Law School Orientation

Welcome Entering Class of 2020!

I look forward to seeing you during our 1L orientation program, First Years' First Week. Our goal during the First Years' First Week is to welcome you to the CSU C|M|Law family, prepare you for the study of law, and acclimate you to law school by providing a series of informational sessions as well as introducing you to a legal writing course. This webpage is your one-stop resource to prepare you to begin law school. I encourage you to carefully review all the information below well in advance of orientation. Please be sure to return often for updates and new information.

All of us eagerly anticipate meeting you and welcoming you to CSU Cleveland-Marshall. We know you will share our pride as you become a part of the extraordinary CSU* Cleveland-Marshall family.

Lee Fisher
Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law


Orientation Schedule

Full Schedule

Orientation Materials

Briefs for Eighth District Court of Appeals Oral Argument


Law Library & IT Orientation

Academic Information for 2020-21

Academic Calendar You can see the entire 2020-21 school year schedule in advance. Know when you have days off and when you have to be here for classes.

  • The Fall 2020 First Year Exam Schedule will be emailed to all students during Fall 2020, however, do not plan any vacations or events between December 9 and December 18, 2020 as this is final exam period. Be aware, we will not change exams because of vacations, weddings, birthdays, personal appointments, or other planned events!
  • Course Materials and First Assignments Please check this page the first week of August. This is where you will find your first assignments for Fall 2020. You must be prepared for all classes on Monday, August 24. The assignments may not be posted until mid-August, so please check back frequently.

Student Handbook, Honor Code, and Code of Conduct

You are responsible for knowing and understanding these documents fully.

Student's Rights and Responsiblities

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Honor Code

CSU Code of Student Conduct

Student Handbook


University Services

Disability Services If you require accommodations for the classroom or exams, we recommend you develop a relationshiop with disability services early and often. CSU Cleveland-Marshall, of course, honors any recommended accommodation.

Health & Wellness All services are free and the office is conveniently located across the street in the Union Building.

Counseling Center All services are free and the office is conveniently located across the street in the Union Building. However, should you need to talk something over or get some personal counseling or advice, Amy L. Miller, our Director of Student Life is more than pleased to speak with you.

Recreation Center The Rec Center is free for all law students - even part-time students. Your ID card will be programmed to swipe in for access. You do not have to do anything but plan to stay healthy while in law school!

CampusNet, Parking, Viking Card (ID) & UPass

CampusNet Login & Use Information - CampusNet has ALL the information you need, including registration, parking, financial aid, and account balances. This is the first and most important tool you have to monitor your account at CSU. Please login as soon as possible (well before Orientation) as University correspondence will begin to be mailed to the address listed on CampusNet.

Viking Card - you are welcome to come to campus anytime to get your Viking Card. Bring in your class schedule mailed to you in July and you can receive your ID card.

Parking Services - Student parking permits go on sale August 1, at 9 a.m. The link below will provide you with information on how to obtain a parking permit. You’ll need your CSU ID number and password to access the parking system. (Your student ID number was sent to you along with a guide on how to navigate CampusNet.) Purchase permits via CSU GO Online Parking System, by logging in using your CSU ID and Campus Net password. Permits are priced based on the parking access they provide relative to the parking location’s proximity to the core of campus.
NOTE: Parking permits do sell out, and they sell out quickly, so don’t delay. 

CSU Commuter Parking Information Page

UPass - every Cleveland-Marshall student has free public transportation on all buses and Rapid in Cuyahoga County. The UPass sticker will be mailed to your address in CampusNet in early August. You simply put the sticker on your ID card. Please make sure your address is current in CampusNet.


Living in Cleveland & Housing Resources

Living in Cleveland couldn't be better!

  • We have baseball, basketball, football, and hockey professional teams - Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters
  • Excellent restaurants and chefs (we're home to Iron Chef Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer). 
  • World-renowned museums - Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), The Great Lakes Science Center, Polka Hall of Fame, and of course, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
  • One of the best park systems around. The Cleveland Metroparks have Lake Erie beach access, hiking trails, horse-back riding, a railroad, skiing, golf, and nature all around Cleveland and its suburbs.
  • A vibrant and rejuvenated downtown. Heinen's, a Cleveland grocery chain, is now the renovated Cleveland Trust Bank, revitalized downtown shopping, quality restaurants and bars on 4th Street, and the second largest theatre district in the United States (outside NYC) create a lively social scene for law students.

Check out some other sites for information: City of Cleveland (Mayor Frank Jackson is a Cleveland-Marshall alumni!), Destination Cleveland, public transportation, services near CSU


The Campus District, our neighborhood in Cleveland, is a great place to live, work, socialize, and go to law school. Learning about the Campus District, including the many housing options available within walking distance of C|M|LAW.

Professional Legal Organizations

American Bar Association (ABA) - FREE membership for law students.

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) - FREE membership for law students.

Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) - FREE membership for law students. One of the benefits of membership is use of Casemaker, an online legal research tool to look up cases.

Supreme Court of Ohio Professional Ideals for Lawyers and Law Students

BARBRI Bar Examination Review - FREE for you!

Under the Cleveland-Marshall - BarBri Partnership, Cleveland-Marshall pays 100% of the BarBri tuition for C|M|LAW graduates who are enrolled in BarBri through the partnership. Cleveland-Marshall graduates may take BarBri in Ohio or elsewhere. The Partnership, through which the BarBri course is provided at no cost, applies only to Cleveland-Marshall graduates.

The BARBRI bar review course has been trusted by more than 1 million law school students to date. The full Bar Review course is available in all jurisdictions. It includes anytime access to lectures, outlines, practice questions, essay writing help and tutoring. As well as our unique BARBRI AMP technology that help you learn and retain the black letter law, the foundational rules you will have to apply throughout law school and beyond. There are live lectures for the Ohio Bar Exam at Cleveland-Marshall for the Summer Bar Review course.

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