Diversity in Columbus

  • Capital embodies a close community of students, faculty, and administrators who support one another and who strive to be the best. I am excited because this years’ student body will include a good balance of men and women, students of color, and students with regional roots that span the geography of the nation.

    Capital University Law School has strong connections with the legal community. Most of Ohio’s major firms have offices in downtown Columbus. As Ohio’s capital city, Columbus is home to the Ohio Supreme Court, the state legislature, and numerous state agencies including the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Indeed, Columbus presents an excellent opportunity to network and start a career in the legal field.

    “In its recent report, BET.com said Columbus drew praise for its reasonable cost of living, diverse neighborhoods, low crime rate and the $34,000 median annual income among black households. It said nearly a fifth of blacks in the city held bachelor's degrees or higher and just 16 percent of blacks 25 and older lacked a high school diploma, making it an attractive destination for well-educated blacks.

    About a quarter of the city's 700,000 residents is black.

    In its 2001 survey, BET.com previously picked Columbus tops in the nation for black families.”

    -- Columbus Business First  

    In addition to Columbus being a thriving place for African Americans, the city is becoming increasingly attractive to the Hispanic, Asian and Pacific American, and many other ethnic populations. Columbus, the 15th largest city in the United States, is recognized as an emerging city one of the most welcoming cities in the country.


    Here is a list of upcoming events in the Columbus area:


    •  January 30, 2013: Columbus Bar Association’s 1st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Symposium followed by a 4:45 p.m. BLSA Image Award Reception honoring Columbus mayor Michael Coleman.  (http://www.cbalaw.org/calendar/2013-01/2467)
    •  January 30, 2013: Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Presents: Making the Most of Mentoring (Presented by: Jones Day) - 12:00 noon in Room 208
    •  February 7, 2013: BLSA (BLack Law Student Association), AALAA (African American Law Alumni Association), and JMLBA (John Mercer Langston Bar Association) will host a Happy Hour at T. Murray’s 
    •  February 15, 2013: Deadline for the Bricker & Eckler LLP Charles H. Walker Scholarship (http://www.bricker.com/about-us/WalkerScholarship.aspx)
    •  February 15, 2013: Deadline for the Supreme Court of Ohio Summer Externship Program 
    •  February 16, 2013: Columbus Bar Association Minority Clerkship Program Interviews (http://www.cbalaw.org/_files/diversity/2013MCPStudentCalendar.pdf)   
    •  March 7, 2013: David D. White Reception (hosted by the Porter Wright law firm) 
    •  May 4, 2013: The Ohio Hispanic Coalition will celebrate Fiesta Mexicana at Bicentennial Park in downtown Columbus from 12:00 noon until 10:00 p.m.