The Public Service Law Center is an integral part of the college’s mission to educate outstanding legal professionals while improving the delivery of legal services and the administration of justice. It works to achieve these goals by educating students and the broader legal community about access-to-justice issues, developing a wide range of legal service opportunities for students, promoting research and scholarship concerning improvements to the administration of justice, fostering greater coordination and synergy among the College’s various public service initiatives and supporting students, faculty, and alumni engaged in all forms of public service.
Renovated in 2012, the Dinsmore & Shohl Student Commons provides a home base for law students in Drinko Hall. Students gather to study, relax between classes, or grab an item from their lockers. Various student groups maintain office space off of the commons, including the five student-run law journals: Ohio State Law Journal, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, and Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal.
The moot courtroom contains state-of-the-art equipment to support the practice of lawyering skills in a realistic environment. The law school boasts a long tradition of excellence in intramural and interscholastic moot court and alternative dispute resolution competitions, fielding more than 20 traveling teams each year. In recent years, Ohio State students have won numerous regional and national titles.
The Barrister Club is a conference facility for the law school community located at 25 W. 11th Ave. It is the site for Mentoring and More @ Moritz programming, which places law students in mentoring relationships with practicing attorneys whose careers reflect the highest ideals of the profession, and the Program on Law and Leadership, which organizes speakers and training workshops to strengthen leadership skills. The club also hosts symposia, academic conferences, reunions, and alumni tailgates.
Like the College itself, our law library also is named after Michael Moritz ’61, one of our most generous benefactors. Today, the library holds nearly 750,000 volumes, making it the largest law library in Ohio and one of the largest in the country. Law students have access to it 24 hours a day. Study carrels, comfortable seating areas, and small study rooms are interspersed throughout the library.
The William B. Saxbe Law Auditorium brings together students, faculty, and staff for engaging guest lecturers, stimulating symposia, and spirited community events. Recent visitors to address and take questions from students include Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia; former U.S. Sen. Paul Sarbanes; and Bryan Stevenson, an award-winning public interest lawyer, among others. The auditorium honors William Saxbe ’48, a former U.S. Senator and U.S. Attorney General.
With a student-faculty ratio of 13 to 1 and more than 150 courses and seminars, Ohio State law students study and work closely with a world-class faculty. The faculty is comprised of experienced practitioners, accomplished researchers, and nationally respected policy experts. But above all, they are teachers who transform students into professionals capable of assuming responsibility in the legal profession across the world.
Named after a former faculty member who believed deeply in informal student-faculty interaction, Lou’s Café is a popular, comfortable hangout. Students find the café a great place to take a break and socialize with friends. It features delicious take-out items, fresh salads, sandwiches, homemade soups, snacks, coffee, and cold beverages.
On the corner of 12th Avenue and High Street, toward the southeast corner of campus of The Ohio State University and just steps away from the Oval, you will find the main entrance to the law school – where an Ohio State education prepares students for success in law practice, business, government and public service, and more.