Claude W. Pettit College of Law
Ohio Northern University Claude Pettit College of Law, commonly referred to as ONU Law, is a private, non-profit law school located in Ada, Ohio. It is the law school of Ohio Northern University, and the second oldest law school in Ohio, founded in 1885.
|Ohio Northern University|
Pettit College of Law
|Parent school||Ohio Northern University|
|Dean||Charles H. Rose III|
|Location||Ada, Ohio, USA|
The college is centered in newly renovated Tilton Hall, a modern building that houses all law classes and the Taggart Law Library. The College of Law lies at the center of the tree-lined Ohio Northern University campus.
Founded in 1885, the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law is the second oldest of the nine Ohio law schools and a founding member of the Ohio League of Law Schools. As such, it is one of the oldest law schools in the United States. It was named in honor of Claude W. Pettit, a judge and former dean of the college.
The ONU College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2019, the law school was ranked 136 by the U.S. News & World Report. 
ONU law students can choose from nine specialized tracks, 12 guaranteed clinical and externship placements and more than 115+ course options while also expanding their experience by studying abroad, participating in Law Review, accepting research and teaching assistantships, participating in pro bono programs or taking an active role in Moot Court. ONU Law is regarded for its ability to blend legal theory with practical training.
Democratic Governance and Rule of Law LL.M.Edit
ONU Law is home to the Democratic Governance and Rule of Law LL.M. program. The program, founded in 2006, is a subsidized one-year program of study designed for lawyers practicing in the public or non-profit sector. It is open to those whose first law degree was earned from a law school outside the U.S. as well as American lawyers interested in pursuing careers in the international development field. Upon completion of the LL.M., foreign students are required to commit to 2 years further public service upon return to their home countries. The unique curricular scope of the program covers topics relevant to lawyers, judges and public officials in transitioning states, including a strong focus on rule of law reforms.
According to ONU Law's official ABA-required disclosures, 75% of the 2016 graduating class was employed in full-time professional positions 10 months after graduation (68% in bar passage required or JD advantage positions). Positions were in various size law firms, federal and local judicial clerkships, public interest, government, higher education, and businesses.
The cost of tuition at ONU Law for the 2018-19 academic year is $28,250.
ONU Law alumni have gone on to become federal and state judges in 15 states, and to serve in the United States Senate and a Presidential cabinet. The Governor of Ohio is an alumnus. Notable alumni include:
- Benjamin Brafman (b. 1948), Class of 1974; criminal defense attorney, attorney for former International Monetary Fund Head Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Harvey Weinstein.
- William J. Brown (b. 1940), youngest Attorney General in Ohio.
- Anthony J. Celebrezze (1910–1998), Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Secretary of U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations.
- Ralph D. Cole (1873–1932), U.S. Representative from Ohio, brother of Raymond Clinton Cole.
- Raymond Clinton Cole (1870-1957), Republican politician who became a U.S. Representative from Ohio and was the brother of Ralph Cole.
- Mike Crites (b. 1948), Republican politician and former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
- Robert R. Cupp (b. 1950), Justice, Ohio Supreme Court; Judge, Ohio Court of Appeals, 3rd Appellate District; State Senate, Ohio.
- Michael DeWine (b. 1947), U.S. Senate, Ohio from 1995 to 2007; former Attorney General of the State of Ohio. Governor of State of Ohio.
- Jane M. Earll (b. 1958), Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who has represented the 49th District since 1997.
- James Espaldon (b. 1956), Guamanian politician and 2010 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Guam.
- Simeon D. Fess (1861–1936), class of 1894; dean of ONU Law from 1896–1900; served as a U.S. Representative from Ohio and in the U.S. Senate from Ohio for twelve years.
- Gregory L. Frost (b. 1949), federal judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio.
- Stephanie L. Haines, (b.1969), Nominee for U.S. Federal Judge, Western District of Pennsylvania
- Robert Franklin Jones (1907–1968), class of 1929; a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
- Edward S. Matthias, justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio
- Arthur W. Overmyer (1879–1952), a U.S. Representative from Ohio, and a judge on the Ohio Court of Appeals.
- Homer A. Ramey (1891–1960), a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
- Tom Reed (b. 1971); a U.S. Representative from New York; former mayor of Corning, New York.
- Scott Rolle (b. 1961), class of 1987; State's Attorney for Frederick County, Maryland from 1995 to 2007. Judge of the Circuit Court for Frederick County, Maryland 2014–present. LTC, United States Army Reserve, 2001–present 
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