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.

Legal Profession and Ethics


Lawyers are bound by a code of professional responsibility. Every lawyer in the country must take a written exam on professional responsibility, in addition to the bar exam, before he or she can be admitted to the bar. But ethical lawyering about more than just the code.

Ohio State offers an outstanding place to study the law and principles of the practice of law. In many of these courses, students explore issues such as conflicts of interest, duties of confidentiality, unauthorized practice of law, attorney-client privilege, work product immunity, and fraud. As part of the requirements for a J.D., students must pass a professional responsibility course.

Because many students have limited exposure to the legal field before entering law school, we strive to develop programs that help students understand the different types of legal sectors, what lawyers do on a daily basis, and what ethical dilemmas they are likely to encounter over the course of their careers.

Mentoring and More @ Moritz serves as a bridge between the theory and practice of law and helps students develop professional judgment. Students learn by example from mentors who care deeply about improving law and its administration, have high expectations for themselves and their colleagues in the profession, and are willing to help guide those who follow them into the profession. Students participating in the mentoring program are placed in mentoring groups, with each group based on student interest and mentor background/practice area.

Find course offerings in this area with our Course Explorer.

Programs & Other Opportunities

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