News Briefs August 2012 - Capital University Law School

News Briefs August 2012

  • SALI and ICWI Draw Students from Across the Country

    During the week of July 30-August 3rd, NCALP and Capital University Law School hosted the Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Institute (ICWI) for law and master level social work students from across the country. This year, ICWI had 28 students attend the week long intensive course, which was taught by Prof. Angela Upchurch. The students were from Capital as well as far away as Arkansas. In addition to child welfare basics, students were immersed in the complex topics of funding, federal policy/law, family relationship/rights, ethics/role conflict, screening/assessment/planning and much more. The week culminated with a mock trial, where students could examine/cross examine witnesses as part of case study and hearing on termination of parental rights.

    Students were enthusiastic about the experiential, interdisciplinary learning opportunities ICWI affords. One student noted, “I have my MSW but never worked in this field. ICWI bridged the gap for me to understand how the social work and law fields work together.” Another praised the new perspectives she gained from participating in ICWI: “It provide[d] the interdisciplinary experience my education was lacking. It was an incredible learning experience.”

    During the week of August 6th-August 10th, NCALP and Capital University Law School hosted the Sixth Annual Summer Adoption Law Institute for law students from across the country. This year, SALI had 32 students attend the week long intensive course taught by Prof. Angela Upchurch. The students were from Capital as well as far away as Nevada. In addition to adoption basics, students learned about parental rights under the U.S. Constitution, assisted reproductive technology, wrongful adoption, race and cultural issues in adoption, and sexual orientation issues in adoption. The class also got to listen to panels consisting of adoptive parents and their adopted children, and birth mothers who have entered into an open adoption with their child’s adoptive family. Students were very complimentary of the class, one student stated, “What a great experience! It was engaging in a way none of my other classes have been. Informative, touching, and stimulating.” Another student commented, “SALI is essential for any law student considering a career in adoption. It is one of the most relevant classes I have taken in my law school career.”


  • Law School graduates most diverse class in its history

    In 1903, when the YMCA founded a Columbus law school that was the precursor of Capital University Law School, one of its founding principles was that it would provide opportunity and access to a legal education to everyone, regardless of social background, ethnicity, race or gender.

    Today, the Law School still makes it a priority to ensure access to a legal education is available to underserved communities, which is one reason the Law School took notice this spring of graduating a class with the largest number of African-American students in its history.

    The Law School conferred degrees to 19 African-American students at the May 20 ceremony, out of a total 171 juris doctor degrees. 

    Law Firm Challenge has highest participation ever

    The 2012 Law Firm Challenge had the highest rate of participation ever in the friendly competition’s seven-year history.

    The Office of Alumni Relations reports that seven of the 22 participating firms reached 100 percent participation and that 70 percent of eligible participants made contributions to the Law School during the 2011-12 fiscal year ending June 30.

    The seven firms achieving 100 percent participation were Baker Hostetler; Benesch; Bricker & Eckler LLP; Maguire & Schneider LLP; Standley Law Group LLP; Taft, Stettinus & Hollister LLP; and Wiles, Boyle, Burkholder & Bringardner Co., LPA.

    A complete break-down of this year’s participating firms can be found on our website.

    CapLaw graduate programs add value to your degree

    In the increasingly competitive legal profession, it helps to have a leg up on the competition. That’s why many working attorneys are considering expanding the value of their JDs by taking additional post-graduate and skills-based coursework at Capital University Law School.

    The Law School offers three LL.M. (Master of Laws) programs: Taxation, Business, and a combination Business and Taxation. The Business LL.M. includes the option of six concentrations: Finance/ Corporate Governance, Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Dispute Resolution and Regulatory.

    All courses are offered in the evening, which makes expanding your marketability in the legal profession convenient.

    Learn more about our LL.M. programs here.

    For a different approach to expanding your skill set, consider the Law School’s Center for Dispute Resolution. The Center offers certificate programs in both dispute resolution and mediation. The next session starts Oct. 15.