The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law has received an A- ranking for “Best Law Schools for Practical Training” in the spring edition of PreLaw magazine, placing the college in the top third of the nation’s law schools.
The PreLaw magazine rankings are based on experiential learning opportunities. Taking data from the American Bar Association and individual law schools, PreLaw looks at five categories: legal clinics, externships, simulation courses, interschool competitions and “other.”
The rankings place the most weight on clinical experience, at 38 percent. The score was based on the number of clinical seats available compared to the number of students enrolled in the school. At ONU Law, students are guaranteed a spot in one of two law clinics: the civil litigation clinic and the corporate transactional clinic. Both are based in Lima, Ohio, at the ONU Legal Clinic. Under the direction of faculty, these clinics provide free legal services to individuals and organizations that would otherwise not be able to afford legal representation.
Externships were given the second highest weight, at 24 percent. The score was based on the number of positions filled compared to the number of students enrolled in the school. At ONU Law, students are guaranteed a spot in one of 10 different placements: litigation, bankruptcy, environmental, governmental, nonprofit litigation, municipal government, labor and employment, prosecution, public defender, and judicial externships.
“Through ONU law clinics and externships, our students have the unique opportunity to get into the courtroom and work with real clients in real settings,” said Lauren Bartlett, director of legal clinics and assistant professor of law. “The great thing about our program is that our students are guaranteed a position, which helps them enrich their legal educations and add value to their law degrees.”