CHAPTER 2 – ADMISSIONS

2.01. Report of Admissions Committee.

The Admissions Committee shall annually recommend for faculty adoption Criteria and
Procedures relating to admissions of candidates for the J.D. degree.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 16, 1995 and September 3,
2003.

2.02. Admission Application Requirements for the J.D. Program.

A. Traditional Process. Except for applicants admitted under Rule 2.02 (B) or (C), an applicant for admission to the College of Law to pursue the J.D. degree must complete the College’s application form, take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), submit a transcript from each college or university the applicant attended, have completed or will complete a B.A. or its equivalent prior to law school matriculation and meet any other requirements the Admissions Committee may impose. If it is impossible for the applicant to take the LSAT, the Admissions Committee may waive the LSAT requirement. Applications for residents and nonresidents shall be identical.

B. Alternate Standardized Test Admissions Option. Each year, a limited number of applicants who are currently enrolled at The Ohio State University – Columbus campus, or who are or will be enrolled in an OSU graduate degree program, may be eligible for admission pursuant to an Alternate Standardized Test Admissions Option. Under this option, an applicant for admission to the College of Law to pursue the J.D. degree must complete the College’s application form, submit a transcript from each college or university the applicant attended, submit a copy of the appropriate alternative standardized test score (ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT), and meet any other requirements the Admissions Committee may impose. An applicant who is applying to the J.D. Program as a transfer from the LL.M. Program does not need to have taken the LSAT.

C. Pathway to Law: 3 + 3 B.A./J.D. Program. Each year, applicants who are enrolled in the University’s Pathway to Law 3 + 3 B.A. /J.D. program may be eligible for admission to the College of Law to pursue a J.D. degree. Under the Pathway to Law option, the applicant must complete the College’s application for, take the Law School Admission Test, submit a transcript from each college or university the applicant attended, submit appropriate documentation of participation in the Pathway to Law Program, and meet any other requirements the Admission Committee may impose.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 16, 1995, September 3, 2003,
November 13, 2014, April 2, 2015, and May 7, 2015.

2.03. Criteria for Selection of Applicants to the J.D. Program.

In evaluating an application of a candidate for the J.D. degree, the most important factors are the applicant’s academic potential for law school work, which is usually best evidenced by the applicant’s transcript and LSAT score, and the applicant’s potential to contribute to the profession and to the intellectual life of the College. In assessing an applicant’s potential for success in law school and for contributing to the profession and intellectual life of the College, consideration will also be given to other indicators of academic or professional potential such as trend in undergraduate grades, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, leadership abilities, significant outside time demands, public service activities, work experience, life experience, and similar factors. Believing that a diverse student body is important to the educational life and mission of the College and to the profession as a whole, the College of Law shall provide full opportunities for admission by qualified members of groups (including racial and ethnic minorities) which bring diverse backgrounds to the study of law and its role in our society. To this end, racial and ethnic minority status will be considered among those factors weighed in the admissions process.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 16, 1995, November 6, 1996,
October 22, 1997, and September 3, 2003.

2.04. Bar Admission Requirements.

Each applicant for the J.D. program shall be advised to secure information regarding character and other qualifications for admission to the Bar of the state in which the applicant intends to practice.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 16, 1995, March 17, 1999, and
September 3, 2003.

2.05. Beginning Students Must Commence in First Semester.

Students who wish to pursue the J. D. degree must begin their study of law in the first semester.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 16, 1995 and September 3,
2003.

2.06. Applicants Who Have Attended Another Law School, Admission to the First-Year Class of
the J.D. Program.

An applicant to the J.D. program who has attended another law school may apply for admission to the first-year class. Such applicants will be evaluated in accordance with the Criteria and Procedures adopted for the entering class for which admittance is sought. In applying those criteria, the applicant’s previous law school experience will be considered. An
applicant admitted under this Rule enters the College as a first-year student, but, with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, may be given credit for and need not repeat previously completed law school courses in which the applicant received a grade of C or better.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 16, 1995 and September 3,
2003.

2.07. Admission of Students With Advanced Standing to the J.D. Program.

An applicant for admission with advanced standing to the J.D. program shall be admitted only on the basis of successful performance for at least one academic year at a law school approved or provisionally approved by the American Bar Association or at a law school outside the United States if the quality of the educational program at the foreign law school is at least equal to that required for an American Bar Association approved school. The admission standards for beginning students in this College shall be considered together with the academic record achieved by the applicant at the law school from which transfer is requested. Students presenting credit earned at another law school may be admitted at the beginning of any semester in which it is possible for them to fit into the curricular pattern for this College.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 16, 1995 and September 3,
2003.

2.08. Credit Allowed Students With Advanced Standing.

In all cases in which the student is admitted with advanced standing to this College, the law school work or foreign legal education which has been completed will be evaluated in light of the curricular offerings of this College. The decision concerning the extent to which credits previously earned may be transferred and applied toward a degree from this College lies in the discretion of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or his or her designee, with the following restrictions:
(1)          for transfer students from non-ABA approved law schools or from foreign law schools, the number of credits transferred may not exceed one-third of the total required for graduation, as set forth in Faculty Rules 3.07 and 5.04; and
(2)          for transfer students from ABA-approved law schools, the number of credits transferred may not exceed the number of credits awarded to a full-time first-year student at the College.
(3)          all transfer credits must comply with the standard articulated in Faculty Rule 9.52.

Source: Faculty minutes, December 16, 1995, November 12, 1997, March 17, 1999,
September 3, 2003, December 9, 2008, and October 5, 2017.

2.09. Admission of Transient Students.

Students who are earning their law degrees from another institution may be admitted as transient students at the College of Law for one or two semesters, with the approval of the Admissions Committee.

Source: Faculty minutes, March 17, 1999.

2.10. Admission of Special Students.

Graduates with law degrees may be admitted to the College of Law for the purpose of taking selected courses with the permission of the instructors of such courses and approval of the Dean or the Dean’s designee. Students enrolled in the Graduate School of The Ohio State University may register in courses offered by the College of Law, provided that registration is approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and Dean of the College of Law or their designees.

Source: College of Law Bulletins, 1967-68 through 1973-74. Faculty
minutes, December 16, 1995, February 16, 1996, and March 17, 1999.

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