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Ohio Northern University (Claude W. Pettit College of Law)




Founded in 1885, the College of Law has enjoyed a rich and distinguished history. Many outstanding legal scholars have passed through its doors and gone on to serve as lawyers, judges, scholars, senators, and congressmen.

The college consists of a team of scholars, teachers, and administrators working together to enhance the students' education and transition into the profession.

The college town of Ada, Ohio is as much a part of
Ohio Northern University as ONU is a part of the
town. The College of Law however, has crafted a
network that transcends Northwestern Ohio and
embraces regional, national and global perspectives
through its unwavering commitment to diversity.

With a nationally recognized faculty, championship moot court teams, a library with over three hundred and seventy–five thousand volumes, our school is set apart from the competition. Ultimately, we pride ourselves
on a high standard created by small classes, individualized attention and professors who know you by name. Our extremely low student/ faculty ratio allows us to serve each student–teaching them in small classes, working with them one-on-one in our offices, directing them in independent projects, and vigorously debating with them in the lounges and hallways about the latest developments in the law.

Our faculty combines top-flight academic credentials and years of experience as practicing attorneys with a love for classroom teaching and a commitment to accessibility and personal interaction with students. Thus, they are widely recognized for maintaining an emphasis on quality teaching, while still achieving national and international acclaim in their areas of scholarship and service.

The Ohio Northern University College of Law has
both a demanding and diverse curriculum to meet
the changing professional needs of potential employers.
We offer a range of elective courses that will enable
students to explore their interests and help with
preparation for specialized bar requirements.

The core curriculum of the first year is traditional. The courses include a wide range of substantive fields suited to the development of analytical skills essential
to practicing law. Private and public law, judicial and legislative processes, and research and writing are all subsumed in this curriculum. The focus is on teaching
students how to learn and how to use knowledge and skills to solve problems.
The lawyer’s responsibility to clients and society also is explored in the context of substantive courses. The goals are to teach critical thinking, persuasive reasoning, effective communication, creative problem solving, social awareness, and professional responsibility. This challenge stimulates both student and teacher.

Ohio Northern University offers a three-year, full-time program leading to the Juris Doctorate degree. The degree is conferred upon the successful completion of 87 semester hours of legal study. Students who finish law school with a grade point average of 3.60 or higher graduate with high distinction. Those who finish with an average of 3.30 or higher graduate with distinction.

The educational program provides graduates with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of American law. The law college's traditional strength is its broad-based general practice curriculum. Students are given the opportunity to develop broad skills in criminal and civil practice areas through many elective courses including trial advocacy, introduction to civil practice and introduction to criminal practice. However, a program of study with a concentration in certain areas of law is possible due to the unique combinations of faculty experience and expertise. Students develop strong backgrounds in a number of areas by combining coursework with out-of-classroom opportunities.

The first year and a half of the program of study is comprised almost entirely of required courses. The Socratic method of teaching is often used in conjunction with the casebook method to effect this learning process. Cases are studied not only to teach legal rules in a partwular subject, but to give special emphasis to the development ofanalytic techniques used by any lawyer. Class preparations and discussions are intended to teach law students to analyze, compare and synthesize these cases.

Ohio Northern prides itself on the rich diversity that is represented in its student body, and the uniqueness of life experience which each student brings to the classroom. Our campus community offers many opportunities for the students to both celebrate their own individuality and to enrich one another through an exchange of perspective. Ohio Northern has committed itself to offering a nurturing environment where each student can realize their full potential.



School name:Ohio Northern UniversityClaude W. Pettit College of Law
Address:525 S. Main St.
Zip & city:OH 45810 Ohio
Phone:419-772-2211
Web:http://www.law.onu.edu
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