Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of Law

Ohio Northern University - Claude W. Pettit College of Law

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At Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, we help you personalize your pursuit of a legal education. As an ONU Law student, you'll be guided by a faculty committed to bringing out the best within you. You can create your professional identity and discover your future in a place that feels like home. Students are never just a number. People call you by name and care about your successes – in the classroom, on the bar exam, and in the workforce.

Our private law school provides one of the best "practice-ready" educations available at an almost public school price point. Our student-centered programs focus on the connection between doctrine and the practice of law. We provide 100% guaranteed clinical and externship opportunities, giving students the chance to obtain real-world experience before entering into practice. They become master advocates by participating in our Moot Court programs, representing ONU Law across the United States.  

Approachability is the hallmark of ONU Law. Our faculty is committed to developing your legal and analytical skills, and they do so by opening their doors and connecting one-on-one. With our low 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you'll find all your professors to be supportive and engaged. They'll know your career goals and provide you with the skills and connections to make a difference in the world.

ONU Law tuition rates are among the lowest in the Midwest among private law schools, giving you less debt upon graduation. We promise a legal education of value, which means strong bar passage and job placement rates, a strong academic support program and, most of all, graduating with the competitive skills training that makes the law come alive.

As the second oldest law school in Ohio, ONU Law has been devoted to preparing students for legal practice since 1885. While the world and our college have evolved since ONU Law was founded, our commitment to strong graduate outcomes remains unchanged. We are proud of our graduates' success on the bar exam – in Ohio and across the country.

Following the July 2019 exam, ONU Law ranked first among Ohio's nine law schools for first-time bar passage. Every ONU Law student taking the bar for the first time passed, resulting in a 100% passage rate. ONU Law also had a 100% passage rate in 10 other jurisdictions.

ONU Law was recognized by preLaw magazine as one of the “Best Schools for Public Service,” specifically in the government category, based on employment data, curriculum, tuition, debt and loan repayment options. With guaranteed opportunities for clinics and externships, combined with affordable tuition and low cost of living, ONU Law graduates are well-prepared to answer the call to service in public interest and government jobs. Our graduates join a loyal network of more than 5,300 alumni practicing in all 50 U.S. states and abroad.

ONU Law is a unique place where students, world-class faculty and staff work together to create a phenomenal learning experience. Here, you can develop the skills to make a difference, regardless of where you want to go with your law degree. 

Admission Profile
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75th Percentile1543.57
25th Percentile1463.00
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Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$22000
Percent receiving grants90.00%
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Employment & Bar Exam Profile
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Post-grad employment 74.00%
NJ Employment[field_nj_employment_rate]
Bar Passage76.19%
Academic Profile
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy
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