125th Anniversary Celebration


This year marks CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Quasquicentennialthe 125th anniversary of our founding in 1897.

Leadership, justice, and opportunity define our proud history as Cleveland's downtown law school. We were one of the first law schools in Ohio to admit women and minority students, and many of our graduates were the children of immigrants. It was our graduates who laid the foundation for the Cleveland legal profession and who led the fight for civil rights and social justice in Northeast Ohio. Today, our law school leads through innovative practical education and a rich curriculum that includes cutting-edge legal disciplines. Our students and graduates continue the CSU C|M|LAW legacy of excellence throughout the profession and throughout the world.

Read Dean Fisher's Message

125th Campaign

Our 125th year celebration is about honoring our past, planning for our future, investing in our strengths, and believing in our students.

This year, we also celebrate 50 years of our Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP), a groundbreaking program that admits students whose applications, when viewed in their entirety, have demonstrated strong academic ability, perseverance, and promise for success, but whose standardized LSAT score does not reflect their greater potential. 

In honor of these milestones, please consider a gift to help students achieve their dreams of changing the world with a law degree. You may disignate a gift for:

  • LCOP
  • Academic Support program
  • Diversity Matters programs
  • Judge Ann Aldrich/Judge Patricia Blackmon Scholarship Fund


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Memory book

We value the members of our CSU Cleveland-Marshall Community and invite you to celebrate with us by sharing your stories and memories in our online guestbook!


CSU|LAW Timeline: 125 Years of Legal Education

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has a rich history dating back to its founding as Cleveland Law School at Baldwin University in 1897.  Today, C|M|LAW remains at the forefront of legal education innovation.  This four-part historic timeline highlights the major events of each generation that have shaped the law school over the past 125 years.


125 Years Flashback: First Issue of The Gavel

C|M|LAW's student-run newspaper, The Gavel, has long been a staple on the Cleveland-Marshall campus.  Flashback 64 years and read the first publication of The Gavel.


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