Concentrations

  • The Law School's strong curricula offering lets students to focus their legal study in nine areas and receive a Certificate of Concentration along with their J.D. degree.

    Although each concentration has its own requirements, the student must complete eleven (11) to fifteen (15) credits of course work, earn a minimum grade point average in the selected courses, and prepare a major paper on a topic related to the area. On the right is. Additional information may be found in the view book or Manual of Policies and Procedures. Students should feel free to talk with the faculty advisor for each concentration.

    Before beginning a concentration, you must submit an Expression of Interest Form.

    Children and Family Law

    Advisor, Prof. Angela Upchurch  
    This concentration prepares the interested student for practicing law effectively regarding the myriad issues involving families. Issues span infancy to death, including topics of adoption, rights of children, family violence, elder care, and estate planning. This concentration is linked with the Law School's National Center for Adoption Law & Policy and the Family Advocacy Clinic.

    Children and Family Law Concentration Worksheet (PDF) 

     Civil Litigation

    Advisor, Prof. Risa Lazaroff 
    This concentration provides the perfect opportunity for students who are interested in civil litigation.

    Civil Litigation Concentration Worksheet (PDF)
     

    Criminal Litigation

    Advisor, Prof. Scott Anderson  
    This concentration provides the perfect opportunity for students who are interested in criminal litigation.

    Criminal Litigation Concentration Worksheet (PDF) 

    Dispute Resolution

     Advisor, Prof. Floyd Weatherspoon 
    This concentration prepares the interested student for practicing law effectively in today's legal climate where 90% of all cases are settled before pretrial, and in a society that is urging individuals and lawyers to consider alternatives to litigation in the settlement of disputes.

    Dispute Resolution Concentration Worksheet (PDF) 

    Energy Law and Policy Concentration

    Advisor, Prof. Fenner Stewart 
    New discoveries of unconventional natural resource reserves and advancements in cultivation technology have amplified the need for attorneys trained in energy law in the Midwest. Capital University Law School has positioned itself as the newest leader in training law students in this exciting field. This concentration program offers a broad sampling of advanced courses, extra-curricular activities, and research opportunities for students interested in this ever-expanding field of practice. Energy law is no longer focused on traditional notions of ensuring a maximum supply of energy. It has converged with the area of environmental law to include issues arising from sustainable development, environmental impact and climate change. Energy law has developed into a complex web of state, federal and international statutes and regulations. This concentration program will provide Capital University Law Students with the tools necessary to navigate these complexities.

    Energy Law and Policy Concentration Worksheet PDF 

    Environmental Law

    Advisor, Prof. Dennis Hirsch 
    This concentration prepares the interested student for employment in the exciting field of environmental law and policy.  Each course offered in this concentration--especially the Environmental Practicum--emphasizes the building of practical skills.

    Environmental Law Concentration Worksheet (PDF) 

    Governmental Affairs

    Interim Advisor, Prof. Dennis Hirsch 
    Advisor, Prof. Brad Smith 
    This concentration prepares interested students for the challenges of working in government.  While studying the principles of governmental law, students can also take advantage of the law school's proximity to heart of Ohio's government.

    Requirements: The student must complete fifteen (15) credit hours of course work, earn a minimum 2.8 grade point average in the courses taken to satisfy the concentration, fulfill the upper-class writing requirement in an approved course or independent study.

    Required Courses: Administrative Law, Legislation, Local Government Law

    Elective Courses: Agricultural Law, Anti-Trust & Trade Regulation, Consumer Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law, Water Pollution Law and Policy, Air Pollution Law and Policy, Hazardous Waste Law and Policy, Land Use Controls, Immigration and Naturalization Law, Health Law, School Law, State and Local Tax, Unfair Trade Practices, Civil Rights, Election Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Federal Courts, Labor Law, and no more than one of the following--Dispute Resolution, Interviewing and Counseling, Mediation Skills Practicum, Environmental Law Practicum

    Governmental Affairs Concentration Worksheet (PDF) 

    Labor and Employment

    Advisor, Associate Dean Floyd Weatherspoon  
    This concentration provides the perfect opportunity for students who are interested in working in the fields of labor relations, employee rights, employment discrimination, employment relationships, and law governing the workplace. The rich tapestry of Columbus' employment landscape provides outstanding and diverse opportunities for externships and networking with labor unions, management or individual employees.

    Labor and Employment Concentration Worksheet (PDF) 

    Publicly Held Companies and/or Small Business Entities

    Interim Advisor, Prof. Fenner Stewart
    Advisor, Associate Dean Regina Burch
     
    This concentration provides an excellent opportunity for those students with particular interest in business and economic studies. Students explore the relationships among business owners, investors, regulators, and communities.

    Students have the opportunity to focus their studies on small business entities (partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, etc), publicly-held companies, or both.

    Publicly Held Companies and/or Small Business Entities (PDF)