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 B.    RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS, see Academic Regulation 4.4 (page 64, herein)


1.     Required Core Curriculum (RCC)

The RCC must be substantially completed before students undertake electives.  Students should take particular care in choosing electives prior to completing the core courses.

a.         Civil Procedure, L505 (L513, beginning F’12)

b.         Contracts, L501 (L511, beginning F’12)

c.         Criminal Law, L506

d.         Legal Research, Writing & Advocacy, L504

e.         Property, L508 (L514, beginning F’12)

f.         Torts, L502 (L512, beginning F’12)

g.         Constitutional Law, L516

h.         Legislation & the Regulatory State, L515 (for students beginning 2012 and after)


2. Other Course Requirements

a.         Evidence, L661

b.         Code of Professional Responsibility Course

This requirement may be satisfied by the course Legal Profession, L643.

Note: Applicants for admission to the Ohio bar and those of most other states must pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE).  You may sit for the Ohio bar exam without having passed the MPRE, but cannot be admitted to practice until you have passed both exams  The MPRE  is administered three times per year. Students frequently take Legal Profession, L643, before taking the MPRE.  The Legal Profession course is not, however, designed to full prepare students for the MPRE exam.  Additional information about the MPRE, including a Study Guide and a practice exam, is available at  Some of the bar review courses offer free (online) MPRE preparation classes as well.

c.         Administrative Law Component – for students entering law school prior to 2012.  See below

d.         Perspective Requirement.  See below

e.         3rd Semester Course in Legal Writing.  See     below

f.         Upper Level Writing.  See below

g.         Skills Course Requirement (for students entering Summer 2008-2011) See below

h.         Experiential Skills Requirement (for students entering 2012 and after) – Details to be provided by Spring 2013.

 Perspective Requirement -- To be completed from the following list.  Additional courses may be approved from time to time and will be so designated on the appropriate course schedule.

    a.         American Legal History, L550

    b.         Ancient Athenian Law, L570

    c.         Biomedical Ethics, L602, beginning Fall 2008

    d.         Church & State, L560

    e.         Comparative Law, L687

    f.         Comparative Constitutional Law, L567

    g.         Comparative Law: Islamic Law, L551

    h.         Comparative Law: Canon Law, L581

    i.          International Criminal Law, L610    j.         International Law, L553

  k.          Judaic Law, L561

  l.       Jurisprudence, L554

 m.         Law, Literature & Film, L569

  n.         Ohio Constitutional Law, L572

  o.         Psychiatry & Law, L558

  p.         Race, Racism & Law, L565

 q.          Sexual Orientation & Law, L563

 r.         Social Science & the Law, L585

s.         Theories of the Business Firm in Critical Perspective, L762

 t.         Theories of Justice, L559

 u.         Women & Law, L631

v.        Additional courses as designated on the course schedule

 Administrative Law Component – for students entering law school prior to 2012. The following courses satisfy the Administrative Law Component.

  1. Administrative Law, L623
  2. Banking Regulation, L641
  3. Election Law, L727
  4. Employment Law, L684
  5. Environmental Law, L671
  6. Fair Labor Standards Act, L739
  7. Health Care Law, L686
  8. HIPAA and Privacy, L690
  9. Immigration & Nationality Law, L734
  10. Labor Law, L629
  11. Labor Law Seminar, L709
  12. Public Sector Labor Law, L675
  13. Regulatory Law, L638 (formerly Regulatory Federalism)
  14. Securities Regulation, L655
  15. Tax Procedures, Penalties & Crimes, L647, beginning Fall 2011
  16. Workers’ Compensation, L651, beginning Fall 2008
  17. Additional courses as designated on the course schedule

 Third Semester of Legal Writing -- Each student is required to take at least one legal writing course in addition to the core Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy Course, L504.  Students may choose from a group of courses to be designated by the faculty.  Such courses will be designated with the number (12) on the course schedules and in the course descriptions.  Normally, the third semester course in Legal Writing will be taken during the Fall or Spring of the second year for full-time students or the Spring of the second year or the Fall or Spring of the third year for part-time students.

 Skills Course Requirement – Each student who entered law school as a beginning student in Summer 2008 through 2011 is required to take at least one course designated as a Skills Course.  Beginning Summer 2009, such courses have been designated with the number (16) on the course schedules and in the course descriptions.  Students admitted through Fall 2011 may satisfy both the skills course and third semester of legal writing requirements with a course designated with both a (12) and a (16) on the schedule.  As of August 2012, the following courses have been approved as satisfying the skills course requirement:

  1. Advanced Brief Writing, L615
  2. Alternate Dispute Resolution, L696
  3. Arbitration, L633
  4. Community Health Advocacy Law Clinic, L824
  5. Employment Law Clinic, L802
  6. Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, L808
  7. Externships – including
    1. Judicial, L815
    2. US Attorney, L882
    3. Gov’t/Public Interest, L817
    4. Independent, L805
    5. General Counsel, L827
  8. Fair Housing Clinic, L886
  9. Jessup International Moot Court, L820
  10. Law & Public Policy Clinic, L825
  11. Law Practice Management, L674
  12. Legal Drafting: General, L778
  13. Legal Drafting: Special Topics, L798
  14. Legal Drafting: Employment, L788
  15. Legal Writing & Litigation, L792
  16. Mediation, L673
  17. Moot Court I & II, L806 & L809
  18. Transactional Law Clinic (formerly Urban Development Law Clinic), L826
  19. Trial Advocacy, L663
  20. Trial Advocacy Competition, L863
  21. Trial Advocacy Competition: Advanced, L864
  22. Additional courses as designated on the course schedule

 Experiential Skills Course Requirement – Students entering law school in Summer 2012 and after will be required to fulfill to take a course designated as fulfilling the Experiential Skills Requirement.  The initial list of courses that will satisfy this requirement will be provided Spring 2013.  In no event may a student satisfy both the 3rd semester legal writing requirement and the experiential skills requirement with a single course, even if the course could satisfy either of those requirements individually.

 Upper Level Writing Requirement -- The purpose of the Upper Level Writing requirement is to have each student undertake at least one extensive research and writing experience (in addition to Legal Writing, Research and Advocacy) prior to graduation.  The goal of the requirement is for each student to demonstrate his or her writing, research, analytical, and organizational skills by producing one substantial written product under the direction of a faculty supervisor.

 The Upper Level Writing requirement may be met by satisfactory completion of a seminar or specified upper level course for which a substantial paper is required or satisfactory completion of an appropriate two or three semester-hour Independent Legal Research, L860, project.

Satisfactory completion of courses denoted with the number (5) on the course schedule or by completion of the optional research paper in courses denoted with the number (5a) on the schedule will meet the Upper Level Writing Requirement.  Some courses may be offered with a paper option in one term and not in another or not when offered by a different instructor.  Do not assume that a particular course has a paper option merely because the course was offered with a paper option in the past.  If the denotation (5) or (5a) does not appear on the schedule, and, for some reason you think the course might satisfy the requirement, check with Assistant Dean Jean Lifter.

 A two or three semester hour Independent Legal Research, L860, project may also satisfy the requirement.  A full-time faculty member must supervise every Independent Legal Research project.  An Associate Dean must approve any project to be supervised by an adjunct faculty member. The faculty member must sign a form, available in the Student Services Center, indicating that he or she is willing to supervise the project and specifying how many hours of credit are involved.  The completed form must be returned to law school Records Officer or Dean Lifter, who will approve registration for the Independent Legal Research credit.

A maximum of three semester hours of Independent Legal Research credit may be elected to count toward the J.D. degree.

 Students who are invited, either on the basis of grades or on the basis of the Summer Writing Competition, to join the staff of the Cleveland State Law Review, the Journal of Law and Health, or the Global Business Law Review are required to complete a student note as staff members.  This is often done in conjunction with an Independent Legal Research project - the paper is ultimately turned in to both the law review (or journal) editors and to the faculty member supervising the project.  Students may sign up for this credit during the Fall or Spring semester that they are serving on the review or journal staff.

 Normally, students produce a paper of a minimum of 24 pages, excluding footnotes, for two hours and a minimum of 36 pages, excluding footnotes, for three hours for Independent Legal Research credit.

 Note: Supervising faculty may exercise discretion  in awarding credit but withholding upper level writing certification for a project whether completed for Independent Legal Research or in a course or seminar in which a paper is required or is an option.


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