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June 11, 2018
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Wittenberg and Capital University School of Law Offer New Pathway for Students

Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University students interested in legal careers have a new pathway to a graduate degree at Capital University thanks to a recently completed agreement between the two Central Ohio schools.

According to the agreement, students who complete their undergraduate degree while earning at least 50 percent of their credits at Wittenberg have the opportunity to be considered for acceptance to Capital University’s School of Law. Wittenberg graduates must rank in the top half of their graduating class, and applicants must achieve a minimum LSAT score that is equivalent/equal to the median LSAT of the prior year’s entering class at Capital.

The agreement represents a significant new opportunity for Wittenberg students to make a seamless transition to graduate school, according to Interim Provost Mary Jo Zembar. Wittenberg and Capital are separated by less than 50 miles, they are both affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the two schools share a long history of academic cooperation and collaboration.

“We continue to create vocational pathways for our students so their transition to the next educational stage of their lives is more clear, and we are grateful to find partners such as Capital University to help make that possible,” Zembar said.

In addition to the new graduate school opportunity, Wittenberg students interested in pursuing legal careers have a new undergraduate opportunity, too, as a new minor in justice, law & public policy (JLPP) recently debuted. The minor was created to develop students’ capacity to think, read and communicate with precision, understanding and imagination and then hone those skills by applying them to social justice, legal and policy issues.

All students interested in the JLPP minor must complete at least one course in reasoning and formal or informal logic. In consultation with their advisor, students select a theme of study and choose elective courses from a wide range of courses, including communication, economics, history and philosophy.

““These new programs exemplify the best of what we offer at a liberal arts college: the ability to develop critical intellectual skills and apply them in an area in which students are passionate,” Zembar said.

Ryan Maurer
Ryan Maurer
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A nationally ranked university for the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Wittenberg University has repeatedly been ranked throughout the years by the Princeton Review for the quality of its teaching and faculty, including 11th in the nation for "Best Classroom Experience" and 15th in the category "Professors Get High Marks" in the 2011 edition of Princeton's annual Best Colleges guide. Most recently, Wittenberg earned the No. 4 spot in the category of "Most Accessible Professors." Wittenberg appeared in the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges in 2013 and again in 2015. Additionally, Wittenberg currently has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any other four-year institution in the state, and has been recognized nationally for excellence in service and athletics.

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