Overview

Applicants
1,575
Acceptance Rate
40%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
255

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
151 - 156

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
23:1
Total Faculty
29

21
Female
14
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

It’s a simple fact: Capital University Law School is “an underrated gem.” Boasting “one of the highest Bar passage rates in Ohio,” a “good practical skills program,” “small classes” and “abundant” resources, it’s easy to understand how the program attracts so many future JDs. Students greatly benefit from “a strong mandatory legal research and writing program, including a mandatory drafting class for 3Ls.” Moreover, beyond the general clinic program, students can take advantage of a fabulous “Foster Youth Advocacy Clinic.” Additionally, those prospective students hoping/needing to work while attending law school will be delighted to discover that Capital “offers [that] rare alternative in legal education, a high-quality part-time evening program.” Students really appreciate the “opportunity to take courses with people who have work experience gives a unique diversity to course discussions.”
Impressively, Capital’s faculty is comprised of “scholars who are nationally known in the areas of family, children’s, environmental, and regulatory law.” Further, a number of professors have “[practical] experience in litigation, negotiation, and public service.” Accessibility is another common attribute of Capital’s faculty and, typically, they are “more than willing to meet with students out of class when necessary.” Students here also find that their professors are “motivated and engaged in the material.” Their “love for teaching is infectious” and they continually find ways to be “creative” in the classroom. And, as one sage third-year explains, “the dedicated professors make all the difference.”
Students certainly have a difference of opinion when it comes to Capital’s administration. As one third-year laments, “The registar’s office needs a lot of help.” He further elaborates, “[A]lmost every semester I attended Capital, it cancelled classes after I registered. During my fall semester of last year four out of five of the classes I wanted to take got cancelled. This semester, a class got cancelled abruptly, with over eighty students registered, because of ‘unforeseen changes in the professor’s personal life.’” However, a second-year argues that the “administration is generally quick to address problems,” and a first-year asserts that they “make great efforts to accommodate the needs of [their] students.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
87%
Median Starting Salary
$59,849
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
95%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
50

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
LAW FIRMS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, BUSINESS & CORPORATE EMPLOYERS

Graduates Employed by Area

46%
Private Practice
21%
Government
19%
Business/Industry
6%
Public Interes
4%
Academic
3%
Judicial Clerkships

Graduates Employed by Region

5%
South
3%
Mountain
1%
International
1%
Mid-Atlantic

Prominent Alumni

David Tannenbaum
Partner, Fulbright Jaworski - Patent Law

Deborah Pryce
U.S. Congress Woman

Paul McNulty
Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Dept. of Justice

Robert Schottenstein
Chairman, CEO, and President of M/I Homes, Inc.

Thomas Baruch
Founder & Managing Director, CMEA Ventures

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Apr 1
Application Deadlines
Feb 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$28,737

% Students Receiving Some Aid
93%

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$10,580
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$898

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
683
Parent Institution Enrollement
4,000

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
9
Average Age at Entry
25

% Out-of-State
27%
% International
1%

Demographics

9.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

61% are full time
39% are part time
46% female
54% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Capital is able to foster a “strong student community.” This can largely be attributed to the fact that it’s “not overly competitive, and the students at the school are all friends.” As a knowing third-year tells us, “We share notes, study suggestions, even outlines. I’ve NEVER seen any underhanded or mean competitive actions.” While there tends to be a divide between full-time first-years and part-time students, another third-year informs us that “as soon as you hit 2L year (even as a full-time day student) you almost always have to take a night course or two.” He continues, “I can’t underscore how valuable this is to class discourse, diversity or students, and networking. CULS also has a number of veterans in the night program, which brings the conversation to a whole different level.”
Outside the classroom, students benefit from CULS’s prime Columbus location. Indeed, the program’s great reputation and proximity to the capital virtually guarantees “amazing externship opportunities.” A third-year explains, “Varieties of positions are available at the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Legislature, Executive branch, numerous agencies, or lobbying organizations.” And, given the “current evolving legal market, public service work continues to be one of the more stable practice areas. [Attending] CULS provides outstanding preparation and networking opportunities.” Beyond the legal world, students can take advantage of all the great entertainment options Columbus offers—from the zoo and aquarium to NHL hockey, the symphony, opera, and numerous restaurants and cafes.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Cassandra B. Jeter-Bailey
Director of Admission, JD & Graduate Law Programs

Address
303 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215-3200

Phone
614-236-6310

Email
admissions@law.capital.edu