Dean's Message: Opportunity Lies Within


    Rich Simpson


    Opportunity lies within.

    They are three simple words, but at Capital University Law School, they convey a great deal. We believe opportunity lies within our classrooms. Within our faculty. Within our students and our alumni. Within the real-world learning opportunities our students gain from externships, legal clinic work, pro bono service and other experiential learning. 

    And we believe opportunity lies within YOU. The opportunity to make a difference in the world through the unique skills and knowledge you gain with a legal education. The opportunity to lead a successful and rewarding career, either as a practicing attorney or through any of the countless other career paths a legal education makes available.

    Capital offers an extensive curriculum that balances theory and real-world skills; a high-caliber faculty who are as accessible as they are enthusiastic; a downtown metropolitan location in the heart of Ohio's legal and government community; a student-centered philosophy; and an ideal environment for intellectual growth. 

    Extensive Curriculum
    Capital’s extensive curriculum and programs allow you to enroll in our full-time, part-time day or part-time evening programs. Our juris doctor program emphasizes critical skills — legal research, writing, dispute resolution and analysis — that you can apply to a variety of legal and professional careers.

    Our curriculum encompasses more than 120 elective courses, running the gamut of business and commercial law, property, criminal law and procedure, public law, international law, litigation and taxation. Our concentrations and joint degree programs will allow you to focus in an area of the law and expand your knowledge for the legal and business world. You can pursue a concentration in dispute resolution, environmental law, governmental affairs, labor and employment, publicly-held companies, small business entities, and children and family, or you may decide to combine your juris doctor with another degree: LL.M. in Tax, Business, or Business and Tax; Master of Business Administration; Master of Sports Administration/Facility Management; Master of Science in Nursing; or Master of Theology.

    High-caliber Faculty
    First and foremost, our faculty members are teachers, devoted to your education. They are masters at integrating theory and practice. Many of our faculty are nationally recognized legal experts in their fields, and they have published books on topics such as constitutional litigation, contracts, environmental law, remedies, negotiations, marriage and same-sex unions, and African-American males and the law.

    Their articles have appeared in leading law journals across the country, including those at Cornell, Temple, Tulane, Wake Forest, University of Pittsburgh, George Washington, University of Chicago, and Washington & Lee. Faculty scholarship informs their teaching and adds to the intellectual experience you will have at Capital.

    Our location in downtown Columbus, Ohio, provides an ideal environment for your intellectual growth. We are just blocks from the State Capitol, in the heart of Ohio’s government and legal center, which opens the doors to countless opportunities for networking, student internships, externships at large and small law firms, and jobs in area courtsgovernment agenciespublic service and non-profit organizations. Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with modern technology and is near numerous cultural and educational institutions, including the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Columbus College of Art & Design. Plus, we are close to a wide variety of social activities, ranging from nightlife and great restaurants to culture, Columbus Bluejackets professional hockey, Columbus Clippers minor league baseball and much more!

    The Law School’s affiliation with a nationally ranked Midwestern university means students have access to the benefits and services available at Capital University’s main campus in Bexley. These include free or reduced admission to campus events and access to physical education facilities, the university library, health services and personal counseling.

    Student-centered Philosophy
    Capital’s caring and committed faculty and administration support you through your legal education and beyond. From the admission process through post-graduation career assistance, we will work with you as an individual to maximize your potential. We recognize the individual qualities and abilities that set our students apart from others, and we provide numerous programs for you to enhance your education beyond the classroom.

    Complementing your classroom experience are opportunities for involvement in our National Center for Adoption Law & Policy, the only entity of its kind in the nation. Opportunities abound in our clinics, externship programs, law review, and moot court teams, meaning you will gain actual legal experience before leaving the academic world. You also will enjoy the guest lectures, mentorship opportunities and socializing provided by our diverse group of student organizations. And when you are ready to enter the legal world, our Office of Professional Development provides exceptional programming and career counseling services to prepare you to enter the job market. 

    Interested in the opportunities available at Capital University Law School? Contact us today, or come for a visit, and learn which opportunities lie within you! 

    Richard C. Simpson
    Dean and Professor of Law