- Academic Information
With approximately 145 classes offered annually, Ohio State students have a rich array of courses from which to choose. The college’s full-time faculty, plus a select group of adjunct faculty, bring to the classroom a depth and range of expertise and a commitment to teaching.
The curriculum of the Moritz College of Law is designed to provide a strong theoretical and analytical foundation, as well as multiple opportunities for developing and honing students’ lawyering skills. Though the first-year curriculum is completely pre scribed, the majority of the 88 credit hours required for graduation are elective, thereby allowing students to focus on areas of special interest.
A notable feature of the Moritz Law curriculum is the number of courses that have enrollments of 40 students or fewer. In the spring of the first year, Legal Writing and Analysis classes are taught by members of the regular, tenure-track and clinical-track faculty in sections of just 18-20 students. First-year students also are placed in a substantive law course in which the enrollment is approximately 35-40 students.
A number of upper-level courses, especially clinical offerings and seminars, also are taught in small sections, usually with enrollments of less than 20 students. Student enrollment in each entering LL.M. class is capped at 25 to provide for similar enhanced interaction with faculty and classmates.
The opportunity for Moritz Law students to enroll in classes with limited enrollment enhances interaction with the faculty and fellow students. At many law schools, it is uncommon for faculty to work intensely with first-year students. At Moritz Law, faculty members typically are able to develop enough familiarity with the quality of a student’s work that a helpful letter of recommendation can be written by the faculty member at the end of the academic year.
Following the first year, students are required to enroll in Appellate Advocacy I; a Legal Profession course; a seminar course; and a second writing or skills course. In these upper-level required courses, students further develop skills in the areas of research, writing, and oral advocacy and gain an increased understanding of the ethical issues related to the practice of law.
Moritz students may earn transfer credit for courses successfully completed at other ABA-approved law schools. Faculty Rules 9.43 and 9.44 govern the awarding of transfer credit. Moritz students may also earn transfer credit for courses successfully completed at foreign institutions with high academic standards in accordance with the process outlined in Faculty Rule 9.45. Students may gain additional information about transfer credit from the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. The Faculty Rules can be found in the Student Directory provided to each student during the Fall semester.
What Academic Honors Signify
- Summa Cum Laude signifies graduation within the upper 3% of the class.
- Magna Cum Laude signifies graduation within the upper 10% of the class.
- Cum Laude signifies graduation within the upper 25% of the class.
- Graduates within the upper 10% of the class are also eligible for election to Order of the Coif, a national honorary scholastic society for lawyers.