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We are an iconic, 122-year-old student-centered law school committed to both excellence and opportunity, social justice and producing lawyers that are also leaders.

We created one of the first solo practice incubators in the country and the first Master of Legal Studies (MLS) Degree in Northeast Ohio. The Groundbreaking P. Kelly Tompkins Leadership in law program is one of he first in the nation to provide core leadership training to law students.

A robust, engaged learning curriculum connects students to real world legal work complementing rigorous academics. Innovative “pop-up practicums” offer students short-term, hands-on opportunities to work on legal issues important to them. Through our Pro Bono program our C|M|LAW students clock 11,000 hours of volunteer work each year, and gain lawyering skills while assisting people in need through our Clinics.

C|M|LAW offers education in growing industries through its Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection, Center for Health Law and Policy, Criminal Justice CenterGlobal Space Law CenterIP and First Amendment and numerous areas of expertise.

Cleveland-Marshall graduates have a history that is strong in social justice, leading at the forefront of major social movements including women’s suffrage and civil rights. Committed to diversity, we were the first law school in Ohio to admit women and one of the first to admit African Americans. Today, our students learn to recognize injustice hands-on work for reform through our Criminal Justice Center.

In addition to traditional JD studies, C|M|LAW’s MLS and professional certificate programs offer a variety of educational options for professionals outside the traditional legal field.

We are a located in the heart of downtown Cleveland – a city rising in popularity among young professionals for its exciting entertainment, lifestyle and cultural and business opportunities. Cleveland boasts one of the largest legal markets in the country and is home to leading health care organizations with international prominence.

WHY Choose C|M|LAW?

  • Affordable tuition and cost of living
  • Non-Ohio residents pay in-state tuition
  • Scholarships guaranteed each year by maintaining good academic standing
  • State high Bar Passage Rates two consecutive times in 2018 on the Ohio Bar Exam
  • Record-high employment rate for the Class of 2018 (95.5%)
  • One of the strongest and most engaged alumni networks of any law school provides immeasurable support from your first year of law school to your ongoing career
  • Student-centered attention from faculty and academic success programs help you become successful from the day you enter law school
  • Comprehensive leadership training
  • Technologically advanced trial courtroom, legal technology lab, and state-of-the-art learning commons
  • Flexible full-time, part-time day and part-time evening study options
  • The convertible J.D. option converts your first year of study to a full Master of Legal Studies Degree, generally with only one additional class, if after the first year you decide law school isn’t for you
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