With origins dating back to 1935, Ohio State was an early pioneer in clinical legal education. Faculty members of the College have long recognized that problem-solving, factual investigation, counseling, negotiation, mediation, transactional, and litigation skills are best learned by combining the practice of law with classroom education. In the College’s clinical courses, J.D. students represent diverse clients and conduct in-depth legal work, accompanied by an intensive academic experience in the classroom.
Clinic students work closely with faculty who provide expertise in the theory and practice of a particular area of law and help students navigate a hands-on legal experience. Students benefit from an average ratio of one faculty member to eight students, offering a level of learning possible only through close supervision and collaboration.
Clinics are a critical component to developing key and foundational lawyering skills and the formation of a professional identity. Alumni regularly rate clinical courses as their most rewarding and valuable law school experiences.