The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is an integral part of one of the world’s great educational institutions. Founded in 1891 and consistently the top-ranked law school in the state of Ohio, the Moritz College of Law has grown into one of the nation’s pre-eminent public law schools and one of the most respected law schools in the world.
A collegial community of approximately 570 students and more than 50 faculty members, Moritz is known for its rigorous academic program, the pioneering research of its world-class faculty, a deep commitment to teaching and professional training, and the development of future leaders.
The college’s more than 10,000 alumni are central to its national reputation. Graduates include justices of the Supreme Court of Ohio, federal appeals and district court judges, U.S. senators, U.S. representatives, governors, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, professors at law schools across the country, and prominent attorneys in private practice, government service, and public interest law firms.
Our alumni are genuinely interested in engaging with and mentoring today’s students. They share a special connection and a desire to help fellow “Moritzers” find professional success.
Likewise, the administration at the Moritz College of Law is committed to advancing the quality and reputation of the college nationally and internationally through ongoing improvements to the academic program and student services.
|Director of admissions||Kathy S. Northern|
|Application deadline||March 31|
|Approximate number of applications||1574|
|Tuition and fees Full-time:||$29,668 per year (in-state)
$44,620 per year (out-of-state)
|Room and board||$13,000|
What follows is the grading policy for JD students. LL.M. students should scroll down further for the grading policy for that program. Students receive both a letter and number grade – for example, 85B. Each number grade corresponds to a specific letter grade (i.e., numbers between 93 and 100 correspond to a letter grade of A.). Further, each letter grade has its own point value on a 4.0 scale.
|Letter Grade||Numerical Grade||Grade Point Value (assigned to the letter grade)|
Grade Distribution Policy
In an effort to treat all students fairly, the Moritz College of Law has a long-standing grade distribution policy. The underlying reasons for the policy are to promote a common faculty-wide grading standard and to reduce instances in which different professors use different grading standards.
The college’s policy suggests the following grade distribution to the teachers of first-year courses:
|D, E||Not more than 4 percent with the direction that a D or E should be given only when inferior performance is clearly demonstrated|
|Honor||% of Class Receiving|
|Order of the Coif||A national honorary scholastic society for lawyers.|
|summa cum laude||Signifies graduation within the upper 3% of the class.|
|magna cum laude||Signifies graduation within the upper 10% of the class.|
|cum laude||Signifies graduation within the upper 25% of the class.|
|Name of Award||Awarded for/to|
|Distinguished Alumna/us Award||Given annually to a Moritz Law graduate for exceptional achievement or outstanding service to the college or community.|
|Outstanding Recent Alumna/us Award||Granted to an individual who has graduated from Moritz Law within the past 10 years whose accomplishments exemplify outstanding professionalism or loyalty to the college community.|
|William K. Thomas Distinguished Jurist Award||Awarded to a current or former judge who has graduated from the college and whose personal integrity and commitment to fairness, freedom, and equality exemplify the highest ideals of the judicial system.|
|Community Service Award||Presented to the Moritz Law graduate who has volunteered significant and sustained time and expertise to assist a local, state, national, or international humanitarian organization.|
|Public Service Award||Awarded to an alumna/us whose public interest career exemplifies a commitment to promote and provide access to the legal system.|
|Alumni Medalist Award||Presented to alumni who have gained distinction as outstanding exponents of a chosen field or profession and who have brought extraordinary credit to the university and significant benefit to mankind.|
|Professional Achievement Award||Awarded to alumni who have superb records of distinguished career accomplishments and who have made outstanding contributions to their professions.|
|Ralph Davenport Mershon Award||Presented to alumni who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to The Ohio State University.|
|William Oxley Thompson Award||Presented to young alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement, or both.|
|Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award||Presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to humanity and who have best exemplified the University’s motto, “Education for Citizenship,” by having performed significant voluntary service to their community beyond the call of business or professional duty.|
|Dan L. Heinlen Award||Presented to those who have realized outstanding achievements in advocating the interests of the university with one or more of its important publics.|
|Josephine Sitterle Failer Award||Presented to those whose voluntary personal involvement has enhanced the quality of student life at the university.|
|Diversity Champion Award (new, 2015)||The award honors alumni who have made a significant and sustained contribution that fosters diversity and inclusion in their broader community and/or organization; recognizing and respecting the value of individual differences such as race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or military service status, gender identity, economic status, political belief, marital status or social background.|
|University Distinguished Service Award||The University Distinguished Award, which began in 1952, is awarded to people who have provided a broad spectrum of services to the University in both official and unofficial capacities.|
Working on a law review is often a rite of passage for many law students. Five legal journals are published by The Ohio State Moritz College of Law. These leading publications publish innovative and relevant scholarly articles by law professors and legal scholars from across the country and around the world as well as student written notes and comments of professional interest to lawyers and policy makers.
The Ohio State Law Journal is a generalist law review publishing legal scholarship in all areas. The journal, which started publication in 1935, is edited by students and publishes eight issues each year. In April 2012, OSLJ launched Furthermore, an online supplement to the print version.
The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. Founded in 1985, the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution (JDR) is a student-edited publication dedicated to the exploration of alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, summary jury trials, and mini-trials.
The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law is a peer-evaluated, faculty-student cooperative venture. Published semiannually, it provides useful, interesting, and provocative commentary on critical issues of interest to the national, and even international, criminal justice community.
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. Published semiannually, it is faculty-edited in collaboration with student editors.
The Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal (OSEBLJ) 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.
Students at Moritz can gain experience in a variety of lawyering skills by competing in the intramural and interscholastic competitions administered by the Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program. The Program’s Director, Elizabeth Sherowski, is assisted by the Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Governing Board, which consists of a Chief Justice, seven Executive Justices, and nine Associate Justices.
The Moot Court & Lawyering Skills Governing Board is responsible for the following intramural competitions at Moritz:
The clinical programs at Moritz provide an approach to clinical education that is distinctive among American law schools. With origins dating back to 1935, Ohio State was an early pioneer in clinical legal education. As a result, faculty members of the College have long recognized that problem-solving, factual investigation, counseling, negotiation, and litigation skills are best learned by combining the actual practice of law with classroom education. J.D. students are able to take responsibility for their own cases, with an intensive academic experience in the classroom.
In the clinics, students work closely with expert faculty to provide essential representation to real clients. Many of the clinics are taught by two-person faculty teams. The faculty both provide expertise in the theory and doctrine of a particular area of law and help students develop hands-on legal experience. Under the guidance and mentoring of faculty, law students get a taste of the satisfactions and challenges of a legal career. In addition, students benefit from an average ratio of one faculty member to eight students, offering a level of learning possible only through such close supervision.
The law school offers the following clinical programs:
Starting Salaries (2015 Graduates Employed Full-Time)
|Private sector (25th-75th percentile)||$ 59,000 - $105,000|
|Median in the private sector||$75,000|
|Median in public service||$50,000|
|Graduates known to be employed at graduation||55.7%|
|Graduates known to be employed ten months after graduation||85.8%|
|Graduates Employed In||Percentage|
|Business and Industry||27.5%|
|Public Interest Organizations||4.1%|
Students may choose between two externship programs: the Judicial Externship Program and the Public Interest/Governmental Externship Program. The goal of both programs is to provide students with valuable, practical experience in an academic setting that monitors the quality of their placements and asks students to reflect critically upon their experiences.
Approximately 30 students per semester work as judicial externs in a number of courts in Central Ohio, including the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Tenth Appellate District, and the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, General, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Divisions.
In addition, the Public Interest Externship Program places approximately 30 students per semester in state and federal governmental agencies and with non-profit organizations.
Students interested in Spring 2017 externships may submit an application, a resume, and a 5-page writing sample to Monte Smith by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Submissions may be made by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by delivering a hard copy to Room 104.
Washington, DC, Summer Program
Each summer, approximately 20 students have the opportunity to take part in the Washington, D.C., Summer Program. Students work in substantive externships in D.C., accompanied by a high-quality academic program and a summer in the nation’s capital. The externship lasts at least seven weeks and students work at least 20 hours per week, in conjunction with taking classes. Students are paired with a supervisor at their externship, and the supervisor ensures that at least 80 percent of the student’s time is substantive work.