The University of Findlay is excited to announce that it has entered into law school articulation agreements with Cleveland State University, the University of Toledo and Ohio Northern University that will save students time and money while earning their Juris Doctor degrees.
This partnership capitalizes on state legislation, passed in 2015, which allows higher learning institutions to join forces to offer enhanced and accelerated learning.
The program, which commences this fall, will enable students to earn their bachelor’s degree at UF and their law degree at one of the other three universities’ premier law schools within six years instead of the seven it typically takes. In this program, students’ senior year at UF will simultaneously represent their first year of law school.
Those who apply for early law school admission will also be considered for full scholarships at those universities.
“This collaboration allows our most gifted and committed pre-law students the chance to attend one of three excellent law schools in Ohio in a more seamless and quicker way,” explained Paul Chwialkowski, Ph.D, UF professor of social science, criminal justice and public administration. “Students will be able to take the LSAT exam earlier and become more familiar with their graduate school programs of choice.”
“We are honored to be partnering with the University of Toledo, Ohio Northern University and Cleveland State University, all of which have worldwide reputations for academic excellence and distinctive law programs that prepare students for successful careers in a wide variety of legal fields,” said UF President Katherine Fell, Ph.D.
UF students must meet minimum academic requirements to be considered for acceptance into the program at one of the other three schools. They must complete 93 credit hours, including all general education requirements for their major, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2.
Brandy Smith, a recent UF graduate who will be attending the University of Toledo College of Law this fall, said she wished the program had been in place when she began her studies. “I would’ve been all over this. It makes it a simplified planned program,” she noted.
University of Toledo College of Law: Founded in 1906, the University of Toledo College of Law is known for hands-on learning and an emphasis on teaching how the law relates to and affects society and people’s lives. A variety of clinical and externship opportunities are offered that provide real-life experience in carefully selected legal environments. Students also hone their legal skills by providing high-quality legal services to individuals and groups in the community.
To learn more about the University of Toledo College of Law, visit http://www.utoledo.edu/law/
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law: Located in downtown Cleveland, the 120-year-old Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is known for its inclusivity and diversity. It was the first law school in Ohio to admit women and one of the first in the state to admit minorities. The institution is known for using state-of-the-art litigation technology via its Trial Courtroom; offers a Solo Law Practice Incubator to assist students with entrepreneurial interests; and offers practical applications of classroom studies through clinics, externships and engagement with thought leaders.
To learn more about the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, visit https://www.law.csuohio.edu/
Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law: Founded in 1885, the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law is known for developing students into ethical, competent and responsible professionals using innovative and collaborative learning techniques. Its clinical placements are distinguished by client interaction and courtroom hours. It also prides itself on a supportive community filled with professional mentors and teamwork among classmates.
To learn more about the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, visit http://law.onu.edu/