Dean's Message: Opportunity Lies Within - Capital University Law School

Dean's Message: Opportunity Lies Within


     Rachel Janutis


    Opportunity Lies Within
    Welcome to Capital University Law School!  At Capital, we believe that opportunity lies within. These are three simple words, but at Capital University Law School, they convey a great deal. We believe opportunity lies within our students, our faculty, our classrooms, and our alumni. We believe that opportunity lies within the real-world experiences our students gain from externships, legal clinic work, pro bono service and other experiential learning.

    Most importantly, 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 lies within you. The opportunity to lead a successful and rewarding career as a lawyer and a leader lies within you.

    Capital offers the tools necessary to recognize the opportunities within you and to develop them to their full potential.

    Extensive Curriculum
    Capital’s extensive curriculum balances advanced courses in emerging areas of law with meaningful experiential opportunities and skills training. For example, Capital was the first law school in Ohio to offer a course in Oil & Gas Law and a concentration in Energy Law. Capital also provides students with robust opportunities for experiential learning such as our extensive externship program, our pro bono honors program, our litigation clinic and our unique Foster Youth Advocacy Clinic. Indeed, National Jurist Magazine named Capital to its first honor roll for law schools that deliver practical training. 

    High-Caliber Faculty
    Capital’s faculty includes full-time professors who are nationally recognized legal experts in their fields. For example, Professor Mark Strasser is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of constitutional law and family law who has published more than 100 articles and books. Professor Jeff Ferriell is a nationally recognized expert in bankruptcy and commercial law who was appointed by the Governor to serve as Ohio’s representative to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Our faculty also includes adjunct faculty members who are leaders of the local bar, bench and industry. For example, recently, United States District Court Magistrate the Honorable Terence P. Kemp, former Director of the State Department of Insurance Mary Jo Hudson, and current Deputy Executive Director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission John Barron, all served on our adjunct faculty. First and foremost, however, all of our faculty members are teachers who are devoted to your education. They are masters at integrating theory and practice. 

    Supportive Alumni
    Capital’s more than 7,000 living alumni provide an extensive network of experienced and accomplished professionals. They include federal and state judges, elected officials and leaders of law firms and corporations. Capital’s alumni live and work within footsteps of the Law School, across the Midwest and the United States and in places as distant as China, Europe and the Middle East. They stand ready to mentor and support you throughout your legal education, and as you prepare for the bar examination and your transition into practice in law school and wherever your professional life takes you.

    Our location in downtown Columbus, Ohio, provides an ideal environment for your intellectual growth. The Law School is located just blocks from the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square, in the heart of Ohio’s government and legal center. The Law School also sits in close proximity to numerous courts, government agencies, public service and non-profit organizations, law firms and corporate headquarters. Our location opens the doors to countless opportunities for networking, externships and pro bono opportunities.

    Student-Centered Philosophy
    I am proud to be a member of Capital’s caring and committed faculty and administration. We will 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 opportunities for you to enhance your education in the classroom and beyond the classroom.

    I encourage you to explore our online community through this website and our social media tree. I invite you to contact us to arrange a visit. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the opportunities that lie within Capital University Law School. I challenge you to learn which opportunities lie within you!

    Rachel M. Janutis
    Dean and Professor of Law 

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