law Sexual Violence & the Law Small Business Finance Special Education Advocacy Sports Law Standard-Form Agreements and the Boilerplate Problem State & Local Government State & Local Tax State Constitutional Law Supreme Court Litigation Tax Policy Taxation of Business Enterprises Trademark Transactional Practice Trial Practice War Crimes Law White Collar Crime Wills, Trusts & Estates Workplace Bias go2web: Law No. 1 | BE CHALLENGED

Professor Martha Chamallas // Torts

The time to be a rookie is when you are in law school, not when you are practicing law. Experiential learning courses, clinics, simulations, and externships, as well as traditional opportunities like law reviews and moot court, help you build lawyering skills so you are practice-ready when you become a member of the bar.

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Be Confident

Tremaine Phillips, 1L // Intern, The White House

Our Trial Practice courses are often taught by sitting federal and state judges, who turn their courtrooms into classrooms.





Experiential Learning In experiential learning courses, you learn by doing. These courses are designed to develop hands-on lawyering skills, judgment, and professionalism. For example, in National Security Law and Policy, you may deal with high-value targets, cyber attacks, declarations of war, and secret deals with Russia. You’ll spend the semester learning the ins-and-outs of national security law. At the end, will you write a paper? Take an exam? How about a 48-hour simulation in which you step into the shoes of the U.S. attorney general or advisor to the president while a parade of crises march across your desk and a nation awaits your counsel? Your organizers and graders are current and former military judges, generals, and high-ranking public officials who have spent years on the job. At Ohio State, we run this simulation like no other university could—with graduate students from a variety of programs coming together to work together just like colleagues at crucial government agencies; advanced mapping and military level software donated by our corporate partners; a linked up situation room; and a team of volunteers ready to put you to the test. go2web:






Our Government and Nonprofit At Ohio State, we believe

Externship program places 40

a great legal education

students per semester in state

offers rich practical learning experiences with real consequences. Through our judicial externship program, more than 75 students each

and federal agencies where they tackle real-world legal issues and work directly with practicing lawyers.

year work directly with sitting federal and state judges in their DELANEY MARSCO, 2L //  Intern, U.S. Attorney’s Office

respective chambers, writing and researching bench memos and opinions. Working behind chambers is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most lawyers. go2web:



Tim Hackett, 3L // Intern, Ohio Public Defender

MIRIAH LEE, 2L //  Intern, Supreme Court of Ohio



“Sometimes you may feel a little intimidated looking at the sheet of interns and where they are from. But then you quickly realize I’m just as effective and just as capable of performing at this level as the other students. After working with a range of people from different backgrounds you really understand how well Ohio State prepares students for working in the real world.” - Andrew Mikac, 2L

Washington, D.C. Summer Program A job on Capitol Hill, an evening class at the White House—it is all in a day’s work for students in our Washington D.C. Summer Program. The program, which gives priority to 1Ls, helps students land summer positions in federal agencies, think tanks, the executive branch, and Congress. go2web:



2015 Externship Placements • U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of the General Counsel • The White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy • Federal Communications Commission, Office of Chairman Thomas Wheeler • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office • U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Torts Section of the Civil Division • U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Privacy Office • U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security • U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

• U.S. Department of Labor, Division of Civil Rights and Labor-Management • Internal Revenue Service, Taxpayer Advocate Service • U.S. Department of Education, Office of General Counsel • D.C. Superior Court, Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division • U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown • American Rivers • U.S. Department of Energy, Office of General Counsel • U.S. Department of Energy, Clean Energy Research Center




In a clinic, law students represent real clients and handle actual cases with real outcomes under faculty supervision—experience that gives them a head start in practice.

• Civil Law Clinic

• Justice For Children Clinic

• Criminal Defense Clinic

• Legislation Clinic

• Criminal Prosecution Clinic

• Mediation Clinic

• Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic


“We had control over the theory of the case and how to present it. The Prosecution Clinic was a great experience. Whether it’s mediation, legislation, civil, justice for children, prosecution, defense, or the entrepreneurial clinic, the practical experience from a clinic is very different.” - Jamal Karamali, 3L

Third-year students Joshua Fravel and Nicholas Horne walked into class at the beginning of the semester and quickly found themselves in the Franklin Court of Common Pleas. With Professor Kimberly Jordan at their side, the pair represented a female student expelled from school after an incident with a teacher. Fravel and Horne interviewed the student, prepared the case, gave opening arguments, cross-examined prosecution witnesses, questioned defense witnesses, negotiated with the prosecutor, and gave their closing statement before the judge.

Jamal Karamali and her clinic partner Kyle Sommerville represented the State of Ohio in the prosecution of a man involved in a workplace fight. The duo took the case from investigation to guilty verdict.



JAMAL KARAMALI, 3L //  Represented the State of Ohio



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Be Relevant

Although law remains a distinguished profession with a long history, the field continues to change and evolve. And young lawyers must navigate those changes to prosper in this new reality. As new client demands, new lawyer training expectations, and evolving workforce demographics reshape the legal landscape, we are reshaping legal education to include innovative programs and experiences in leadership development, communication and negotiation skills, interdisciplinary study, bridges to practice, and other areas that are second to none.

Nadia Zalem, 3L //  Justice for Children clinic





Program on Law and Leadership Despite the critical need for lawyers to exercise leadership in a variety of contexts, traditionally law schools have spent little or no time on leadership development. That’s why in 2007 we launched the innovative Program on Law and Leadership, (PLL), a first-of-its-kind leadership development intiative focused on law students. From hands-on workshops on topics like emotional intelligence and “leading up” to intimate roundtable

discussions with business and community leaders to a series of advanced leadership courses, PLL helps nurture and enhance the highly sought-after leadership skills and competencies. In 2015, we created Moritz Board Fellows, an initiative that places law students on the boards of nonprofit organizations to learn leadership, service, and networking skills.


Leadership Development “People frequently turn to lawyers for leadership. That’s why I joined the program — to make sure that when people do turn to me, I have the foundational skills to be able to do that.” - Alexis Cole ‘14





Mastering Negotiation Techniques

Program on Dispute Resolution Unlike TV courtroom dramas, most real-life lawyers spend more time negotiating and mediating solutions than standing before a judge. Ohio State offers one of the nation’s oldest and most admired programs in alternative dispute resolution. From a plethora of course offerings to intra-school and national competitions, our students master negotiation techniques before they even represent their first client. go2web:

Grande Lum //  director, U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service, 2014 Lawrence Lecturer



Ohio State offers a certificate in dispute resolution to students who take at least 15 academic credits related to the development of expertise in dispute resolution, work in the Mediation Clinic, and complete an externship.



Dual Degrees

The law is complex and, in many instances, multidisciplinary. Some students choose to broaden their skill set by earning a joint degree with their law degree. As one of the world’s most comprehensive universities, Ohio State offers more opportunities and resources for joint degree students than anywhere. While there are five formal programs, you may also design your own by pairing your law degree with any one of the other 90 graduate degree

Corporate Fellowships

programs on campus. Formal joint-degree programs: • J.D./M.B.A. with the Fisher College of Business • J.D./M.P.H. with the College of Public Health • J.D./M.H.A. with the College of Public Health • J.D./M.A. in public policy with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs • J.D./M.D. with the College of Medicine go2web:

Chris Thomas is earning his J.D. and a Ph.D. in education simultaneously at Ohio State through a custom-designed program. He spent a summer in the Washington D.C. Summer Program working at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of General Counsel, and won the Marian Wright Edelman Award for his commitment to diversity and equality in education (he was nominated by Professor Charlie Wilson). Thomas is particularly interested in students’ rights in public elementary and secondary schools. “Education is where I am going to leave my mark,” he said.

The unique Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program places new graduates in paid one-year fellowships with top companies to learn the ropes of business law and business decision-making. Not surprisingly, the employment rate for our MCFP alumni is 100 percent. Currently we have approximately 30 corporate partners, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Angie’s List, DSW, Good Year, Honda, Kroger, and Wendy’s, to name a few. Ohio State’s MCFP program is the first in the country and the largest by far. go2web:




Law school marks the beginning of your career as a professional. While competition and hierarchies may be the norm at some institutions, our diverse community is marked by collaboration, collegiality, and respect seldom found at top law schools. Drawing on connections built inside and outside of the classroom, with peers, faculty, and alumni, students create ties that last a lifetime. Therefore, in a close-knit, supportive environment like ours, learning can occur anytime, anyplace.

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Be Respected

You will go through a lot of changes in the next three years and you should be in a community that supports your individuality, opinions, and personal growth. At Moritz, nearly all students participate in clubs, community service, organizing major conferences, participating in regional and national moot court competitions, and social events. Everyone contributes something unique to our community. 26



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is vital to the study and practice of law. When we talk about diversity, we mean it in the broadest sense of the word—our community is comprised of individuals from different economic backgrounds, undergraduate majors, races, religions, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, and political viewpoints. We strongly believe that diversity enhances the educational experience and fosters a rich learning culture. Problems cannot be solved, issues cannot be fully understood, change cannot be achieved, without diversity and inclusivity. Even on difficult issues, this community seeks to engage with each other to enrich our understanding of the world. Perhaps it’s the Law School Republicans and the Law School Democrats co-hosting an event or the Middle Eastern Law Students Association and the Jewish Law Students Association collaborating on a joint panel. The classrooms, auditoriums, hallways, and lounges of Moritz are places of dialogue, not monologue. Students share their voices as well as listen to others in order to broaden their perspectives and learn to do so for the rest of their lives. 28



“Like many Mexican-Americans, I have often felt the pressure by others of defining who I am, in terms of being more Mexican or more American. But life is not about that at all. Many dual citizens who have, like I have, experienced both worlds, learn to love and appreciate each country for its strengths and tolerate its down sides. ” - Sal Cicero ’98 Immigration attorney, Chicago

“The decision to attend law school came late to me in my college career at MIT. I’m passionate about science and technology, but I’m also interested in privacy, the Internet, information technology—all of it fascinates me.” - Josepher Li, 1L

“Race continues to influence the way we think about each other today, even in the absence of conscious racial animus. Unless we become better aware of that, and squarely face the structural impedi­ments than that block pathways to success, it will be difficult to eliminate the racial and ethnic disparities that continue to challenge and disturb us.” - Sharon Davies Professor of Law, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, The Ohio State University


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Faculty Interaction Our faculty members are genuinely interested in helping you thrive in and out of class. Our small size, low faculty/student ratio, and open-door culture encourage personal contact with faculty, leading to the impromptu after-class discussions, supportive mentoring, and life-long connections. Whether it’s at school events, over lunch, an office visit, or even in their homes, our faculty make themselves available to students and are dedicated to your education and success.

On the first day of Professor Simmons’ Criminal Law class, he hands out a sign-up sheet for lunch on him. “Taking my students to lunch is a great way to get to know them, their aspirations, and, why they choose law school. Our students are talented and enthusiastic; getting to know them is a privilege.”




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Student Groups


Advocates for Children American Civil Liberties Union American Constitution Society Asian/Pacific American Law Students Assoc. Black Law Students Association Business Law Society Christian Legal Society Criminal Law Society Dispute Resolution and Youth Dispute Resolution Association Education Law Society Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal Environmental Law Association Federalist Society Health Law Society I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society Immigration Law Society Intellectual Property Law Society Inter-Professional Council International Justice Mission International Law Society J. Reuben Clark Law Society Jewish Law Students Association Labor & Employment Law Association go2web:

Latino Law Students Association Law School Democrats Law School Republicans Mentoring Collaborative Student Assoc. Middle Eastern Law Students Association Military Law Students Association Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Governing Board Moritz Community Outreach Project Muslim Law Students Association Ohio State Business Law Journal Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution Ohio State Law Journal OutLaws Pro Bono Research Group Public Interest Law Foundation Real Estate Law Association SPEAK Sports and Entertainment Law Association Street Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Bar Association Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Women’s Legal Society

Our Community by the Numbers


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Your fellow classmates are your first professional colleagues. Relationships nurtured through intensive study group sessions, editing law journals, preparing for moot court competitions as well as through intramural athletic teams and regular social events (yes, there’s an annual Barrister’s Ball) that will last a lifetime. How do we build our tightknit, collaborative community? We choose to be a relatively small law school (with fewer than 600 J.D. and LL.M. students), set within one of the nation’s largest universities offering immense resources. Students assume high levels of responsibility for making things happen at the school, through a wide range of student-led organizations. We are intentionally small, highly selective, diverse, and engaged.


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“Right in the middle of finals, I went to bed one night and felt like I had sort of a sore throat. I was worried I was getting sick, but, then I realized it was from all the laughing I was doing during my study group. Moritz is an amazing place. Here it is, day 35 of constant studying and tackling these challenging and dense issues, and I am still having so much fun that my throat hurts from laughing. It is a privilege to spend time with such brilliant, and hilarious, people.” - Jackson Frokilong, 3L 33

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JENNA GRASSBAUGH ’14 // Grassbaugh Veterans Project

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After losing her husband of just 10 months to an attack on U.S. soldiers in Iraq, Jenna Grassbaugh did something not many others would have the courage to do—she herself enlisted in active duty military service. Upon completion of her tour of duty, she enrolled at the Moritz College of Law and discovered a way to honor her late husband’s memory by founding the Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project. 34


Be Inspired Law school just isn’t about learning rules and analyzing policies. It is about setting a course for the rest of your life. We all need encouragement and aspirations. Someone to look up to and emulate. Inspiration helps you see what is possible and helps you be your best self. 35

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Kathleen Clyde ’08 While in law school, Kathleen Clyde aspired to a career in public service, and upon graduation, she wasted no time in making that happen. Currently in her third term in the Ohio House of Representatives, Clyde, a Democrat, Kathleen as a Moritz student

represents the 75th Ohio House District. She was the youngest elected woman in the Ohio General Assembly, and is now the ranking member on the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee. She serves on multiple other committees, and is active with the state and national committees.

Christie Hill ’86


Chris Geidner ’05

Christie Hill started her career at the Jones Day law firm in Colum-

We live in a 24-hour news cycle, and nothing epitomizes that more

bus and systematically worked her way up the corporate ladder at

than the news and entertainment hub, If you’ve

Honda, Sprint, and Nextel. Today, from her office in New Jersey,

visited that website any time since 2012, chances are you’ve seen

Hill is on the leading edge of 21st century questions surrounding

Chris Geidner’s byline. As the publication’s legal editor, he provides

big data collection and analytics as the chief legal officer of Dun &

in-depth analysis on LGBT, criminal justice, and election law issues.

Bradstreet, one of the country’s oldest companies (almost 175

Most recently, he reported on the historic Supreme Court marriage

years old) and one of the first to be listed on the New York Stock

equality case, Obergefell v. Hodges.

Exchange. In addition, she is a dedicated mentor deeply committed to supporting women in business leadership positions.


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Amable Bunry ’15

When a near-fatal bout of necrotizing fasciitis, or “flesh-eating

national team and headed to the world championships

disease,” cost college-bound rower Blake Haxton both

while juggling the second year of law school. He finished

of his legs his senior year of high school, he had two

fourth, which just made him all the more determined to

options: give up or find a new way to accomplish his goals.

return. “I know it seems crazy, but I feel wildly fortunate. It’s

He chose the latter. In a borrowed boat with minimal rowing

amazing that I am even alive and here I am in law school

experience as a para-athlete, Haxton made the U.S.

and rowing in the world championships.”



“Human rights is a passion. But very few people

A former Teach For America corps member and a

get to make a career out of their passion.” Amable

recognized champion of diversity, it was no surprise

Bunry is doing just that—turning her passion for

when Nikki Baszynski ’13 jumped at the chance to

human rights into the start of a promising career.

serve as the first Greif Fellow for Juvenile Human

Last summer, Bunry, who grew up in Yaounde,

Trafficking, which is a year-long, post-graduate public

Cameroon, interned in Kigali, Rwanda, with the

interest fellowship providing free legal representation

United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner of

to child victims. Baszynski worked tirelessly to forge

Human Rights (OHCHR). She plans to return to Africa

effective relationships with child victims of commercial

to continue to work on issues related to justice.

sexual exploitation, law enforcement, and social service providers. By developing key relationships in the community, she represented dozens of victims in court


before passing the torch to Emily Dunlap ’14. Today, you’ll find Baszynski continuing her public interest work


serving as an assistant state public defender.


Garry W. Jenkins

Raj Malik ’98 Lawyers don’t just practice law. Some, like Raj Malik, become successful entrepreneurs. He was CEO and co-founder of KikScore, a company that helped small online merchants track and prove trustworthiness, until he later sold the company to Google in 2012. His latest online venture helps people and companies tell comprehensive, deeper, and more visual stories about their successes and accomplishments.

JOHN LOWE ’98 A sign hanging in John Lowe’s office reads, “A ship in harbor is safe. But that’s not what ships are built for!” No one has embodied that saying more than Lowe, who walked away from a job as general counsel for a major

Brian Sandoval ’89 Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican, has served in a variety of important public positions in his home state of Nevada since graduating from Ohio State. Over the course of his career he has accomplished many firsts for the state, becoming the youngest person

ever, at 35, to serve as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission; the first Hispanic politician elected to a state-wide office; the first Hispanic federal judge; and the first Hispanic governor.

Professor Garry Jenkins believes that leadership can exist in every person, whether at the top, middle, or bottom of any group. Early in his career as a young lawyer, he became chief operating officer at one of the nation’s largest grantmaking organizations. It was in that position that a lightbulb went off: why aren’t law schools explicitly training their students for the kind of leadership positions like the one he had risen to? He vowed to enter academia and change legal education. Upon joining the Ohio State faculty, he did. Today, Jenkins regularly teaches a pathbreaking course, Lawyers as Leaders, focused on leadership development as well as speaking and writing on the subject. “Leadership development education aims to push students to new levels by engaging with the latest research and helping them draw lessons from the diverse experiences of established leaders, classmates, and self-reflection,” he says. As a result, Moritz has become the leader in developing leaders.

division of General Electric (GE), one of the largest corporations in the world, to help two friends expand their

Ruth Colker

small ice cream business. “I originally set up the company for them in exchange for a pint of salty caramel ice cream and a beer,” Lowe said. Now, as CEO of Columbus-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Lowe has helped make it possible for people all over the world to indulge in the company’s rich, locally sourced, and unusual flavors. As one magazine described him, Lowe “is the business savvy ying to [Jeni’s] artisanal ice cream yang.”

Juan Lozada-Leoni ’04 Juan Lozada-Leoni emigrated from Venezula to the U.S. in 1997 with two goals in mind: to go to law school and to serve his new country. Ultimately, he would become a U.S. citizen and the chief of international law and 40 strategic engagements for U.S. Army South, advising U.S. and foreign governments on national security issues in the Western Hemisphere. OHIO STATE LAW

Professor Ruth Colker has been one of the nation’s preeminent Constitutional law and antidiscrimination scholars for decades. Both an expert in disability law and the mother of a child with a hearing impairment, Colker learned first-hand of the limitations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) when she embarked on a legal battle to persuade her son’s school to accommodate his impairment. Since our scholars live in the real world, not in an ivory tower, her research and teaching interests expanded to focus on this pressing issue. In particular, her research related to special education focuses on the IDEA’s flaws that limit its effectiveness for poor and minority children. In addition, she designed an advocacy training course where law students not only learn the intricacies of the IDEA, but also advocate on behalf of children and their 41 families. Even though Colker ultimately won the battle for her son, she’s still fighting the war for thousands of others.

Seize the moment

and create your own adventure

Seek and you shall find. Law school is a journey and is what you make of it.



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Be Adventurous For most students, law school is their last higher education experience. The final chance to experience everything a university campus and being a student has to offer—study abroad, internships, free fitness classes, and discounted concert tickets, just to name a few. Personal growth is a large part of the law school experience. So, be positioned to take advantage of resources, opportunities, and an environment where growth and learning allow you to prepare for your future. If you have not visited Moritz, Ohio State, and Columbus, you need to visit us. This is a vibrant, inclusive intellectual community, an exciting place to have fun (football Saturdays!), and a terrific place to live.


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Public Interest Law Foundation Summer Fellowships The Public Interest Law Foundation is a student group that partners with the College to offer summer grant funding to 1L and 2L students who work for eligible nonprofit or government employers. Many Ohio State law graduates go into government service and public interest law after graduation. The PILF summer fellowships supplement their limited income to help make ends meet and facilitate important experiences necessary to support early career exploration. In recent years, Ohio State students have used PILF fellowships to work in Alaska, Israel, Chicago, Miami, right here in Central Ohio, and many other places. Our PILF chapter raises money during the year through activities like trivia night, Pong for PILF, and the annual auction, one of the largest social events each year.

Oxford University Study Abroad Programs Each summer, nearly one-third of the first-year class heads to England for a summer of classes, guest lectures, and excursions. During the five-week program, students earn six credit hours and take courses with both Ohio State and Oxford University professors. It’s a great way to get to know your classmates and professors while studying comparative law and squeezing in some weekend trips (we hope!). If a summer is not enough time, we also offer a study abroad program that encompasses an entire academic semester. go2web:



“There are no limits. Students can work for an environmental nonprofit or an international nonprofit, or anything in between. One of my best experiences in law school was reading the PILF fellowship applications and learning about the passions, motivations, and dreams of my classmates – and then making those dreams come true with a grant.” - Mandi Grandjean, 2L, PILF President



Law No. 6 | BE adventurous

The Ohio State University

The Big & Small of it

The Ohio State University is big. Massive, really. Resources are available for every possible need you will incur. Yet, the law school is small and intimate. One building. Approximately 180 J.D. students in each class. Our professors are approachable as mentors, but you can access all that an advanced research university has to offer. Join the larger campus community whenever you like. Or, limit your interactions to other graduate and professional students through the Inter-Professional Council or Graduate and Professional Programming Committee of the Ohio Union Activities Board. Or, keep your circle tight within Drinko Hall. The choice is yours.

The law school is located on the southeast corner of campus in Drinko Hall. The other 1700 acres of central campus are waiting for you to explore. The resources are incredible – 17 libraries, a preeminent medical center, and more than 800 student organizations. When it is time to wind down, there are expansive food options for every palate; one of the nation’s largest fitness centers with everything from paddleboard yoga to CrossFit to rock climbing; a world-class art center; and 14,000+ graduate and professional students ready to head to wine tastings, cooking classes, and other activities planned just for them.





Law No. 6 | BE adventurous

Columbus, Ohio

Our vibrant city means rich externship opportunities, extensive alumni involvement, a great quality of life, and more down-time fun.

Columbus is not a small town. It is a dynamic diverse, fast-growing economy. The arts district is just south of campus and is full of

Columbus, Ohio by the Numbers

galleries, locally owned restaurants, and

and running trails, and miles of rivers and a lower cost of living than average, and apartment styles run the gamut from trendy lofts to converted houses to lowrise buildings on tree-lined streets. 48go2web:


1.75 MILLION People


highest in the Midwest

No. 9

most affordable place to live - Forbes

8th best

big city to live/ Forbes



waterfronts to explore. Columbus also has


suburban malls, concert venues, biking

fortune 1,000 company headquarters

LGBT population,

people of color

bars. There are quaint historic neighborhoods,


more than


business and government epicenter with a




1. Northwestern University


2.7 million

2. The Ohio State University



3. University of Maryland



4. University of Minnesota



5. Rutgers University



6. University of Nebraska



7. University of Wisconsin



8. The Pennsylvania State University State College


9. University of Illinois

Urbana and Champaign


10. The University of Michigan

Ann Arbor


11. Indiana University



12. University of Iowa

Iowa City


13. Michigan State University

East Lansing


14. Purdue University

West Lafayette, Ind.


Who Calls Columbus Home? Abercrombie & Fitch American Electric Power Bath & Body Works Big Lots Bob Evans Restaurants Cardinal Health Huntington Bancshares JP Morgan Chase The Limited Nationwide Insurance NetJets Red Roof Inn T. Marzetti Company Victoria’s Secret Wendy’s Worthington Industries


Law No. 6 | BE adventurous

Law No. 7

Be Connected



Law school is a means, not an end. It is the beginning of a career in the legal profession, determined by the choices you make and the trail you blaze. Great career success always requires a network of connections and mentors willing to open a door, offer advice, and advocate for you along the way.


Law No. 7 | BE connected

Career Services At Ohio State, your contact with our career services counselors often begins before classes even start. The staff provides resources and materials to help incoming students navigate the vast opportunities available to law graduates. Formal programming begins in October of the 1L year with Career Start Week—a series of lunch events designed to introduce new law students to legal careers and the legal hiring process. Each student is matched with a career counselor ready to meet one-on-one to develop a strategy to help you learn where you want to go and how to get there. Moritz graduates enjoy substantial career success. In 2014, Ohio State placed among the nation’s top 15 law schools for graduates employed in full-time, long-term bar required/bar advantage positions. Our well-developed curriculum—blending theory and practice—coupled with our outstanding career coaches and programs, links students with firms of all sizes, corporations, government positions, nonprofit organizations, and custom help that launches careers. go2web:

Class of 2014 Employment Type Academic - 2.9% Public Interest - 3.4% Clerkship - 4.9% Firm - 45.6%

Government - 16.7%



Business - 26.5%


Law No. 7 | BE connected

Our mentors are coaches and confidants. Mentoring & More Program Mentors are practicing attorneys who have been where you sit and have experience and connections in a wide array of practice areas. A good mentor is a coach and confidant, providing valuable insights, socialization, and perspectives. A mentor can be a catalyst to a long and satisfying career. The Mentoring & More @ Moritz program places you at the table monthly with a group of 5-6 students and 2-3 mentors. We provide lunch and a topic, often taken from the headlines, and your group takes it from there. “Having the opportunity to do so many different things and to interact with so many different people from the legal community has been a great way to see what kind of options are out there for someone with a law degree.” – Lianne Rousseau, 3L





Law No. 7 | BE connected

An alumni network like no other From coast-to-coast, Buckeye Nation is the largest alumni network in the world. Law graduates can be found... In some of the largest and most prestigious law firms in America Tina Tabacchi ’91, partner-in-charge, Jones Day, Chicago Gary Kocher ’88, emerging growth and venture capital, partner, K&L Gates, Seattle Andrew Weaver ’02, corporate litigation, Cleary Gottlieb, New York On the bench Hon. Jeffrey Sutton ’90, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Hon. Sara Lioi ’87, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Hon. Judith French ’88, Supreme Court of Ohio Making public policy Aaron Ford ’01, minority leader, Nevada Senate Nichole Reynolds ’01, director, federal government affairs, MasterCard Worldwide Daniel Ellott ’89, chair, Surface Transportation Board Bill Isaac ’69, former chair, FDIC Katherine Gross ’08, Public Utility Commission of Texas In the boardroom Margretta Bowen ’76, vice president, AXA Equitable, New York Lee Freedman ’97, director of investigations & senior security counsel, Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA Steven Miller ’84, vice president and general counsel, Procter & Gamble Company For the prosecution Vincent Chiu ’04, assistant United States Attorney, Orlando Steven Abraham ’02, deputy district attorney, Denver And, the defense Rasheeda Khan ’02, assistant federal defender, Southern District of Ohio Marcus Jenkins ’01, assistant public defender, Baltimore And sometimes on your television Erin Moriarty ’77, host, 48 Hours, CBS go2web: 56

Like just about everything at Ohio State, we take alumni involvement to a different level. To say they are proud, involved, and generous is a great understatement. Every week, there are alumni in Drinko Hall—providing insight at a lunch event, serving as a moot court judge, conducting mock interviews, and more. Currently, one in every five dollars spent by the College comes from alumni and private support—a figure we are proud of and that places us as a university-wide leader. When we visit alumni or catch up at a tailgate, what do they want to hear about? You, of course. Our alumni care deeply about today’s students and are committed to ensuring you receive a world-class legal education and all the opportunities that should accompany it.

Ohio State

is one of the best places in America to attend law school

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Why? We are a nationally ranked program that provides an excellent overall value and endless opportunities. Our academic program will challenge you and is led by dedicated professors who are international experts in their fields. Our tuition is half of the amount of comparable private universities and virtually all students may qualify for in-state tuition by the beginning of the second year of law school. Our location provides for excellent internship and job opportunities and a modest cost-ofliving. Our name is big, our community is small and tight-knit.


Enrollment is limited to full-time study, and new law students may begin only in the fall semester. In selecting members of the entering class, the Admissions Committee reviews each applicant’s academic record and considers the rigor of the courses taken, grade trends, letters of recommendation provided by faculty, the Law School Admission Council’s Skill Inventory assessment, and circumstances that may have influenced the applicant’s academic performance. Applications also are reviewed in light of the applicant’s performance on the LSAT and any special skills or accomplishments the applicant may have developed relevant to the study of law. While the academic achievements of incoming students at Moritz are impressive each year, the committee is aware that the candidate’s undergraduate performance and the LSAT score do not always provide a perfect correlation with law school performance. The committee encourages all students to develop wellwritten personal statements that provide insights about such topics as the applicant’s intellectual potential, life experience, career goals, multicultural or crosscultural experiences, leadership experiences, personal strengths, extracurricular or community activities, or work background during or after college.

Admissions Requirements and Timing


Applicants for admission must possess a bachelor’s degree, or its international equivalent, from an accredited college or university prior to enrolling at Moritz. The committee does not require any particular major or undergraduate field of study; however, prospective students are advised to enroll in courses that develop and refine skills in the areas of writing, critical reading, and logical reasoning. All applicants must register for the LSAT and subscribe to the Law School Admission Council Credential Assembly Service. Applicants are encouraged to take the LSAT in June, October, or December in the year prior to the desired date of entry. Although the College will consider an LSAT taken in February in the year prior to entry, the applicant should be aware that the February test administration comes late in the College’s admission cycle. Applications for admission may be submitted between Sept. 15 and March 31 preceding the autumn term of enrollment.


Regular Decision The Moritz College of Law admits new students for the fall semester only. Applications for admission may be submitted anytime between Sept. 15 and March 31 immediately prior to the planned date of enrollment. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in mid-December.

Early Decision Option The early decision option allows students seeking admission to apply early and receive a decision by Dec. 19 if they apply by Nov. 21 and complete their application and the early decision agreement by Dec. 1. This option was created for those applicants whose first choice is Moritz. The early decision option is a binding contract between the applicant and Moritz that requires the applicant to withdraw applications with all other law schools, if admitted, and to refrain from initiating new applications. Students applying for early decision will either be admitted, denied (not able to enter into the general applicant pool), or deferred for consideration in the general applicant pool.

Early Admission Option The Moritz College of Law encourages students to submit their applications, to the extent possible, before the March 31 deadline each year. As the College reviews applications on a rolling basis, students who apply early in the admissions cycle will be able to receive decisions and, if applicable, scholarship notifications earlier than applicants who apply later. For students who wish to submit their applications early, but do not wish to apply under Early Decision, the Early Admission Option may be beneficial. Students who indicate they wish to be considered under Early Admission must submit their applications and all supplemental materials (including LSAT score, letters of recommendation, personal statement, and resume) no later than Dec. 19. Students will then receive a decision no later than Jan. 30. Please note that unlike Early Decision, should the applicant be admitted, the decision is not binding.

Our entering class Each first-year class consists of approximately 180 extraordinary students. These students come from a broad range of educational, professional, social, cultural, and economic backgrounds but share in common outstanding academic credentials, a record of achievement, a desire to contribute to and take full advantage of the program, and the potential to excel in the profession.


Forever Buckeye Forever Buckeye extends the in-state resident tuition rate to any public or private Ohio high school graduate who leaves Ohio but returns to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program at an Ohio college and also establishes residency in Ohio. The Forever Buckeyes provision of law removes the 12-month period of establishing domicile in Ohio before becoming eligible for in-state tuition rates. For law school, any Ohio high school graduate who returns to Ohio to attend law school at Ohio State will pay the in-state tuition rate. Demographic Statistics for Students entering in 2014

LSAT 156-162 GPA 3.44-3.79

J.D. Class of 2017

middle 50 percent


middle 50 percent

hold advanced degrees


Age Range


Median Age 62


Total class size:

167 %


85 82

women (51%)

men (49%)

Students of Color

Students originate from



students from outside of Ohio

24 states



foreign countries


Scholarships Moritz, through the generosity of friends and alumni, annually awards more than $6 million in grant and scholarship assistance to highachieving students demonstrating strong leadership potential, academic merit, diversity enrichment, or a commitment to public service. Admitted students are automatically considered for merit scholarship assistance. Academic Merit Scholarships

Public Service Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to students who have a record of significant academic accomplishment and potential for success in their legal studies, based primarily upon the cumulative undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) and law school admission test (LSAT) score(s).

These scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to work in public interest and/or in public service. Students are invited to submit a supplemental statement describing their public service activities and experience and/or their commitment to a career in the public interest.

Diversity Enrichment Awards These awards are given to students whose social, economic or experiential backgrounds, and multicultural or crosscultural experiences, have the potential to enrich the College’s community. Recipients have included students of different ethnicities, cultures, cross-cultural experience, socio-economic backgrounds, international experiences, sexual orientation, gender identifications, and professional backgrounds. Students are invited to submit a supplemental statement describing their diversity experience with their application.

Moritz Merit Scholarship in Law These scholarships include full, in-state tuition plus stipend and are awarded to a few of the College’s most exceptional students each year. Moritz scholars also have mentors considered leaders in their field, who they meet with multiple times throughout the year. There is a separate application process for this scholarship. Information on how to apply can be found on our website.

Leadership Scholarships These scholarships are awarded to students who show a potential for leadership or have past leadership experience. Students who participate in the Program on Law and Leadership will have the opportunity to work with an adviser to develop an individualized leadership plan based on their distinctive strengths and goals. Students are invited to submit a supplemental statement describing their leadership training and experience with their application. 64



How to apply

Applications for admission may be submitted anytime between Sept. 15 and March 31 Apply during the application cycle immediately prior to the planned date of enrollment. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis beginning in early-December. You must complete your application using the Law School Admissions Council web-based application process, found at Please call LSAC ’s help desk at (215) 968-1393 if encountering any difficulties. Application materials for university-wide scholarships are available via the Web at:



Loan Assistance Ohio State participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Stafford). As a result of the information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students are eligible for up to $20,500 in the federal direct unsubsidized loans each year. In addition to the unsubsidized loan, students will be awarded the federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan up to cost of attendance at Moritz. Assistance with Financial Aid Issues Financial aid assistance for law students at Moritz is a cooperative effort between the Moritz College of Law Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid. The Moritz College of Law Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is the first point of contact for students and is responsible for disseminating information and counseling students.

Ohio State Policies The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is committed to building and supporting a diverse community. The University embraces human diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity, valuing diversity in admissions, and eliminating discrimination. This commitment is both a moral imperative consistent with an intellectual community that celebrates individual differences and diversity, as well as a matter of law. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited. For further information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 124 Archer House, 2130 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 432101174, (614) 292-4164 or visit The Cleary Act Annual Crime Report for The Ohio State University can be accessed at safety/annual_ crimes_report.php.


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