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from excellence to eminence Curriculum 8 Faculty 10 Programs 12 from classmates to colleagues Journals 28 Moot Court 30 Diversity 32 from orientation to hooding Organizations 36 Ohio State 44 Columbus 46 from here to anywhere Career Services 54 Alumni 56 how to APPLY Financial Aid & Scholarships 62

“Start building your reputation for civility and, critically, for ethical conduct now. Ours is the profession of Lincoln and Darrow, of Gandhi and Mandela, and a profession of great power. The demand for ethical behavior is commensurately great. That starts now.�

Dean Alan C. Michaels


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the DEAN

Realize the possibilities of a law school dedicated to helping each one of its students reach his or her full potential. A law school small enough to provide one-on-one faculty Education Columbia University School of Law Harvard College

interaction and career counseling, but supported by the strength and

Hometown New York

reputation of one of the world’s

Alan C. Michaels

most pre-eminent universities and a faculty of dedicated teachers

Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law

who are also national leaders in their fields. A law school where

Work and Education The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Dean, 2008 – present Professor, 1995 – present New York County District Attorney’s Office Career Criminal Bureau, 1991-1995 Major League Baseball Players Association, 1989-1991 Supreme Court of the United States Law Clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun, 1987-1988 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Law Clerk to Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg, 1986-1987

community outweighs competition, innovation meets tradition, leadership is prized and nurtured, and diversity and individuality are valued and respected – all in a city where politicians, judges, and business leaders are accessible. This is The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.


A few Things You Should Know About Alan Michaels

He is passionate about teaching. So much so, in fact, that while few law deans teach large, traditional classes, Michaels has made sure to stay active in the classroom. Join him for Criminal Procedure at 8:30 a.m., and you’ll see the award-winning professor in action.

He is proactive. Michaels has taken a leading role in creating new types of post-graduate fellowships in bankruptcy, public interest, and corporate law for recent Moritz grads. He personally picked up the phone and recruited 21 corporate partners for the new Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program, which places recent graduates in paid positions in the general counsel offices of major corporations.

He is an avid reader. From baseball fiction like The Art of Fielding to Thinking, Fast and Slow, there is variety loaded on his iPad. On Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s book he said, “My cynical side kept me from having much interest reading a life story titled My Beloved World. I mean, come on. Really? But, I reluctantly gave it a try. Wow. Sotomayor is stunningly revealing about her emotional and intellectual growth and experiences, well beyond the norm of a memoir of a political figure in power.”

Our school

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At Moritz, our curriculum is defined by two principles – innovation and passion. We are constantly working with leaders in the legal community to adjust and modify our curriculum as the practice of law changes and evolves. We take great pride in what we teach, how we teach, and who is teaching. Our faculty members are passionate about their classes and are eager to help each student find a passion of his or her own. Student Voices “My best experience at Moritz,

“My favorite class so far has

if I have to pick just one, would

been Adoption Law. I came to Moritz

have to be the classes themselves.

for the Justice for Children Project.

I have been deeply impressed not

Adoption Law did not even feel like a

only by the deep knowledge of

class. In class, we discuss policy and

my professors, but also by their

why things are the way they are and

genuine interest in engaging with

how we could change them for the

the students. My classmates as well have proven to be a

better. Professor Federle really encourages us to make a big

group of very accomplished, professional, and supportive

difference, pursue our interests, and support the community.


She is so passionate.”

Tyler Dunham 2L, Haviland, OH, Defiance College

Jacqueline Hicks 3L, Hudson, OH, The Ohio State University


Curriculum The unparalleled curriculum and talented faculty at Moritz are the foundation for all we do. Second- and third-year students select courses from a large and ever-evolving slate of offerings. The nearly 150 electives include traditional, law courses (evidence, tax, labor law, etc.), unique seminars, small enrollment specialty courses, and a variety of skillbased and experiential courses (clinics, pretrial litigation, estate planning, etc.). Students select their courses based on personal interest and career plans.


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Academic Areas 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 Employment and Labor Law Environmental Law and Energy Family Relations and Wills and Trusts 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 Public Interest Law Real Estate Sports Law Taxation

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from the best

Professor Joshua Dressler

Points of Pride In 2013, we welcomed

two new health law professors and an expert in national security law.

Our faculty has been quoted

The New York Times more than 100


times in the last two years.

Sharon Davies Professor Sharon Davies studies the intersection of race and crime. The former assistant United States attorney has prosecuted hardened criminals in federal court and now serves as executive director of Ohio State’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. In her Race and Crime class, students investigate racial profiling, sentence disparities, use of excessive force, and prisoner re-entry. In the meantime, go to and pick up a copy of her award-winning book, Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race, and Religion in America, a riveting narrative history of a 1921 murder and the ensuing “trial of the century.”

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“Our criminal law professor, (Professor Joshua Dressler), is one of the foremost experts in the country; one bit of proof is that my friends in law schools across Florida use our case book, the one our professor published. Because we had a professor that is, essentially, a demi-god of Crim Law,

class was fun and engaging.

The cases were beyond interesting. Our professor had high expectations for us and treated us like professionals.” Daniel Best 2L, Jacksonville, FL, Florida State University

Faculty Profiles Steven Davidoff Gracing the pages of the The New York Times business section every Wednesday (and some other days) is Professor Steven Davidoff, also known as “The Deal Professor.” After spending more than 10 years in New York and London working on some of the world’s largest deals, takeovers, and mergers, Davidoff teaches Business Associations, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Capital Markets. He has written books, articles, and columns about the recent financial crisis. “My job is to make sure my students not only think like lawyers, but act like lawyers, and are ready to contribute to putting deals together from day one.”

Ruth Colker Professor Ruth Colker is passionate about disability discrimination. She is the author of numerous books and articles and has devised new classes on special education and advocacy. When the American Psychiatric Association proposed changes to the definitions of dyslexia in 2012, Colker teamed up with the country’s most renowned researchers on the subject to fight the changes, which she feels will lead to millions of children and adults not receiving the help they need. Students in Colker’s Special Education Advocacy class will learn to fight just as hard.



Programs Alternative Dispute Resolution Program The Alternative Dispute Resolution Program recognizes that litigation, which is expensive and long, should be the last resort, not the first. The ADR program, one of the best in the country, trains future lawyers in finding solutions outside the courtroom through negotiation, mediation, and arbitration

through traditional classes, simulations, and clinics. Law students who complete 15 credit hours in ADR courses and satisfy the externship requirement are awarded a Certificate in Dispute Resolution upon graduation.

Capital Markets In the wake of the financial crisis, there is an urgent need to study global capital markets including regulation of the internal and external governance of markets, corporations, and financial institutions. The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s new Law and Capital Markets @ Ohio State program is a leader in that study. The program

draws on the strength of the University’s law and business schools to provide the ideas, research, and products that will provide critical information and guidance for policymakers, the industry, and academics.

Distinguished Practitioners in Residence Program The Distinguished Practitioners in Residence Program in Business Law brings judges and practitioners to Moritz to teach one-credit, concentrated courses in advanced aspects of business law. These intensive, short courses are usually held over a one-week period and

provide an in-depth investigation into a specific area of law. In 2012-13, courses included Corporate Governance; International Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Investments; International Joint Ventures; and Fiduciary Responsibility.

Election Law@Moritz Election Law@Moritz is a nonpartisan research, education, and outreach program. As a national center of election law expertise, EL@M is a resource for lawyers, educators, journalists, policymakers, election administrators, and citizens interested in

election law. Law students provide extensive research assistance to this program and can take a variety of election-related courses.

International Trade and Development The Certificate in International Trade and Development provides students with a broad legal and multi-disciplinary background in international trade, investment, and commercial law. Students receive grounding in the basic business, tax, and

commercial law courses, and are trained in domestic laws that affect international trade, such as federal trade laws that regulate countervailing duties, unfair trade practices, and export controls.

Justice for Children Project The Justice for Children Project provides law students with significant opportunities to explore the legal issues pertaining to children through course offerings, symposia, research projects, and one of the few legal


clinics in the country representing children pro bono. Moritz is the only highly selective law school to offer a Certificate in Children’s Studies to law students.

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Jim Lawrence, Distinguished Practitioners in Residence Program

Nadia Zaiem 3L, Justice for Children Project


Elective courses Accounting & Finance for Lawyers

Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Hot Money

Administrative Law

Criminal Prosecution Clinic

Human Rights

Adoption Law

Critical Race Theory

Immigration Law

Advanced Constitutional Law: Theories & Interpretations

Debtor & Creditor Law

Insurance Law

Advanced Family Law


International Business Arbitration

The Disaster Problem

International Business Transactions

Dispute Resolution Processes: Theory & Practice

International Criminal Law

Dispute System Design Workshop

International Intellectual Property

Advanced Legal Research: Business & Tax Advanced Legal Research: International Advanced Legal Research: Litigation & ADR

Disputed Elections Doing Business in China

Advanced Legal Research: Ohio

Drafting Business Contracts

Advanced Legal Writing

Education Law

American Legal History

Election Law

Anthropology & the Law

Employee Benefits

Appellate Advocacy

Employment Discrimination Law

Appellate Practice

Employment Law

Banking Law

The Employment Litigation Problem

Business Associations

Energy Law

Business Bankruptcy

Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic

Capital Markets

Environmental Law

Children & the Law

Ethical Issues

The China Problem

Ethics & ADR

Civil Law Clinic


Civil Procedure II

Evidence in Trial Practice

Civil Rights

Externship: Judicial

Commercial Leasing

Externship: Public Interest

Commercial Paper

Family Law

Computer Crime & Surveillance

Federal Antitrust Law

Conflict of Laws

Federal Courts

Constitutional Litigation

Federal Death Penalty

Consumer Law

Federal Income Tax

Contracts II

The First Amendment

Copyright Law

Food & Drug Law

Corporate Finance

The Fourteenth Amendment

Corporate Governance Law

Gender & the Law

Criminal Defense Clinic

Health Law

Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

The Hospital Problem


International Dispute Resolution International Law International Tax International Trade Investment Management Law Issues in Arbitration Jurisprudence Jury Instructions Justice for Children Clinic Labor Law Law & Genetics Law & Economics Law & Religion Law & Social Science Law of Africa Law of Cyberspace Law of Disability Discrimination Law, History & Philosophy Lawyers as Leaders 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 Patent Law

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New courses

2013-14 Patent Prosecution

Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Patient/Client Care

Taught by Professor Douglas Berman. In the United States, the control and regulation of marijuana use has been a recurring legal and social problem, commanding significant political attention and public resources. This seminar will examine the social and historical backdrop of intoxicant prohibition, and assess the legal reforms and political debates now surrounding the control and regulation of marijuana use.

Pretrial Litigation Privacy Products Liability Professional Responsibility Public Health Law

Money & Politics

Real Estate Development

Taught by Professor Daniel Tokaji. The influence of money on the political process has been the subject of enormous controversy in recent years. This seminar addresses the role and regulation of money in politics, including the subjects of bribery, campaign finance, and lobbying.

Real Estate Finance

National Security Law

Regulatory Compliance

Securities Regulation

Taught by Professor Dakota Rudesill. From drones to bioweapons to domestic incidents, this course examines legal (international, constitutional, statutory, and administrative), process, policy, political, and personality angles of national security law and lawyering. An all-day national security crisis simulation is part of the course.

Sentencing Law & Policy

Public Health Law

Sexual Harassment

Taught by Professor Micah Berman. This course will survey the legal framework of government public health regulations, by examining the sources and limitations of the government’s authority to address current policy issues. It will focus on current public health policy issues including obesity prevention, tobacco control, and public health emergencies, with special attention paid to the inherent tension between public health regulation and individual rights.

Public Utilities Race & Crime

Sales Secured Transactions

Sexual Orientation & the Law Sexual Violence & the Law Small Business Finance Special Education Advocacy Sports Law State & Local Government State & Local Tax State Constitutional Law Supreme Court Litigation Tax Policy

Regulatory Compliance Taught by Professor Gates Garrity-Roukos. This course will analyze the legal, ethical and policy foundations of regulatory compliance: the effort to translate statutory requirements into compliant corporate and individual behavior.

State and Local Government Law


Taught by Professor Christopher Walker. This course addresses major issues facing state and local governments and prepares students to practice law and influence policy at the state and local level.

Transactional Lawyering

Workplace Bias

Trial Practice

Taught by Professor Martha Chamallas. The course explores contemporary theories and debates about the causes and effects of workplace bias. In addition to studying various theories of bias, the reading will cover applied topics such as pay equity, appearance discrimination, cyber harassment, accommodation of pregnancy and caregiving activities, and religious objections to compliance.

Taxation of Business Enterprises

White Collar Crime Wills, Trusts & Estates Workplace Bias


more than 150 courses each year. Moritz offers

Clinics & skills courses In a clinic, students represent real clients facing serious legal and policy issues and work with faculty to provide sound advice. These courses enable students to gain hands-on experience by providing clients with legal advice and counsel in the courtroom, boardroom, or Ohio Statehouse. Our students also refine their persuasion, negotiating, writing, and other legal talents through a variety of skills courses. Our state-of-the-art Frank C. Woodside III Courtroom includes a digital evidence presentation system, five courtroom computer displays, plasma screens, video recording/ projection systems and sophisticated lighting and sound systems. Four nights a week during the school year, upper level students use the courtroom to take Trial Practice and other skills courses. Many of our Trial Practice courses are taught by sitting federal and state


judges, who make their way to Moritz after a full-day on the bench to work directly with our students developing skills on cross-examining witnesses, making objections, entering evidence, and presenting opening and closing statements. Other skills courses focus on drafting contracts, conducting real estate transactions, and navigating business negotiations.

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The Prosecution Clinic provides students with the opportunity to represent the state of Ohio in the prosecution of current, pending criminal cases. Students take responsibility for prosecuting a wide range of criminal cases, from theft and drunk driving to drug possession and domestic violence. Students handle their own cases, interviewing victims and other witnesses, negotiating plea bargains with defense attorneys, and conducting hearings and jury trials. The Criminal Defense Clinic assigns students to represent adult defendants in misdemeanor cases pending in Central Ohio courts. Outside the classroom, students prepare each case and present it in court or obtain a satisfactory out-of-court resolution. The Moritz Legislation Clinic puts students in the middle of the legislative process in the Buckeye State as they work directly with legislative leaders and their staffs on creating laws and enacting laws in the Ohio House and Senate. This is one of the few legislative clinics in the country, and students can jump into the action during their second year of law school. The Justice for Children Clinic ensures that children and their rights are taken seriously and provides students with the opportunity to represent children in a variety of legal proceedings. The cases may include abuse and neglect, delinquency, status offense, custody, and termination of parental rights cases pending in various courts.

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The Civil Law Clinic allows students to represent clients in cases pending in civil court. In the past decade, two of the cases handled by the Civil Clinic have gone to the U.S. Supreme Court, and clinic students have been crucial in preparing briefs and arguments. Another case involved a five-day jury trial in federal court, tried almost entirely by Moritz students. In the Mediation Clinic, students serve as court-appointed mediators in pending cases in the Franklin County Municipal Court, helping parties resolve cases ranging from employer-employee pay disputes to child care disputes between divorcing parents. Each semester, Moritz students mediate between 50 and 100 cases and help more than 60 percent of the disputing parties resolve their disputes. The Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic serves start-up and emerging businesses that need transactional legal assistance. Students assist start-up companies by offering legal advice on matters such as business structure and formation, taxation, employment contracts, and intellectual property issues.

Program on

Law and Leadership

Traditionally, law schools have spent little, if any, time actually teaching and sharpening students’ leadership skills. Moritz is different. The Program on Law and Leadership (PLL) prepares students for a lifetime of successful leadership by serving in leadership positions in the profession, organizations, their communities, and society at large. Our goal is to ensure our graduates are capable of becoming the next generation of lawyer-leaders.

A Glance at How to Get Elected: Stories from Moritz Alumni. Moritz grads in political office, including Nev. Gov. Brian Sandoval ’89, shared anecdotes, leadership lessons and campaign stories.

30 Years in Academic Leadership: Advising a University President Jeff Kaplan ‘76, SVP at Ohio State, provided an inside look at university administration.


Leadership On Your Side: A Conversation with Nationwide Insurance Chief Legal Officer. Pat Hatler, executive vice president and chief legal and governance officer for Nationwide Insurance, shared leadership lessons learned while leading one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the country.

International Business and Legal Leadership – How to Lead a Global Pharma Company Michael Parini, SVP and Assistant General Counsel at Pfizer, Inc., spoke with PLL students.

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5 Things

You Should Know

About the Program on Law and Leadership

1 The Course

Lawyers as Leaders is one of the only law school courses in the country dedicated exclusively to building leadership skills. Through the case studies and exercises, students gain experience analyzing issues, exercising judgment, and making difficult decisions – the hallmarks of skillful leadership. The objective of the course is to help students think more broadly about leadership, increase their appreciation for the variety of leadership roles people with legal training may achieve throughout their careers, and prepare for positions of leadership themselves.


You never know who you might break bread with. PLL prides itself on creating small, intimate events for students and lawyer-leaders. These settings allow students and leaders to interact and network. It’s unique. There are few similar programs at law schools across the country.


We take leadership seriously. The program’s leader – Associate Dean Garry Jenkins – lives leadership. A double graduate of Harvard – both the law school and the Kennedy School of Government – Jenkins sits on the board of Haverford College, his undergraduate alma mater, and the American Civil Liberties Union. On his bookshelves – just about every book written on leadership.


We want you. So much so, in fact, Moritz has a scholarship program dedicated to targeting prospective students with promising leadership potential.


The University is your oyster. PLL also helps students find classes and programs across the University that meet their specific interests.

Our Program Emotional Intelligence Workshop Students worked with professional consultants to learn about emotional intelligence and to assess their own skills.

Dean’s Roundtable with Kara Trott ’91 The President and CEO of Quantum Health sat down with Dean Michaels and a small group of PLL students to discuss leadership.

My First Term in Office with Kathleen Clyde ’08 This new member of the Ohio House of Representatives (and PLL alumna) shared her experiences. Dean’s Roundtable with Kurt Tunnell ’87 Students, Dean Michaels, and the Managing Partner of Bricker & Eckler shared lunch and leadership anecdotes.

Oxford program The Queen, high-tea, polo matches, Union Jack, and…Moritz law students? Each summer, almost one-third of the first-year class jets to England to take law classes at Oxford University. Students learn about, and compare, the British and American legal systems through course work, guest lectures, and excursions to London. Students live in Oxford University housing.


Oxford By the Numbers


weeks the program runs

Miles between Columbus, Ohio and Oxford, England, where many of our students spend the summer after their first year of law school studying with some of the world’s best minds.

Student Voice “At Oxford, I took Alternative Dispute Resolution with Professor Cole and Professional Responsibility with Professor Whelan, an English barrister. Cole supplemented her class with speeches by international experts, one of whom was a partner in the London branch of Jones Day, and the other, a negotiator for Walt Disney Pictures. I learned a great deal about the law. It was especially interesting to see the ways our system differs from England, and the world in general. However, class was only a part of my experience. Before and after the term I spent a week in Paris, and I also had time to visit Dublin and Barcelona. While the term was in session, we had day trips to Stratford to see a Macbeth performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company; we visited London multiple times to see the court system of England; we visited castles, rivers, cafes, pubs, and much, much more. I even played soccer with Professor Simmons and his family a few times a week and had tea with Professor Cole almost every day.”

Daniel Briscoe 2L, Louisville, KY, Centre College

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Moritz students who have studied at Oxford.



credit hours students can earn

POINT OF PRIDE The Washington, D.C. Summer Program places students between their first and second years of law school in

prestigious externships

in the nation’s capital.

Washington, D.C., Summer Program by the Numbers

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The number of weeks spent in D.C.

The number of Moritz first-year students headed to D.C. as part of the program

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Washington, D.C., summer program

A job on Capitol Hill, class at the White House – it is all in day’s work for students in our Washington, D.C., Summer Program. Each summer, the program helps students secure summer positions in federal agencies, nonprofits, Congress, the executive branch, and trade associations. Students work during the day and attend evening classes. Students also participate in special events, tours, and meetings throughout the summer, including Congressional hearings, tours of federal agencies, networking events, and, yes, even the occasional class held at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Priority for

this program is given to students between their first and second years of law school, many of whom find it an excellent way to start building a legal resume.


The number of government agencies, nonprofits, and related organizations where Moritz students have worked.


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Every Monday morning, the Moritz community wakes up to find the weekly newsletter in its inbox. Boring, you say? Our weekly includes features articles on fellow students, an Ask a 3L column helping first-years navigate everything from study spots to class registration, an After the Bar column featuring a recent grad’s tips on classes and the job search, and Five Questions With Your Favorite Professor. Of course, there are also announcements and event promos.


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At Moritz, our students just aren’t classmates, they are colleagues throughout their legal careers. Our professors just aren’t teachers, they are forever mentors, advocates, and advisers. Our small size, and the fact that almost all students and faculty live within a few miles of Drinko Hall, lends itself to a tight-knit community. Our students and faculty know each other well, learn from each other, and create lifelong bonds.

Student Voice

“The friends I have met in law school are truly awesome. There is a great diversity among the students, but there is a real cohesive atmosphere. Students aren’t competitive – they want to make friends, and they have interesting viewpoints and histories that are alike and unlike my own.

I have made a ton of new friends

that I enjoy being in classes with.”

Zachary Brown 2L, Gates Mills, OH, The Ohio State University

“Learn from your classmates and take time to develop friendships; good friends will sustain you in law school and in life.�

Professor Anne E. Ralph


Community The Class of 2015 comes from

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22 states, 96 colleges, and



the number of languages spoken by Moritz students




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24% of students in the Class of

2015 identify themselves as people of color

16,542 the number of pro bono hours donated by the Class of 2013


the number of students who won dinners, drinks, game-nights or other outings with professors at the 2013 PILF auction

Journals Working on a law journal is a rite of passage for many law students. At Moritz, our journals are run by students who select, edit, and write articles as well as manage production. Journals also allow students to work in teams, lead other students, and negotiate with contributors, who are often top scholars, practicing lawyers, and judges. Several journals hold an annual symposium with dozens of guest speakers and lectures planned and arranged by student editors. In recent years, journal symposia have addressed such timely topics as small business financing during the Great Recession, copyright issues involving remixes and mash-ups, and cybersecurity.

Student Voice “Membership on a law journal provides an opportunity to be a part of a team of students working together to accomplish an impressive task—publishing legal scholarship. Membership on a law journal enables each student to develop the invaluable editing, writing, and research skills that most employers look for when hiring law students. Each of the five journals at Ohio State allows students to write a student note, which provides the opportunity to be published as a law student. The leadership and relationship-building aspects of membership provides a medium for students to get to know and work with incredibly talented people.�

Jaci Wilkening 3L, Ulysses, KS, University of Notre Dame

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Mallika Reddy

3L, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution

Ohio State Law Journal, the highest-ranked law review in Ohio and among the top law reviews in the country, is published six times annually by a management and staff comprised entirely of students at the Moritz College of Law. Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution is a student-initiated, student-run publication dedicated to the exploration of alternative forums for and methods of dispute resolution, such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, summary jury trials, and mini-trials. The JDR is the official law journal of the American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution and is a major component of the college’s nationally recognized Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law is a peer-evaluated, faculty-student cooperative venture. Published semi-annually, it is a forum for important scholarship written by academics and professionals in the criminal justice field. I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society is an interdisciplinary journal of research and commentary concentrating on the intersection of law, policy, and information technology. I/S represents a one-of-akind partnership between one of America’s leading law schools, the Moritz College, and the nation’s foremost public policy school focused on information technology, Carnegie Mellon University’s H.J. Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal is nationally renowned for its intersection of business and the law. Created and managed by students. This semi-annual journal explores the legal issues facing entrepreneurs, small business owners, and venture capitalists. OSEBLJ publishes scholarly articles, book reviews, and student-authored notes discussing provocative, timely legal issues in entrepreneurial and corporate law.


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Moot Court Each year, Moritz fields more than 20 moot court, mock trial, negotiation, and mediation teams made up of two to four third-year students who represent the College in regional and national competitions. The students practice together, often with faculty and alumni serving as judges, and travel across the country for competitions. Students hone practical skills, learn to be advocates, and work together with classmates. What is moot court?

Moot court competitions focus on appellate or Supreme Court level proceedings while mock trial focuses on trial-level proceedings. At Moritz, our dedicated alumni base and strong Columbus legal community allows many moot court and mock trial competitions and practices to be judged by sitting judges and practicing attorneys.

Moritz Traveling Teams American Bar Association Scarlet Team

Jessup International Team

American Bar Association Gray Team

Labor & Employment Team

National Scarlet Team

Mediations Scarlet Team

National Gray Team

Mediations Gray Team

Civil Rights Team

National Security Team

Constitutional Law Team

Negotiations Scarlet Team

Corporate Law Team

Negotiations Gray Team

Criminal Procedure Team

Sports Law Team

Evans Constitutional Law Team

Transactional Team

Evidence Team

Trial Team

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team

“Making� Moot Court Most students take first-year Legal Analysis and Writing and second-year Appellate Advocacy. Moritz has a first-year moot court competition that allows the newest members of our community to test their skills. In the second year, students sign-up for the Herman Moot Court Competition, our own version of March Madness. Travel teams are then selected.


Diversity At Moritz, diversity is not just a statistic. It is a way of life that is embedded in our culture and spirit. We proudly bring together students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds to learn, teach, challenge, collaborate, and work together. As a result, members of our community are uniquely ready and able to address a wide spectrum of issues facing our diverse world. We do not expect our students to always agree, especially when it comes to issues of religion, politics, and policy. But, we do expect our students to engage, listen, and respect those with differing viewpoints. “One of our goals at Moritz is to better prepare everyone for a global

society, a more multicultural society. In order for that to happen, there really has to be an exchange of ideas, interaction, and discussion,” explains Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion Rob Solomon.

Student Voice

“The culture at Ohio State law school is very unique. It is truly a supportive environment that fosters learning and success. The faculty and administration works to build a safe and peaceful environments where students feel accepted and respected and where learning is the main focus. I feel comfortable, wanted, valued, and accepted.“

Cecil Patterson 1L, Gray, GA, Georgia Southern University


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Let’s Talk A Sample of Our Recent Diversity Discussions Jewish Law in Christian Hands: The Intersection of Natural Law and the Seven Noahide Commandments Feminist Power: Promise and Passion with Bell Hooks Palestine’s Statehood Bid: What Options Does the UN Have & What Are the Legal Implications? LGBT Rights: A History Can Islam Travel the Catholic Road to Democracy? Meet a Mormon Peace in the Congo: Falling Whistles Nondiscrimination Policies: How Far Can They Go? Soshanna Hebshi-Holt: Racially Profiled & Cuffed in Detroit The Cuban Five: A Case of Espionage and Conspiracy Working OUT: Being Open in the Legal Profession Fit to Parent? LGBT Parenting and the Law Immigration Hot Topics: From the Dream Act to Reverse Brain Drain Judicial Activism and Diversity Love Without Borders: Immigration Law and Binational Same-Sex Couples The Secret Talks that Led to the Fall of Apartheid featuring Michael Young Contraception Controversy: Women’s Rights, Religion, and Politics Trayvon Martin, Shaima Alawadi, and Racial Profiling Homophobia in Sports: Developments in Policies at the Institutional Level Dream Act Panel Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Summit An Evening with Chris Kluwe


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Life as a Moritz student is, in a word, busy. We host hundreds of debates, lectures, and social events each year. As part of one of the nation’s most comprehensive research universities, resources and

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opportunities for cultural, political, and sporting events are endless. The city of Columbus provides a thriving backdrop of arts, business, and professional opportunities. POINT OF PRIDE Despite being on such a large campus, all of the law classes take place in one building –

Drinko Hall. A third

of our students live across the street in the South Campus Gateway, and many more live within walking distance.


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Student Voice “There are a lot of opportunities here at Moritz. Part of what you need to do during your first year is start exploring them and figuring out which ones you want to do, whether it is an externship, clinic, or specific classes. Talk to people, go to events…really try and learn about all of the opportunities that are here for you.” ,

Christina Karam 3L, Dublin, OH, University of Notre Dame

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organizations For many, student organizations are a key component of their law school experience. Student organizations allow students to further develop a specific interest in law or debate how the law is viewed from a specific vantage point. The groups organize speakers,

symposia, fundraisers, and social events. Organizations also allow students to build leadership skills and network with students and practitioners with similar interests.

Evolve and change Each year student groups also evolve and change.

For example, alumni of Teach for America recently created the Education Law Society. Advocates for Children • American Civil Liberties Union • American Constitution Society • Asian/Pacific American Law Students Association • 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


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• Inter-Professional Council • International Justice Mission • International Law Society • J. Reuben Clark Law Society • Jewish Law Students Association • Labor & Employment Law Association • Latino Law Students Association • Law School Democrats • Law School Republicans • Mentoring Collaborative Student Association • 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 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

Student Voices “I have two experiences at Moritz that must be mentioned when discussing

my best times; and for the same reason. The

opening orientation and the Thanksgiving luncheon have been my two favorite occasions at Moritz. Both experiences exhibited the truly familial relationship among students and staff in the school. The atmosphere on both occasions was among the friendliest and most welcoming I have ever experienced.”

Aaron Avery 2L, Eaton, OH, The Ohio State University

Students making a difference For T. Conrad Bower ’13 a Public Interest Law Foundation fellowship allowed him to take a volunteer position that had him staring death in the face. Bower’s fellowship was with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio in the Capital Habeas Unit, which works with people on death row. During the summer after his first year of law school, he worked with Allen Bohnert ‘06 on lethal injection litigation for Kenneth Smith. A U.S. District Court judge eventually ordered a stay of execution based on the argument Bohnert and his team made that Ohio’s execution policy was unconstitutional when

During her time at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Nikki Baszynski ’13 dedicated herself to breaking down barriers between classmates. She was a 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, which recognizes individuals or groups at the university who demonstrate a significant commitment to spreading diversity at Ohio State. As the executive director of SPEAK, a student group aimed at enhancing diversity and conversation about diversity issues at Moritz, Baszynski promoted open

and honest communication and reflection. At a surprise award presentation in her honor on April 15, she highlighted her passion for the group. “SPEAK has been very important, and I’m very grateful that it’s been made possible through the support of so many students and staff,” she said. Through SPEAK, she worked to take action after hearing complaints about students speaking in insensitive ways. She advocated for breaking down barriers that divide people and creating a diverse learning environment in which there was respect between peers.

At a ceremony held at the Library of Congress, Noah Litton ’13 received a prestigious Burton Award for a note he published in the Ohio State Law Journal entitled “The Road to Better Redistricting: Empirical Analysis and State-Based Reforms to Counter Partisan Gerrymandering.” Litton was one of only 15 law students from across the country recognized for his work at the black-tie ceremony event in D.C. that included 500 guests and dignitaries ranging from judges to managing partners from the largest law firms in the nation.


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considered through an equal protection claim under the Fourteenth Amendment. Bower called working on the case with Bohnert a great experience. “Defending those convicted of capital offenses and those who’d been sentenced to death is obviously pretty trying at times, but it was a great experience,” Bower said. “The attorneys really let me get in there, get great handson experience, write portions of briefs, draft memos to them on really novel areas of constitutional law.” Bower credited PILF for making his experience possible. The foundation supports law students who take on low-

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paying or volunteer positions with fellowships. Bower said this helped alleviate some of his financial concerns about working in the public sector. “I think at pretty much any level, at any job that you want to undertake, you can make a difference and help those who are less fortunate or do good wherever that may be,” Bower said. “I think everyone should be able to do it, and PILF provides a great forum for doing that.” Bower plans to move to Philadelphia in July with his wife Megan and 5-month-old daughter Nora, and begin work at Ballard Spahr LLP in September.

“We take great pride in diversity being a part of our excellence. (Nikki has) taken a leadership role in making sure that it’s not just a motto,” Michaels said. Baszynski was also a member of the Moritz Education Law Society, which brings awareness to issues surrounding the intersection of law and education. Before coming to Mortiz she was a founding teacher at the Columbus Collegiate Academy and is a Teach for America alumna, where she taught 6th grade English.

Litton witnessed gerrymandering while working in the Ohio Legislature, just 3 miles down the road from Ohio State’s campus. “I saw firsthand how the process can go awry. I knew a couple of talented, dedicated legislators who were targeted successfully in the redistricting process,” Litton said. “It just felt wrong to preordain who would represent thousands of Ohioans before a single vote was cast.” Litton suggests reform through establishment of nonpartisan redistricting commissions to halt gerrymandering by using “a combination of citizen

participation and legislative endorsement of proposed district maps.” Litton argues that “constitutional advances” should be made to guide states when selecting mapmakers and drawing district lines. He says reform must come at the state constitutional level, and analyzes which type of gerrymandering is most successful – settling on nonpartisan gerrymandering. “My goals with the law review piece were simple: to write on a topic I cared deeply about and to try to make a real difference in the world,” Litton said.

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many opportunities to

Gain Experience Our students have excellent opportunities to start building their careers and sharpening their skills in the many business, government, and legal offices located in Columbus, a thriving state capital. From externships to part-time jobs, second- and third-year students have a variety of openings to gain experience and build a resume. Each year, Moritz places more than 75 students during the summer and school year with federal and state judges to work as externs where they see and participate behind the scenes in trials and appeals. In this capital city, there are a multitude of opportunities available in state trial courts, state appeals courts, and the Supreme Court of Ohio, as well as trial and appellate courts at the federal level. Through the Government and Nonprofit Externship Program, Moritz places up to 40 students per semester in state and federal governmental agencies and with nonprofit organizations,

such as the Federal Public Defenders’ Office, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, the Franklin County Public Defender, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, and the Ohio Children’s Defense Fund, to work as externs. Students work side by side with lawyers and mentors and see firsthand how what they are learning in class is applied in the real world. Through the Grassbaugh Veterans Project, our law students work in paid, part-time positions to assist military veterans facing legal issues.

Student Voice “My best experience at Moritz was my judicial externship with Federal District Court Judge Sargus in the Southern District of Ohio. It solidified my goal of obtaining a clerkship after graduation. I was able to sit in on trials, contribute to opinions, and have interactions with some of the nicest people.”

Janie Henry 3L, St. Clairsville, OH, The Ohio State University


Ohio State university

So, what’s the advantage of being a part of one of the world’s most comprehensive research universities? More resources than you can ever imagine – libraries (17), recreation centers (6), student groups (800), events (1000s), and more than 500,000 living alumni. Scream “O-H” anywhere in the world, and your clamor inevitably will be followed by a chorus of “I-O.” Moritz students can choose to stay involved in the law school during their threeyear stay, making Ohio State seem as intimate as high school, or can become engaged in activities across the University’s nearly 1,800 acres. It is entirely up to you.

Student Voice “What I love about The Ohio State University is the obvious desire to serve the students. I’ve been to other universities, and I can confidently say that

OSU really focuses on the students. The

RPAC and student union are perfect examples. Whenever visitors come, I can’t wait to show them the incredible workout centers and the beautiful library. Furthermore, President Gee sends out emails every semester with best wishes.”

Nicholas Torres 3L, Klamath Falls, OR, Brigham Young University

The Oval These 11 acres of large, grassy space in the middle of campus, are home to sunbathers, Frisbee throwers, and even Quidditch players in the spring as well as snowmen and bundled-up Buckeyes in the winter.

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Favorite spots around campus Thompson Library The University’s main library, we recommend the top floor reading room for an excellent view over Buckeye Nation and large, quiet tables. In addition to its book-stacked floors, the library also has 230 computers available for use.

Mirror Lake The scenic little lake features a fountain, ducks and benches for people-watching. Stationed right below its self-titled eatery, Mirror Lake Creamery & Grill, Mirror Lake is a frequent stop for families, faculty, and students alike.

Ohio Union Moritz’s nearest and newest neighbor includes a ballroom, tavern, diner, and numerous meeting rooms. Grab lunch and a chair in front of the Block O firepits and crack open a book. Also home to various lectures and concerts featuring performers ranging from celebrities to classmates, the union is a campus staple.

RPAC One of the largest fitness centers in the nation, which has welcomed President Barack Obama, Michael Phelps, and Richard Simmons, the Recreational Physical Activity Center provides around 30,000 square feet of fitness space including an aquatic pavilion, indoor track, racquetball courts, and classes from zumba to spinning to yoga.

Ohio Stadium Gear up for football game days with Buckeye beads and jerseys, tailgate along Lane Avenue, and fill into the sea of scarlet and gray that colors the Horseshoe on Saturdays in the fall. Law students are eligible for discount season tickets, too.

Wexner Center Independent films, performances, exhibitions, and art reign here. Pull up a blanket and enjoy Ohio State’s version of a drive-in movie on the Oval outside the Wex or grab brunch at the Heirloom Café.

High Street The main drag through Columbus, which borders campus and Moritz on the east side, is home to coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants, bars, and wandering students by day and night.

ARC The Adventure Recreation Center sports a climbing wall, indoor soccer fields, and rental equipment for outdoor adventures such as kayaks, tents, canoes, and backpacks.


Favorite Places Easton Town Center Nordstrom, Macy’s, and all the shops.

The Short North Just south of campus, this area’s monthly Gallery Hop mixes art, food, and eclectic boutiques.

Hocking Hills One of seven state parks within 100 miles of C-Bus. This one specializes in waterfalls and caves.

German Village Cobblestone streets, quaint cottages, and restaurants.

The Schott All major music concerts roll through campus here.

Jeni’s Homemade, funky ice cream. We recommend the Ale & Apricots or Wildberry Lavender.

Olentangy River Trail Parallels campus. Great for long runs or biking.

Huntington Park Monthly dime-a-dog nights at this AAA baseball field fit a law student’s budget.

Columbus Marathon Route Start near the Statehouse and run 26.2 miles through campus, by the Governor’s Mansion, along the riverfront and through the shaded streets of Bexley, Olde Towne East, and Upper Arlington.

Veterans Memorial While commonly known as the location for the Ohio Bar Exam, the grassy lawn out front is a prime viewing spot for Red, White & Boom, the Midwest’s largest fireworks display.

Crew Stadium The nation’s first soccer-dedicated stadium is only a few miles from campus.

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Columbus is new, young, and fresh. It is a quintessential College town with a thriving arts district, hip restaurants and bars, and tree-lined streets of early 20th-century houses. What makes Columbus unique, however, is that at the same time, it is a business epicenter with a diverse, fastgrowing economy. Hundreds of companies are headquartered in Columbus, including retail giants The Limited, Victoria’s Secret, and Abercrombie & Fitch, as well as several pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, national restaurants, publishers, banks, and insurance companies. In addition, Columbus is the state capital, providing plenty of activity centered around

government, policy, and law. Unlike most big cities, however, the cost of living in Columbus is less than the national average. Students can rent entire houses, trendy loft spaces, suburban apartments filled with amenities, or anything in between. There is more park space per capita in Columbus than in any other major U.S. city.

Student Voice “Columbus is a great city to live in. It has all of the amenities of a big city, while still being small enough to be

easy to get around. As a city with many

students and young professionals there are always exciting things to do in and around Columbus.�

David Dirisamer 2L, Elmhurst, IL, Case Western Reserve University





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Realize The Possibilities

A law degree can serve as a building block to many different careers. At Moritz, we are set on ensuring our students understand the profession and all of the

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options available to them. Our graduates start their careers in a variety of cities across the country, and in a variety of sectors and positions. Student Voice

“My best experience at Moritz has been working with the Career Services Office on my resume and developing a job search plan. My career services counselor was very straightforward and honest when we went over my resume. Everyone at the Career Services Office wants to help, and no one has ever rushed me out of their office, even though I know they are probably

Ohio State is a big school with a lot of resources and a large alumni network.�

busy people. I love that

Linda Huynh 2L, Tracy, CA, University of California, Berkeley


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POINT OF PRIDE Each Moritz student is assigned a career counselor during the first year of law school. Students

work one on one with counselors throughout their law school experience.



The career services staff is committed to helping students find the best job fit possible through counseling individual students, helping identify appropriate legal career options, providing training in job search skills, and offering many sources of employment opportunities. Interviewing Because students have a wide array of interests, Moritz offers many opportunities to interview in both the public and private sectors. Each year, Moritz offers an on-campus interviewing program, multiple off-campus programs, and an opportunity forum focused on the public sector.

with backgrounds in both the private and public sectors. Four of our advisors have earned law degrees. The advisor-student relationship begins with working toward employment for the 1L summer and continues with job searching until the student has secured a position after graduation.

Individualized Counseling


Beginning in November of the first year, Moritz students are assigned an advisor who partners with them throughout their law school careers. Students benefit from the broad range of expertise of the counseling staff, which includes the senior director, who has more than 15 years of experience in major New York law firms; the director of public service and public interest, who also works with students who apply for judicial clerkships; and four advisors

There are many mentoring opportunities at Moritz. Alumni and practitioners often serve as speakers and mentors at career services events. The Mentoring & More @ Moritz program also brings together students and lawyers at lunches multiple times throughout the school year. Over half of Moritz students participate in the mentoring programs for all three of their law school years.


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Programs Starting in the first semester with the 1L Academy, a program which provides first-year law students an overview of the legal profession, and throughout the school year, the office hosts a large variety of activities designed to inform students about the many career paths available to attorneys as well as to teach how to succeed in a professional environment. Examples of these are: > Mock interview program that allows

> Series on “Thinking Outside the Law Firm

students to practice with attorneys in their

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the many options for using a law degree.

> Panel presentation on networking skills

> Etiquette dinner and fashion show to

followed by a reception allowing students to

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practice these skills with young Moritz alumni

professional attire and social interaction.

from various legal employers.

> Discussion on judicial clerkships and their

> Presentations by representatives from large

unique ability to shape careers.

and small firms on the dynamics of their practice.

Sample events Overview of the Legal Profession

Resume Preparation Workshop

Private Practice Lawyering

Judicial Clerkship Panel Discussion

Finding the Right Job Fit

Alternative Careers Panel

Government Practice

Careers at the Department of Justice

Professional Relationship Management

Making the Most of Networking

Practicing Public-Interest Law


What will your story be? Vincent Chiu ‘04 Run Vincent Chiu’s name through a quick query on the Internet, and one will find headlines screaming with sensationalism. “Convicted Felon Found Guilty of Drug and Weapons Charges in Case Involving a Machine Gun and Grenade Launcher” “One Tampa and Four Orlando Area Men Charged with Selling ‘Cut’ for Cocaine and Heroin” “Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 years for Gun Possession” The 2004 graduate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s explanation for the publicity: “I’ve always been interested in protecting people from each other.” In collaborating with the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Secret Service to prosecute child pornography, gangs, white-collar fraud, and large-scale drug trafficking operations, Chiu is humble about what he considers the daily grind for a United States attorney in Orlando. “We’ve been able to take cases where police officers have had a hard time for a long time trying to prosecute a certain group. Being able to deliver for them and come up with strategies for them to see the fruit of their work is rewarding,” he said. “We’re able to make a big impact in both the local community and throughout the Southeast. Disrupting these drug organizations has a ripple effect, and that’s great.”

With degrees from the Moritz College of Law and the Fisher College of Business, David Wilson ’10 put his education to use in São Paulo, Brazil following graduation. As part of the i4 Program, Wilson and a team put together a business plan concerning transportation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He soon after became an associate with the firm Santos e Furriela Advogados and actively participated in business deals with U.S. corporations, including helping a Midwest biotech company enter the Brazilian market. “That summer alone cemented: ‘Wow this is really what I want to do,’ ” he said. “I’m not sure if it was foresight or luck, but I definitely ended up in the right place.” Currently an associate at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter LPA in Columbus, Wilson specializes in international business law, specifically between the U.S. and Brazil. Additionally, he has helped prepare for a trade mission with The Council of Great Lakes Governors and has been active with the Latin American Regional Forum Committee for the International Bar Association. Wilson said his interest in international law likely stemmed from the eight years he spent with the special operations command of the U.S. Army, which included deployments to Afghanistan and Africa. He served in the Army Reserve while earning his dual degree at Ohio State. “I was helping teach new soldiers how to jump out of airplanes while I was in law school,” he said with a laugh. Today, he competes in triathlon competitions and century rides raising money for cancer research.


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Kathleen Clyde ’08 said she attended The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law because she aspired to run for political office. In her first attempt in 2010, she was elected as the youngest woman in the Ohio General Assembly. Even though some might refer to or think of the state representative for the Ohio 68th House District as a rookie, Clyde embraces her position as a representative and welcomes the extra hours it brings. “As I carefully pore over hundreds of bills and cast my vote on my district’s behalf, I take that responsibility very seriously — and I’ve relished the opportunity,” she said. Spending most weeks in Columbus attending all-day floor sessions, as well as caucus and committee meetings, Clyde also sets aside time to meet with constituents, staff members, interest groups, and lobbyists. She said she normally doesn’t get home until 10 or 11 p.m. During her summer recess, she works as an associate attorney at Williams, Welser, Kratcoski and Can, L.L.C., and she holds town hall gatherings and works on-on-one with the people she represents. “As a state legislator, I’m the voice for nearly 130,000 Ohioans who live in my district. I’m their eyes and ears; I’m their heart; and I’m their conscience,” she said.

Tiffany Lipscomb-Jackson ’08 has dealt with some heavy cases in her time as a litigator at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. But through representing foster children in the neglect system and even assaulted 14-year-old Serbian lesbians, she seems satisfied with her work and deservedly so. As part of her commitment to pro bono service, Lipscomb-Jackson works with the Children’s Law Center to assist families seeking to adopt children from the Washington, D.C., foster care system. In 2011, she represented a Washington, D.C. foster mother seeking adoption of a four-year-old foster child who had been in the neglect system since 2008. The child’s birth mother had a 20-year history of drug addiction. Lipscomb-Jackson played a part in successfully filing a petition to have the mother’s birth rights waived for abandoning her child. The child was adopted by the foster mother. In 2012, Lipscomb-Jackson represented a lesbian who sought asylum in the United States after being violently assaulted to unconsciousness at a gay pride parade in Serbia. The client, who was just 14 at the time, was granted asylum. Despite the sensitive case work, Lipscomb-Jackson doesn’t hesitate to admit, “I love my job.”

The problem-solving skills Raj Malik ’98 learned in law school helped him create two startup companies, including one recently bought by Google. Malik and a colleague created KikScore to give consumers confidence when buying from online retailers, who were scored by an algorithm that assigned values to certain data, such as the number of years in business, the kind of shopping experience, the quality of the product, and more. The concept of a reputational score and seal was novel, and they registered the patent for it. The company quickly grew to have more than 1,700 customers from New Zealand to New Jersey and included major industry leading partners, such as Shopify. A phone conversation with one of his law school classmates, Anuj Goswami ’98, proved to be critical in the sale to the Google Trusted Stores Program. Goswami, a partner with Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia, shared details of KikScore’s unique service and business model with a friend high up in Google’s organization. “This sale would not have happened without the introduction made by a longtime friend from Ohio State law school,” Malik said from the Washington, D.C. offices of his next startup venture, Infusd. “I hate to say the trite thing of ‘it’s who you know,’ but it’s critical to build and maintain that network every day.”

Realize The Possibilities

Each first-year class consists of approximately 190 extraordinary students. These students come from a broad range of educational, professional, social, cultural, and economic backgrounds but share in common outstanding

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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.

Enrollment is limited to full-time study, and new law students may begin only in the autumn 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. Members of the committee seek to appropriately weigh both quantitative measures and qualitative


information. 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 well-written personal statements that provide insights about such topics as the applicant’s intellectual potential, life experience, career goals, multicultural or cross-cultural experiences, leadership experiences, personal strengths, extracurricular or community activities, or work background during or after college.

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Admissions Requirements

Early Decision Option

and Timing

The early decision option allows students seeking admission to apply early and receive a decision in mid-December. 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.

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 Application 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. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance should apply at the earliest possible date before Feb. 15. If the class is filled prior to the review of all applications, remaining applicants will be placed on the waitlist.

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. Applicants applying in the early decision option are reviewed using the same criteria as general admissions and are given no advantages over general admission applicants. Students admitted through the Early Decision Option are considered for scholarships on the same basis as students admitted through the regular admissions process.

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. 20, 2013. Students will then receive a decision no later than Jan. 30, 2014. The deposit deadline for students admitted under Early Admission is April 1, 2014. Please note that unlike Early Decision, should the applicant be admitted, the decision is not binding.

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Forever Buckeyes Forever Buckeyes 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.



Scholarships Leadership Scholarships We offer three-year scholarships to incoming high-achieving candidates demonstrating strong leadership potential. Leadership Scholars 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.

Academic Merit 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).

Diversity Enrichment Awards These awards are given to students whose social, economic or experiential backgrounds, and multicultural or cross-cultural experiences, have the potential to enrich the College’s community. Recipients have included students of different ethnicities, cultures, and professional backgrounds.

Moritz Merit Scholarships 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.

Public Service Scholarships These scholarships are awarded to students that have demonstrated a strong commitment to work in the public interest and/or to 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.

Financial Aid A Moritz legal education is an excellent value among nationally ranked law schools. Out-of-state students who graduated from an Ohio high school may qualify for immediate residency. Out-of-state students who relocate to Ohio can apply to be reclassified as state residents after living in Ohio for 12 months. (An entering out-of-state student who is serving in the military, who is leaving military service, or whose spouse is employed on a full-time basis in Ohio while the student is enrolled will often qualify for instant residency.) Consult the University Registrar’s website for more information about residency: http://registrar.osu. edu/Residency/index.asp

2013-14 Annual Tuition & Costs Ohio resident tuition: $28,010 Nonresident tuition: $42,962 Books/supplies: $2,400 Health insurance: $2,300 est. Meals & housing: $9,876 Misc expenses: $6,172 Total Ohio resident: $46,458 Total nonresident: $61,410

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Scholarships and Grants Moritz, through the generosity of friends and alumni, annually awards more than $3.5 million in grant and scholarship assistance. Admitted students are automatically considered for merit scholarship assistance. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Moritz Merit Scholarship, Leadership Awards, Public Interest Awards, Diversity Enrichment Awards, or need-based financial aid must file the appropriate forms and meet the required deadlines. Applicants should complete all financial aid paperwork at the earliest possible date, but no later than Feb.15.

For more information about Moritz scholarships and grants, please visit: financialaid/ Law students also are eligible to apply for several special universitywide scholarships that have specific criteria for the graduate/ professional student.

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. Each year, the interest accrues on the unsubsidized loan while the student is enrolled in law school. Moritz students who find it necessary to borrow additional funds for tuition and/or living expenses can apply for Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loans. These loans, in combination with all other aid, may not exceed the educational costs as determined by Ohio State (see total in box left). Borrowers must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens and pass the program’s credit check. The interest accrues on this Graduate PLUS loan while the student is enrolled in law school.

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.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid In order to qualify for need-based grants from Moritz, and/or the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program, prospective students are required to complete a FAFSA. In order to qualify for needbased grants, interested students must file the FAFSA by Feb. 15. The student is encouraged to file the FAFSA electronically after it becomes available Jan. 1. The FAFSA can be found at: Ohio State’s Federal school code is 003090.


How to

Apply 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. Applicants who wish to be considered for financial assistance should apply at the earliest possible date before Feb. 15. If the class if filled prior to the review of all applications, remaining applicants will be placed on the waitlist.

You may complete an application the following two ways:

1 LSDAS Electronic Application LSAC on the Web is the Law School Admission Council’s web-based version of electronic law school applications. Interested students can register with LSAC at Please call LSAC’s help desk at (215) 968-1393 if encountering any difficulties.

2 Printable Application A downloadable application can be accessed on the Moritz website at: moritzlaw. This application cannot be filed electronically; it must be completed and mailed to the following address:

Moritz College of Law Admissions Office The Ohio State University 55 W. 12th Ave. Columbus, OH 43210-1391

Application materials for universitywide scholarships are available via the Web at:

Admissions: 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 43210-1174, (614) 292-4164 or visit The Cleary Act Annual Crime Report for The Ohio State University can be accessed at


2014 Viewbook

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2014 Viewbook

Our Values In achieving our goal of being a preeminent law school, the College adheres to a series of guiding values that shape our educational programs and strategic decisions.

Excellence and Innovation. A commitment of our faculty and staff to promote excellence in research, teaching, and service to benefit our students, the legal profession, government, and society.

Integrity and Professionalism. Respect, honesty, and personal accountability lie at the heart of what it means to be a member of the legal profession; in our actions, policies, and teaching, we emphasize integrity and professionalism.

Community and Individuality The College maintains a distinctive sense of community, emphasizing cooperation, supportive interactions between and among faculty, students, and staff, and valuing each person as an individual, a commitment that is supported by our small scale and personal atmosphere.

Diversity and Inclusiveness. A recognition that excellence in a legal education as well as in our legal system, institutions, workplaces and communities is enriched by the existence of a diverse environment.

Admissions Office Drinko Hall 55 West 12th Avenue Columbus, OH 43210-1391


Moritz viewbook 2014  
Moritz viewbook 2014