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Cleveland State University (Cleveland-Marshall College of Law)

The Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is located on the university's urban campus in downtown Cleveland. We have been training lawyers since our forerunners, the Cleveland Law School and John Marshall Law School were established in 1897 and 1916 respectively. Since becoming part of Cleveland State University in 1969, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has enhanced its long-standing reputation in the region by recruiting and educating committed men and women who wish to serve and lead in communities dedicated to change and growth in Ohio and throughout the United States. The law school continues to enhance its national reputation and influence by recruiting and enrolling students from across the country, through its academic lecture series and Visiting Scholars Program, and through networking events with alumni across the United States and abroad.

The mission of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is to foster a more just society through legal education, service, and scholarship. The Law School provides the opportunity for 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.

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will continue to be a major foundation of the legal community in the region, having educated outstanding lawyers, judges, public servants, and business people. For more than a century, the College of Law has provided an opportunity to qualified students to improve their own lives by serving others. Towards that end, the College of Law will enhance its tradition as an institution committed to excellence in teaching, service, and intellectual inquiry. The College of Law will be recognized for the capacity of its graduates to counsel and represent their clients effectively, and for the ability of its 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. The College of Law will be distinguished as an accomplished and highly regarded public law school, renowned for being creative, accessible, and compassionate.

Cleveland-Marshall offers more than 100 classes each semester. After our students have completed their basic requirements, they may choose to take a wide range of courses or to focus their studies more narrowly, depending on their career goals. In addition, students can pursue an academic concentration in one of five major areas of legal practice.

Our curriculum is broad and diverse with almost every aspect of legal practice represented. Cleveland-Marshall offers more than 100 classes each semester. After you
have completed your basic requirements, you may choose to take a wide range of courses or to focus your studies more narrowly, depending on your career goals.

Business and Commercial Law : Courses offered in this area include Corporate Law, Agency and Partnership, Banking Regulation, Contracts, Mergers and Acquisitions, Non-Profit Organizations, Small Business Enterprises, and Securities Regulation.

Civil Advocacy and Dispute Resolution : Lawyering skills can be honed through courses such as Pretrial Practice, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Brief Writing, Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Remedies, and through participation in our outstanding Moot Court, Clinical, and Externship programs.

Criminal Law : Both the defense lawyer's and the prosecutor's perspectives can be explored by enrolling in courses such as Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Trial Process, Capital Punishment, and Juvenile Law. Externship placements are also available in criminal law.

Labor and Employment Law : Courses available in this burgeoning area of the law include Employment Law, Labor Law Seminar, Employment Discrimination Law, Labor Law, Public Sector Labor Law, ERISA (employee benefits), Arbitration, and Mediation. Students can also acquire hands-on experience in the Employment Law Clinic.

Health Law : Health Law can be examined from a variety of perspectives by taking Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice, Psychiatry and the Law, Biomedical Ethics, AIDs and the Law, or a Health Law Seminar. Students can also serve as staff members or editors on the law school's Journal of Law and Health and may participate in an externship in a health law setting.

Tax Law : Students planning a career in tax or just interested in taking a few basic courses can choose from Federal Income Tax, Corporate Tax, Advanced Corporate Tax, Wealth Transfer Tax, and Federal Taxation of International Transactions.

International Law : A global view of legal systems can be explored by taking courses in International Law, International Business Transactions, International Criminal Law, Transnational Litigation, International Environmental and Trade Issues, and Russian Law, and by participating in a summer term in Russia.

Cleveland-Marshall's Academic Support Programs complement the law school curriculum by focusing on the process involved in developing the skills that are necessary to succeed in law school. These skills include the ability to understand, organize, and apply the law in a law exam and bar exam setting. Our Academic Support Programs also address time and stress management, effective study methods, and different value systems in the law and legal education.

We recognize that students have different learning styles 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 training, and one-on-one assistance.

Our fundamental goal is to take the mystery out of succeeding in law school and the practice of law. Additionally, Academic Support fosters an academic community to assist students in their adjustment to law school and the legal profession.

The College of Law offers an array of courses designed to enhance the skills of its students by exposing them to the practice of law under supervision in a wide variety of settings. As a nationally recognized leader in the development of clinical legal education, the College not only continues to offer a number of clinical courses but has fostered other experiential opportunities as well. Chief among these are the externship programs which take the student out of the classroom and into a variety of practice settings and the courtroom.

Because the programs differ in experiences, credits, and skills taught, students may select programs that best suit their interests. Students who participate in the Employment Law Clinic gain valuable experience working on employment-related cases, including Ohio unemployment compensation cases. In this clinical program, students enroll in a seminar and participate in clinical work for two semesters. The Housing Law clinic provides an opportunity for students to represent, as Legal Interns, clients of The Housing Advocates, Inc., a public interest law firm specializing in housing law. The Housing Advocates, Inc., also provides supervision for students in our Fair Housing Law Clinic. Other clinical opportunities include the Environmental Law Clinic, the Community Advocacy Clinic, and the Law and Public Policy Clinic.

The Judicial Externship program offers upper-level students the opportunity to work with state appellate and federal court judges. Under the guidance of a judge, students hone their research and writing skills and are afforded the opportunity to observe the judicial process. Other externships available are the Federal Public Defender Externship, the United Sates Attorney Externship, and an Independent Externship Program that allows students to experience supervised externships in public interest settings.

In 1997 the College of Law dedicated its new law library. This superior research facility is one of the 15 largest academic law libraries in the country with 85,000 net square feet, housing more than 500,000 volumes. The Law Library director and staff are experienced professionals dedicated to helping students develop top research skills.

As a Cleveland-Marshall College of Law student preparing for legal practice in the 21st century, you’ll have access to online research services, a 53-seat computer lab, group study rooms, and a bibliographic
instruction room. You’ll also be able to study and read at your leisure in the four-story light-filled atrium or in one of the 206 student carrels—many with built-in power and network ports for portable computers—or use our wireless network. The Law Library subscribes to both the WESTLAW and LEXIS computer-assisted legal research databases. You will be trained in the use of these databases, which are available to you at the Law Library and on your home computer. The Library also facilitates free use of the Internet for students. Training classes in the use of computers and databases
are offered throughout the year.

Our award-winning, nationally recognized Moot Court program will provide you with an understanding of, and experience in, the appellate process. Special emphasis is placed on the skills, techniques, and format of brief preparation, the procedure of appellate courts, and oral argument and advocacy.
Teams are selected to represent the school in a number of interscholastic competitions throughout the United States. The success of the teams competing in these events has earned Cleveland-Marshall’s Moot Court
Program a national reputation for excellence.
In addition, the law school sponsors a Trial Competition team. Participating students are selected through tryouts held at the law school.

Cleveland-Marshall’s College of Law and CSU’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs have designed a specialized Law & Public Policy Program. The program
and its curriculum are recommended for law students and graduate students in Urban Affairs who are interested in public service careers and who wish to expand their understanding of legislative and administrative procedures, governmental decision-making, and public policy development.
The program offers participation in an innovative Law & Public Policy Clinic. This Clinic enables students to work together with faculty and professional staff from both
the College of Law and the College of Urban Affairs to address critical public policy issues that state and local governments encounter.

The majority of Cleveland-Marshall students reside in a wide range of convenient and affordable housing in downtown Cleveland—close to the law school, law firms, and the courts— throughout the city’s neighborhoods and in nearby suburbs.
On-campus housing is available in Viking Hall, located two blocks from the law school.
Viking Hall has floors reserved for law and graduate-
level students. Double and single rooms are available and several meal plans are offered.

Our full-time faculty of approximately 55—a diverse and distinguished group of men and women—have clerked for federal district and circuit court judges and practiced
law at private law firms as well as with public interest organizations. Several have argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court; others have traveled to teach and study in Russia, China, India, England, Slovakia, Italy, Israel, and other countries around the world. Their wide and varied experiences enrich the classroom and will enrich your educational experience as well. Equally important, the Cleveland-Marshall faculty are accessible
both in and outside the classroom so that you will feel comfortable discussing classwork, career concerns, and other issues with them.

Our adjunct faculty—comprised of outstanding
attorneys practicing in the Cleveland area—bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the school. They teach a number of specialized courses, ranging from
Admiralty Law to Workers’ Compensation.
Our faculty are committed to research and professional activities and have published in a multiplicity of subject areas.
Their interests and experience translate into elective course offerings that will allow you to explore many developing areas of legal practice.

Located on the main floor of the law school, the Student Services Center (SSC) provides students with the convenience of accessing the law college’s administrative offices in one central location. The SSC contains the central reception desk for the law school and features the offices of Admissions, Career Planning, Financial Aid, and Student Records. The SSC also houses the offices of the assistant deans who counsel students on graduation requirements, course selection, academic support, and a variety of other law
school matters.

Cleveland-Marshall offers several academic support programs to assist students in achieving success in law school. These programs complement the law school curriculum by focusing on developing analytical skills used throughout law school as well as in the practice
of law.
The Academic Excellence Program (AEP) is open to approximately 60 first-year students who meet weekly with upper-level student teaching assistants to work on legal analysis, critical thinking, and test-taking skills.
Weekly workshops on legal analysis and exam-taking are open to all students. In the workshop setting, students are given the opportunity to take exams and receive feedback from the instructor on legal analysis and presentation.
In addition, the law school offers one-onone counseling and bar exam preparation courses and workshops.

For more than 100 years, the graduates of Cleveland-Marshall have made substantial contributions to the social and economic vitality of the region and country. Over this time, we’ve had alumni/alumnae elected to the Cleveland City Council, the Ohio General
Assembly, and the United States Congress. Three alumni have served as mayor of the City of Cleveland, including the first African-American mayor of a major American city. Approximately 70 percent of the state’s
municipal, trial, and appellate court judges in Cuyahoga County are our graduates. Three of the present judges on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, two of the judges on the United States
Court of Federal Claims, and two Ohio Supreme Court Justices are graduates of Cleveland-Marshall. Graduates of Cleveland- Marshall also hold judicial seats in several states throughout the nation.

Cleveland-Marshall attorneys are also outstanding practitioners. The managing partners of several leading law firms and the directors of numerous non-profit organizations and public interest law firms received
their law degrees at Cleveland-Marshall. The law school has a presence in the corporate world with graduates serving as board directors, trustees, and chief operating officers. Among law schools nationwide, we have one
of the highest number of graduates who are general counsel. Other graduates are leaders in medicine, journalism, and education.

Through the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association and various law school programs and events, you’ll have the opportunity to meet many of these distinguished alumni/alumnae who have served as mentors and role models to successive generations of
our graduates.

School name:Cleveland State UniversityCleveland-Marshall College of Law
Address:East 18th & Euclid Avenue
Zip & city:OH 44115-2214 Ohio

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