Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law

525 South Main Street, Ada, OH 45810 | Google Map

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Founded 1885 | ABA Accredited 1948

Nationally recognized as one of the most innovative law schools in 2012, ONU Law is preparing students for 21st century practice. As one of the smallest law schools in the country, we are redefining what it means to have the "ultimate law school experience". Accessible, nationally recognized faculty, consistently strong bar passage and employment statistics, and a curriculum that melds theory with practice are all qualities that define "who we are."

A Personal Approach to Legal Education:

Our 10:1 student to faculty ratio allows for some of the most engaging student-to-faculty interaction in the country. ONU Law has faculty who were trained at the top law schools in the country and who have used their training in courtrooms throughout the United States. They are eager to convey their knowledge and experience to our students. A smaller student body means you are not wasting time waiting to meet with professors. Faculty members know their students by name and care about their success, both in and out of the classroom. At ONU Law, you are not just a number. Learn more about our faculty

Academic Support:

ONU Law is proud of the strength of its academic support program. From the first day of orientation to graduation, you have a team of faculty, staff and current students looking after you. Each new law student is assigned a faculty mentor and a fellow upperclassman peer advisor. In addition both our Director and Assistant Director of Academic Support are available to assist you in your course of study. This team is built to provide you with the resources you need to succeed in law school. All major first year courses or upper level courses that cover subjects typically tested on the bar are complimented with Teaching Assistants (TA?s), who are second or third year students who did exceptionally well in that same class. They hold weekly review sessions and are available for one-on-one academic counseling. Discover more about our Academic Support Programs

Melding Theory with Practice:

Our curriculum has been developed to teach students the necessary skills needed to become proficient practitioners. We expect our students to obtain 10 credit hours of skills training during their time in law school. Our skills courses are designed to provide students with the professional skills needed to practice the law. A vital component of skills training is hands on practice experience. ONU Law?s 7 outstanding clinical placement programs allow students the opportunity to delve into the field and get the experience that will help set them apart after graduation. It provides them with the knowledge and expertise that our graduates and alumni are known for. ONU Law has provided clinical education opportunities for students for over 40 years and we continue to be on the forefront of experiential education.

A Beautiful Campus within a Supportive Community:

Ada, Ohio is the ideal place in which to study law. Its rural location allows for few distractions, yet its central location allows for easy access to more than 10 major U.S. cities, all within easy driving distance. (Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne, Detroit, and Louisville, among others) Ada?s quaint and small town college feel allows students to become easily acclimated to the area, letting them spend the necessary time focusing on their studies.

The university is known for its picturesque beauty, built on 342 acres filled with large trees, beautiful ponds and lush green plant life. Ohio Northern Law is settled on the main University?s campus and is a central point on the academic side of campus. We invite you to schedule a campus visit, and discover moe about ONU Law.


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