Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law
525 South Main Street, Ada, OH 45810
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Studying Law and Democracy at Ohio Northern University
Gathering new knowledge and developing new skills for building democracy around the world may seem like an unusual reason to travel to a small town in Ohio. But the location of the school, its faculty, and its resources make Ada and Ohio Northern an ideal place to combine the practice and theory of building democratic institutions. We invite you to look through these pages and learn more about our College of Law and this program, and about the students from 22 different countries who have joined us in the first five years. We hope you too can share in this exciting endeavor.
Mission of the LLM Program
The LLM in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law provides young lawyers with the training and tools to implement law reforms that support stable democratic institutions and the rule of law in a free-market economy. The core of the LLM is a subsidized one-year program of study designed for lawyers practicing in the public sector whose first law degree was earned from a law school outside the U.S. Students are required to commit to 2 years of further public service upon return to their home countries. A small number of lawyers from the United States and other developed democracies may be considered for admission as well. Through small classes with outstanding faculty, close interaction among the students and with the faculty, and numerous short seminars and field observations, students will receive an intensive education in practical democracy and law.