Onu Law School First Day Assignments Michigan

Many, or perhaps most, law schools in the United States grade on a curve. The process generally works within each class, where the instructor grades each exam, and then ranks the exams against each other, adding to and subtracting from the initial grades so that the overall grade distribution matches the school's specified curve (usually a bell curve). "The curve" is the permitted range of each letter grade that can be awarded, for example, 0-3% A+, 3-7% A, etc. Curves vary between different law schools, as do the rules for when the curve is mandatory versus suggestive. It is common for the curve to be mandatory for first year ("1L") courses, and for classes above a certain size.

Grading on a curve contributes to the notoriously competitive atmosphere within law schools. "The main source of this competition is the mandatory curve you will likely encounter once you enter law school. The curve affects the class rank, affects the chances of making law review, affects the chances of scoring that big job/externship."[1] Some law schools set their curve lower to retain scholarship funding; others set their curve higher to make their students more competitive in the job market.

The following list shows where law schools set the 50% mark for an individual class subject to the curve. Because not all classes are curved and because professors still have discretion within the curve's ranges, where a law school sets its curve is not necessarily revealing of that school's average student GPA (whether after 1L or upon graduation).

The list[edit]

Law SchoolGPA Curve
Mississippi College School of Law2.50–2.79(1L)
University of Akron School of Law2.78[2]
University of Alabama School of Law3.20[3]
Albany Law School2.83[4]
American University Washington College of LawCurve of 3.1 to 3.3 for 1L doctrinal courses.
Appalachian School of Law2.50–2.67[5]
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School2.00–2.34(1L)
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law3.29[6]
Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law3.30[7]
University of Arkansas School of Law2.67[8]
University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law3.0[9]
Ave Maria School of Law3.08[10]
University of Baltimore School of Law2.86[11]
Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law2.5[12]
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law3.16[13]
Boston College Law School3.03[14]
Boston University School of LawNot Reported (Top-third: 3.51)[15]
Brigham Young UniversityJ. Reuben Clark Law School3.30[16]
Brooklyn Law School3.25[17]
Capital University Law School2.73 1L; 2.82 2/3L[18]
Case Western Reserve University School of Law3.0 (3.1 Median)[19] for 1Ls, varies from (3.2–3.67) for 2L/3Ls
UCLA School of Law3.0 in First Year Courses; 3.2 Median in Most Upper Division Courses [20]
UC Davis School of Law3.25-3.35 [21]
Chapman University School of Law2.80[citation needed]
Charleston School of Law2.67–3.00[citation needed]
University of Cincinnati College of Law3.0 in First Year Courses; 3.3 Median in Most Upper Division Courses[22]
Columbus School of Law2.80–3.00[23]
University of Connecticut School of Law3.0 Median
Cornell Law School3.35[24]
University of Dayton School of Law2.80 (1L); 3.00 (2L/3L)[25]
University of DenverSturm College of Law3.00 (median); 2.85–3.15 (mean)[26]
DePaul UniversityFor each first-year course and all JD courses with 50 or more students, the faculty suggests that 12%-17% of the grades be A, 20%-30% of the grades be A- and/or B+, 20%-30% of the grades be B, 20%-30% of the grades be B- and/or C+, 10%-15% of the grades be C or below[27]
Drexel UniversityEarle Mack School of Law2.8–3.0 [28]
Duke University School of Law3.30[29]
Duquesne University School of LawFor first-year courses: Tier 1 (A+, A, A-) Between 14% and 22% of all grades, with a target of 18%; Tier 2 (B+, B, B-) Between 36% and 54% of all grades, with a target of 45%; Tier 3 (C+, C, C-) Between 24% and 36% of all grades, with a target of 30%; Tier 4 (D+, D, F): Between 0% and 10% of all grades, with a target of 7%. Upper-level courses with 30 or more students have a slightly modified distribution. Upper-level courses with fewer than 30 students are not bound by any distribution.[30]
Elon University School of Law3.39 (based on a scale where 2.8 was equivalent to C and 4.3 was highest A)[31]
Emory University School of Law3.30{{[32]}}
Florida Coastal School of Law2.50 (1L mean); 2.70 (2L/3L mean)[33]
University of Florida Levin College of Law3.15[citation needed]
Fordham University School of Law3.19[34]
George Mason University School of Law3.05–3.45 [35]
The George Washington University Law School3.15–3.25[36]
Georgetown University Law Center3.322[37]
University of Georgia School of Law2.90[38]
Georgia State University College of Law2.9-3.1[39]
Gonzaga University School of Law2.60–2.90[40]
Thomas Jefferson School of Law2.7[41]
University of Houston Law Center2.9–3.1 (1L mean)[42]
University of Idaho College of Law2.70[43]
University of Illinois College of Law3.20 (1L mean)[44]
University of Kansas School of Law2.80–3.00 (1L mean), 2.9-3.1 (2L/3L required courses mean), 2.8-3.4 (all other mean)[45]
University of Kentucky College of Law2.9–3.1[46]
Lewis & Clark Law School3.0 (1L and classes with more than 20 students); 3.3 expected maximum (all other courses) [47]
Lincoln Memorial University - Duncan School of Law2.3-2.7 (1L) 2.6-3.0 (2L)

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Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center3.0 median, ±.1 (1L and all classes with more than 50 students); 3.0 median and mean, ±.2 (2L/3L Classes with less than 50 but more than 20 students)[48]
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law3.017[49]
University of Massachusetts School of Law1.9–2.3[50]
Massachusetts School of Law2.0[51]
University of Memphis – Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law2.67[52]
University of Miami School of Law3.2
University of Michigan Law School3.25-3.4[53]
University of Minnesota Law School3.00–3.33[54]
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law2.942 (median grade – grading guidelines vary by year in school and type of course)[55]
North Carolina Central University School of Law1.67–2.33[56]
University of New Mexico School of Law2.66[57]
Northwestern University School of Law3.26[58]
Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law2.33 (L1) – 2.66 (L2/L3)[59]
Ohio State UniversityMoritz College of Law3.30[60]
Oklahoma City University School of Law2.17–2.60[61]
University of Oregon School of Law2.67–2.75[62]
Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law2.90–3.10[63]
University of Pittsburgh School of Law3.00[64]
Quinnipiac University School of Law3.02[65]
University of Richmond School of Law3.20-3.40[66]
Roger Williams University School of Law2.65–2.85 1L; 2.80–3.1 2L[67]
Rutgers School of Law2.95-3.1 (mean) 1L; 3.1-3.4 (mean) upperclass courses[68]
St. John's University School of Law3.30 (median); 2.95–3.05 (mean)[69]
Saint Louis University School of Law2.80[70][71][72]
University of St. Thomas School of Law2.70–3.10 [73]
University of San Diego School of Law2.95–3.05[74]
University of San Francisco School of Law2.73–2.99[citation needed]
Seattle University School of Law3.1–3.2[75]
Seton Hall University School of Law3.0[76]
University of Southern California School of Law3.30[77]
South Texas College of Law2.85–3.15[78]
Southern Illinois University School of Law2.55–2.80[79]
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law3.093 1L/2E; 3.090 2L/3E; 3.198 3L/4E (graduating)[80]
Southwestern Law School2.90 (1L mean); 3.00 (2L/3L mean)[81]
Suffolk University Law School3.02 (1L); 3.16 (2L/3L)[82]
Syracuse University College of Law2.90–3.10[83]
Temple University Beasley School of Law3.05[84]
University of Tennessee College of Law3.0(1L); 3.1 (2L); 3.2–3.3 (3L)[85]
University of Texas School of Law3.25-3.35[86]
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law3.00[87]
Thomas M. Cooley Law School2.00–2.40[88]
Tulane University Law School3.00[citation needed]
University of Tulsa College of Law2.50–2.67[89]
University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law3.38[90]
Valparaiso University School of Law2.50–2.70[citation needed]
Vanderbilt University Law School3.17[citation needed]
Vermont Law School3.00[citation needed]
Villanova University School of Law3.1[91]
Washington and Lee University School of Law3.34[92]
University of Washington School of Law3.40[93]
Whittier Law School2.50–2.75 (1L); 2.50–2.88 (2L/3L)[94]
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: William S. Boyd School of Law3.0[95]
Widener University School of Law2.30–2.75 (1L), 2.50–2.85 (Upper Level Required), 2.50–3.10 (Upper Level Elective, >20 students), 2.50–3.40 (Upper Level Elective, ≤20 students)
William Mitchell College of Law3.00[96]
University of Wisconsin Law School2.85–3.10[97]
University of Wyoming College of Law2.60–3.00[citation needed]
West Virginia University College of Law2.95–3.05[98]

Class rank and GPA not reported[edit]

  • University at Buffalo Law School – no curve, but benchmarks for top 5%, 10%, 15%, 20% and 25% for each class are released each June
  • Columbia Law School – Estimated at 3.4.[99] GPA calculated based on 4.33 scale.
  • New York University School of Law – not reported, but likely between 3.17 and 3.25[100]
  • University of Michigan Law School – class rank is not established until after graduation[101]
  • University of New Mexico School of Law – class rank is not provided but a bar graph is provided showing GPA distribution[102]
  • University of Notre Dame Law School – 1L courses (except for 1L elective, which is graded as an upper‐level course, and Legal Writing (I & II)) mean must be between 3.25 and 3.30 with a mandatory distribution. 1L Legal Writing (I & II) Mean: 3.15 to 3.45. Large upper-level courses for 2L and 3L (>25 students) must have a mean between 3.25 and 3.35 with a mandatory distribution. Paper-Based Small Upper-Level Courses (10 to 24 students) Mean: 3.15 to 3.60. Small upper-level courses (10 to 24 students) must have a mean between 3.15 and 3.45 with no mandatory distribution. Small courses (9 or fewer students) do not have a required curve.[103]
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School – not reported.[104]
  • Rutgers School of Law–Camden – class rank was eliminated in 1972; each semester, the law school identifies Dean's Scholars as the top 5% and Dean's List as the next 20%; at graduation, highest honors and high honors are determined by the faculty and honors is given to the top 15%[105]
  • Rutgers School of Law–Newark – class rank is not published; however, upon graduation, rank is used to determine graduation honors with top 10% awarded Order of the Coif and cum laude; top 5% awarded magna cum laude; and top 1% awarded summa cum laude.[106]
  • University of Texas School of Law – "It is the policy of The University of Texas School of Law not to rank its students on the basis of academic standing." Therefore, students may not estimate class standing or indicate a percentile ranking on their resumes, cover letters or application materials.[107] UT Law does, however, release interim cutoffs to continuing students for top 25% and top 50% at the end of the school year. Additionally, the school bestows honors on the top 1%, 5%, 10%, and 35% of graduating students.[108] The top sixteen students in the class at the end of the second year are also recognized as Chancellors, with the top four students being identified in order as Grand Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Clerk, and Keeper of the Peregrinus.[109]

Irregular grading systems[edit]

The following law schools have adopted a grading system which does not allow for the calculation of a comparable median GPA on a 4.0 scale, if any GPA is recorded at all:

  • Berkeley Law (aka Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, Law School – pass/no pass system with 10% of first-years receiving pass with high honors and 30% of first-year students receiving pass with honors in each class; for upper division classes (2L and 3L years) up to 15% of in a class may receive high honors and up to 45% may receive either honors or high honors.[110] Additionally, the top student in a course may be awarded the American Jurisprudence Award. The second-highest performing student in a course may be award the Prosser Prize.
  • Campbell Law School – mandatory median (82, or a C)[111]
  • Harvard Law School – The current grading system of dean's scholar, honors, pass, low pass, and fail had at one time a recommended curve of 37% honors, 55% pass, and 8% low pass in classes with over 30 JD and LLM students,[112] but the curve is no longer enforced. Between 1970 and 2008 Harvard established a GPA cut-off required in order to obtain the summa cum laude distinction. During that time, only 5 students achieved the GPA required for the distinction of summa cum laude (33 out of the 38 years, the top student only managed to obtain the magna cum laude distinction, for example, there was a 15-year hiatus until Lisa Ann Grow managed to obtain summa cum laude). Those who have managed to obtain the summa cum laude distinction include Lewis Sargentich ('70), Isaac Pachulski ('74), Peter Huber ('82), Kristen Chiger ('86), Lisa Ann Grow/Sun ('97), Julian Poon ('99). Since 2008, to address the difficulty of obtaining the summa cum laude distinction, in a year where no student manages to meet the GPA cut-off, Harvard will now award summa cum laude to the top student of the year (a rank that did not guarantee summa cum laude in the past).[113]
  • Howard University School of Law – uses a scale of 72–100; the mandatory mean range for first-year courses is 81–83.[114] Below are the class rankings:
Class of 2015Class of 2016Class of 2017Class of 2018
Top 5%90.6991.12
Top 10%8989.4189.65
Top 15%88.1488.55
Top 20%87.0387.91
Top 25%86.2187.20
Top 33%85.3485.92
Top 50%82.1083.71

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Ohio Northern University is a private, United Methodist Church-affiliated university located in the United States in Ada, Ohio, founded by Henry Solomon Lehr in 1871. ONU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ONU is a sister university with Dankook University, a private university in Seoul, South Korea. In 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013 U.S. News & World Report listed Ohio Northern as Regional Universities (Midwest), #2.[4][5]

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Henry Solomon Lehr founded the Northwestern Ohio Normal School in August 1871. When the college’s curriculum grew to include pharmacy, engineering, law and business programs, its name was changed to Ohio Normal University and, eventually, in 1903, Ohio Northern University. In 1899, the university affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Post-war education boom[edit]

Throughout the 1960s, a number of ONU students and faculty/staff participated in the American Civil Rights Movement. ONU hosted Dr. Martin Luther King on January 11, 1968, four days before his 39th birthday and just three months before his assassination.[6] During his visit at ONU, Dr. King famously spoke regarding the myth that many immigrant and/or ethnic groups successfully pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, whereas African Americans were incapable of doing so.[7][8]

Recent growth[edit]

Growth continued under Dr. DeBow Freed through the 1980s and 1990s with additions to the Taggart Law Library, Presser Hall, Dukes Memorial, Wilson Art Building, Biggs Engineering, Heterick Memorial Library, and Meyer Hall of Science, and the construction of the Freed Center for the Performing Arts and a new president’s on-campus home. Under Dr. Kendall Baker, campus additions include Dicke Hall, an expansion of the Robertson-Evans Pharmacy building, the Dial-Roberson Stadium and the Mathile Center for the Natural Sciences. In 2008, Ohio Northern University built and opened The Inn at Ohio Northern University, which contains over 70 deluxe guestrooms.[9] In 2017, construction on a new engineering building will begin, with the first classes to be held in fall 2019.

Technology growth[edit]

Starting in the early 1980s, the university provided computer services to a growing segment of the university’s population, expanding from a centralized mainframe to networked personal computers and a computer network. ONU joined OhioLINK and technology revolutionized academic administrative activities and supported classroom activities. With the addition of the Internet, the university began offering its first distance learning courses in the pharmacy program. Today, there are over 1,200 networked computers and Internet access on campus.

ONU in the 21st Century[edit]

Ohio Northern is ranked fourth among midwest regional liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. It is considered "more selective," with an acceptance rate of 68%.[10] It has a 53% 4-year graduation rate.[11]

On February 4, 2010, ONU announced that its board of trustees approved the nomination of Daniel A. DiBiasio, president of Wilmington College to become the new president of Ohio Northern. DiBiasio assumed his duties on August 1, 2011.[12]

Environmental efforts[edit]

Ohio Northern has made several significant strides in sustainability, and currently is making considerable efforts to realize the full benefits of a comprehensive approach in several areas of sustainability, alternative energy and environmental stewardship.

  • Three wind turbines generate 400 kilowatts of power to meet 8-9 percent of the University’s electricity needs.
  • A solar array field generates about 10 percent of ONU’s annual electricity needs, reducing ONU’s carbon footprint by over 2,200 tons, equal to 210 average households.
  • Geothermal technology is used for heating and cooling in the housing units.
  • Ohio Northern University is a 100 percent tobacco-free campus.
  • Recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations have been installed on campus.
  • A grassy area surrounding a retention basin has been transformed into a prairie area featuring natural vegetation with a focus on providing a perfect habitat for bees.
  • The Affinity Gardens project has transformed the green space of the residence community.

Academic programs[edit]

The university comprises five colleges:

Prior to 1973, the law school was known as "the Warren G. Harding College of Law". It was renamed in honor of Claude W. Pettit, a judge and former dean of the college.[13]

Athletics[edit]

ONU students participate in intercollegiate, intramural, and sports clubs in a variety of sports. The ONU Polar Bears compete in the NCAADivision IIIOhio Athletic Conference (OAC). The men's volleyball team participates in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in the Great Midwest Men's Volleyball Conference.

  • The school mascot is a polar bear named Klondike.[14]
  • The ONU varsity football team defeated Mount Union College in 2005 to snap the Purple Raiders 110-game regular season winning streak.[15]
  • The ONU women's volleyball team had a NCAA All-Divisions record 36 consecutive winning

National honors[edit]

NCAA Championship[edit]

NCAA Runner-up finishes[edit]

  • 1989 Women's Volleyball NCAA Division III Runners-up[17]
  • 2012 Men's Soccer NCAA Division III Runners-up[18]

NCAA Final Four appearances[edit]

  • 2001 Men's Basketball NCAA Division III Final Four[19]
  • 2008 Women's Volleyball NCAA Division III Final Four[20]

NCAA Elite Eight appearance

NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances

  • 1999 Football
  • 2000 Football
  • 2010 Football
  • 2015 Football
  • 2017 Women's Basketball

Club Sport Championship[edit]

  • 2007 Men's Volleyball NIRSA Division II National Champions[21]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Anthony A. Alaimo, jurist
  • Frank T. Bow, jurist and politician who was honored by naming the Frank T. Bow Federal Building in Canton, Ohio.
  • James Cloyd Bowman, a children's book author who received a Newbery Honor in 1938 for Pecos Bill: The Greatest Cowboy of All Time.
  • Benjamin Brafman, a prominent criminal defense attorney based in New York.[22][23]
  • William J. Brown, former Ohio Attorney General (1971–1983).[24]
  • George Washington Crile, founder of the Cleveland Clinic and inventor of the system for blood transfusion.
  • Robert R. Cupp, Ohio Supreme Court Justice.
  • Mike DeWine, a politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Ohio between 1995 and 2007.[25] and is currently the Ohio Attorney General
  • Simeon Davison Fess, a Republican politician a former president of Antioch College.
  • George Getty, American lawyer, father of industrialist J. Paul Getty and patriarch of the Getty family.
  • John W. Grabiel, Arkansas Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1922 and 1924; Ohio native, attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas, until his death in 1928[26]
  • Stacey Hairston, former Cleveland Browns player.
  • Thomas Hutson, doctor and medical researcher.
  • Robert Franklin Jones, graduated with a law degree. Served as Allen County (Ohio) prosecuting attorney, 1935 - 1939. Elected in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth U.S. Congress, and elected for three subsequent terms to Congress, serving from 1939 - 1947. Appointed Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, serving from 1947 - 1952.
  • J.E. Keeny, studied music at Ohio Northern. Served as president of Louisiana Tech University, 1908-1926[27]
  • George E. Killian, a sports administrator and a president of the International University Sports Federation.
  • Cassius Jackson Keyser, a mathematician.
  • Marylin Lysohir, ceramist[28]
  • Eric Mandia, 3-time Emmy award winner with FOX Sports
  • Cheryl L. Mason — Chairman of the Board of Veterans' Appeals, US Department of Veterans’ Affairs (first woman appointed to the position)
  • Clay Mathile, former owner of Iams pet food.
  • Bruce Mays, Director of Operations for the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Harry McNeal, Major League baseball player
  • Bill Peterson, former head football coach at Florida State, Rice University, and with the Houston Oilers.
  • Bob Peterson, story artist, animator and voice actor.
  • Joseph Banks Rhine, founder of the parapsychology lab at Duke University
  • Nate Riles, Retired CFL player
  • Jamal Robertson, Retired NFL football player.
  • Ralph L. Ropp (Class of 1923), president of Louisiana Tech University from 1949 to 1962
  • Brian Smith, Chief Operating Officer of St. Rita's Health Partners and CEO of Catholic Health Partners' North Division
  • Michael B. Smith, President of The Washington Center.
  • Baldemar Velasquez, is president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO.
  • Laurence Neal Woodworth, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy in 1977[29]
  • Jim Wilson (Los Angeles), city council member, studied pharmacy
  • Jason Trusnik, NFL football player (9th years). Currently a free agent.
  • Steve Vagedes, former Arena Football League player
  • Carla F. Kim, Associate Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Principal Investigator at the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children's Hospital

References[edit]

  1. ^http://www.onu.edu/institutional_research/just_the_facts
  2. ^http://www.onu.edu/institutional_research/just_the_facts
  3. ^As of 2016."U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2013 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2012 to FY 2013". 2013 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original(PDF) on 2014-05-18. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  4. ^"America's Best Colleges 2007:Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's (Midwest): Top Schools". Retrieved January 1, 2007. 
  5. ^"ONU ranked No. 2 by U.S. News and World Report". Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
  6. ^Digital Repository of Dr. King's visit to ONU, including original audio file, press releases, and transcript of his speech.Archived May 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^Publications, Eight Cities Media &. "Dr King's Message for Today". Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  8. ^http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/home/pages?page=http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/kingweb/publications/inventory/inv_11.htmStanford University, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute - Inventory of Dr. King's Speeches in 1968
  9. ^"The Inn at Ohio Northern University". Retrieved July 6, 2010. 
  10. ^"U.S. News Rankings". Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  11. ^"U.S. News Rankings". 
  12. ^"New ONU leader deals with funding, future issues". Toledo Blade. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  13. ^"History of the ONU Pettit College of Law". Archived from the original on 2 September 2006. Retrieved 21 August 2006. 
  14. ^"Ohio Northern University Student Senate: "A New Bear in Town"". 
  15. ^"USA Today.com: Mount Union's 110-game regular season winning streak snapped". 2005-10-24. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  16. ^D3hoops.com: 1993 Men's NCAA Tournament ResultsArchived October 30, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^Athletics | Ohio Northern University
  18. ^"Season Review: Men's Soccer caps off record breaking season with run to NCAA III Tournament Championship". Onusports.com. 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  19. ^The 2001 Division III men's tournamentArchived October 30, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^"Ohio Northern University". Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  21. ^http://www.onu.edu/org/mensvb/Archived January 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^"Little Big Man". Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  23. ^http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/benjamin_brafman/index.html], [http://asp.usatoday.com/community/tags/topic.aspx?req=tag&tag=Benjamin%20Brafman
  24. ^"Ohio Attorney General - William J. Brown". Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 
  25. ^Mike DeWine - Congresspedia
  26. ^"John W. Grabiel". ebooksread.com. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  27. ^"Keeny, John Ephraim". Louisiana Historical Association, A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography (lahistory.org). Retrieved December 27, 2010. 
  28. ^Jules Heller; Nancy G. Heller (19 December 2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-63882-5. 
  29. ^"TAXES: Taking Aim at a 'Disgrace'". Time. 1977-07-04. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°46′01″N83°49′30″W / 40.7669°N 83.8249°W / 40.7669; -83.8249

An Ohio historical marker outlining the university's history
The Music Department of Ohio Northern University, with Administration buildings in the background.
Plaque commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King's speech at ONU on January 11, 1968, one of the last campus visits made by Dr. King before his assassination.
Undergraduate student housing, Ohio Northern University.
Entrance to ONU College of Law at night
ONU's mascot the polar bear
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