Incoming Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students will have the unique opportunity to see the law in action firsthand during their first week of law school as part of Cleveland-Marshall’s “First Years' First Week” orientation for 1L students. For the first time, students will take part in an innovative Engaged Learning Day, unique among law schools, Friday, August 16.
In the morning, students will go to either the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio or the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District, and observe actual cases specifically selected by judges for this day. In the afternoon, students will visit two local companies - Nextant Aerospace and Flight Options LLC – both based out of the Cuyahoga County Airport. The afternoon will include a tour of the facilities and discussions with Chairman and CEO Kenneth Ricci, a 1986 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall, as well as the president and corporate counsel of these companies.
“Many students don’t see the inside of a courtroom until after their first year of law school and that doesn’t make much sense,” explained Carole O. Heyward, Director of Engaged Learning at Cleveland-Marshall. “We don’t know of any other law schools that are doing something similar to our program. We feel it is going to be very beneficial for our students to see judicial proceedings and learn about subjects such as contracts and business structure firsthand, before stepping into the classroom.”
The Cleveland-Marshall faculty will lead discussions before and after the field experiences to go over what the students saw and heard in each setting, and to highlight critical takeaways that relate to upcoming coursework.
“Students constantly tell us how beneficial it is to be able to put what they are learning in real-world context and this is a great opportunity to expose them to the law in action from their very first week in law school,” explained Dean Craig M. Boise. “Having faculty with them throughout the day, with the opportunity to lead discussions, will help maximize their time in the field and help students hone in on what they should be focusing on as they continue to partake in engaged learning experiences throughout their law school careers.”