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student-to-faculty ratio, one of the lowest of all U.S. law schools

of ONU Law students come from outside the state of Ohio

on-campus deluxe apartmentstyle housing accommodations for law students

highest in Ohio for Bar required job placement for the class of 2012*

is the average number of students in a first year course

was the year ONU Law was fully accredited by the American Bar Association

was the founding year of ONU Law. 127 years of preparing students for the legal profession

is the average scholarship awarded to the 2012 incoming class

alumni residing and practicing in all 50 U.S. states and abroad

of the incoming class of 2012 identified themselves as minority

school in the country to offer a bar prep course for academic credit

of ONU Law faculty hold a Ph.D. or LL.M. degree in addition to their Juris Doctor

*Mar. 2013 statistics based on National Association for Law Placement (NALP) criteria PG 2

Table of Contents Just the Facts Public Interest Opportunities Clinical Opportunities Clinical Descriptions JD/LLM - International Law & Public Interest Scholarships Financial Aid Life at ONU Law On & Off-Campus Law Housing Admissions Visiting the Law College


“I had a career for a few years before law school, but since coming to ONU, I have felt empowered in a way that I never really did before. I know now that success is in my grasp, and I attribute that in large part to the support and concern of the faculty and the administration at ONU.” [ Verbatim ]

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DREW PUGSLEY, 2L Jefferson, Ohio

Ohio’s 3rd District Court of Appeals Holding Session in ONU Law’s Large Moot Courtroom

Jan. 2013



After the student finishes his or her second year and qualifies for the Ohio Legal Intern Certificate, placements are available in the ONU Legal Clinic in Lima (about 25 miles away and the regional training center) in a general civil clinic (with an emphasis upon domestic relations, disability hearings, and civil matters) or a transactional clinic, where churches and not-for-profit organizations are assisted in their formation, application for federal recognition as a charity, and other operating matters. For example, at the present time, students in the clinic are working to establish a domestic violence shelter by obtaining appropriate legal documents, and assisting in the paperwork relating to the acquisition of properties. Practice externships are available in myriad settings: public defenders and prosecutors, civil litigation with a county prosecutor, work with hospitals, with the Ohio Environmental Council in Columbus, and with bankruptcy trustees, attorneys, and judges. In each of these settings students are supervised by attorneys with extensive experience in their respective fields. In all internship or practice externship placements, students may enroll for three or six credits, requiring 112 or 224 hours of work, respectively. All clinical students also participate in tutorials and grand rounds with staff to explore broader issues of professional training. For example, the two topics explored within the grand rounds this year included maintaining chamber and office confidences and conflicts of interest in practice.

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The objective of the Clinical programs is to produce students who are ready to practice law in public interest settings.

ONU Law’s off-campus Public Interest Legal Clinic - Lima, Ohio


9 Concentrations Bankruptcy and Commerical Law Civil Litigation Corporate Law Criminal Law International Law Public Law and Policy Real Property Law Small Firm General Practice Taxation

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11 Clinical Placements

THROUGH EXTENSIVE EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, WE TEACH OUR STUDENTS NOT ONLY TO THINK LIKE LAWYERS, BUT ALSO TO ACT AND REACT LIKE THEM. Bankruptcy Clinic Criminal Law Clinic Corporate Transactions Clinic Environmental Law Clinic Governmental Law Clinic Judicial Externships Municipal Government Clinic Non-Profit Litigation Clinic ONU Public Interest Legal Clinic Prosecution Clinic Public Defender Clinic

Our clinical placement programs pair you with a practitioner, judge, prosecutor, or public defender to mentor you throughout your entire experience. You will be challenged to participate in client meetings, trials, settlements, and pleadings. WWW.LAW.ONU.EDU >> ADMISSIONS

Clinical Descriptions BANKRUPTCY CLINIC: Students in the Bankruptcy Clinic will be assigned to either a bankruptcy practitioner or a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Trustee. They will engage in drafting petitions and pleadings, researching, and making court appearances in Federal Bankruptcy Court. CRIMINAL LAW CLINIC: Students will be assigned to either a local municipal prosecutor or public defender and will represent either the state of Ohio or qualified defendants in criminal misdemeanors. This clinic involves court appearances under the supervision of a licensed practicing prosecutor or public defender. Students also may work for the Federal Public Defender’s Office or a U.S. Attorney. ENVIRONMENTAL CLINIC: Students will be assigned to a nonprofit environmental organization. They will engage in research, drafting of pleadings, and other legal and lobbying activities undertaken by the organization under the supervision of a licensed practicing attorney.

CORPORATE TRANSACTIONAL CLINIC: The Transactional Clinic is an in-house clinic staffed by a faculty member. Students will engage in the representation of churches and other nonprofit organizations in matters such as incorporations, mergers and consolidations, tax-exempt filings with the IRS, real estate matters, and other risk management issues. ONU LEGAL CLINIC: The ONU Legal Clinic is an in-house clinic staffed by a faculty member. Students will represent lower income clients in a variety of civil matters, including divorce, child custody, social security and disability benefits applications, wills, and consumer fraud issues. LITIGATION CLINIC: The representation of clients in civil litigation matters such as family law, landlord/tenant and other general civil litigation matters at a local legal aid organization under the supervision of practicing attorneys affiliated with the legal aid organization. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 58 hours of law college credit and an intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAW 1248 (Civil Practice: an Introduction). MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT CLINIC: Students work with Municipal Government Solicitors or City Law Directors on civil litigation and criminal litigation issues arising within the context of a municipal government. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAW 1400 (Municipal Corporations).

GOVERNMENTAL CLINIC: Students may work for a variety of governmental agencies and will engage in research and other legal drafting as required by the organization in question. The student will be under the supervision of a practicing governmental attorney.

NON-PROFIT LITIGATION CLINIC: Under the supervision of practicing attorneys or administrators, students will provide assistance to non-profit agencies on legal issues confronting them. Prerequisites: Successful completion of 58 hours of law college credit and an intern certificate from the Supreme Court of Ohio. Prerequisite or co-requisite: LAW 1248 (Civil Practice: an Introduction).

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: Students will be assigned to either a state or federal judge and will engage in research and legal drafting as well as observation of court proceedings in the court in question.

PUBLIC DEFENDER CLINIC: Placement in a public defender office involves the representation of criminal defendants under the supervision of a licensed practicing attorney. Prerequisite LAW 1296 (Criminal Practice: An Introduction) or LAW 1297 (Criminal Practice: Advanced).

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JD/LLM in International Law - Public Service

CONCURRENT JD/LLM – Full-Time Only The concurrent JD/LLM program in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law is characteristic of the way ONU prepares students for careers in public service. As a part of this exciting course of study the concurrent students spend two summers in public service externships, first in the United States and then overseas. These externships are with law reform, human rights or development organizations and have included Save the Children, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, Transparency International, Free the Slaves and CARE USA. Overseas concurrent students have worked in Rwanda, Georgia, Liberia, Kosovo, Tanzania and Kenya. These externships have both provided invaluable experience for the students as well as demonstrated to future employers their commitment to public service. Concurrent JD/ LLM graduates have gone on to a variety of positions, including judicial clerkships, international development organizations, the World Bank, and multi-national corporations. ONU’s history of training lawyers for public service goes well beyond the borders of Ohio and the United States, as the law school provides opportunities to serve around the world.

REPRESENTATIVE COURSES Comparative Administrative Law Comparative Constitutional Law Competitiveness and Corruption International Business Transactions International Commercial Arbitration Law International Law of Non-Governmental Organizations International Human Rights International Law Law of War Legal Issues in Transitional Democracies International Comparative Law International Criminal Law International Law of Terrorism

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You are a highly qualified candidate. Your success to date is both noteworthy and impressive. ONU Law offers more than 4 million dollars in scholarships and grants to all three class years. With completion of a full review of your application, you could be qualified for significant scholarships and/or grants. Our average award for the 2012 entering class was $25,500. Our application for admission is free, so there is really no cause not to apply and see what offer we are able to make for you. ONU Law prides itself on its fair scholarship policies, which can be found on the next page. All scholarships and grants are renewable. We are seeking well-rounded students like you and we understand the importance of making your dream to become an attorney financially attainable. This is why Ada’s low cost of living, which is well below the state and national averages, might be a great benefit to you and your legal education. TO APPLY, CLICK HERE: PG 9 PG 3


Financial Aid ONU Law continues to provide a premier legal education at a marginal cost. We remain the lowest private law school tuition of Ohio’s nine law colleges. As a private institution, all students pay the same tuition rates despite permanent state of residence. To offset the cost of tuition, ONU Law offers competitive scholarships and grants to qualified candidates. For the last two years, ONU Law has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships and grants to students in all three class years.


The cost of living may factor into your overall decision on where to attend law school. The cost of living in Ada, Ohio is well below both the state and national averages. The average cost for law students renting a two-bedroom apartment in Ada is near $550.00/month.

Scholarships & Grants SCHOLARSHIPS

ONU Law awards merit-based scholarships to highly qualified students each year. These awards recognize exceptional students who possess outstanding academic credentials, diverse backgrounds, and leadership abilities that indicate the applicant’s potential to excel in all aspects of the law school experience. To be considered for an ONU Law scholarship, you must submit the application for admission and all documents required within.


ONU Law awards a limited number of need-based grants to students whose Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) indicates significant need for assistance. Applicants must submit a FAFSA at the earliest possible date after Jan. 1, 2013.


Students who exceed their predictors their first year and do exceptionally well have the opportunity for an increase in their award offer for their second and third years. Students entering without an award offer their first year who do exceptionally well also have the opportunity to receive scholarships for their second and third years.


ONU Law reserves funding to be awarded to students wanting to transfer to ONU Law after their first year of law school. Awards are based on a full review of the students’ application and academic history.


Ohio resident and non-resident tuition: $33,684 Estimated expense for textbooks: $2,500

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Networking Event, January Term 2013 PG 5

Taggart Law Library, South Wing PG 6

Life at ONU Law Ada, Ohio provides a quaint, small-town atmosphere that complements the friendly environment found on campus. Ada offers few distractions – perfect for the rigorous study of law. When law students take a break from the rigors of their legal studies, the village offers affordable entertainment. The Ada Theatre shows first-run movies in a classic setting with $4 admission. Students satisfy their hunger at a variety of local restaurants offering menu options from Chinese to Mexican and several local pizza joints. The Inn at Ohio Northern University offers deluxe accommodations for visiting family and friends, dining options, and a pub. For a change of atmosphere, students can travel to nearby cities like Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Ft. Wayne, Louisville, and Toledo. PG 13


Housing, On & Off-Campus


Ohio Northern University and the Village of Ada offer many housing options for Law students. More than 48 deluxe oncampus apartments are available for law and graduate students looking for the convenience of campus living. VIEW A VIDEO OF OUR ON-CAMPUS HOUSING AT:

LEARN MORE For photos and floor plans of on-campus housing or information about off-campus living, go to >> Admissions >> Housing.


The Village of Ada provides inexpensive off-campus housing and a cost of living well below the national average. Monthly rental fees can range from $350-$600 depending on your preferences. Most rental locations are within walking distance to the College of Law, restaurants, and other shops along Main Street in Ada. PG 14


NO APPLICATION FEE Deadline: Aug. 15, 2013


Dec. 1, 2012: Admittance decisions sent on rolling basis Jan. 1, 2013: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available – Please complete Feb. 1, 2013: Invitations to interview for the Summer Starter Program sent on rolling basis June 11, 2013: June LSAT administration – we accept June scores Aug. 15, 2013: Deadline to apply

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AND SEE WHY YOUR PEERS CHOOSE ONU LAW • Speak with an Admissions Counselor • Tour the law college • Attend a first year class • Lunch or coffee with current students* • Meet with Financial Aid* • Meet with Career Services* *Based upon availability

To schedule a visit, go to >> Admissions and submit the online form. Call toll free: 1-877-452-9668 E-mail:



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9th in Nation - Public Interest & Gov. Job Placement  

9th in Nation - Public Interest & Gov. Job Placement

9th in Nation - Public Interest & Gov. Job Placement  

9th in Nation - Public Interest & Gov. Job Placement