Overview

Applicants
513
Acceptance Rate
55%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.30
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
98

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
151 - 155

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
May 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
81

37
Female
17
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

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

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
84%
Median Starting Salary
$57,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
86%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
58%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
80

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Jones Day; Baker & Hostetler; Thompson, Hine; Squire, Sanders & Dempsey; Calfee, Halter & Griswold; Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff; Hahn, Loeser & Parks, LLP; Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur; Gallagher Sharp; Jones Day; Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office; and Cuyahoga County Public Defenders Office are among the many employers who hire our students and graduates. A broad range of employers representing small, medium and large firms as well as business and government agencies employ our graduates.

Graduates Employed by Area

52%
Private Practice
20%
Business/Industry
13%
Government
1%
Judicial Clerkships
1%
Public Interes
1%
Academic

Graduates Employed by Region

97%
MidWest
2%
South
1%
Mid-Atlantic

Prominent Alumni

Tim Russert
The late Sr. VP, NBC News and moderator of

Hon. Louis Stokes
US House of Representatives, Rtd.

Hon. Maureen O'Connor
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio

Christopher Vasil
Chief Deputy Clerk, US Supreme Court

Elizabeth Pugh
General Counsel, Library of Congress

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
May 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$33,457

% Students Receiving Some Aid
91%

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$25,548
Out-Of-State Tuition
$35,768
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$14,516
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$14,516
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,500
Fees
$1,661

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
336
Parent Institution Enrollement
16,959

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
8
Average Age at Entry
27

% Out-of-State
4%
% International
2%

Demographics

15.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

74% are full time
26% are part time
34% female
66% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The part-time program at Cleveland-Marshall is pretty large and “evening and day students do have very different experiences.” As you would expect, full-timers are generally younger while part-timers are older and have “more time in the real world” already under their belts. “In my class, we have architects, engineers, law enforcement officials, researchers, bankers, and people with other varying careers,” says a part-time 2L. Some part-time students complain that they are “excluded from a lot of school activities and classes.” Others assert that “the full- and part-timers are treated equally.” “I am a full-time 3L who frequently takes night classes due to my part-time work schedule and I haven’t noticed a divide between night and day professors’ focus on the students,” explains one student. “Some of the best professors I have had in law school teach night classes.”
Student opinion concerning the academic atmosphere is mixed. Some students flatly call it “competitive.” Others, staking something of a middle ground, say that “people are friendly and willing to help, most of the time.” Still others describe “a great sense of camaraderie.” “Students here help one another better than at any institution I’ve ever encountered,” declares a 3L. Socially, clubs and extracurricular activities are abundant. “The student bar association plans fun socials at least once a month with free food and drinks for students to unwind.” “Everyone seems to fall into whatever groups make them happy and things move right along.” “Most of the students know one another,” explains a 3L. “We have lockers, prom (Barrister’s Ball), socials, drama, and tons of drinking.” Beyond the law school orbit, Cleveland isn’t generally listed among the greatest cities in the United States but there really are a lot of charming neighborhoods and the cost of living is comparatively low.

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Christopher Lucak
Assistant Dean for Admission and Financial Aid

Address
2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Phone
216-687-2304

Email
admissions@law.csuohio.edu