Moritz College of Law
|The Ohio State University
Moritz College of Law
|School type||Public university|
|Dean||Alan C. Michaels|
|Location||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
35 adjunct faculty
|Annual tuition||$27,886 for Ohio residents (2011–2012)|
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is a public law school and charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. The school was founded in 1891 and elevated to college status in 1896.
The university has recognized the College of Law through its Selective Investment Grants as a unit worthy of funding for innovative programs and top faculty. Moritz's faculty have been awarded University-wide teaching, diversity, and scholarship awards.
In 2001, the College of Law received a $30 million donation from Michael E. Moritz, a graduate of the Ohio State University and its law school. At the time, it was the largest single gift to the university (in 2011, the university received a $100 million gift from Les Wexner). It provides full tuition grants with stipends to 30 law students, 4 endowed faculty chairs, 3 service awards for students, and a fund for use by the dean. The law school has completed a supplemental campaign to raise an additional $30 million to match Moritz's gift and make further improvements.
The College of Law is located in Drinko Hall at the corner of 12th Avenue and High Street at the South-East corner of the Columbus campus.
According to the College of Law's official 2014 ABA-required disclosures, 73.3% of the Class of 2014 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.
U.S. News & World Report, perhaps the most well-known publisher of unofficial law school rankings, listed Moritz's full-time Juris Doctor program as 31st in the nation in its 2015 rankings. Moritz was also ranked 2nd in the nation for dispute resolution.
Students have the opportunity to write and edit works published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals:
- The Ohio State Law Journal is the oldest (founded in 1935) and most widely cited of the journals published by the Moritz College of Law. It is published six times a year and has many articles online. The journal is permanently archived in the University's Knowledge Bank.
- The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution is an officially sponsored quarterly journal of the American Bar Association. The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution is the leading academic journal in the field of alternative dispute resolution. It is in its 25th year of publication and has won numerous awards in alternative dispute resolution scholarship. Additionally, the journal sponsors the Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution, as well as an annual symposium relating to issues in dispute resolution.
- The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law is a peer-evaluated, faculty-student cooperative venture published by the Michael E. Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. Published semi-annually, it is a forum for important scholarship written by academics and professionals in the criminal justice field. The Journal's purpose is to provide useful, interesting, and provocative commentary on critical issues of interest to the national, and even international, criminal justice community. Each issue includes solicited scholarly articles, in a symposium format with a Guest Editor, written by experts on the subject. Past topics have included policing corporate conduct, capital juries, and the criminal justice system post–September 11. Each issue contains a Commentary section with briefer essays. The journal publishes high-caliber student essays, reviews of books, empirical studies, criminal justice reports, and even reviews of movies and other media.
- I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society is a peer-reviewed journal on the intersection of law, policy, and information technology published jointly with Carnegie Mellon University since 2005.
- The Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal is a semi-annual journal on issues affecting small businesses and entrepreneurship.
Moot Court & Lawyering Skills Program
The Moot Court & Lawyering Skills Program at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law includes intramural competitions and inter-scholastic teams covering various areas of the law. The Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Governing Board is responsible for organizing and administering four intramural competitions: the Herman Moot Court Competition, Colley Trial Practice Competition, the Representation in Mediation Competition, and the Lawrence Negotiations Competition.
The Moot Court Board also oversees the 15 Moot Court teams that compete nationally against other schools, and assists them in their preparation for competition. The teams include: Two teams who compete in the ABA Moot Court Competition, Two teams who compete in the Nationals Moot Court Competition, Two Civil Rights teams, a team who competes in the Jessup International Law competition, and teams in Corporate Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Juvenile Law and Labor Law. In addition, the winners from the Lawrence Negotiations and Representation in Mediation intramural competitions move on to an inter-scholastic regional round.
The Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Governing Board consists of a Chief Justice, four Executive Justices and seven Associate Justices, all of whom are second- and third-year students. The Board has established standing committees to oversee each major competition, and every Associate Justice is assigned as chairperson of a standing committee.
Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies
The Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies offers students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members from both the College of Law and other disciplines on research dealing with critical contemporary policy issues. Three areas are of particular interest:
- Law and humanities, focusing on legal history and culture.
- Law, policy, and social sciences, focusing on empirical research, judicial behavior, and policy influences.
- Law and the information society, focusing on privacy, security, E-government, and E-democracy.
According to the College of Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 59.1% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners. Moritz College of Law ranked 81st out of 201 ABA-approved law schools in terms of the percentage of 2013 graduates with non-school-funded, full-time, long-term, bar passage required jobs nine months after graduation.
The College of Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 16.9%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation. 93.8% of the Class of 2013 was employed in some capacity while 1.3% were pursuing graduate degrees and 4% were unemployed nine months graduation.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at the College of Law for the 2014-2015 academic year is estimated at $49,496 for Ohio residents and $64,448 for non-residents. Moritz College of Law's in-state tuition and fees on average increased by 5.73% annually over the past five years while its non-resident tuition and fees on average increased by 3.55% over the past five years.
The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $185,780. The average indebtedness of the 87% of 2013 College of Law graduates who took out loans was $97,624.
Some of the college's notable alumni include:
- Robert Shaw (Ohio politician), Ohio State Senator, 16th District (1929)
- Howard M. Metzenbaum former United States Senator from Ohio (1941)
- C. William O'Neill, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, Ohio Attorney General, Ohio Governor, and Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice (1942)
- William B. Saxbe, former United States Attorney General and Ambassador to India (1945)
- Robert Duncan, former justice on the Ohio Supreme Court, former judge on the United States Court of Military Appeals, former judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Judge (1952)
- Wade L. Hopping, justice of the Florida Supreme Court (1955)
- David A. Katz, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Judge (1957)
- John (Jack) Creighton, former president & CEO of Weyerhaeuser Co. and chairman and CEO of UAL Corp. (United Airlines) (1957)
- Robert E. Holmes, former justice Ohio Supreme Court (1959)
- George V. Voinovich, United States Senator (1961)
- David L. Hobson, United States House of Representatives (1963)
- Gregory Lockhart - U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
- Thomas J. Moyer, Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice (1964)
- Paul E. Pfeifer, Ohio Supreme Court Justice (1966)
- Michael G. Oxley, United States House of Representatives (1969)
- John Garland, former president of Central State University (1974)
- Erin Moriarty, CBS News/48 Hours reporter (1977)
- Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Ohio Supreme Court Justice (1978)
- Zack Space, United States House of Representatives (1986)
- Linda L. Ammons, dean of the Widener University School of Law (1987)
- Sara Lioi, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Judge (1987)
- Brian Sandoval, Governor of Nevada; former United States District Court for the District of Nevada Judge (1989)
- Jeffrey S. Sutton, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Judge (1990)
- Patrick O. Jefferson, African-American member of the Louisiana House of Representatives; attorney in Arcadia, Louisiana
- Wesley T. Bishop (1995), member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 99 in Orleans Parish; lawyer and academic administrator at Southern University at New Orleans
- Mark D. Wagoner, Ohio State Senator (1997)
- William Moore McCulloch, Republican member of the US House of Representatives from Ohio, 1947-1973. 
- 2000 Selective Investment Grant. Accessed on June 13, 2006.
- 2004 Distinguished Teaching Awards. Accessed on June 13, 2006.
- 2003 University Distinguished Scholar Awards. Accessed on June 13, 2006.
- 2004 University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award. Accessed on July 13, 2006.
- $30M Gift is Largest Single Donation to OSU, onCampus. July 19, 2001. Accessed on June 13, 2006.
- Law Record, Autumn 2005, Dean's Message. Accessed on June 13, 2006.
- "Section of Legal Education - Employment Summary Report". American Bar Association. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. Accessed on June 13, 2006.
- Moritz Announces Journal for the New Information Age, This Month @ Moritz. Accessed on June 13, 2006.
- Student Organizations: Moot Court. Accessed on August 25, 2007.
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- "Sara Lioi". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- "Brian Sandoval". National Governors Association. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- "Jeffrey S. Sutton". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- "Alumnus Patrick Jefferson Takes Office as Louisiana State Representative". Dillard University. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- "Wesley T. Bishop". house.louisiana.gov. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
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