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Capital University Law School is an ABA-accredited private law school located in downtown Columbus, Ohio.[3] The law school is affiliated with Capital University, the oldest university in Central Ohio and one of the oldest and largest Lutheran-affiliated universities in North America.[4]

Capital University Law School
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Established1903
School typePrivate
DeanRachel M. Janutis
LocationColumbus, Ohio, USA
Enrollment277[1]
Faculty83
Bar pass rate87.81% average (2010-2014)[2]
Websitewww.law.capital.edu
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The school was voted a "Best Value Law School" on the basis of tuition by the National Jurist magazine in 2009.[5] In 2011, the National Jurist magazine, as well as PreLaw magazine named Capital as one of the nation’s top law schools in preparing students for legal careers in public service.[6] In 2012, the magazines listed Capital as one of the nation’s top law schools in terms of preparing its students for the bar exam.[7] In 2014, Capital was named to the National Jurist Magazine's "Honor Roll" of law schools that provide practical legal education.[8] In 2015, Capital was once again listed in the National Jurist Magazine's "Honor Roll" of law schools that deliver a practical, experiential legal education.[9] In 2019, PreLaw magazine listed Capital Law as one of the top law schools in the country for practical training and alternate dispute resolution.[10]

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HistoryEdit

Capital University Law School transformed from the Columbus Law School, which was founded in 1903, as part of a national program sponsored by the YMCA to make legal education practical, accessible, and affordable.[3] Since its affiliation with Capital University in 1966, the law school has grown. Its faculty now stands at 83 and its Law Library holdings have increased to more than 265,000 volumes, periodicals, and microfilms.[1]

LocationEdit

Capital University Law School is located in the heart of the Discovery District of Columbus, Ohio. This is near the Ohio Statehouse, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and other offices giving direct access to a variety of diverse internships, externships, and other real-world legal educational opportunities.

The law school building's front entrance is framed by elaborate polished brass relief artwork, commissioned by a well known artist, depicting a ship, most likely the Santa Maria, and surrounded by vintage Art-Deco era accents. At the suggestion and assistance of law school alumnus Michael A Massa, Dean Jack Guttenberg created a Wall of Class Portraits in the front lobby of the law school building in 2006.

AcademicsEdit

Capital University Law School has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1950 and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1983.[11][12] The student-faculty ratio is 8:1.[1] The law school has been a charter member of the League of Ohio Law Schools since 1934.[3]

Capital's 2013 entering class was composed of 164 students.[13] Capital Law School maintains a Juris Doctor, an LL.M. in Business, an LL.M. in Taxation, and an LL.M. in Business and Taxation.[14] The school's J.D. program has a full-time day division, as well as a part-time day and a part-time evening division. The J.D. program has concentrations in children and family law, civil litigation, criminal litigation, dispute resolution, environmental law, governmental affairs, labor and employment law, and small business entities publicly held companies. Students in the J.D. program may also avail themselves to joint degree programs in: Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, and Master of Theology.

Capital Law is home to The Family and Youth Law Center and the Center for Dispute Resolution. Capital University Law School also serves the legal profession and business professionals through certificate programs (paralegal, legal nurse consultant, life care planner, as well as mediation and dispute resolution) and a variety of scholarly symposia and conferences that offer continuing legal education credit. Capital also offers a general litigation clinic, a mediation clinic, a family advocacy clinic, and a small business clinic.

Bar passageEdit

Capital’s average Ohio bar passage rate for first time takers of exams administered from 2010 through 2014 was 87.81 percent - the third highest of Ohio's nine law schools.[15] Capital has the highest Ohio bar passage rate among private law schools in Ohio among first-time test takers.[15]

PeopleEdit

A variety of notable Capital Law faculty and alumni have made significant contributions on the local, state and national levels.

Notable facultyEdit

  • Bradley A. Smith - former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission from 2000 to 2005
  • Jack Guttenberg - a legal writer, an expert on professional responsibility, and a co-author of the authoritative source on the Ohio new law of professional conduct for attorneys, Ohio Law of Professional Conduct.

A 2008 survey of faculty scholarship conducted by Roger Williams University School of Law found Capital's faculty to be one of the most productive scholarly faculties in the nation.[16]

Notable alumniEdit

Employment ProspectsEdit

Capital University's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 17.8%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[18]

CostsEdit

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Capital University Law School for the 2019-2020 academic year is approximately $57,924 for a full-time student.[19] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $215,108.[20]

RankingsEdit

U.S. News & World Report listed Capital's full-time Juris Doctor program as "Rank Not Published" in 2018, although its part-time Juris Doctor program was ranked 55th in the nation.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/capital-university-03122
  2. ^ "Bar Passage Rate - Capital University Law School". Law.capital.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  3. ^ a b c "Our History - Capital University Law School". Law.capital.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  4. ^ [1] Archived February 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "National Jurist - September 2009". Nxtbook.com. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  6. ^ "Best schools for public service". the National Jurist. 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  7. ^ "News - Capital University Law School". Law.capital.edu. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  8. ^ "60 law schools earn top honors for practical training". the National Jurist. 2014-02-20. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  9. ^ "News - Capital University Law School". Law.capital.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  10. ^ https://law.capital.edu/News.aspx?id=2147484337
  11. ^ "ABA-Approved Law Schools | Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar". Americanbar.org. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  12. ^ "Member Schools - Association of American Law Schools | The Association of American Law Schools". Aals.org. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  13. ^ "Class Profile - Capital University Law School". Law.capital.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  14. ^ [2] Archived July 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ a b "Bar Passage Rate - Capital University Law School". Law.capital.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  16. ^ "Capital University Law School Dean's Annual Report 2007-2008" (PDF). Law.capital.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  17. ^ "Jennifer Brunner". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 26 March 2013.
  18. ^ "Capital University Profile". 1stscorereports.com. Retrieved 2015-08-13.
  19. ^ "Cost of Attendance Tables - Capital University Law School". law.capital.edu.
  20. ^ "Capital University". www.lstreports.com.
  21. ^ Capital University. "Capital University | Best Law School | US News". Grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. Retrieved 2015-08-13.

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