There are many opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of various areas of law. Our professors are passionate about sharing the most fascinating aspects of their areas of expertise with students in the classroom. Programs, courses, journals, and student groups round out the learning experience for students, giving students freedom to explore their interests and refine their skills.
Clinics and Experiential Learning
Experiential learning allows students to practice critical lawyering skills and to apply the substantive law learned in the classroom in complicated, real-world settings. Moritz offers an array of live-client clinics, simulation-based skills courses, and courses that combine classroom teaching with field-placement projects. In fact, Ohio State helped pioneer clinical legal education in the 1930s.
The seven legal clinics at Ohio State provide second- and third-year J.D. students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working with real clients on real issues. In a legal clinic, students research, investigate, write, counsel, negotiate, and litigate their way to a resolution on behalf of their clients. For more information on the seven clinics at Moritz, please click here.
Ohio State also has an extensive externship program, which is fueled by our location in a state capital and large legal market. Each year, dozens of students serve as judicial externs, working side-by-side with judges and law clerks in judicial chambers. Scores more serve as externs in government agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout Central Ohio. These opportunities allow students to apply their newly acquired legal skills, see the law in action, and build valuable work experience while still in school.
Capstone courses allow third-year law students to “put it all together.” The capstones require students to use the legal knowledge and analysis they developed in the first two years of law school with advanced problem-solving, client relations, and professional judgment. As capstones, these classes are designed to ensure close interaction with practicing lawyers who are leaders in their fields. These limited-enrollment courses require students to take an active role through simulations, exercises, and individual feedback.
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Programs & Other Opportunities
- Advocates for Children
- Capstone Courses
- Capt. Jonathan D. Grassbaugh Veterans Project
- Dispute Resolution and Youth
- Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Governing Board
- Public Interest Law Foundation
- Pro Bono Research Group
- Truancy Mediation Project
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
- Trial practice class confirms alumnus’ decision to pursue career in litigation
- 3L found her stride with Moritz’s nationally-ranked Moot Court program
- As president of OutLaws, 2L strives to create community at Moritz and beyond
- Stepping outside her comfort zone: How one New York native made Columbus home
- 2L finds law school opens new doors of opportunity for making an impact
- Justice for Children Clinic earns asylum for client