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Moritz Fellows FAQ

Fellowship positions are for graduating law students of the Moritz College of Law.

Fellowship positions are posted on the College’s Symplicity system beginning in the first semester of a student’s third year and continue as received through graduation.

The number of fellowship positions will vary from year to year. Each year new corporate partners are introduced to the program and current partners evaluate their staffing needs. The program aims to have 10 to 15 fellowship positions annually.

Yes. Corporate partners pay the salary of Moritz fellows.

If you accept a Moritz Corporate Fellowship, you are expected to fulfill your obligation to the corporation. The specific times will be discussed between you and the corporate partner, but each fellowship is expected to last twelve months.

Corporate Partners FAQ

Much like a judicial clerkship, a corporate fellowship lasts for one year. The specific start and end dates will be discussed and agreed to by the corporation and the fellow.

After a fellowship position is posted within the Moritz College of Law on the College’s Symplicity system, according to criteria established by the corporation in consultation with Moritz’s Office of Career Development, corporate partners select candidates to interview and proceed with a typical hiring process. Corporate partners have sole discretion as to whom they hire.

Yes. Corporate fellows are paid by the corporations that hire them at a level commensurate with service as a fellow.

Recent Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program partners include:  American Electric Power, DSW, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Honda North America, L Brands, Key Bank, Nationwide Insurance, OhioHealth, Schottenstein Property Group, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and The Wendy’s Company.

At Designer Brands, we want to ensure that each fellow received a well-rounded introduction to the practice of law. We’ve created a formal curriculum around various substantive areas of the law whereby we provide in-depth teachings from lawyers, paralegals, and business partners. The purpose of this curriculum is to provide the “why” we do things- not just the “how.”

Bill Jordan

Nationwide is pleased to have participated in the OSU Fellowship program since 2011. The program provides recent grads with insight and hands-on experience working in a large, corporate legal department with diversified practice areas. We provide Fellows with a variety of assignments and experiences, in addition to strong mentorship and guidance from our attorneys. In return, Nationwide benefits by identifying strong talent to add to our team. It’s a win-win both for Nationwide and the Fellows, and we’re glad to be part of it.

Mark Howard
Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

The Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program fits perfectly with AEP’s long-standing support for academic institutions in the communities we serve and provides an innovative program that aligns with our Legal Department’s mission to provide the highest quality legal services in the most cost-effective way. This program offers us the opportunity to nurture emerging legal talent through direct exposure to the cutting-edge legal issues that our lawyers and staff face every day and to do so in a way that makes sound economic sense to us.

Mike Miller
Retired Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary American Electric Power

Interested students and potential corporate partners should contact:

"I have really loved this job.  In particular, I have really enjoyed working for [my mentor]. He has really been a great mentor and seems to really care about my career.  When I was first applying for different fellowship positions, I had wondered if I might be missing out on certain career development opportunities by not working at a law firm, but my position at URPC has been a great learning opportunity.  I’ve been exposed to many experiences and opportunities that might not have otherwise been available to me at this stage in my career.  I am really grateful that  Moritz has the fellowship program."

Jill Fridley

[The Fellowship] is an  unparalleled opportunity to work in-house.   I have friends at law schools, such as Duke, Yale, and Harvard, and they  are envious of this program.  It gives  you the opportunity to work at world-class companies, bottom line.

Charlotte Buck

DSW has been an excellent employer for the Fellowship program.  Bill Jordan (DSW’s General Counsel) is very cognizant of the program’s goals and is constantly searching for opportunities to enhance my experience as a fellow.  I have worked on many high-level projects that few first-year attorneys are exposed to.

Stephen Tanner