In 2016, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law celebrates 125 years

of educating future lawyers, shaping legal scholarship, and serving the community. A week exploring the University Archives revealed a narrative of fast growth, steadfast commitment by alumni, innovation in the classroom, and groundbreaking legal research and scholarship.

In reality, Moritz is fairly young for a major land grant university law school in the Midwest. Classes were first held in 1891. Our friends in Cincinnati founded their law school in 1833. That school up north - 1859. Throughout the 1880s, intense state politics and lobbying by Ohio University and Miami University delayed the founding of Ohio's flagship university, making it the last of the Big 10 schools to be created. As an aside, the same political battle also is the reason the The in the university's name is famously capitalized (an act of the legislature in 1878). ”


125 Most Influential People and Ideas

Innovative teachers. Ground-breaking scholars. Senators. Judges. Lawyer-leaders. All honed their craft and skills at Ohio State law over the past 125 years. Over the next several months, we will reveal the 125 Most Influential People and Ideas of our quasquicentennial. Watch this space for frequent updates.