Capital University Law School


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 About Capital Law School  


Opportunity lies within at Capital University Law School.


It's within the school. The classroom. The legal profession. Opportunity also is within our students, faculty, alumni and the entire CapLaw community. Opportunity to learn. To grow. To make a difference in society and in the legal profession.


Capital University Law School offers five degree programs: a juris doctor, an LL.M. in tax, an LL.M. in business, an LL.M. in business and tax, and a masters in taxation. Capital University Law School's current enrollment includes 642 JD students and 15 LLM/MT students.


It also offers four non-degree programs: paralegal, life care planner, legal nurse consultant and a certificate in mediation and dispute resolution.


Capital University Law School is distinguished by its location in the Discovery District in the heart of downtown Columbus, which gives its students unique access to the Central Ohio legal community and to state, county, local and federal government. This results in exceptional opportunities for students to gain practical, real-world legal experience through internships, externships, pro bono work and other hands-on experiences.


Bar passage is a fundamental benchmark for any law school. In the past five years, Capital University Law School has been second among Ohio law schools for bar passage among first-time test takers, with 88.78 percent passing. Capital also has admitted 4800 graduates to the bar - more than any other Ohio law school.


Capital University Law School was founded in 1903 as Columbus Law School, an evening law program created by the YMCA. It was part of a national program to assure access to a legal education for all men and women who could not afford to attend a full-time law school, regardless of race, sex or social status.


In 1948, the Law School became Franklin University School of Law. In 1965, the Law School was purchased by Capital University. The Law School relocated to several places over the decades, including the YMCA building in downtown Columbus, a former car dealership in Bexley, and the Grange building on South High Street. The school launched its full-time day program in the early 1970s.


The school moved to its current location in downtown Columbus in the former Columbus Life Insurance Company building at 303 E. Broad Street in 1997.


Among the school's other points of pride is that it graduated David D. White, the first African-American attorney licensed to practice law in Columbus, in 1931.


The law school is also home to the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy and the Center for Dispute Resolution.