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Feb. 23, 2015

Cleveland-Marshall Law debunks admission myths

By Kevin Alquist

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law faculty and students will give a panel-style workshop on Tuesday, March 3, which will aim to help undergraduate Cleveland State University students understand possibilities and the process of attending law school.

The presentation, called “Demystifying the Law School,” is a collaboration between the Cleveland State College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The workshop will take place in Cleveland-Marshall’s Moot Court Room from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stephanie Triplett, an academic adviser for CLASS, is a coordinator for the event. She stressed that students who are interested in law school should know what to expect.

“We’re giving students another option for graduate school,” Triplett said. “With law school, prospective students need to know about the process of being admitted and what the admission committees are looking for.”

Gina Huffman, assistant director of admissions for Cleveland-Marshall, said the school admits 140 students per year, and that the workshop will help students learn what is required of them upon admission.
The first workshop was held on Oct. 1, 2013. Triplett said she expects 25 to 50 students to appear in the 100-person-capacity court room.

Huffman said that the event will help clarify any misconceptions and uncertainty about law education.

“We find that students have a laundry list of myths that they internalize about getting into law school,” Huffman said. “We came up with this workshop to address these concerns and debunk those myths.”

Some of the myths, according to Huffman, are that one major is better for law school than another and that there is only a limited job market for law school graduates.

Triplett said students in CLASS majors tend to have a certain set of skills that can help them be successful in law school.

“Their writing skills help and [CLASS students] tend to have more of a breadth of information from other classes because they get such an overview of other subject areas.”

For more information or to RSVP, contact Triplett at 216-687-7637, or Huffman at 216-687-5317.