Moritz at a Glance
Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Named in 2001 for Moritz, a 1961 graduate, in recognition of his support of the school. (Naming News Release)
John Deaver Drinko Hall
Current home of the Moritz College of Law, originally built in 1958 and an expansion was completed in 1993; named for John Deaver Drinko, a Cleveland lawyer and businessman and a 1944 graduate of the College.
Alan C. Michaels, A.B., Harvard College; J.D., Columbia University School of Law; a full-time faculty member at the College since 1995. Michaels became dean in 2008.
Charter member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1901
Held in 1891 in the Franklin County Courthouse with 33 students, including one woman.
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Marshall J. Williams.
First Location on Campus
Orton Hall, 1894.
Elevated to College Status
First Permanent Home on Campus
Page Hall in 1903, built as a result of a gift from Henry Folsom Page.
A Rich Tradition. A Promising Future.
The Moritz College of Law has served the citizens of Ohio and the nation since its establishment in 1891. Since its founding, the college has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by graduates and faculty. The administration of Moritz Law is committed to advancing the quality and reputation of the college through ongoing improvements to the academic program and student services. In keeping with this commitment, Moritz Law launched a new LL.M. program for foreign lawyers in Fall 2007, further internationalizing an already diverse J.D. program.
Ohio State's more than 10,000 law alumni are central to the College's national reputation. Graduates of the College include justices of the Supreme Court of Ohio, federal appeals and district court judges, current and former U.S. senators, U.S. representatives, governors, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, professors at law schools across the country, and prominent attorneys in private practice, government service, and public interest law firms.
Accreditation and Membership
The college is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law School and is a member of the Order of the Coif. The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association is housed at 321 North Clark Street, 21stFloor, Chicago, IL 60654. Its telephone number is 312-988-6738.
Diverse Student Body
Each year there are, on average, 200 students in the entering J.D. class and 15 to 20 in the entering LL.M. class. These students are drawn from throughout the United States and from around the world. In the J.D. Class of 2015, 25 percent of students identify as a person of color. Our students also come from a wide range of religious, socioeconomic, and undergraduate backgrounds.
Expansive Law Library
With a collection of nearly 700,000 volumes and access to a myriad of online resources, the law library is the largest in Ohio and among the largest in the nation.
Members of the faculty are recognized for the quality of their teaching and highly regarded for their expertise and scholarship. The faculty is composed of 50 members. In addition, judges and practitioners from around the country also teach specialized courses as adjunct faculty members. More than a third of permanent faculty members are female and 20 percent are persons of color.
Faculty-Student Ratio of 12:1
The Moritz College of Law has a 12:1 faculty-student ratio, which helps to ensure that students have significant interaction with the faculty. For classes typically taken during the first year, size varies from 18 to 80 students.
Location. Location. Location.
The state capital and 15th largest city in the United States, Columbus is home to federal, state, and municipal courts, five Fortune 500 companies, and more than 700 law firms.
Rich in Resources
The Ohio State University is one of the largest public research institutions in the nation. The comprehensive scope of the University gives students access to a wealth of cultural, educational, and recreational resources.
Tuition at the Moritz College of Law is very competitive among nationally ranked law schools. Entering students from other states may be re-classified as residents after residing in the state for 12 months.