The Career Development Office welcomes you to use our services to help you hire the best students to fill your employment needs. To learn how to become more involved with the Moritz College of Law and its student body, including panel discussions, presentations and receptions, please contact one of our staff members.
About our students
The Moritz College of Law graduates are in high demand. They are employed at more than half of the nation’s 100 largest law firms. Within the past six years, graduates have clerked for the Supreme Courts of the United States and South Africa, and in a broad range of federal courts of appeals and trial courts. Moritz graduates also serve the public as Equal Justice Works Fellows, Skadden Fellows, and a variety of public interest and public sector employers.
In this year’s entering class one hundred fifty-eight students came from 22 states. The median GPA is 3.86, the median LSAT is 164, and 27% are students of color.
Employers can market themselves to our students in many ways:
- Volunteering to conduct mock interviews
- Participating in career services programs relevant to area of practice
- Conducting informational interviews with students
- Working with student groups
- Hosting snacks during final exams
- Hosting an on- or off-campus event
- Sponsoring the purchase of career-related resources
There are two ways to post a job for our students and/or alumni:
- Sign on to 12twenty
- OR -
- Complete the Job Posting/Resume Collection Form
Please include a brief description of the position, contact information, the name of the person to whom candidates should apply, and a list of materials applicants should submit. Rate of pay or salary information is helpful but optional. Unpaid positions are presumed to be in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
For the convenience of employers, on-campus interviewing sessions are offered periodically throughout the year. Fall on-campus interviewing is limited to 2L and 3L students, while spring interviewing programs are also open to our first-year law students.
2023 On-Campus Interview Program (OCI)
Session 1: 7/31-8/4
Session 2: 8/29-8/31
Session 3: 9/12
Session 4: 10/10
Session 5: 11/14
2024 On-Campus Interview Program (OCI), Public Sector Interview Program (PSIP) and Table Talk
OCI is designed for law firms and companies seeking paid employment and PSIP is designed for public interest and government employers. PSIP brings together public interest and public service employers seeking paid and unpaid interns. Both programs can be for summer positions, part-time school year positions (1Ls, 2Ls) or permanent positions (3Ls). These events are held each year in the spring semester. Employers select and interview students.
The Table Talk session allows public sector employers to provide information about their organizations to interested students. Public sector employers may participate in either or both programs. Examples of participating employers include The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Franklin County Public Defender’s Office, Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, Equal Justice Foundation, Industrial Commission of Ohio, Ohio Poverty Law Center, Ohio Department of Mental Health, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
2024 OCI and PSIP
2024 Table Talk
Contact Kim Barker for additional details and to register for these events.
As a member of The National Law School Consortium (NLSC), we hold job fairs in various large U.S. legal markets. NLSC is an association of ten top public law schools from across the United States. Employers who participate in these job fairs include a cross-section of large firms, medium-sized firms, and government employers.
2022 Off-Campus Job Fairs:
- New York City, NY – July 27, 2023
- Washington, D.C. – July 28, 2023
Please contact Beth Watkins in our office if you would like to participate or learn more about the job fairs.
The Moritz Short-term Assistance Registry (STAR) is designed to provide employers a pool of qualified second- and third-year students and graduates from the most recent class to hire for short-term projects. The intent of the program is to provide employers with short-term assistance but no obligation to hire on a continued basis and to give students opportunities to get some relevant practical experience. Such projects could include the following:
- Document review
- Research and writing
- Updating summaries of state and/or federal regulations
- Assisting with writing articles or updating firm newsletters
- Updating firm website
- Filing court documents
Fill out an application. The STAR positions will then be posted and employers may select from the pool of interested applicants. We strongly encourage you to contact Liza Moore if you have any questions. We are interested in your questions as well as your input as to how we can make STAR a valuable opportunity for both participating employers and our students. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Career Development Office adheres to the Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process, stated by The National Association for Law Placement.NALP member employers are expected to follow the guidelines, as well. Questions regarding the application of the NALP guidelines should be directed to Beth Watkins.
Since NALP no longer provides guidance on the timing of offers, Moritz has adopted the following policy, based on significant input from employers who participate in OCI.
Offers of employment resulting from interviews during the fall OCI program, or from other interviews conducted during that time period by NALP member firms or firms hiring for similar positions, shall remain open for at least 14 calendar days from the date of the offer letter. Offers of employment dated before the beginning of OCI will remain open for at least 14 calendar days from the first day of OCI. Students will be encouraged to negotiate with employers for an extension if needed, on a case by case basis, and after consulting with their career services advisor. If an employer does not intend to follow the 14-day time-frame, we ask that the career services office be notified in advance.
We believe these guidelines give employers a reasonably quick response time to their offers and provide students with a reasonable time to explore job opportunities, while also allowing flexibility. We want students to be able to interview with employers who are participating in OCI, which is why the policy calls for firms who have extended offers prior to that time, to begin the 14 day offer period at the beginning of the OCI program.
The above policy does not apply to offers resulting from interviews conducted for positions posted on Symplicity or conducted as part of other interview programs.
Guidelines for Recruiting 1L Students
It is important that students’ attention during their first semester of law school be focused primarily on academics and acclimating to law school life. Therefore, Moritz College of Law encourages employer participation in student professional development activities administered by the Moritz career services office and other programming by faculty or student organizations, but does not recommend activities that are directly related to recruitment. Prospective employers are asked to not initiate formal recruiting contact with 1L students until December 1.
The services of the Moritz College of Law Career Development office are available only to employers who provide equal opportunities for all, in compliance with the policy of The Ohio State University, regardless of sex, age, race, color, gender identity or expression, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, Vietnam-era or other veteran status, except as mandated by pertinent legal requirements. We also follow the Fair Labor Standards Act, which prohibits unpaid internships with for-profit entities.
Directions to Drinko Hall
The Moritz College of Law is located at:
Drinko Hall 55 W. 12th Ave. Columbus, OH 43210
Directions to Drinko Hall
From the north: Take I-71 south to the 11th Avenue exit and turn right (west). Continue for approximately 1.5 miles and turn right on High Street. Turn left immediately onto 12th Avenue. Drinko Hall will be on the left, on the corner of 12th Avenue and High Street.
Alternate route from the north: Take U.S. 23 south to Ohio 315 south. Take Ohio 315 south to the Lane Avenue exit and turn left (east). Continue on Lane Avenue and turn right (south) on High Street. Turn right (west) on 12th Avenue. Drinko Hall is on the left, on the corner of 12th Avenue and High Street.
From the south: Take I-71 north to the exit for Ohio 315 north toward Worthington. Take the exit toward Medical Center Drive/King Avenue, and turn left (north) onto Cannon Drive. Turn right (east) onto West 12th Avenue. Turn left (north) onto Neil Avenue before turning right (east) and resuming along 12th Avenue. Drinko Hall will be on the right, located on 12th Avenue between College Road and High Street.
From the west: Take I-70 east toward downtown, continuing on to I-670 east. Take the exit for Ohio 315 north. Take the exit toward Medical Center Drive/King Avenue, and turn left (north) onto Cannon Drive. Turn right (east) onto West 12th Avenue. Turn left (north) onto Neil Avenue before turning right (east) and resuming along 12th Avenue. Drinko Hall will be on the right, located on 12th Avenue between College Road and High Street.
From the east: Take I-70 west toward downtown. Take I-71 north, and exit at 11th Avenue; turn left (west). Continue for approximately 1.5 miles and turn right on High Street. Turn left immediately onto 12th Avenue. Drinko Hall will be on the left, on the corner of 12th Avenue and High Street.
Directions to the Barrister Club
The Barrister Club is located on the corner of High Street and West 11th Avenue, just south of Drinko Hall. It is on the second floor of the building, above Panera Bread, but must be accessed from the sidewalk along West 11th Avenue. It is marked with a small plaque to the right of the entrance.
Visitors have several parking options:
- The Ohio Union parking garage is located just north of Drinko Hall, adjacent to the Ohio Union, and is accessible from High Street and College Road.
- The South Campus Gateway parking garage is located east of High Street and is accessible from east 9th and 11th avenues.
The nearest and best option for an overnight stay is the Blackwell, the only on-campus hotel and conference center at The Ohio State University. It features more than 150 rooms, its own restaurant, and transportation available to and from Port Columbus International Airport (CMH). Call 866-247-4003 for reservations.
However, with the law school conveniently located near downtown, there are many additional options for an overnight stay. We suggest visiting the Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau for details on where to stay, dine, and visit during your stay.