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September 26, 2013

CLASS and CM-Law build awareness for law school

By John Cuturic

Law school faculty, advisors, and students will give a panel-style workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 1, which will aim to help undergraduate Cleveland State University students understand law school - from the admissions process to career possibilities.

The event, called “Demystifying Law School,” is a collaboration between the Cleveland State College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The two schools will hold the workshop at the law school, in Cleveland-Marshall’s Moot Court Room from noon to 1 p.m.

Stephanie Triplett, an academic advisor with CLASS, is one of the coordinators for the event. She said that students who want to apply for law school should start planning for it early.

“It’s a process you need to start thinking about before your senior year,” Triplett said.

Triplett said that Cleveland Marshall will only admit 140 students this year, and that the workshop will help students learn how they can win those seats.

She said that they currently expect at least 25 people to attend the event, probably more. The Moot Court Room, where the event will be held, seats more than 100 people.

Gina Huffman, assistant director of admissions for Cleveland-Marshall, is the law school’s coordinator for the event. She said that the event will help clear up some of people’s misunderstandings about law education.

She said students should know that many different degrees can help them out in law school. She said undergraduates in majors that have a heavy emphasis on essay writing -- like English, for example -- might fit very well into a law program. Huffman said that only 10 percent of lawyers are litigators.

“I always say to students, who do you think is writing contracts for companies like Home Depot?” Huffman said.

Huffman said that for other options, students can get a law degree and write for journals, or even enter the world of higher education. She said she wanted the workshop to put other possibilities on students’ radars.

“We wanted to invite students here to let them consider other options for advanced degrees,” Huffman said.

Triplett said that if everything goes well, CLASS wants to launch a series of events, working with other colleges at Cleveland State.

There will be refreshments at the event. For more information or to RSVP, contact Stephanie Triplett at 216-687-5040, or Gina Huffman at 216-687-5317.