Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Viewbook
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's Admissions Viewbook gives prospective students a view of how the law school offers the opportunity to pursue the professional path of their choice, by building a collection of studies and experiences around their interests and goals.
S ET YO U R PATH SE E YOU R S ELF H ER E 3 IS FED BY CLARITY C L E V E L A N D S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y C L E V E L A N D - M A R S H A L L C O L L E G E O F L AW In discovering who you are. As your legal educators, we give you the right opportunities to find the best fit for your interests and career/life goals. No matter what professional path you choose, we can help you build a portfolio of studies, experiences, and professional contacts to get you there. And who you want to become. 5 The moment you begin your studies at Cleveland-Marshall, you are forever tied to a history that has defined us as “Cleveland’s law school.” One of the most important lessons our students learn—both inside and outside the classroom —is how much this public law school means to the community around us—from the poorest citizens for whom we are a legal resource to members of the bench and bar for whom we have been a source of exceptional talent for more than a century. 6 we=cleveland 7 Our graduates distinguish themselves throughout Cleveland, the U.S. and the world FI RM S PRACTIC E LAW IN PUBLIC AND PR IVATE SE CTORS M AN AG E LA W CHAIR NONP BOARDS ROFIT HO L STA D HI G GO TE A H OF N VE RN D FE FICES ME D NT ERA IN L LS OO S CH N S SITIE I H R AC NIVE E T DU AN C L E V E L A N D S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y C L E V E L A N D - M A R S H A L L C O L L E G E O F L AW D AN TE ES EA CR INESS S BU S R TO RS E C D SE N O EFE R P D S IC A E BL V U R P SE ND A U L, CA L LO RA E E TH FED IN E ND RV E A RY SE AT IA ST DIC JU S ES ES TL ITI N U AR CO H E OC AT T N S O R D OU H ILD BU NITY OMMU RUN C IONS NIZAT ORGA T HESE ARE YOU R ME NTO RS THIS IS YO U R NE TWO RK T H I S IS A STORY YOU W I LL CO NT INUE The lives of each of our alumni are threads woven into a remarkable tapestry that is Cleveland-Marshall. 8 9 C L E V E L A N D S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y C L E V E L A N D - M A R S H A L L C O L L E G E O F L AW 10 2 YOU ENJOY HANDS-ON DEALING WITH THE PUBLIC AND MEETING PEOPLE YOU E NJ OY COMMU NI T Y OU T RE AC H – L I ST E NI NG TO P E OP L E AND H E L P I NG T H E M S OLV E P ROB L E MS YOU WANT TO H AV E A POSITIVE IMPAC T ON OTHERS AND S OC I E T Y YOU ARE DRI V E N TO WORK FOR S OC I AL J U ST I C E AND C H ANGE YOU ARE EXCITED TO THINK ABOUT TAKING ON BIG CASES AND TRYING TO MAKE AN APPEAL YOU B E L I E V E I N P OL I CY C H ANGE S YO U AR E R E LATI O N SHI P O R I E NT E D YOU NE V E R STOP QU E ST I ONI NG W H AT I S RI GH T YOU ARE PASS I ONAT E AB OU T C AU S E S YO U B E LI E VE LAW C AN C H A N G E THE WO R LD CO YOU ARE S U P P ORT I V E BY NAT U RE ADMINISTRATIVE ADVOCACY YOU LOV E TO S E RV E YO U M I GHT DO VOLUNTEER WO R K O R BE INVOLVED W I TH YO UR COMMUNITY YOU DON’T MI ND QU E ST I ONS T H AT ARE OP E N- E NDE D AND LOV E A P H I LOS OP H I C AL DI S C U SS I ON. There are no limits to the law. Jobs do have crossover (a real estate attorney might end up arguing before a judge) but the quality of your life— as only you can define it— is often tied to the type of law you practice and how you spend the bulk of your work time. Most other law schools tout a slate of concentrations and dual degrees. But changes in the legal job market must be addressed by law schools. In addressing those changes, we believe our most important concentration should be on you—your choices, your path, the career you want to have, the life you want to lead. It all begins with identifying what will give you the most satisfaction. So we change the first question from “what is your concentration” to: How do you see yourself interacting with law? There are many specializations in law practice, but there are three broad practice areas that can help narrow your focus. ONCENTRATION: ADMINISTRATIVE ADVOCACY Why are you needed? Advocacy attorneys have made lives better for countless individuals by helping people who are struggling to work through public agencies and administrative systems, and by advocating for policy changes. How you could work • In nonprofit organizations • • • • LITIGATION Why are you needed? Because you have the skills and characteristics to help people navigate the justice system and give their needs and causes a voice. How you could work • In large firms • TRANSACTIONAL LAW Why are you needed? Transactional attorneys use their talent for detail and negotiation to troubleshoot potential problems and draft agreements that help people run their personal and professional business more smoothly. How you could work •A s in-house lawyer for a company • Solo medical malpractice attorney In a public defender’s office Civil rights attorney Environmental advocate In legal aid societies In administrative courts Create policy & legislation • • Represent community development organizations Close real estate deals In Estate Planning Help private equity firms purchase a business • • • YOU C A N AN SW E R QU E ST IO N S Q UI C KLY O N YOU R F EE T A N D MA K E QU I C K D E C I SI O N S YOU HAVE A HIGH TOLERANCE FOR RISK TAKING YOU C AN S E E B OT H S I DE S OF AN ARGU ME NT YOU ARE DE ADL I NE DRI V E N YOU ARE COMPETITIVE LITIGATION YOU P RE F E R I NT E RAC T I NG T H ROU GH DE V I C E S RAT H E R T H AN FAC E -TO- FAC E YOU WANT TO WORK I N AN OF F I C E YO U MIGHT BE SHR E W D I N BUSINESS YO U MI GHT TE N D TO RUN THR O UGH SC E N A R IOS, O F TE N I M AG I N I N G THE WOR ST THI N GS THAT CAN GO W R ONG TRANSACTIONAL LAW YOU ARE AN EXCELLENT WRITER YOU L I KE B E I NG IN TH E S P OT L I GH T YO U D O N ’T MIND UN P R E D I CTABILITY YOU LOVE A LOT OF FACE-TO FACE CONTACT YOU ARE E NT RE P RE NE U RI AL YO U AR E A C R E ATI VE THI N KE R YO U LI K E R O U TINES AND KN OW I N G THE WORK IN F R O N T O F YOU EACH DAY YOU E NJ OY NE GOT I AT I NG YO U M I GHT B E A T EC HN O LO GY G E E K W HO WA N TS TO WO R K WI TH I N N OVATO R S YOU DON’T MIND RULES YOU T H RI V E ON ORDE R AND ST RU C T U RE YOU ENJOY WRITING YOU M I GH T NOT H AV E TO WEAR A S U I T E V E RY DAY YO U LOVE INDIVIDUALIZ ED P R OJECTS YOU E NJ OY S OLV I NG P ROB L E MS AND GE T A LOT OF SAT I S FAC T I ON F ROM T H E “RI GH T ANSW E R” 15 Through coursework, experiential learning requirements, extracurricular activities, visits from national thought leaders, and unlimited interaction with practitioners, you set your focus, and we help you succeed. Your education will include a rigorous program of coursework in a curriculum designed to meet the changing demands of the legal market. C L E V E L A N D S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y C L E V E L A N D - M A R S H A L L C O L L E G E O F L AW Cleveland-Marshall employs influential faculty whose scholarly, expert insights are increasingly in demand from national and international audiences. But each instructorâ€™s most important audience is you. Our faculty demonstrate exceptional dedication in teaching and a willingness to work with each student, championing your success. EXPERTISE IN RE AL WO RLD ISS UE S IN-HO US E From these in-house thought leaders you will gain access to relevant legal matters such as the laws and regulations affecting the environment, energy, and sustainability of our planet. Youâ€™ll also be on the cutting edge of laws that go beyond earth, as Cleveland-Marshall leads in the new frontier of space law. You will know about the latest issues facing healthcare and the laws affecting it at the same moment as real-world practitioners, because practitioners are among your teachers. 16 Leading-edge technology and initiatives Cleveland-Marshallâ€™s modern facility boasts the most technologically advanced trial courtroom in any Ohio law school. Our solo incubator establishes entrepreneurial students in their first businesses. From the iPads given to each enrolled student to the stateof-the-art client management software used in our clinics, the Cleveland-Marshall student is prepared to use the technologies employed in actual legal jobs. C L E V E L A N D S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y C L E V E L A N D - M A R S H A L L C O L L E G E O F L AW Learn from the best in the business Cleveland-Marshall is a national leader in innovative â€œimmersionâ€? learning experiences, like the Great Lakes Sports & Entertainment Law Academy, an intensive summer program that gives hands-on experience in drafting and negotiation, and allows students to compete for highprofile externships in the sports and entertainment industries. 19 LAW SCHOOL IS Full time studies program Part time day & evening programs Cleveland-Marshallâ€™s part-time program is ranked among the top 50 nationally, and is consistently recognized for excellence. Our school has produced prominent lawyers and business leaders who will tell you that our part-time program was the key factor that allowed them to study law. We provide you the flexibility that can be the gateway to an extraordinary career. C L E V E L A N D S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y C L E V E L A N D - M A R S H A L L C O L L E G E O F L AW big ger BUT YOUR LIFE IS More than 30 student organizations help you find your INFINITE P OSSIBIL ITIES ONE STU D ENT place, build your network, and develop even more skills. 20 Cleveland-Marshall has always been known for supplying practice-ready graduates to employers, and now we take it further. interact with actual clients. learn to manage human emotions under stress. counsel and advise on trial strategy. prepare briefs. research and prepare your arguments. help form new businesses. be supervised by practicing attorneys. help people and give back to the community. serve as an example to others. 21 C L E V E L A N D S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y C L E V E L A N D - M A R S H A L L C O L L E G E O F L AW 22 VISIT US Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 1801 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44115 AS K U S 1 216 687 2304 firstname.lastname@example.org csulaw.org