About Moritz

about-dropdownThe Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is an integral part of one of the world’s great educational institutions. Founded in 1891 and consistently the top-ranked law school in the state of Ohio, the Moritz College of Law has grown into one of the nation’s pre-eminent public law schools and one of the most respected law schools in the world.

A collegial community of approximately 570 students and more than 50 faculty members, Moritz is known for its rigorous academic program, the pioneering research of its world-class faculty, a deep commitment to teaching and professional training, and the development of future leaders.

The college’s more than 10,000 alumni are central to its national reputation. Graduates include justices of the Supreme Court of Ohio, federal appeals and district court judges, 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.

Our alumni are genuinely interested in engaging with and mentoring today’s students. They share a special connection and a desire to help fellow “Moritzers” find professional success.

Likewise, the administration at the Moritz College of Law is committed to advancing the quality and reputation of the college nationally and internationally through ongoing improvements to the academic program and student services.

Our required and upper-level elective curricula provide students with a solid foundation in basic legal principles and ample opportunities to receive practical experience. In three years, J.D. students gain unparalleled instruction through a variety of learning opportunities, including:

  • more than 175 challenging courses and seminars,
  • one of the oldest clinical training programs in the nation,
  • writing for one of five scholarly journals,
  • a moot court and lawyering skills program that regularly produces championship teams, and
  • study abroad programs in Washington, D.C. and Oxford, England.

The Moritz College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1901. It is a member of the Order of the Coif, with graduates joining this prestigious organization’s ranks every spring.

Our Namesake

AlphaM-MoritzMikeandLouAnn19991The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law is named for alumnus Michael E. Moritz ’61 in recognition of the $30 million gift he made to the law school in 2001.A native of Columbus, Moritz earned a B.S. in business administration at Ohio State before attending law school on a scholarship. After graduating at the top of his class, his professional career took off. Moritz was a partner in the Columbus law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP and on the board of directors of Cardinal Health Inc., a multinational health care services provider; Pharmacy Systems Inc.; and the Pickett Hotel Co.Moritz died in 2002 of complications following a car accident. He was 68 years old.The Moritz family has maintained a strong tie to the college since his passing, often attending college events and celebrating the achievements of the Moritz Scholars who benefit from one man’s incredible generosity and inspiration.


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