November 1, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Students Invited to OHIO Pre-Law Day, Nov. 5-6

Ohio University’s annual Pre-Law Days begin Thursday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. in Baker Theater with a keynote address from Supreme Court Justice William M. O’Neill. The event continues throughout Friday, Nov. 6, with a series of panels featuring 17 OHIO alumni.

This event is free, and students from all majors are encourage to attend.

The program features 17 OHIO alumni working as legal professionals in a variety of fields.

photo of giant gavelThe program features a keynote address from Justice O’Neill Thursday night at 5 p.m. in Baker Theater. O’Neill is an alumnus of the Scripps School of Journalism. He became the 156th justice to the Ohio Supreme Court on Jan. 2, 2013. His life has been dedicated to public service. O’Neill is a former judge, an army officer, a registered nurse, and an adoptive parent.

Following the keynote Thursday night, the event continues with alumni panels throughout Friday. Three sessions of panels on Friday begin at 9:40 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 11:50 a.m. on the second floor of Baker. Panels feature alumni currently working in fields such as business law, public interest law, death penalty litigation, prosecution, family law, and in government positions.

The panelists’ variety of careers reflect the versatility of a law degree both in and beyond the courtroom.

“Students who attend will learn about the multitude of areas of legal practice, as well as some of the many options available to those who have a J.D. but do not regularly practice law,” said pre-law adviser Larry Hayman. “This year, we are fortunate to have several members of the judiciary participating as well—including those with trial court, appellate court, and even supreme court experience. It is not often that undergraduate students are able to connect personally with a sitting Supreme Court Justice.”

The  panels throughout Friday focus on a range of topics including applying to law school, varying careers in the law, a view from the judicial bench, and advice on landing jobs and internships.

The panels and rooms are as follows:


Alternate Careers in Law (Baker 233)

Law School Advice (Baker 231)

A Judge’s Perspective (Baker rm. 235)


What I Wish I Would’ve Known Before Law School (Baker 231) 

Women in the Law (Baker 235)

Landing Your Dream Internship or Job (Baker 233)


Public Interest Law (Baker 235) 

Is Law School Worth It? (Baker 233) 

Ethics in Law (Baker 231)

There are several opportunities for OHIO undergraduate students interested in the law to prepare themselves to apply to law school. Some programs, including English, history, and political science, offer a pre-law track for majors in their department. In addition, OHIO offers an interdisciplinary certificate in Law, Justice & Culture.

Students with questions about these opportunities or considering law school are invited to drop by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture (Bentley 001) from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesdays for “Walk In Wednesdays” with Hayman.

Pre-Law Day 2015 is co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture and the Honors Tutorial College.


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