Cleveland State University—Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

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Office of Admission, 1801 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.2304, toll-free 866.687.2304; Fax: 216.687.6881
E-mail: admissions@law.csuohio.edu; Website: www.law.csuohio.edu

Who We Are

Since 1897, C|M|LAW has provided an excellent legal education to a strong and diverse student body. Our law school has a proud heritage: it was the first law school in Ohio to admit women; it was one of the first law schools in Ohio to admit students of color; and our graduates have served for decades in prominent positions in law firms, the judiciary, government, and business. Today, our graduates are practicing law with distinction around the world. C|M|LAW offers a distinctive legal education that is flexible and affordable with full- and part-time (day and evening) options and reasonable tuition that allows our students to graduate with minimal debt.

Points of Pride

C|M|LAW just opened its state-of-the-art, digitally integrated trial courtroom providing simulation-based learning for law students and legal professionals. Designed to look and function exactly like a federal courtroom, this facility enables C|M|LAW students to prepare to be outstanding trial lawyers. We lead all Ohio public law schools in the percentage of graduates working in full-time jobs that require a law degree (according to NALP data). C|M|LAW was the recipient of the Law School Admission Council’s first Diversity Matters Award in recognition of our commitment to diversity in the law school and the legal profession.

Where We Are

C|M|LAW is located on Cleveland State University’s modern, urban campus in downtown Cleveland. The University is a dynamic, growing, and engaged campus that has built a new student center and a new education building, created on-campus restaurants, expanded parking facilities, and established new green spaces. Our students enjoy all Cleveland has to offer, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, Botanical Gardens, Playhouse Square, the House of Blues, four professional sports teams, and a fantastic foodie scene. On North Coast Harbor sit the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The law school is proximate to federal, state, and county courthouses. Cleveland is also the headquarters for many large corporations and law firms.

Learn Law: Our Curriculum

The C|M|LAW curriculum is designed to ensure that graduates are well positioned to meet the challenges of transitioning from the study of law to practicing it. C|M|LAW offers concentrations in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, Employment and Labor Law, and International and Comparative Law. The Center for Health Law and Policy provides focused study in the areas of health law regulation, health law policy and ethics, and health law business and litigation. The first year includes a required course on Legislation and Regulation, an area of growing importance in contemporary law practice, while continuing to provide students with a firm foundation in traditional first-year subjects that are grounded primarily in case and common law. Our new “Problem of the Semester” seeks to infuse our curriculum with concepts of ethics and professionalism by presenting the same problem into classes and lectures across the curriculum. Students see the same issue approached from multiple perspectives to understand the broader implications of the problem.

Joint-Degree Programs and Graduate Programs

Five joint-degree programs are offered: the JD/MPA (Master of Public Administration); the JD/MUPDD (Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development); the JD/MBA (Master of Business Administration); the JD/MAES (Master of Arts in Environmental Studies); and the JD/MSES (Master of Science in Environmental Science). The law school also offers a graduate LLM degree and Master of Legal Studies.

Live Justice: From Classroom to Practice

To ensure our students have the necessary lawyering skills, C|M|LAW now requires all students to complete an externship, clinic, or skills-based course. Clinical programs offer students academic credit for serving clients in the areas of law and public policy, employment law, urban development, fair housing, environmental law, and community health advocacy. Externship programs include the Judicial Externship Program in which students work with state, appellate, and federal court judges; the Public Interest Externship Program, which focuses on governmental work with the county prosecutor and public defender, a bankruptcy trustee, the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the US Attorney (civil and criminal); and the Independent Externship Program where students may propose a placement in a public service office. The Pro Bono Program at C|M|LAW offers a variety of community service opportunities, including teaching practical law in public high schools, assisting with the legal needs of women recently released from incarceration, and addressing the concerns of the poor by delivering legal assistance in cooperation with local attorneys and community agencies.

Getting In

While admission to C|M|LAW is competitive, it need not be intimidating. The admission committee reviews all applications with care and sensitivity, taking into consideration academic performance, LSAT scores, work and life experience, and readiness for the rigors of legal education. We are committed to enrolling academically talented and diverse students. In doing so, we recognize and embrace that academic talent and diversity can be identified in many interesting and exciting ways. Undergraduate grades and LSAT results are the most significant factors in our admission decision; however, an applicant’s personal statement, letters of recommendation, and overall strength of the file are factors also strongly considered in the admission process. Criteria for admission are identical for full- and part-time applicants.

Alternate Admission Program: The Legal Career Opportunities Program

The Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP) invites applications from individuals who demonstrate the ability to succeed in law school but have encountered life circumstances or other adversities that have affected their traditional academic indicators, such as LSAT scores and/or undergraduate grades. In most cases, applicants to the LCOP have academic indicators that are a bit lower than those of regularly admitted applicants; however, LCOP applicants demonstrate through their career and professional accomplishments, personal statements, letters of recommendation, graduate work, and/or significantly improved academic performance over a period of time, their likelihood for success in law school. LCOP is not a provisional program. Being admitted through the program is acceptance to the law school.

Finances

Applicants are considered for scholarships at the time of admission. Our financial aid program utilizes merit-based scholarships and federal loan programs. C|M|LAW has a loan repayment assistance program (LRAP) to help support students choosing to work in public service jobs upon graduation.

Library and Technology

The C|M|LAW library is one of the 15 largest academic law libraries in the country. The law library is a superior research and learning facility where our students prepare for legal practice in the twenty-first century with access to electronic research services, a computer lab, group study rooms, and a research instruction room. The library even includes a Professional and Study Skills room dedicated to helping students study smarter and succeed in law school. Our students study in a four-story, light-filled space that includes over 200 carrels with built-in power and wireless access for laptop computers. Cutting-edge technology is used in classrooms, our moot courtroom, and our new electronic trial courtroom. The technology staff assists students with installing software, providing laptops for examinations, and even helping students pick the right computer for law school. C|M|LAW has been recognized for our use and support of technology by the American Association of Law Libraries and National Jurist magazine.

Career Planning

From day one, we help you build your future. Employers have confidence in the education our students receive and value C|M|LAW graduates. When it’s time for you to begin your job search, we will be ready to help you, be it in Northeast Ohio or any region across the country. Our professional staff are members of the bar and have experience and relationships within the legal community, providing them with valuable resources in the job-search process. Individual counseling is at the core of our services, but counseling is only one of the many resources we make available to you. At C|M|LAW, numerous opportunities exist for you to gain exposure to potential employers in large and small law firms, government, public interest organizations, and in-house settings. We have alumni in all 50 states working as attorneys, judges, in-house counsel, professors and university administrators, government employees, human resource professionals, and more. Your possibilities are endless and our generous network of alumni and friends continue to open doors for generations of our graduates.

Student Life

C|M|LAW works hard to provide all students with the necessary academic and professional support to learn law and live justice. C|M|LAW offers the Academic Excellence Program (academic support), the Ohio Bar Examination Strategies and Tactics course, first-year peer advising, a long-standing alumni mentoring program, over 30 student organizations, and award-winning Moot Court and Trial teams. Our students live in convenient and affordable housing in downtown Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. Tuition includes free public transportation and two blocks away is a brand-new transit center.

Applicant Profile

Cleveland State University—Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

This grid includes only applicants who earned 120–180 LSAT scores under standard administrations.

GPA
LSAT
Score
3.75+
Apps
3.75+
Adm
3.50–3.74
Apps
3.50–3.74
Adm
3.25–3.49
Apps
3.25–3.49
Adm
3.00–3.24
Apps
3.00–3.24
Adm
2.75–2.99
Apps
2.75–2.99
Adm
2.50–2.74
Apps
2.50–2.74
Adm
Below 2.50
Apps
Below 2.50
Adm
No GPA
Apps
No GPA
Adm
Total
Apps
Total
Adm
170–180 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 7 7
165–169 6 6 4 4 4 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 15
160–164 22 20 15 15 19 18 11 11 17 13 7 5 5 4 3 2 99 88
155–159 34 32 59 58 54 53 52 50 39 35 19 15 11 4 7 3 275 250
150–154 30 22 64 49 82 57 96 52 59 22 31 6 28 5 15 4 405 217
145–149 27 3 46 3 72 7 77 8 57 1 41 0 42 1 13 0 375 23
140–144 10 0 21 1 33 4 63 1 55 0 41 0 46 1 11 0 280 7
Below 140 4 0 10 0 18 0 27 0 20 0 24 0 31 0 10 0 144 0
Total 135 85 220 131 283 144 328 124 248 72 163 26 164 16 59 9 1600 607

Apps = Number of Applicants
Adm = Number Admitted
Reflects 99% of the total applicant pool; highest LSAT data reported.