Claude W. Pettit College of Law

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Ohio Northern University
Pettit College of Law
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Parent school Ohio Northern University
Established 1885
School type Private
Dean Richard Bales
Location Ada, Ohio, USA
Enrollment 290
Faculty 62
Website www.law.onu.edu
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Taggart Law Library

Claude W. Pettit College of Law,[1] commonly referred to as ONU Law, is a private, non-profit law school located in Ada, Ohio. Also known as the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law or ONU College of Law, it is the law school of Ohio Northern University, founded in 1871.

The college is centered in newly renovated Tilton Hall, a modern building that houses all law classes and the Taggart Law Library. The College of Law lies at the center of the tree-lined Ohio Northern University campus.


History[edit]

View of Tilton Hall to the West

Founded in 1885, the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law is the second oldest of the nine Ohio law schools and a founding member of the Ohio League of Law Schools. As such, it is one of the oldest law schools in the United States. Prior to 1973, the law school was known as the Warren G. Harding College of Law.[2] It was renamed in honor of Claude W. Pettit, a judge and former dean of the college.[3]

Academics[edit]

Entrance to Tilton Hall (ONU College of Law) at night

The ONU College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.[4][5]

Ranking[edit]

U.S. News & World Report is perhaps the most well-known publisher of unofficial law school rankings. U.S. News listed Ohio Northern's full-time Juris Doctor program as "Rank Not Published" in 2013, adjusted from 135 the year prior.[6] The ABA ranked the law school 85th out of 197 schools for bar admission employment prospects.[7] The law school research website Admissions Dean uses a comprehensive Poll of Polls Ranking system that listed Ohio Northern a rank of 140.[8] Ohio Northern law was ranked 9th in the nation for Government and Public Interest job placement.[9]

Democratic Governance and Rule of Law LL.M.[edit]

ONU Law is home to the Democratic Governance and Rule of Law LL.M. program. The program, founded in 2006, is a subsidized one-year program of study designed for lawyers practicing in the public or non-profit sector. It is open to those whose first law degree was earned from a law school outside the U.S.[10] as well as American lawyers interested in pursuing careers in the international development field. Upon completion of the LL.M., foreign students are required to commit to 2 years further public service upon return to their home countries. The unique curricular scope of the program covers topics relevant to lawyers, judges and public officials in transitioning states, including a strong focus on rule of law reforms.[11]

Post-graduation employment[edit]

According to ONU Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 59.4% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.[12] ONU Law ranked 39th 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.[13]

ONU Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 24%, 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.[14] 81.3% of the Class of 2013 was employed in some capacity while 2.1% were pursuing graduate degrees and 15.6% were unemployed nine months graduation.[12]

The main employment destinations for 2013 ONU Law graduates were Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.[12]

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at ONU Law for the 2014-2015 academic year is $44,893.[15] ONU's tuition and fees on average increased by 3.9% annually over the past five years[16] and the school lowered tuition for the 2014-2015 school year.[17]

The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $199,684.[16] The average indebtedness of the 94% of 2013 ONU Law graduates who took out loans was $103,031.[18]

Notable alumni[edit]

ONU Law student studying in Taggart Law Library

ONU Law alumni have gone on to become judges in 15 states and serve in the United States Senate and a Presidential cabinet. Notable alumni include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the College of Law". Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ohio Northern University at universities.com". Retrieved August 21, 2006. 
  3. ^ "History of the ONU Pettit College of Law". Archived from the original on September 2, 2006. Retrieved August 21, 2006. 
  4. ^ http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/aba_approved_law_schools/by_year_approved.html
  5. ^ http://www.aals.org/about_memberschools.php
  6. ^ http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/ohio-northern-university-pettit-03125
  7. ^ http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2013/03/-full-rankings-bar-admission-required-full-time-long-term.html#more
  8. ^ http://www.admissionsdean.com/law_schools/ohio-northern-university-claude-w-pettit-college-of-law
  9. ^ http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202595078977&slreturn=20130704013520
  10. ^ "LL.M. Program". Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Ohio Northern University - Pettit College of Law". LLM GUIDE. Pritzwalks. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c "Section of Legal Education - Employment Summary Report". American Bar Association. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  13. ^ Leichter, Matt. "Class of 2013 Employment Report". The Law School Tuition Bubble. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ohio Northern University Profile". Law School Transparency. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Financial Aid Information for Law Students (2014-2015)". Ohio Northern University. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Ohio Northern University Profile, Costs". Law School Transparency. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ohio Northern lowers tuition; New England dean lowers his salary". The National Jurist. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Which law school graduates have the most debt?". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Warren Ballentine". 2013 Zoom Information, Inc. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Benjamin Brafman". Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  21. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19991104&id=xQ0wAAAAIBAJ&sjid=3wMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3755,816504
  22. ^ "Anthony J. Celebrezze". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Ralph D. Cole". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "R. Clint Cole". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "Mike Crites". 2013 National Law Forum, LLC. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Robert R. Cupp". Notable Names Data Base. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "Michael DeWine". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  28. ^ "Jane Earll". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  29. ^ "Calvo, Cruz take stances on issues: Lt. Gov. Mike Cruz and Sen. James Espaldon". Pacific Daily News. July 23, 2010. Archived from the original on August 22, 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Simeon D. Fess". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  31. ^ "Gregory L. Frost". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  32. ^ "Robert Franklin Jones". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  33. ^ "Arthur W. Overmyer". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  34. ^ "Homer A. Ramey". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  35. ^ "Tom Reed". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  36. ^ "Scott Rolle". 2013 Maryland State Archives. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 

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