Moritz law program to place grads at leading national corporations

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law has announced the creation of the Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program. The new program will place graduates with general counsel at leading national corporations. Among the program's inaugural participants are American Electric Power, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Scotts Miracle-Gro.

“Historically, law firms have provided most of the legal profession's most post-graduate training opportunities,” Patricia R. Hatler, executive vice president, chief legal and governance officer at Nationwide said. “As corporations become an increasing share of the legal employment universe, it is important for in-house legal departments to participate in more formal, post-graduate educational opportunities.”

The fellowships are expected to last nine to twelve months, with graduates participating in group and client meetings and interacting with both corporation and outside lawyers. In addition, each fellow will be assigned a mentor for the duration of the program.

“We continue to introduce new programs that expand the opportunities for our students and graduates,” Alan Michaels, dean of Moritz College of Law said. “ This initiative will not only give our graduates a terrific career-building experience, but it will also allow Moritz and partner corporations to strengthen our relationships and benefit one another.”