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Cleveland State University Cleveland-marshall College of Law

The curriculum at Cleveland-Marshall provides students a breadth and depth of legal study beginning with the traditional foundational courses (Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Writing, Property and Torts) and expanding in upper level courses to classes in Constitutional Law, Tax, Intellectual Property, Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Law, Corporations, just to name a few, as well as Clinics in Employment, Environmental, Fair Housing and Urban Development law, and externships in state and federal courts and government and public interest offices. See Course Descriptions. In addition to the first year core courses, students must take six required upper level courses, beyond that, students may take courses as they choose based on a number of factors including personal interest and subjects tested on the Bar Exam. The list of Courses by Practice Area is intended to help students think about courses of study they may wish to pursue. Students do not major in a course of study but some choose to focus on a particular area in one of our Concentrations or the by completing the requirements for the Certificate in Health Law. Others decide to pursue one of our dual degrees that combine a J.D. with a Masters degree from the Colleges of Urban Affairs, Business or Science. Students may also take up to two graduate level courses (8 credit hours total) in other colleges at C.S.U. See Interdisciplinary Courses.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 495
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 151 - 157
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.92 - 3.59
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 82.45%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 89.5%
In State Tuition $21,749
Out of State Tuition $29,816

Overview

Overview

About Cleveland State University Cleveland-marshall College of Law

The curriculum at Cleveland-Marshall provides students a breadth and depth of legal study beginning with the traditional foundational courses (Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Legal Writing, Property and Torts) and expanding in upper level courses to classes in Constitutional Law, Tax, Intellectual Property, Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Law, Corporations, just to name a few, as well as Clinics in Employment, Environmental, Fair Housing and Urban Development law, and externships in state and federal courts and government and public interest offices. See Course Descriptions. In addition to the first year core courses, students must take six required upper level courses, beyond that, students may take courses as they choose based on a number of factors including personal interest and subjects tested on the Bar Exam. The list of Courses by Practice Area is intended to help students think about courses of study they may wish to pursue. Students do not major in a course of study but some choose to focus on a particular area in one of our Concentrations or the by completing the requirements for the Certificate in Health Law. Others decide to pursue one of our dual degrees that combine a J.D. with a Masters degree from the Colleges of Urban Affairs, Business or Science. Students may also take up to two graduate level courses (8 credit hours total) in other colleges at C.S.U. See Interdisciplinary Courses.

Reviews

Students at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law call their school “a diamond in the rough.” The focus here is squarely on bar preparation and practical training. “The greatest strengths are the opportunities for real-world experi­ence,” says a 3L. There are a half dozen clinics and they cover a wide range of legal areas. Externships with judges, government entities, and public interest groups are “readily available” in Cleveland and the greater metropolitan area. The moot court program is strong. The legal writing program thoroughly emphasizes “advocacy skills.” If students run into academic difficulties, they can take advantage of Cleveland-Marshall’s aca­demic support programs, which provide group training and one-on-one assistance to help students with their course work. Areas of concentration are available in business law, civil litigation and dispute resolution, criminal law, employment law, health law, and international law. There are five dual-degree programs and three journals. Cleveland-Marshall Law is also quite a bargain, particularly if you are an Ohio resident.“On average, Marshall professors are knowledgeable, passionate, and approachable,” relates a 2L. “I have never been taught something as inherently boring as civil procedure in such an invigorating manner,” beams a 1L. Professors are also generally accessible outside the classroom. The “excellent” administration is “extremely open to student interaction and answers questions and concerns promptly.” However, “Heading to the main campus to get administrative stuff done can be tedious.” Students’ biggest academic complaint involves the distribution of grades. The curve here, which permits faculty members to give over 50 percent of all 1Ls a grade of C+ or lower, can be pretty rough.Cleveland-Marshall Law is located in downtown Cleveland on the main campus of the larger university, which means that part-time work at local firms is easy to come by throughout the year. According to some students, “the facilities could be a little fancier.” Most say that the layout of the law school is “not only aesthetically pleasing but func­tional,” though. “The library is great.” “The new addition is modern and beautiful,” relates a 1L. “It’s eye-catching from the street and a great place for students to study or relax between classes.”More than 75 percent of all newly minted graduates take jobs in either private practice or the corporate world. The overwhelming majority of Cleveland-Marshall’s alumni practice in Ohio and the school’s reputation is very solid throughout the northeastern part of the state. Students rave about Cleveland-Marshall Law’s “connection to the Cleveland legal community” as well as “a supportive, active alumni base that extends opportunities to anyone who seeks them.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 155

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

J.D./M.P.A (Master in Public Administration; J.D./M.U.P.D.D.(Master in Urban Planning, Design, and Development); J.D./M.A.E.S.(Master of Arts in Environmental Studies); J.D./M.S.E.S. (Master of Science in Environmental Science); and J.D./M.B.A.- all may be completed in 4 years of full-time study.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Labor

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 74
Full-Time Faculty 33
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 6
Part-Time Faculty 35
Faculty Gender 58% Male
41% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 83%
Multi-racial 0%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $21,749 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $32,749 $21,749

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $29,816 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $40,816 $29,816

Financial Aid

95% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$24,906 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: May 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Incoming Class

Cleveland State University Cleveland-marshall College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 158
LSAT Part-Time 150 - 157
LSAT Total 151 - 157

Cleveland State University Cleveland-marshall College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.03 - 3.63
Part-Time 2.71 - 3.52
Total 2.92 - 3.59

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 93%
First Time Pass Rate 82%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 80
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 90%
Average Starting Salary $81,823
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 29 19%
Firm Sized 11-25 13 8%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 8%
Firm Sized 101-250 6 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 5 3%
Business Industry 45 29%
Government 24 16%
Public Interest 8 5%
State Clerkship 2 1%
Academia 3 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 19 11%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MI 2%
PA 4%
OH 82%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Cleveland State University Cleveland-marshall College of Law include:

  • Elizabeth Pugh - General Counsel, Library of Congress
  • Christopher Vasil - Chief Deputy Clerk, US Supreme Court
  • Hon. Maureen O'Connor - Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Hon. Louis Stokes - US House of Representatives, Rtd.
  • Tim Russert - The late Sr. VP, NBC News and moderator of

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