Cleveland–Marshall College of Law

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Cleveland–Marshall College of Law
Established 1897
School type Public
Dean Craig M. Boise
Location Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Enrollment 440
Faculty 75

Cleveland–Marshall College of Law is the law school of Cleveland State University, located on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The school traces its origins to Cleveland Law School (founded in 1897) which merged in 1946 with the John Marshall School of Law (founded in 1916) to become Cleveland–Marshall College of Law. Cleveland–Marshall affiliated with Cleveland State University in 1969.

According to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 44.7% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.[1]


The Cleveland–Marshall College of Law
Carl Stokes, the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city and Cleveland-Marshall alum.

Cleveland Law School, founded in 1897, was Ohio's first evening law school and also the first to admit women.[2] John Marshall School of Law was established by Cleveland attorneys, and classes began in 1916 in the New Guardian Building on Euclid Avenue. Following an affiliation with Ohio Northern University (1917–1923), Marshall received authorization to confer degrees under its own name. In 1946, the two Cleveland schools merged to form Cleveland–Marshall Law School. From 1963 to 1967, C-M maintained a nominal relationship with Baldwin–Wallace College. After regaining independent status, Cleveland–Marshall began its full-time legal education program. C-M became a state institution affiliated with Cleveland State University in 1969, becoming the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law, the largest law college in Ohio at the time.[3]

Cleveland–Marshall has a rich history of integrating women and minorities into the American legal field, including Carl Stokes, the first African-American mayor of a major city in the U.S.,[4] Mary Grossman, the first woman in Ohio elected to a Municipal Court Bench as well as one of the first female members of the American Bar Association, Genevieve Cline, the first woman appointed to the U.S. federal bench, and Lillian Walker Burke, the first African-American female judge in Ohio.[2]


In addition to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and the Master of Laws (L.L.M.) degrees, Cleveland–Marshall also offers dual degrees, which include a J.D./M.B.A.(Master of Business Administration), a J.D./M.P.A. (Master of Public Administration), a J.D./M.U.P.D.D. (Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development), a J.D./M.A.E.S. (Master of Arts in Environmental Studies), and a J.D./M.S.E.S. (Master of Science in Environmental Science) degree program.[5]


U.S. News & World Report, a well-known publisher of law schools rankings, ranked Cleveland's full-time Juris Doctor program as 115th in the nation in 2014 (out of 203); its part-time Juris Doctor program was ranked 56th in the nation.[6] Cleveland-Marshall was previously ranked 119th in 2013 and 135th in 2012.

According to the law professor blog, The Faculty Lounge, based on 2012 ABA data, only 48.9% of graduates obtained full-time, long term, bar admission required positions, 9 months after graduation, ranking 137th out of 197 law schools.[7]

Law library

The law library is a selective despository library as part of the Federal Depository Library Program under the Depository Library Act of 1962.[8] In addition to the standard legal reference works, its collections include substantial coverage of constitutional law, employment and labor law, Jewish law, Islamic law, law careers, legal research and writing, Ohio law and practice, and urban law.[8]

The library also houses the materials from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office relating to the prosecution of Sam Sheppard in the 1954 Marilyn Sheppard murder case.[9] The material consists of over 60 boxes of photographs, recordings, documents, and trial exhibits; the law school plans to catalog and digitize the materials, and make them available online.[9][10]

Post-graduation employment

According to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 44.7% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.[1] 83.6% of the Class of 2013 was employed in some capacity while 15.1% were unemployed nine months graduation.[1]

Ohio was the main employment destination for 2013 Cleveland-Marshall College of Law graduates, with 87.2% of employed 2013 graduates working in the state. [1]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law for the 2014-2015 academic year is $43,231 for Ohio residents and $52,518 for non-residents.[11] Cleveland-Marshall College of Law's tuition and fees on average increased by about 9.2% annually over the past five years.[12]

The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $168,538.[12] The average indebtedness of the 73% of 2013 Cleveland-Marshall College of Law graduates who took out loans was $81,357.[13]

Notable alumni

Tim Russert

Many notable judges, politicians, and business leaders have graduated from Cleveland–Marshall. The late Tim Russert (lauded television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest-serving moderator of NBC's Meet the Press) graduated from Cleveland–Marshall in 1976. Carl Stokes, the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city, graduated from Cleveland–Marshall College of Law in 1956 and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1957. Frank G. Jackson, the current mayor of Cleveland, is also a graduate.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Section of Legal Education - Employment Summary Report". American Bar Association. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mearns, Geoffrey S. "It's All About Women...Bar None!", Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal. Vol. I No. 2, April, 2008.
  3. "CLEVELAND-MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL" at The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History Retrieved September 5, 2011
  4. "The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed". Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  5. "Dual Degree Programs" Retrieved September 5, 2011
  6. Cleveland State University (Cleveland-Marshall) | Best Law School | US News
  7. Rosin, Gary. "Full Rankings: Bar Admission Required, Full-Time, Long Term", The Faculty Lounge, March 30, 2013. Retrieved on February 24, 2014, -- For the latest Employment Summary Reports from the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education, see
  8. 8.0 8.1 "About the Library". Law Library. Cleveland State University. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Farkas, Karen (September 29, 2012). "Sam Sheppard's murder case files and exhibits given to Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  10. "County Prosecutor Donates Sam Sheppard Trial Collection to Law Library". Cleveland State University. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  11. "J.D. Tuition". Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Profile, Costs". Law School Transparency. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  13. "Which law school graduates have the most debt?". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 

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