Countless Achievements Over Past 12 Months
As we settle into another school year at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, I would like to share with you some of the College’s notable achievements over the past 12 months. I am proud of the entire Moritz community – students, alumni, faculty, and staff – and I am confident that you all share the same pride in your law school. We have taken tremendous strides on many fronts to move the College from excellence to eminence.
Strengthening the Curriculum
Our curriculum is a living organism, which is continually adapted and improved to best serve our students. In the spring, the College offered two pilot capstone professional problem-solving courses and an overwhelmingly positive response has led us to continue the courses this school year. Students – by closely interacting with practicing lawyers who are leaders in their fields – are asked to draw upon their critical analysis and skills training learned during law school to further develop the problem-solving skills crucial in law practice. One such course, a transactional simulation focused on advising a client on the risks and opportunities of forming a business or joint venture in China, is taught by Robert Miller, who as the former corporate general counsel/global legal for Procter & Gamble oversaw the company’s international ventures. He is currently of counsel at Jones Day. Jim Davidson ’80, the president of Schottenstein Zox & Dunn and coordinator of that firm’s employment litigation practice area, teaches the Employment Problem course, which addresses problems frequently associated with initial business intake, client expectations, and litigation strategy using a hypothetical suit alleging the theft of trade secrets. We anticipate the addition of two new capstone courses in 2010-11 that will double our capacity for students to benefit from these innovative experiences. In addition, Moritz also will soon begin hiring new faculty members specialized in legal writing and research. The College will benefit from bringing on additional faculty with a primary focus on these essential skills.
Students Again Raise the Bar
The College once again welcomed its strongest academically credentialed J.D. class in its history. Although this is an accolade we have repeated each fall for the past several years, the significance of the message should not be diminished. Each year, our admissions staff is attracting a diverse class of students with outstanding aptitude, character, and set of experiences. The College received more applications from the Class of 2013 (2,703) than any other before it. The 230-person class includes students from 24 states, China, Ghana, and Taiwan. The median LSAT score is 163 and undergraduate GPA is 3.66. Twenty-one percent of the class are minorities, 16 percent are the first generation in their families to have graduated from college, and 10 percent already have advanced degrees. Also, the College’s 3-year-old LL.M. program for foreign-trained lawyers is larger than ever. Our Moritz students continue their success once inside Drinko Hall as well. They are winning key awards, leading national trial practice competitions, and proceeding to secure jobs at prestigious firms, organizations, businesses, and government agencies. Members of the class of 2010 have accepted judicial clerkships, positions in firms of all sizes, and government and public interest positions, including slots in the highly competitive U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program and the U.S. Presidential Management Fellows Program.
As many of you are well aware, our Career Services Office has operated in overdrive during the past two years. New initiatives seem to flow from our staff weekly and these ideas have aided countless Moritz students and recent graduates in finding success in a still challenging job market. New programs of note include the Career Start Grants Program. These grants, which were awarded during the 2009-10 school year, provided Class of 2009 graduates with up to $4,000 while they engaged in significant, sustained activities that provided post-graduate professional experience and helped build their network of professional contacts. Several grant recipients have used the opportunity to successfully transition into full-time employment. Also, the Career Services Office, in just one year, nearly doubled the number of nonprofit and government employers that are eligible to hire our students in a work-study capacity. Most recently, we’ve launched the Moritz Short-term Assistance Registry (STAR). STAR is designed to provide private-sector employers a pool of qualified second- and third-year students and graduates from the Class of 2010 to hire for assistance with short-term projects. We hope these programs will provide additional means for students and recent graduates to gain valuable experience in a difficult job market.
Extensive Faculty Impact
The College’s faculty have consistently been extraordinary teachers and prolific academics. During the past year, Moritz professors raised the bar of excellence once again. The College’s dedication to teaching has paid dividends, as faculty continued to incorporate feedback, skills training, and problem-solving into their classes and tried out other innovative techniques. Collectively our faculty members have published an array of scholarship, including a number of academic press books that were the products of years of research, leading teaching materials that will influence the next generation of lawyers across the country, and numerous notable articles that will impact legal thought in a wide range of areas. It was also a significant year for putting faculty expertise in public service. Our faculty provided counsel and testimony to the White House, Congress, the United Nations, federal administrative agencies, including the FCC and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and argued a case in the U.S. Supreme Court.
As you see, we have plenty to be proud of at Moritz and you, as alumni, should share in these accomplishments. Much of our success can be credited to alumni, from generously supporting new initiatives to letting the College know when positions open where you work. Together, we have created a fantastic community, of which I’m honored to be a member.
Dean and Edwin M. Cooperman Professor of Law