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More than 650 military veterans are enrolled at Cleveland State University with dozens of those attending Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The law school and University are committed to giving these veterans the support they need to thrive in their pursuit of s law degree.
The Veteran Student Success Program, also known as “Viking Vets,” is available to all veterans enrolled at Cleveland State, as well as their dependents. This program, staffed daily by a full time coordinator and student employees, all of whom are veterans, is designed to assist in the transition of a military veteran entering or returning to the academic community. This includes assistance with paperwork for GI Bill benefits and other financial aid, as well as the paperwork for applying and enrolling at C|M|LAW.
The Viking Vets go further than many schools and provide veterans support throughout their education. That includes academic support until graduation, as well as providing a network for veterans, including community service activities, a monthly social event and a veterans’ study lounge.
“The process of making the transition from military to civilian life can be a bit overwhelming, but we’re here to take the stress out of that - something not a lot of schools offer,” explained Mike Henderson, a current 3L student at Cleveland-Marshall who is student president of the Viking Vets program and spent six years in the United State Air Force.
In addition, a special benefit to veterans attending Cleveland State University is that it is one of the original three and now one of 26 universities nationwide with a VA VetSuccess on Campus Counselor. This VA Counselor, available to veterans daily, can deal with all benefits questions and issues behind those of attending law school.