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. Additional information may be found in the Manual of Policies and Procedures. Students should feel free to discuss questions and interest 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. Mark Strasser
    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, Assoc. Dean 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)   



    Environmental and Energy Law
    Advisor, Prof. Dennis Hirsch

    Environmental and Energy Law Concentration Worksheet (PDF) 


    Governmental Affairs
    Advisor, Prof. Stanton G. Darling, II 
    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.

    Governmental Affairs Concentration Worksheet (PDF) 


    Labor and Employment
    Advisor, Assoc. 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
    Advisor, Prof. Michael Distelhorst
    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 Small Business Concentration Worksheet (PDF)