The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at the
University is a public law school and charter member of the
American Law Schools.
According to the 2008 U.S. News & World Report
rankings, the Moritz College of Law is 32nd in the nation overall
and is in the top ten among public law schools. The specialty
program in dispute resolution is ranked 5th in the nation. Founded
in 1891 and elevated to college status in 1896, Moritz Fact Sheet
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approximately 9,000 graduates.
Drinko Hall: Home of The Ohio State University Michael E.
Moritz College of Law
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
Traditional fields, such a criminal
, employment law
, labor law
, and international law
available, as well as emerging areas, such as alternative dispute
. The Moritz
College offers the fifth ranked alternative dispute resolution
program, as well as an array of clinical programs. Dual degrees are
sought by a number of students in the more than 100 master's
programs and 90 Ph.D's offered by the university. Certificate
programs are available to practicing attorneys and current students
in international development and trade, dispute resolution, and
Students are encouraged to engage in public service through a
number of activities, like Street Law
educational program for children; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance,
a tax preparation clinic for the poor; and Pro Bono Research Group,
a student led and staffed research program that aids legal aid and
pro bono attorneys throughout Ohio. Financial assistance is
available to reduce the strain of entering public service law
through the Public Interest Law Foundation's Fellows
Program.During the summer, the Moritz College offers
internships and classes in Washington, D.C., Columbus, and classes
at the University of
Oxford, United Kingdom.
Students can take advantage of over 40 student organizations.
National figures routinely appear at the College through a number
of lecture series and a variety of conferences and workshops.
Leading scholars from around the world routinely converge on the
College for conferences and symposia.
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. This remains the largest single gift
to the university. It provides full tuitions and 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 is currently
campaigning 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. It is the only college at The Ohio State University to
operate on semesters.
The Dedication Wall inside the main lobby
Lou's Cafe inside the College of Law from the second floor
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 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
- 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
Moot Court & Lawyering Skills Program
The Moot Court & Lawyering Skills Program
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
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.
The library at the Moritz College houses the 14th largest law
school library collection in the United States and is part of the
College's new wireless network. A donation in 1891 started the
collection which has grown to 750,000 volumes today. The library is
a member of OhioLINK and has access to LexisNexis
, among others. The public is
welcome to use the library as it is the largest law library in the
state of Ohio.
Scholarship in Action
Moritz houses several clinics and centers that focus on a variety
of legal, business, and political issues.
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
- 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.
A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information
is a publication of the Center for
Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies.
Justice for Children
Ensuring that children and their rights are taken seriously, the
Justice for Children Practicum provides students with the
opportunity to represent children in a variety of legal
proceedings. The cases may include abuse and neglect, delinquency,
status offense, custody, and termination of parental rights cases
pending in various courts
Student Housing Legal Clinic
Student Housing Legal Clinic (SHLC) was established in 1999 to
provide free legal advice and representation to OSU students with
The Clinic, an academic partnership between the Office of Student
Affairs and the Moritz College of Law, recognizes that housing
issues can affect the academic success, wellness, retention, and
recruitment of students, as well as the relationship of the
University to the community.
The purpose of the Clinic is to work with students, landlords,
community organizations, and city officials to improve housing
conditions and safety in the University District and surrounding
areas, while providing a unique educational opportunity for law
students to gain practical experience.
The Clinic offers the full continuum of legal services ranging from
counsel and advice to long-term representation.
The Moritz Legislation Clinic provides a front-row view of the
legislative process in the Buckeye State as students work directly
with legislative leaders and their staffs on matters pending or
anticipated to arise before the Ohio House and Senate.
Team-taught by two members of the clinic faculty, the course meets
twice a week. The classroom component focuses on the Ohio
legislative process and on state constitutional law as it affects
the relationship between Ohio courts and the legislature.
Clinical placements (as well as class sessions) teach students how
to research and analyze current and potential legislative issues,
expose them to the challenges of information sharing in a partisan
context, and develop their negotiation and consensus building
Some of the college's notable alumni include:
- Howard M. Metzenbaum, former United States Senator from Ohio
- C. William O'Neill, Speaker of the Ohio House of
Representatives, Ohio Attorney
General, Ohio Governor, and
Court Chief Justice (1942)
- William B. Saxbe, former United States Attorney
General and Ambassador to
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
- Wade L. Hopping, justice of the Florida Supreme
- David A. Katz, United
States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Judge
- 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
- George V. Voinovich, United
States Senator (1961)
- David L. Hobson, United States House of
- Gregory Lockhart - U.S. Attorney for the Southern
District of Ohio.
- Thomas J. Moyer, Ohio Supreme Court Chief
- Paul E. Pfeifer, Ohio Supreme Court Justice (1966)
- Michael G. Oxley, United States House of
- John Garland, president of Central State University
- Erin Moriarty, CBS News/48 Hours reporter (1977)
- Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Ohio Supreme
Court Justice (1978)
- Zack Space, United States House of
- Linda L. Ammons, dean of the Widener University School of
- Brian Sandoval, United
States District Court for the District of Nevada Judge
- Jeffrey S. Sutton, United
States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Judge (1990)
- Mark D. Wagoner, Ohio State Senator
- David P. Dureska, Chair of the Intellectual Property
Department, Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty (1986)
- Sara Lioi, United
States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio Judge