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.

Litigation and the Judicial Process


For those who wish to head to the courtroom after graduation, a mastery of procedures and advocacy skills is essential. Of course, civil and criminal litigation also involves substantial pretrial work: investigation, drafting a complaint or motions, discovery, briefing and arguing pre-trial motions.

Moritz offers a wide array of courses to deepen the understanding of the rules and processes, explore theoretical frameworks, practice writing for litigation, and sharpen planning, case management, and trial skills. From Civil Procedure II to Pre-Trial Litigation to Trial Practice to Appellate Advocacy to several litigation clinics, students have numerous opportunities to prepare for a litigation career.

In addition to the full-time faculty, practicing judges and lawyers also teach many of the courses in this area. For example, many of the Trial Practice courses offered at Ohio State are taught by sitting judges. Teaching combines student simulations of various aspects of a jury trial with lectures and videotapes. These classes often are held in our state-of-the-art Frank C. Woodside III Courtroom, which is fully equipped with video and recording technology.

Second- and third-year J.D. students also have an opportunity to gain experience in a variety of lawyering skills by competing in the various intramural and interscholastic lawyering skills competitions. Because Moritz is committed to helping students gain hands-on experience, we currently fields “traveling” teams in about 20 different competitions, including prestigious events in general appellate advocacy, criminal procedure, evidence, labor and employment, civil rights, international law, representation in mediation, and many others.

Find course offerings in this area with our Course Explorer.

Programs & Other Opportunities

From the Briefing Room