Legal Career Opportunities Program

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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University welcomes applications from individuals demonstrating academic excellence and writing proficiency, but whose LSAT scores are at or below CSU C|M|LAW’s published 25th percentile score (150 for the entering class of 2018); these applicants may be admitted through the Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP).

Students admitted to CSU Cleveland-Marshall through the LCOP program have successfully demonstrated strong academic ability and writing proficiency; however, their LSAT score may not reflect their greater potential.

The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.

These skills can be strengthened through hard work and practice. Through CSU Cleveland-Marshall’s LCOP program, our faculty experts will work to diagnose and correct any area of weakness before the start of your Fall semester.

Highlights of LCOP include providing you with the following additional resources:

  • Two coordinated courses – Torts and Legal Process – through which you will develop skills and study habits that will help you in all your courses.

  • A two-week head start: the LCOP program begins two weeks before other first-year courses. During that two-week period, your professors will meet with you for three hours a night. You will learn to read and brief cases, which is the primary method by which you will learn the law in your first-year courses. You will develop learning strategies. And you will study the legal system, legal authority, legal analysis, and kinds of legal reasoning.

  • Small classes to facilitate individual attention.

  • Regular one-on-one meetings with your professors.

  • Frequent writing assignments and exams with individualized feedback.

  • A semester-long focus on the skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.

The LCOP Application Process

We are accepting J.D. Applications until July 1, 2020 for the entering Class of 2020.

There is not a separate application process for LCOP; instead, the Admissions Committee could recommend admission into the LCOP program for any student whose credentials are lower than we prefer for admission but whose file shows the promise of success.

Admission to LCOP is highly selective. 

Students admitted to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law through the LCOP program are required to begin their legal studies early on August 5, 2019. Your attendance and participation in LCOP is required for your admission to Cleveland-Marshall. Full-time and part-time day students, be aware that you will have an evening course obligation through the Fall semester.

All undergraduate degree requirements must be completed by July 30, 2019. 

Transfer students are not eligible for admission through the Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP).

The College of Law promotes equal educational opportunity for persons of every race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

You may apply online or via the Law School Admission Council at There is no application fee for applications submitted electronically. Please call the LSAC Help Desk at 215-968-1393 in the event you encounter any technical difficulties using the online application service.

All applicants to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, full-time and part-time, are required to complete the following:

  1. Successfully complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to the start of law school classes.
  2. Complete, certify, and submit an electronic application for admission. Applications will be accepted from September 1 through May 1, each year.
  3. Provide a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Letters must be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service.
  4. Provide an original personal statement that is your own work and represents your best writing. The statement should be a minimum of two typed pages in length and identify, among other things, what influences in your life have led you to seek admission to law school, and to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law specifically. If you have overcome unusual or challenging life circumstances including hardship, disadvantage, discrimination, or disability; or have special circumstances that you would like the admission committee to consider, you are encouraged to describe those circumstances in your personal statement or as an addendum to your application.
  5. Disclose and submit a statement of all relevant facts pertaining to any and all probations, suspensions, warnings, sanctions, and dismissals by any college or university for academic or non-academic reasons; criminal charges pending against you; convictions or granted deferred adjudications or diversions for any offense, felony or misdemeanor, including traffic offenses but excluding minor moving violations and parking tickets. Failure to provide truthful answers may result in revocation of admission, disciplinary action and/or dismissal by the law school, and/or denial of permission to practice law by the state in which you seek admission.
  6. Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). When more than one score is reported, Cleveland-Marshall will consider the highest score.
  7. Register for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). This service will be the clearinghouse for your LSAT score(s), academic transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will request your law school report from the Law School Admission Council once your application is received.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Completed applications should be submitted electronically. Supporting documents may be submitted as electronic attachments or mailed to:



Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Office of Admission
2121 Euclid Avenue - LB138
Cleveland, OH 44115

Required Summer Academic Program

The LCOP program begins on August 5, 2019, with two weeks of intensive study at no additional tuition cost. You will begin your study of Torts and Legal Process with Associate Dean Carolyn Broering-Jacobs (Clinical Professor of Law and LCOP Professor) and Professor Nicholas DeSantis ( Director of Academic Support). At the end of this two-week period, you will join your 1L colleagues for Orientation Week, and you will continue your Torts and Legal Process classes through the Fall semester, with Torts meeting three times a week and Legal Process meeting once a week. 

LCOP students are strongly encouraged to participate in the law school's Jump Start Program.

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