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Cleveland Marshall College of Law welcomes applications from individuals demonstrating academic excellence and writing proficiency, but whose LSAT scores are at or below C|M|LAW’s published 25th percentile score (150 for the entering class of 2013); these applicants may be admitted through the Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP).

Students admitted to 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 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 the LCOP program include:

  • Frequent exams with individualized feedback.
  • Small class size to facilitate personalized attention.
  • Instruction by full-time faculty and academic support specialist.
  • Single textbook used in both courses to integrate academic content and skill development.
  • One fewer course in the Fall semester to ease the transition into legal studies.

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. From 71 applicants considered for LCOP, 27% were admitted in 2013. 

Students admitted to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law through the LCOP program are required to attend summer courss beginning May 27, 2014.

All undergraduate degree requirements must be completed by May 27, 2014. 

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.

The LCOP Application Process

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 13 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) no later than February of the year you intend to enroll in law school. 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.

Application Deadline: May 1 (preferred deadline February 1).

Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in late November.

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

Applicants admitted to the Legal Career Opportunity Program begin their studies in the summer by taking the following courses:


LAW 512

(4 Credit Hours)

Torts considers injuries to persons and property, both intentional and unintentional, and may include physical, dignitary, and economic harms. The course examines the three basic theories of civil liability--intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability--and considers issues of duty, causation, and defenses to liability. The course may also consider the overall goals of the torts

system, the allocation of responsibility between judge and jury, and the interplay of statues and the common law process.

Legal Process

LAW 556

(2 Credit Hours)

The course examines the making of law through the development of the common law and legislative and administrative processes. Students develop basic analytical skills that are critical to success in law school.

Students in LCOP should plan to attend class four nights a week in the summer, Monday through Thursday. The class time is 6 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. The course begins in late May and ends in mid-July.

 LCOP students are strongly encouraged to participate in the law school's Academic Excellence Program.

LCOP students must have earned their undergraduate degree prior to the start of the summer course.

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

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