Explore CSU|LAW!

We are an iconic, 124-year-old student-centered law school committed to both excellence and opportunity, social justice and producing lawyers who are also leaders.

In the most recent U.S. News and World Reports Rankings (2022) CSU|LAW is ranked the top part-time law school in Ohio, with a national ranking in this category of 45, and the top public law school in Northern Ohio.

Additionally, we were nationally ranked in 12 specialty areas:

  • Health Care Law (Top 100)
  • International Law (Top 100)
  • Tax Law (Top 100)
  • Business/Corporate
  • Clinical Training
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Commercial
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Legal writing
  • Trial Advocacy

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 CSU|LAW students clock 11,000 hours of volunteer work each year, and gain lawyering skills while assisting people in need through our Clinics.

CSU|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.

CSU|LAW 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 have admitted women since we were founded in 1897, and were one of the first law schools in Ohio to admit African Americans. Today, our students learn to recognize injustice hands-on work for reform through our Criminal Justice Center, multiple opportunities to help clients in our clinics, and through the school's commitment to fight for racial and social justice.

In addition to traditional JD studies, CSU|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, along with thriving sports and entertainment industries, and leading health care organizations with international prominence.

WHY Choose Csu|LAW?

  • Affordable tuition and cost of living
  • Non-Ohio residents pay in-state tuition
  • Scholarships guaranteed each year by maintaining good academic standing
  • Strategic Bar Passage program including a parnership with Bar Preparation provider BARBRI
  • One of the strongest and most engaged alumni networks of any law school provides immeasurable support from your first year of law school throughout your 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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