Halle Hara - Capital University Law School

Halle Hara

Professor and Director of Academic Success

Halle Hara


  • J.D., with Honors, The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Ohio University


  • Academic and Lawyering Skills
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Federal Courts


Professor Hara has significant experience teaching law students, having served previously as the full-time Professor and Director of Academic Success at Capital, a Visiting Professor of Legal Research and Writing at Capital, and an Adjunct Skills Professor at the University of Dayton School of Law. She has also mentored new lawyers for ten years through the Ohio Supreme Court Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program. She was honored by the Ohio Supreme Court for her service since the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program’s inception, and she serves on the Program’s Curriculum Subcommittee. Professor Hara assisted in developing and presenting a substantive orientation for incoming Judicial Law Clerks in the United States District Court and has acted as a long-time supervisor to Judicial Externs.

Professor Hara served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph P. Kinneary, the Honorable Donald C. Nugent, the Honorable Terence P. Kemp, and the Honorable Kimberly A. Jolson in the United States District Courts, having previously served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr. in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Honorable John M. Manos in the United States District Court. In private practice, Prof. Hara was a general business litigation associate at Jones Day and Thompson Hine LLP, both in Cleveland, Ohio.

Professor Hara has a record of academic excellence as highlighted by graduating with Honors from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, where she served as the Executive Editor of The Ohio State Law Journal and earned many honors and awards. These include The Ohio State Law Journal Past Editor’s Award, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award, the Law Alumni Special Recognition Award, and “Best Oralist” in the Appellate Advocacy Competition. Prof. Hara scored in the top 5% of all applicants on the July 1998 Ohio Bar Examination and has an extensive writing a publication history, including volumes of signed Opinions and Orders for the United States Courts and articles written and edited for the Gale Group, part of Cengage Learning.

Visit Professor Hara’s podcast and blog at https://www.lawschoolplaybook.com/.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)