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Empowering students to improve their lives by serving others. For more than a century, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

and universities, serve in the military and, on behalf of the

has empowered our students to improve their own lives

public good, donate countless hours to individuals, charities,

by serving others. Toward that end, the Law School is

and community organizations. As a group profile, they are a

renowned for its commitment to excellence in teaching,

remarkable portrait of a singular law school.

service, and scholarship. A Cleveland-Marshall legal education makes possible the future you envision. Whether your voice is heard in the courtroom, in the board room, in the halls of government, or wherever your goals, interests, and ambitions take you, you will be an advocate for justice. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is recognized for the capacity of its graduates to effectively counsel and represent their clients. We are also highly regarded for the ability of our students, graduates, and faculty to think critically about our society’s strengths and weaknesses and to have the theoretical, doctrinal, and practical legal expertise to promote social justice, individual freedom, and economic growth. In Cleveland, law is a major industry. It is a city of small practice-specific firms and a city of large firms with national and international practices. We belong to this city. One of the most important lessons our students learn, 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 legal talent for more than a century. We belong to the nation as well. Our graduates are everywhere in America. They distinguish themselves in private and corporate practices, head law firms, serve on every level of the judiciary, hold high offices in state and federal government, create and develop businesses and corporations, chair non-profit organizations, teach in public schools



All of them began as you did: with a signature on a law school application. Like you, they sought a career in law to make a living, to make a life, to make a better world. They have done so, as you will.

People of justice can change the world. The mission of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is to

courts, and some of the most prestigious law firms in America

foster a more just society through legal education, service,

– firms whose practices span the country and the globe.

and scholarship. The Law School provides a rigorous legal education, enabling a diverse population of students to become accomplished, ethical citizen-lawyers who will make significant contributions to the region, the nation, and the world.

As a law school of excellence, Cleveland-Marshall values the importance of diversity as integral to enriching the classroom experience and the legal profession. From an historic position of strength as a leader in providing educational access to women and African-Americans, Cleveland-Marshall

The practice of law is ever expanding to meet the region’s and

continues to value diversity. A diversity of race, gender, eth-

the country’s economic, societal, and cultural challenges

nicity, sexual orientation, geographic location, socio-economic

and students at Cleveland-Marshall have a unique advantage.

status, and the wide range of life experiences of our students

They learn law in a major center of legal commerce, in a law

encourages a lively and thoughtful exchange of ideas in

school within walking distance of city, state, and federal

order to develop a deeper understanding of the law and its effect on societal values.





A city in the city.

As a public university in a major metropolitan area, CSU

Cleveland State University is the largest graduate school

and backgrounds. It shapes our belief in offering students

in the region with over 50% of its annual degrees given to

hands-on education, real world experiences and a personal

graduate and professional students—the greatest proportion

approach to fostering success in the pursuit of excellence.

of any university in Ohio. The University offers a variety

Advanced academic resources and rigorous intellectual

of degrees in specific academic disciplines within nine

inquiry are at the heart of CSU’s commitment to transforming

independent colleges pursuing excellence in their fields. The

America’s “labor pool” to a “talent pool.”

emphasizes inclusiveness and values diverse experiences

University is known for pushing the boundaries of 21st century student engagement by implementing cutting edge research,

A $500-million-plus plan for the growth

advanced academic resources, and developing state-of-the-

and development of Cleveland State

art campus facilities to be a powerful transformational force. Cleveland State University concentrates on applied research,

University’s physical space, continues

economic disciplines, and coupling transformative technol-

to change the face of campus and

ogy with transnational talent. A University-wide initiative

downtown Cleveland.

to maintain a strong connection to the regions’ growing health care and biomedical economy builds and strengthens resources across all disciplines; the results can be seen from the genetic research in the College of Science, to the

Our 85-acre campus in downtown Cleveland features mul-

creation of super-strength hybrid composite fibers at the

tiple classroom, research and living facilities. Building blocks

Fenn College of Engineering, to studies on the economic

for the Future, a $500-million-plus plan for the growth

implications of health care on multinational corporations at

and development of Cleveland State University’s physical

the Monte Ahuja College of Business. At C|M|LAW, we

space, continues to change the face of campus and down-

contribute to the initiative through our innovative Center

town Cleveland with architecturally stunning buildings and

for Health Law and Policy, our Community Health Advocacy

an inviting neighborhood atmosphere. From a historically

Clinic, and our Journal of Law and Health.

restored art deco residence hall to modern glass structures



cleveland sta

ate university like the Student Center and College of Education and Human Services, Cleveland State University is at the forefront of Cleveland’s continued revitalization.

With a bustling campus in the heart of the city, students study and play in a vibrant, welcoming community that offers the best in academic pursuits.

As members of both the Cleveland State University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law communities, students have access to a number of world-class amenities, including free membership at the state-of-the-art recreation center, and access to the best in health care at the campus Wellness Center and Counseling Centers. CSU also offers on-campus graduate housing in contemporary spaces tailored for the needs of law students. From libraries and study spaces to multiple dining options across campus, law students find a thriving neighborhood at Cleveland State University. With a bustling campus in the heart of the city, students study and play in a vibrant, welcoming community that offers the best in academic pursuits.



A Cleveland network includes friends and col-

Street pedestrian district are alive with

leagues from renowned

unique restaurants

educational and cultural

and nightclubs. Major

institutions, Fortune 500 companies, world-class research medical facili-

Vibrant, dynamic, in touch.

District and East 4th

ties, and global law firms.

league sports offer year-round action. Add the richness of great museums and the outdoor fun of lakefront and Metropark activities.

What makes people want to call Cleveland home? The answers

There’s always some-

to that question are as diverse as those who answer it.

thing to do, see, and experience.

It starts with youthfulness and energy. A Cleveland network includes friends and colleagues from renowned educational

Cleveland is also one of the most affordable housing markets

and cultural institutions, Fortune 500 companies, world-

in the country and offers a wide variety of living options and

class medical research facilities, and global law firms. They

neighborhood personalities. Choices range from downtown

come from all over the country and the world, shaping a

lake-view lofts to homes on tree-lined suburban streets; from

community both vital and welcoming.

contemporary chic cityscapes to old world neighborhoods.

What about after hours? Cleveland comes to life with major-

For the law school years or a whole career, Cleveland is a

metro entertainment and nightlife. Venues like the Warehouse

great place to call home.



Cedar Point Amusement Park

Put-In-Bay and Kelley's Island

The historic West Side Food Market

A vibrant nightlife

A newly-renovated art museum

The Cleveland lakefront

Hundreds of live music venues

Dance and opera

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Four professional sports teams

Independent films

Eclectic restaurants & coffee houses

A world-renowned orchestra

An incredible theatre district





At Cleveland-Marshall, our academic program is rigorous and grounded in traditional legal theory. At the same time, our experiential learning opportunities, skills-based courses, and award-winning Pro Bono program prepare you to tackle contemporary legal issues. Whether you’re coming to C|M|LAW directly from your undergraduate studies, looking for an opportunity to advance your career, or ready to embark on a new career path with unlimited potential, we meet you where you are and provide you with a relevant legal education that fits your individual goals and expectations. Our academic program is flexible. Full-time enrollment at C|M|LAW provides a full immerson experience into the study of law. Our part-time day and part-time evening options allow you to juggle family and work responsibilities or the opportunity to ease into your legal studies at a slower pace. Whichever option works best, you are assured of an educational experience that meets the standards of excellence you expect and deserve. After the completion of the first year, C|M|LAW students can move between the full-time and part-time programs as needed. Part-time students must commit to the course load outlined here. Part-time students cannot take fewer credits during their first two years of legal study. After the successful completion of the first year curriculum, students may elect an optional concentration program of study or may elect an individualized course of study by selecting from courses representing the breadth and depth of legal inquiry.

Full-Time Day, First Year FALL SEMESTER



In Support of Excellence. hours

C|M|LAW’s Academic Support Programs complement the





law school curriculum by focusing on the process involved



criminal law


in developing the skills that are necessary to succeed.



civil procedure


Legal Writing


legal writing


We recognize that students have different learning styles



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and experiences that can affect their learning process and performance in law school. For these reasons, Academic Support uses diverse teaching methods including small group discussions, large group sessions, and one-on-one assistance.

An Evolving Curriculum Infused with Professionalism. Part-Time Day and Evening, First Year

C|M|LAW’s close relationship with the legal community helps keep our curriculum relevant and our students well-











legal writing


legal writing


criminal law




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prepared to meet the professional expectations outside our walls. “The Problem of the Semester” is designed to increase student exposure to issues of ethics and professionalism. Each semester, the entire law school is presented with the same professionalism problem, which is incorporated into classes and lectures across the curriculum. Students see the

Part-Time Day and Evening, Second Year FALL SEMESTER civil procedure REquired core elective

hours 4 2-4

(constitutinal law, evidence, legal profession)



spring SEMESTER property REquired core elective

same issue approached in different ways and from multiple

hours 4 2-4

(constitutinal law, evidence, legal profession)


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perspectives, and come to understand the broader implications of the problem. These are tools needed every day in the real world of law—and skills that will make C|M|LAW students stand out.


C|M|LAW Concentrations. There are no majors in law school. At C|M|LAW, students discover the subjects, experiences, and opportunities that best meet their individual goals and expectations. Students may elect to undertake an intensive course of study through an academic concentration. Participation in a concentrated course of study enables future attorneys to develop their practice skills and to enter the legal profession with specialized knowledge in a specific area of practice. In addition to our concentrations, there are a variety of other practice areas you can successfully study at C|M|LAW. They Include: •

Environmental Law

Intellectual Property Law

Family Law

Law and Public Policy

Health Law

Tax Law

Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution Core Courses: Civil Procedure Evidence Legal Profession Electives Include: Advanced Brief Writing Alternate Dispute Resolution Conflicts of Law Trial Advocacy

Criminal Law

Employment and Labor Law

Core Courses:

Core Courses:

Criminal Law

Employment Law

Criminal Procedure I

Employment Discrimination Law

Criminal Procedure II

Labor Law

Electives Include:

Electives Include:

Capital Punishment & the Law


Computers & Law: Criminal

Employee Pension & Benefits Law

International War Crimes Tribunal Seminar

Public Sector Labor & Employment Law

Juvenile Law Seminar


Legal Responses to Terrorism

Workers’ Compensation Law

White Collar Crime

Business Law

International and Comparative Law

Core Courses:

Core Course:

Agency & Partnership

International Law

Commercial Law Corporations Secured Transactions Tax I

Electives Include: Immigration & Nationality Law International Aspects of Intellectual Property International Business Transactions

Tax II

International Criminal Law

Electives Include:

Race, Racism & Law


Bankruptcy Cyber Law

Study International and Comparative Law in St.Petersburg, Russia

Entertainment Law

Our month-long St.Petersburg Summer Law Institute,

Mergers & Acquisitions

taught by English-speaking faculty, prepares you for the

Real Estate Law

greater world of legal practive in a setting rich in history, art, and culture.



and create health care policy. Students who choose to work in the private sector will affect healthcare policy through lobbying and other activities. Graduates may work at think

Center for Health Law & Policy. Cleveland-Marshall’s location in Cleveland, a city with a vibrant health care industry, makes us uniquely suited to train future health care attorneys. The Center for Health Law and Policy offers certification in health law, awarded with the JD. The innovative program is designed to give students practical skills acquisition and a high-level of exposure to the region’s health care and legal networks. Students may specialize in one of three areas, or take courses from all three groups.

tanks and other organizations that focus on biomedical and research ethics issues. Health Law Business & Litigation Students who take courses in Health Law Business and Litigation will learn the business of health care in the public and private sector. Students will learn how to handle mergers and acquisitions, tax law, employee benefits, and risk management issues for hospitals, HMOs, long term care facilities, and insurance companies. In response to the impact of technology on health care, students will also learn how to guide their clients through intellectual property,

Health Law Regulation

biomedicine, and telemedicine issues. Graduates may choose

Students pursuing a Health Law Regulation focus are pre-

to handle medical malpractice cases or to engage in other

paring to work in private practice or at government agencies

types of healthcare-related litigation.

to represent hospitals, physician groups, HMOs, or individual doctors to ensure that they are complying with government regulations. In addition, students will learn to lobby on behalf of their clients, investigate fraud, deal with Medicare/

Health Law and Policy students can supplement their theoretical training with

Medicaid/Stark Law policy and compliance, and to oversee

practical, real-world experiences through

the development of public health regulations.

externships, the Journal of Law and Health,

Health Law Policy & Ethics

and the Community Health Advocacy

Health Law Policy and Ethics students will be trained to work in private, government or academic settings. Students will learn how to represent universities and other academic research centers, oversee clinical trials at universities and health care facilities, or work for the government to reform

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Dual degrees expand the scope of expertise.

Monte Ahuja College of Business •

J.D./Master of Business Administration

The Monte Ahuja College of Business provides students Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

with a practical, applied, and effective education. It allows

J.D./Master of Public Administration

students to combine classroom theory and activities with

J.D./Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development

opportunities to learn and experience real-world business

J.D./Master of Arts in Environmental Studies

practices via its strong partnerships with successful

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Ohio’s only College of Urban Affairs, is consistently ranked among the top urban affairs, city management, and urban policy schools in the country. Its metropolitan location provides an ideal setting for studying today’s issues in public policy, environmental policy, city planning, economic development,

businesses in Cleveland and beyond. Students are also offered opportunities to experience global e-commerce first-hand while studying abroad at partner universities in countries such as Germany or Chile.

“The joint program in law and business

and nonprofit administration.

grounds students in the law and context

Through a partnership between Levin College and C|M|LAW,

of business management today, and pre-

students have the opportunity to earn a dual degree of

pares them to serve business as managers,

Juris Doctor and one of three urban affairs Masters' degrees that are listed above.

counselors, advisors, and advocates.” Christopher L. Sagers Associate Professor of Law

The C|M|LAW and Monte Ahuja College partnership allow students the opportunity to earn a degree of Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in four years instead of the five years that would normally be required to complete the two degrees separately. Students who enroll in this Dual Degree Program must complete their first year of study at C|M|LAW. The second year of study will consist of the first year’s curriculum at the Monte Ahuja College MBA program. Students will then have the following two years to take courses at both colleges.

The College of Science is also home to the Center for Gene College of Science •

J.D./Master of Science in Environmental Science

Cleveland State University’s College of Science offers students interested in studying environmental science the opportunity to participate in an array of real-world, hands-on, engaged learning opportunities. The College’s Department of Biological,

Regulation in Health and Disease. The Center focuses on improving the understanding of biomedical research and how intervention at the genetic level can prevent or cure disease. Students and faculty work closely with the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute staff on research with international scientific impact.

Geological, and Environmental Science operates the Woodlake

The C|M|LAW and College of Science partnership allows

Environmental Field Station. The station facilitates long-term,

students the opportunity to earn a Juris Doctor and

on-site research and is an excellent educational resource

Master of Science in Environmental Science. The program

for field exercises in ecology, geology, and environmental

requires a total of four academic years of full-time study.

biology for the Cuyahoga River Watershed Project, a multi-

Students spend their first year taking courses exclusively

institutional collaboration that investigates the ecology of

at C|M|LAW and their second year taking Environmental

the Cuyahoga River Watershed.

Science courses. In the third and fourth years, students take

“The JD/MSES dual degree option is a great one for students who already have a strong background in science. Dual degree science students have shown that they’re not afraid to integrate scientific research processes into their legal training. They’ve carried out field studies and become experts in an area of environmental science.” Heidi Gorovitz Robertson Professor of Law Associate Dean for Faculty Development & Student Achievement



courses in both degree programs.

Trial cour

Advanced Technology. In Cleveland-Marshall’s state-of-the-art trial courtroom—the most technologically advanced courtroom in any of Ohio’s law schools—students are able to apply their solid foundation of classroom knowledge as they immerse themselves in the world of trial attorneys and learn hands-on the latest technologies being used in litigation. Technology has changed the way modern trials take place, and C|M|LAW responded with an enhanced simulatedlearning environment in which students not only learn to argue a case, they also gain practical experience using the same technologies being used in real-world trials. Modeled after modern courtrooms, the space includes on-screen annotation of evidence, video displays located at the judge’s bench and between each pair of jurors, high-definition recording devices for remote viewing and live streaming of both the courtroom and the jury deliberation room, real-time transcription of the hearing, and a jury deliberation room with a large plasma screen for viewing evidence. In addition, videotaping capabilities offer the opportunity for students to improve their performance by observing themselves in action.

"The rules of evidence come to life in our new trial courtroom, where students learn how to question a witness and introduce exhibits in a real-world environment." Kevin F. O'Neill, Associate Professor





Every law school has its own culture. But the foundation of every law school is its faculty. At C|M|LAW, our faculty is diverse in backgrounds, interests, and passions. All of our faculty members are committed to educating and inspiring the next generation of principled lawyers. All of our faculty members are creative scholars, who share their ideas and insights in the pursuit of justice. They are teachers, scholars, and citizen-lawyers. They are the heart and soul of this institution. “When I first came to Cleveland-Marshall, I was struck by our

“I entered the academy to make a positive difference in the

students’ sense of purpose. Whether they come to Cleveland- lives of students and take part in training the lawyers of Marshall to change their own lives or the lives of others,

tomorrow. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law affords me

I feel privileged to play a small part in the professional devel-

that opportunity. The students are bright, engaged and

opment of the promising students who join us every year.”

inquisitive. I am very impressed by their eagerness to learn

Carolyn Broering-Jacobs

and desire to practice law in Cleveland and beyond. It is my

Legal Writing Professor of Law Director of the Legal Writing, Research, and Advocacy Program

absolute pleasure to be a part of their legal education.” Matthew W. Green, Jr

“People sometimes say that law school is the place for people who haven’t decided what they want to do in life. I tell my students that it’s quite the contrary: law school is the place for people who have decided that they want do something that matters in life. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law offers the opportunity to make a difference: in law, in business, in the community, or in the world.” Lolita Buckner Inniss Professor of Law Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker - Hostetler Chair in Law

Assistant Professor of Law

“Laughter, discovery, joy. This is law school? Yes, this is why I have stayed at Cleveland-Marshall for over three decades. An undiminished passion for learning is contagious… My students work hard, and then reap the satisfaction of becoming an expert in the law of the Constitution. They have changed, and they like the change in themselves.” David F. Forte Professor of Law


Carolyn Broering-Jacobs

Matthew W. Green, Jr.

Lolita Buckner Inniss

David F. Forte




From the start, you learn to make a difference. Clinics. Learning and contributing, from intake to resolution. Students participating in C|M|LAW Clinics put what they learn in the classroom to work in the service of actual clients with real world legal problems. Under the close supervision of experienced attorneys, students serve the community while learning practical lawyering skills and tactics, professionalism, and ethics. This is an opportunity to participate in a case from intake to resolution, with full mentoring by clinic professors. Each of our six clinics specialize in particular areas of the law: Community Health Advocacy Law, Employment Law, Environmental Law, Fair Housing Law, Law and Public Policy, and Urban Development Law. Some are litigation– oriented, others provide advice to clients by researching the law and counseling them, and still others combine counseling, transactional work, and litigation.

Urban Development Law Clinic “I have the most rewarding career possible – I contribute to making northeast Ohio a better place. I do so by teaching law students to be ethical and committed members of their community and by providing legal advice to my clients in the Urban Development Law Clinic. The students in the clinic learn that the practice of law can transcend being just a job and, instead, be a vocation that has profound and lasting impacts on their community. The students learn that, as well as practice skills, by assisting our clinic clients with real estate and economic development projects as well as providing advice on important public policy issues. The most gratifying part is watching students gain confidence in their legal skills as they provide legal advice to our clients; their advice not only helps our clients to succeed it also helps our community.”

Carole Heyward Clinical Professor of Law

Law and Public Policy Clinic “During my year in the Law and Public Policy Clinic I conducted three, real-world research and writing exercises. In the fall semester I studied the effects of the foreclosure crisis on the City of Cleveland, then helped write the first draft of a legal complaint which was filed against national banks for acting as absentee landlords. In the spring semester I followed a United States Supreme Court case involving state regulation of national banks, then wrote a briefing memorandum on the case and its potential effects on cities like Cleveland. In the spring and summer semesters I researched innovations in regional governance across the United States. Once this research was complete, I conducted an extensive series of telephone and in-person interviews with governmental leaders across Ohio in preparation for a Brookings Institution study conducted by the Law and Public Policy Center. In my close workings with the Clinic professors I came to understand how attorneys approach public policy questions.”

Edward Herman Fordham university, b.a., 1996

Fair Housing Law Clinic “My involvement with the Fair Housing Law Clinic is by and large one of the most memorable experiences during my law school career. The Fair Housing Law Clinic allowed me the opportunity to work one-onone with real clients facing issues such as housing discrimination and foreclosure. I was able to test my legal acumen beyond the classroom and provide legal services to underprivileged residents in Ohio. My biggest accomplishment during my clinical experience was writing an amicus brief to the Ohio Supreme Court. The amicus brief supported the recognition of a hostile housing environment as a cause of action under Ohio’s civil right statutes when a tenant harasses another tenant on the basis of race. Once the brief was submitted, I traveled with my supervisor to Columbus to hear the oral arguments before the Ohio Supreme Court. I gained valuable writing and oral advocacy skills through this experience and had an opportunity to see the legal process in action.”

Teirra Ndegwa ohio university, b.a., 2004



Environmental Law Clinic “Working in the Environmental Law Clinic was a great way to interact with and help the community while meeting and learning from business people with interests similar to my own. I chose to work with the Trust for Public Land on an investigation into utilizing Burke Lakefront Airport for alternative public use. Among the topics we explored, I researched land control issues, including land leases, and the current economics of Burke. I contacted people at the Port of Cleveland, Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, Burke operations, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Our research was made all the more interesting because we were dealing with real issues that are still in the forefront of Cleveland’s waterfront development plans today.”

Donna Anderson kent state university,, 1978 / case western reserve university, m.b.a., 1986

Employment Law Clinic “I very much enjoy teaching in the Clinic, as I get to work closely with our students and watch them grow as advocates. It is so rewarding to see a student do a great job in, for instance, an unemployment hearing - especially a student who came into the Clinic lacking confidence in his or her ability to make a presentation to the rest of the seminar class, let alone be an effective litigator. Perhaps the greatest moments in the Clinic for both the students and myself occur when clients express their gratitude for the hard work the students have done on their behalf. For many of our students, such moments reinforce the reasons they came to law school.”

Kenneth J. Kowalski clinical professor of law / director, employment law clinic

Community Health Advocacy Law Clinic I am very pleased to be directing the law school’s Community Health Advocacy Law Clinic. It is a partnership between three public institutions with strong commitments to serving the poor: the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, the MetroHealth Hospital System, and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Our law students will be addressing the unmet legal needs of poor patients seeking medical attention at one of MetroHealth’s neighborhood clinics. The clinic’s mission is to help the city’s most vulnerable citizens resolve legal problems that may place their health and healthcare at risk.”

Pamela A. Daiker-Middaugh clinical professor of law / director, pro bono program



Externships. Active participation, close mentoring. Externships provide students the opportunity to learn the law outside of the classroom by participating in and observing the legal system in action while earning course credits. A key aspect of every externship is close supervision by an attorney or judge who reviews and comments on the student’s work throughout the externship.

Pro Bono Opportunities. Public service, professional growth. Our Pro Bono Program focuses on providing legal assistance to the Cleveland community in cooperation with local attorneys and community agencies serving under-represented groups, including the poor, elderly, and disabled. The program introduces students to the difficulties of the under-represented

Students have the chance to learn the law by being active

and the rewards of public service, and continually reminds

participants in the legal process. Externs also get to observe

students of the lawyer’s professional responsibility to render

legal proceedings—depositions, settlement conferences,

public interest service.

trials—so they receive broad exposure to the legal system. Students hone professional skills and expand their

Recent programs include:

understanding of professional responsibilities to the court,

The 3Rs (Rights, Responsibilities and Realities) Program

a client, and fellow attorneys.

Volunteer lawyers, law students and law faculty work with

C|M|LAW offers externship placements with judicial, governmental and other organizations that serve the public interest. Examples of externships include: • U.S.

Attorney’s Office

• U.S.

Federal Trade Commission

Immigration Court, U.S. Dept. of Justice

• Matrix

Pointe Software

• National • Internal • Legal

Labor Relations Board

Revenue Service

Aid Society of Cleveland

• Office

of the Federal Public Defender

• Cuyahoga

County Prosecutor’s Office

• Cleveland

State University, Office of General Counsel

• Cleveland

Clinic, Office of General Counsel

tenth grade government classes in Cleveland and East Cleveland high schools. Volunteers teach the American Constitution, provide practical career counseling, and encourage students to seek careers in law. The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Volunteer Program Cleveland-Marshall law students volunteer at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to help provide pro bono legal services to low-income people in Northeast Ohio. Volunteers participate in the Saturday Free Advice and Referral Clinics in city neighborhoods and develop community legal education workshops. The Homeless Legal Assistance Program Our students work with volunteer lawyers through the Homeless Legal Assistance Program and staff at the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless to provide pro bono legal assistance to homeless men and women in our

community. Volunteers conduct intake during weekly legal

The IRS-Certified Volunteer Tax Preparer Project

advice workshops at homeless shelters and assist with legal

C|M|LAW students work with the Cuyahoga Earned Income

research for volunteer lawyers providing direct representation

Tax Coalition at area tax sites – including Cleveland-Marshall

in pro bono legal cases.

College of Law – to provide free tax preparation for low-wage taxpayers. In one year, 50 law students, together with other

Students have the chance to learn the law by being active participants in the legal process. Externs also get to observe

volunteers, helped over 3,200 citizens across Northeast Ohio receive $4.6 million in refunds. The Pro Bono Program also offers regular community service opportunities, such as building homes with Habitat for

legal proceedings—depositions, settle-

Humanity, Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans, serving

ment conferences, trials—so they receive

lunch at a local soup kitchen, collecting and organizing

broad exposure to the legal system.

donations at the Cleveland Food Bank, and planting a garden in the inner city of Cleveland.

Students hone professional skills and expand their understanding of professional responsibilities to the court, a client, and fellow attorneys.

Public Interest Law Fellowships. Investing in people who invest their talents. We put our money where our mouth is! Not only do we encourage students to engage in public interest work, we provide funding for summer experiences as diverse as: • Legal

Aid Society of Cleveland

• Kilimanjaro

The Driver License Reinstatement Project Over 350,000 residents of Cuyahoga County are driving under suspended licenses. Working with a cadre of volunteer lawyers and judges, law students interview clients in Northeast Ohio to determine why their licenses were suspended. Then students assist volunteer lawyers in researching their clients’ cases, and, when necessary, accompany their clients to court as they work toward license reinstatement.



Women Information Exchange, Tanzania,

East Africa • AIDS • Equal

Task Force, Cleveland Rights Advocates, San Francisco

• Shoshone-Bannock • Cuyahoga

Indian Tribe Commission, Idaho

County Public Defender's Juvenile Division

• US

Department of Education, Civil Rights Division

• US

Environmental Protection Agency, Washington D.C.



professors, and other legal scholars for publication, and works with the authors to revise and refine the articles in preparation for publication. Law Review develops a student's legal writing and citation skills. The Journal of Law and Health is a traditional, yet innovative During your first year at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law,

online journal. Articles are drawn from all disciplines that

your studies focus on the jurisprudence and theory of

offer a perspective on the legal aspects of medicine and

American law—truly the most comprehensive foundation

health sciences. This interdisciplinary format allows flexibility

for every successful lawyer. Once you have mastered the

in both the type and length of articles published. While

material, Cleveland-Marshall offers an array of opportunities

retaining a scholarly format, the Journal encourages pub-

to apply your new-found knowledge to the practice of law.

lication of the innovative idea, the bold statement, and the

The pursuit of academic disciplines outside the classroom,

unique point of view. Students solicit articles, judge article

including advocacy opportunities and scholarly journals,

quality, and select manuscripts for publication. Selected

provide our students with a wonderful way to incorporate

manuscripts are edited by students. Most importantly,

their legal studies with practical courtroom skills, written

students accept responsibility for the originality, accuracy,

and oral advocacy, and working as a legal team.

and quality of the published articles.

Our scholarly journals are a source of academic study of the

The Global Business Law Review (GBLR) provides an in-

law by Cleveland-Marshall students, faculty and outside

novative, online platform for scholars and practitioners to

authors. These journals publish cutting-edge, thoughtful,

explore novel and transformational issues in the field of

and innovative articles about modern questions of law.

international business law. The GBLR publishes volumes in the fall and spring of each year and sponsors a symposium

The Cleveland State Law Review is a journal with a proud

every spring to address the most significant legal issues in

tradition. The Law Review is dedicated to publishing a high

international business. The GBLR is committed to fostering

quality legal journal containing articles from legal scholars

a transnational dialogue among scholars, practitioners and

throughout the country. These articles are of local and

law students interested in issues in international and busi-

national significance, and each issue includes articles

ness law. The student-led staff of the GBLR is responsible

written by Cleveland-Marshall students. The editorial board

for the editing and publication of the GBLR.

of the Law Review selects submissions from judges,

One of the most important attributes for a successful attorney is written and oral advocacy skills, and the Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court program provides students the opportunity to develop, refine, and showcase brief writing and appellate advocacy skills. Students are eligible to compete for a position on the team at the end of their first year by participating in an intramural competition. Second year students also have an opportunity to compete in an intramural competition to join the team after completion of the Advanced Brief Writing course. Once a member of the team, students compete in interscholastic competitions against teams from across the nation. The award-winning Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court team provides students the opportunity to obtain and develop real-world advocacy skills, both written and oral, while still in law school. Team members benefit from the advice and guidance of experienced alumni, faculty, and practitioners. Another opportunity to develop trial advocacy skills is through the Trial Advocacy Competition, better know as our Trial Team. The Trial Team helps students develop and hone their trial advocacy skills. Students participate in two trial competitions: a local competition with Ohio and surrounding state law schools; and the National Trial Advocacy Competition. Using federal rules of evidence and civil procedure, teams develop arguments, create their own case theory, and prepare written and oral trial materials.

Catheryn Cross

Spelman College, B.A., 2010

“Cleveland-Marshall made the transition to a new city and the rigors of law school a unique experience. The encouragement I received from the faculty and staff enhanced my introduction into the Cleveland legal market, as well as the support amongst my peers created a community that is rare in law schools.”

Ben Pruett

Arizona State University B.A., 2008

“I chose C|M|LAW because it is unique in that it offers numerous opportunities for students to further explore their academic and cultural interests outside of the classroom through organizations such as the peer mentor program and numerous student organizations. The strong sense of community among current C|M|LAW students and it’s alumni made my transition from Anchorage to Cleveland easy and enjoyable.”

Estina Muñoz-Goertz

University of Southern Alabama B.A., 2006

“This is the community I was looking for, where friends are colleagues and alumni are mentors. Community was a key factor in my decision to move here with my son. C|M|LAW alumni support for and commitment to current students is unmatched.”

“I have met numerous alumni through law school activities and have had the opportunity to meet Chief Justice O'Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court and present direct examination exercises before a federal district court judge. C|M|LAW's rich network of alums provides a unique opportunity for C|M|LAW students to jump start their legal careers and gives them an edge in today's challenging legal market.”

University of Massachusetts- Amherst, Bachelor of Music, 2001

Anna Stowe DeNicola

“I decided to attend C|M|LAW because of its outstanding reputation for producing top-notch lawyers. The practical experience I have gained at C|M|LAW has been invaluable toward my passion to pursue a career as a civil defense attorney: moot court, mock depositions, various clinics, externships, and summer associate positions have all prepared me to enter the legal community with unflappable calm and confidence.”

Georgetown University B.s., 2007

Brandon Cox

“W ith prime location, prestigious alumni, and phenomenal academic resources, C|M|LAW has proven to be the best gateway into the exploration of the legal profession. Attending C|M|LAW has allowed me to gain invaluable experience and knowledge in both the private and public sector. In my first year, I was able to obtain a summer associate position at a national firm and now have gained the opportunity to clerk at the Cleveland Municipal Court.”

Cleveland State University B . A ., 2008

Theophilus Hudson

“After an extensive law school search I choose C|M|LAW and have never looked back. I could not be happier with the education and opportunities C|M|LAW has provided me!”

Brendan Heil

Ohio University B.A., 2009

STUDENT We have a diverse group of student organizations for a diverse population of students. They provide a great way for students to serve the law school and the Cleveland community, to grow personally and professionally, and to network with attorneys and other people who provide legal services. American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association Black Law Student Association Business Law Association Canadian Law Students Association Catholic Lawyers Guild Christian Legal Society Cleveland-Marshall Allies Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Republicans Cleveland State Law Review Criminal Law Society Delta Theta Phi Democratic Law Organization Dual Degree Law Students Association Employment and Labor Law Association Entertainment & Sports Law Association Environmental Law Association Federalist Society The Gavel The Global Business Law Review Health Law Society Hispanic Law Student Association International Human Rights Organization International Law Students Association Jewish Law Student Association Journal of Law and Health Justinian Forum Moot Court Board of Governors Student Bar Association Student Intellectual Property Law Association Student Public Interest Law Organization Women's Law Students Association


Chia Wei Lee

University of Toronto B.A., 2008

“The Career Planning Services at Cleveland-Marshall are constantly providing updates on employment opportunities and offering practical tips on resume and interview preparation to ensure I always make a good impression in front of employers.”

Support for the student, the lawyer, the whole person.

an attorney who can provide emotional support and advice. This is truly the beginning of your professional network!

Networking. Friends, colleagues, advisors.

Speakers and Educational Series. Tapping into a world of knowledge.

• Cleveland-Marshall

• Employment

Law Alumni Association (CMLAA)

& Labor Law Speakers Series

Mentor Program —

Hear distinguished scholars and practitioners in the field of

Only another law student, or a former law student, knows

employment and/or labor law.

what students are going through. So take advantage of every opportunity to learn from those who have come before—our alumni.

• Cleveland-Marshall

Enrichment Fund Visiting Scholar

This program brings a scholar to the Law School for two days to participate in the life of the school. The scholar

The CMLAA Mentor Program provides law students with a

serves as a guest professor in a substantive course, leads a

structured way to meet, observe, and obtain advice from

faculty seminar on current research, makes an informal pre-

C|M|LAW alumni practicing in Cleveland. The purpose of the

sentation at a faculty lunch, and presents a public lecture.

Mentor Program is to create the opportunity for contact with

• Criminal

Justice Forum

area. Students also receive many benefits such as the Student

Nationally recognized scholars and practitioners present a

Lawyer magazine and other free or low-cost publications

public lecture on a current issue in criminal law.

that will help in law school and in planning a legal career.

• Littler

Mendelson Employment & Labor Law Speakers Series

• O hio

State Bar Association, Student Member—

A distinguished scholar or practitioner in the field of

The OSBA provides members with valuable connections

employment and/or labor law presents.

and opportunities that will help students throughout

• The

Forrest B. Weinberg Memorial Fund Lectures­­

This biannual lecture series addresses current issues in commercial law. • J oseph

C. Hostetler-Baker & Hostetler Lecture

Each year a distinguished scholar in law or a related field is invited to present a public lecture. Membership in Professional Associations. Developing the strong lifelong foundation. • American

Bar Association-Law Student Division (ABA/LSD) —

The ABA/LSD membership offers a law student the beginning of a professional network. There is an opportunity to participate in one or more of the specialized ABA sections, such as tax, criminal justice, family law or professional diversity to learn more about current trends in that practice



law school and their careers. Student members have the opportunity to attend local conferences on various current issues within the legal field. Students also receive the OSBA weekly publication of recent Ohio court decisions, the Ohio Student Lawyer Journal, and the student newsletter.



Alexander Reich Washington University in st.louis B.A., 2006

From Day One we help you build your future. Employers have confidence in the education students receive at C|M|LAW, and when it’s time for you to begin your job search, our Office of Career Planning (OCP) stands

Programs: Fall and Spring Interview Program Judicial Clerkships and Fellowships Public Interest Careers and Volunteer Opportunities Mock Interviews & Networking Solo Practice

ready to help you connect with employment opportunities.

Recent Placement of C|M|LAW Graduates:

The administrators who head the OCP are members of the

Avery Dennison, OH

bar and have extensive experience in the legal recruiting

Baker & Hostetler, OH

process; they know the legal market, locally and nationally.

Benesch LLP, OH

The Office of Career Planning will link you to an extensive network of C|M|LAW graduates who have an influential presence on the bench and in the bar. Across the country, our graduates are well placed to help you become the kind of professional you aspire to be.

Calfee Halter, OH Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, OH Ernst & Young, D.C International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, D.C. Jones Day, OH Key Bank, OH

Individual counseling is at the core of OCP’s services, but

Medical Mutual, OH

it is only one of the many resources we make available

National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans, PA

to you. Our primary role as part of your career plan-

Ohio State Auditor

ning team is to help maximize all the ways you can add

Sisters of Charity Health System, OH

dimension and value to your law school experience. At

Squire Sanders, OH

C|M|LAW, numerous opportunities exist for you to en-

Thompson Hine, OH

hance your legal talents and participate in programs that

U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Kentucky

give you exposure to potential employers.



Where they are.

What they do.

Employment percentages of our recent graduates: 48% private practice 27% business 16%



judicial clerkship


public interest





Ben Beckman

Class of 2008.

"I wish my school had done that." "I wish my school had done that." That’s a phrase Jones Day Associate Ben Beckman hears a lot these days from colleagues who attended other law schools. While many schools don’t give law students feedback until it’s too late to improve their performance in classes, Ben found the close instruction at C|M|LAW gave him the solid skills he needed to succeed.

“I was surprised by just how accessible my professors were and by their comprehensive approach to improving the aptitude of their students.” “I was especially heartened by the level of attention my first-year professors paid to teaching the basics of being in law school. That passion for teaching techniques for success, as well as the substantive content of the courses, carried through to my later professors as well. I was surprised by just how accessible my professors were and by their comprehensive approach to improving the aptitude of their students.”



The engaged teaching method was just one way C|M|LAW surpassed Ben’s expectations. After working in real estate redevelopment, Ben decided to study law, and his impressive short list of schools included Harvard, Yale and Stanford. “I considered the top schools in the country, but my wife and I love Cleveland. I investigated C|M|LAW because of the University’s reputation as a place where teachers placed equal emphasis on teaching, scholarship and practical application of their erudition. C|M|LAW’s engagement with the city was a major attraction. After talking with students, professors, admissions staff and others in the community, I concluded that I could get a great legal education with the engaged approach I was looking for.” The mentoring program at C|M|LAW also had a significant impact on Ben, who was paired with a seasoned real-estate and banking practitioner. “If not for my mentor's generous outlay of wisdom, I would not have known of the opportunity at Jones Day, nor would I have been as well prepared to secure the position. My mentor gave me the insight I needed to excel, and he continues to provide helpful advice as my career unfolds." “The mentoring program is another aspect of C|M|LAW that other attorneys I speak with wish their law school had provided. While every mentoring experience is unique, I know that this program is hugely beneficial to C|M|LAW students. It certainly made a difference for me.”

The honorable Benita Pearson Class of 1995. “I never wanted to be anything but a judge.”

As an alum, she finds C|M|LAW engages beyond its walls. “Much of the legal community–both alums and non-alums– benefit from the school’s proximity. C|M|LAW is a great source for interns, externs, and associates. It keeps alums and the community involved because it continues to produce excellent practitioners.” “C|M|LAW is very welcoming to the legal community. I walk in and still feel a part of it.” Judge Pearson recalls the impact of alumni who came to C|M|LAW during her studies to talk with students, and takes special note of hearing from African-American women attorneys and judges. “Grads have an obligation to return to the school to share their experience— to answer questions about how they got where they are

Nominated for federal court by President Barack Obama

and be examples to future lawyers.”

and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Benita Pearson is the first African-American woman to hold a U.S. District judgeship in Ohio. Growing up in inner city Cleveland, Pearson wasn’t exactly

“Grads have an obligation to return to the school to share their experience—

clear how she would live a life of justice, but she knew it

to answer questions about how they

was what she wanted. She studied accounting at George-

got where they are and be examples to

town so she could get a job that would pay for law school, and enrolled first in the part-time evening program at

future lawyers.”

Cleveland-Marshall, and after a corporate buy out at her day job soon gave her the financial ability, switched to full

Her investiture in March 2011—proudly attended by some

time status.

of the most distinguished members of the legal commu-

“I was impressed with how involved the instructors and administrators were in the lives of students—even prospective students. That continued throughout my studies, and even continues today. I’d be surprised if Cleveland-Marshall’s individual attention is matched at other schools. That involvement lends itself to a culture that speaks of C|M|LAW.”

nity and C|M|LAW community—was an experience so immense in thoughts, emotions, and significance that Judge Pearson finds it bigger than herself. “It was more than about me; it was about every accomplishment I’ve ever had, and C|M|LAW was a part of it.”



Thank you for your interest in C|M|LAW.

3. Register for the Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at This service is the clearing house for your LSAT score(s), academic transcripts, and letters of

Admission to C|M|LAW is selective. The admission committee reviews all applications taking into consideration academic performance, LSAT scores, work and life experiences, and

recommendation. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will request your CAS report from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) once your application is received. 4. Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than

readiness for the rigors of legal education.

February of the year you intend to enroll in law school.

At C|M|LAW, we are committed to enrolling

When more than one score is reported, C|M|LAW consid-

academically talented and diverse students.

ers the highest score.

In doing so, we recognize and embrace that academic talent and diversity can be identified in many interesting

5. Secure official academic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate college and universities attended. These

and exciting ways.

transcripts must be submitted through the Law School C|M|LAW promotes equal education opportunity for persons of

Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The law school can-

every race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, disa-

not accept any transcripts directly.

bility, sexual orientation, and veteran status. Applicants whose academic performance or LSAT results have been affected by

6. Provide a minimum of two letters of recommendation.

life circumstances or other adversities are encouraged to apply

Letters should be submitted through the Law School

to C|M|LAW’s Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP).

Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

All applicants to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, fulltime and part-time, are required to complete the following: (transfer applicants, LCOP applicants, and international applicants:

• Applicants

are encouraged to apply early!

Application Deadline: May 1 (preferred deadline is February 1) • Completed

see additional requirements on the next page)

applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

beginning in late December.

1. Successfully complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to the start of law school classes.

• New

students are admitted in the Fall semester only.

Any supporting documents


may be submitted as

Office of Admission

admission. Applications will be accepted from September 1

electronic attachments

1801 Euclid Avenue, LB 138

through May 1, each year. Please note that the application

or mailed to:

Cleveland, Ohio 44115

2. Complete, certify, and submit an electronic application for

includes a request for an original personal statement.

Apply online for free at



Transfer Applicants. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law invites students in good standing from law schools accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to apply as transfer students. The primary

Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP) Applicants. LCOP applicants must complete the same application process as all potential students. In addition to completing the LCOP

factor in the admission decision is prior law school perfor-

application for admission, applicants are required to provide

mance as determined by grades and class rank. However,

three letters of recommendation.

undergraduate grades and LSAT scores are considered. LCOP Application Deadline: March 15 Transfer applicants must complete the same application process as all potential students. In addition, transfer applicants must provide:

International applicants seeking a JD must complete the same

1. an official transcript of completed law school work;

application process as all potential students, as well as complete

2. a letter of good standing from their law school dean; and 3. an official class rank after all law school work is completed. Letters of recommendation may be submitted, but are not required.

International Applicants. the following additional steps to complete their application. 1. If you completed any post-secondary education outside the United States or Canada, you must use the JD Credential Assembly Service (JDCAS) to evaluate your foreign transcripts.

Transfer Application Deadlines Fall Admission: July 1

2. If your primary language is not in English, you will need to

Spring Admission: December 1

submit TOEFL and TWE scores.

Summer Admission: April 1

International Application Deadline: May 1 (preferred deadline is February 1)

Apply online for free at



Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP). The Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP) is a selective admission program for applicants who have encountered some form of adversity or other circumstance that has affected their LSAT score and/or academic performance. As a result, their academic indicators may not accurately reflect

Students admitted through LCOP are required to participate in a three-credit-hour, evening course during the summer. This course runs for seven weeks, from late May through mid July. The course integrates substantive areas of the law, legal writing, and skills development to help the student become familiar with the structure of legal education. In addition, LCOP students are introduced to the Academic Excellence Program that is available to all C|M|LAW students.

their potential to become successful law students. LCOP

Students admitted through LCOP are full members of the

applicants may demonstrate their readiness for the challenges

law school community; many become leaders in law school

of law school through a record of career and professional

and in the legal profession.

accomplishments, personal statements, letters of recommendation, graduate work, and/or a trend of significantly improved academic performance over a period of time.

Carl B. Stokes (C|M|LaW 1956) Federal Court House Building CLEVeland, ohio



excellence meets Affordability. 67


Financing your C|M|LAW Legal Education. A C|M|LAW legal education is an excellent investment in your future. In thinking about the cost of your legal education, consider tuition and fees, housing, books, transportation, and other personal expenses. C|M|LAW’s affordable tuition and Cleveland’s relative low cost of living mean that you can begin your legal career from a position of greater financial strength. With that financial strength comes greater flexibility to pursue the fullest array of practice areas and career opportunities. Most Cleveland-Marshall law students finance a portion of their legal education with Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Grad Plus Loans. Scholarships are awarded competitively based on the overall strength of each student's academic record. As students continue through law school, additional scholarship opportunities and awards are available based on need, merit, and community activity. Non-Ohio residents who are full-time students can become Ohio residents after completing the first year of law school and lower their tuition costs. Part-time non-Ohio resident students may be eligible for provisional residency before they begin law school and may immediately qualify for in-state tuition.

In addition, we offer specialized visitation events throughout the year. • On-Campus

Visitation Events: These events are scheduled

in the fall and spring semesters and are geared for prospective students. Events include an admission presentation, a student panel, and tour of our building. All are welcome. • Multicultural

See yourself here. We are delighted to welcome prospective students to our beautiful law school. The most important reason to visit is to meet our students, faculty, and staff. Our students are diverse, accomplished, and successful. Our faculty are dedi-

Perspectives Events: These events are geared

for ethnically and culturally diverse prospective students. As an introduction to C|M|LAW, students have the opportunity to participate in a mock class, tour the law building, attend an admission presentation and interact with students, alumni, and professors. All are welcome to join us. • Admitted

Student Day: In the spring, we reserve an all-day

cated teachers, researchers, and mentors. Our staff is com-

visit event for students admitted to C|M|LAW. The day includes

mitted to enriching your experience from the first day until

presentations from faculty, alumni, and students, including a

graduation. These men and women are our greatest assets—

luncheon with members of the C|M|LAW community.

and one of the best reasons to join the C|M|LAW community.

• O ff-Campus

Visitation Events: We travel extensively

We encourage you to visit our campus to see all that we

throughout the United States and hope to see you when

offer. And we do offer plenty! See our Smart Classrooms,

we are in your hometown or at your school. To see where

Moot Court and Trial Courtrooms, dramatic glass entrance,

we’re going visit the “On the Road” Section of our website.

student-friendly atrium, and our state-of-the-art Law Library– top ten in the country for its size, technology, and volumes. Your visit. Your way. The Office of Admission welcomes visitors weekdays when school is in session. We offer walking tours of our building. During the fall and spring semesters, the tour is generally followed by the opportunity to attend a first year class. During the spring semester, we also offer an information session with a member of our staff.

To learn more about visiting and to register for visitation events, please visit our website at You may also contact the Office of Admission directly at admissions@, 866-687-2304, or 216-687-2304. The Admission staff will help make your visit to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law as informative as possible.




C|M|Law corner of euclid and east 18th street CLEVeland, ohio

Arriving by plane. Renting a car? Follow the airport signs to I-71 North (take I-480 East to I-71 North) and follow the driving directions. The Cleveland Innerbelt bridge project will impact downtown traffic for the next several years. Visitors are strongly

Want a cab? Follow the signs in the airport to ground trans-

encouraged to go to and click “traffic impacts�

portation, near Baggage Claim 1, to take a cab to downtown

to find out if there are any exit closures around CSU on the

Cleveland. The fair is about $40. Every airport cab must

day of your visit and to help you plan alternate routes.

accept major credit cards.

Directions from the East

Like public transportation? Take the Rapid Transit Red Line

Follow I-90 West to the Chester Avenue/CSU exit (#173B).

straight to downtown Cleveland. Follow the signs in the

Turn left onto East 24th Street; drive a half block to Chester

airport to the Rapid Transit (RTA). The fare is a few dollars

Avenue and turn right.

and will drop you off at Tower City. You can use the same

Directions from the West (I-90) Follow I-90 East to the East 22nd Street exit (#172B). Turn left onto East 22nd Street Drive several blocks; turn left onto Euclid Avenue. The law school is at the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 18th Street. Directions from the West (Route 2) Follow the Shoreway (Route 2) east to I-77/I-71 South. Exit at the Chester Avenue/CSU exit (#173B). Turn left onto East 24th Street; drive a half block to Chester Avenue and turn right. Directions from the South (I-77) Follow I-77 North to the East 22nd/East 14th Street exit (#162B) to East 22nd Street. Turn left onto East 22nd Street. Drive several blocks; turn left onto Euclid Avenue. The law school is at the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 18th Street. Directions from the South (I-71) Follow I-71 North to the East 22nd Street exit (#172B). Turn left onto East 22nd Street. Drive several blocks; turn left onto Euclid Avenue. The law school is at the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 18th Street.



pass to take the #6 bus down Euclid Avenue or hop on the free trolley to the C|M|LAW stop.

Arriving by train. Amtrak offers daily service from many major cities. The station is located downtown, along Lake Erie, about a 15 minute walk, a brief ride on the Waterfront Rapid, or a short cab ride to the law school.

Arriving by bus. The Greyhound station is located at Chester Avenue and East 13th Street. Walk two blocks East (left turn out of the station) to East 18th Street. Make a right onto East 18th Street and one block up is our front entrance. Mega Bus runs directly from Toledo and Chicago to Cleveland daily and drops passengers off behind Tower City, right downtown. Take the #6 bus down Euclid Avenue or hop on the free trolley to the C|M|LAW stop.










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Closing The DEAL. Before becoming the Dean of C|M|LAW—and before becoming

tools they needed to be successful. These alumni reach back

a legal academic—I was a corporate and international tax

to support our students in many different ways—they teach

lawyer in private practice at law firms in New York City and

in our classrooms, they provide financial support in the form

Cleveland. My practice was devoted to providing strategic

of scholarships, they are coaches to our moot court teams,

tax advice on mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases,

they are mentors, and they are quite frequently employers of

private equity investments, corporate reorganizations

our graduates.

and similar transactions. Regardless of the nature of the specific transaction, the goal was to see the deal through

But we also believe our graduates continue to find

to closing. A deal would not close, however, until the

employment because we offer our students a wide variety

investor was satisfied that the transaction would produce

of experiential learning opportunities that give them the

the desired return on investment.

practical skills necessary to be valuable to legal employers as soon as they graduate. This dedication to providing

In this publication—our “deal prospectus”—you’ve had the

practical engagement experiences was one of the principal

opportunity to see and read about the important features

reasons I decided to come to C|M|LAW as Dean. When

of the legal education that C|M|LAW offers to prospective

a commitment to experiential learning is coupled with a

students. It is my sincere hope that having read these pages

talented teaching faculty that produces highly regarded,

you’re ready to “close the deal” and become a member of

leading-edge scholarship, the result is a truly powerful

our law school community. Let me share a couple of final

learning environment.

thoughts, though, to help assure you of the value of an investment in a legal education at C|M|LAW.

If you are passionate about the legal profession, then close this deal by joining our community of scholars and students

The last few years have been difficult for new lawyers, as the

at C|M|LAW. You’ll be challenged and inspired to both

number of available legal jobs has shrunk significantly across

“Learn Law” and “Live Justice.”

the country. Despite this general contraction, C|M|LAW graduates continue to find employment at a rate competitive with the national average. In part, this is because there is a vast network of C|M|LAW alumni in Cleveland, throughout Ohio and across the nation, who are proud of the legal education they received here and believe it provided them the

Craig Boise Dean and Professor of Law



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