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C-M Law decreases entering fall class by thirty percent

The new plan is to focus on more on law clinics and experiential learning in the city

By Ariana Johnson

July 12, 2012

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has decreased the intake of students for 2012 from 200 to 140 and has revamped its curriculum. The program will now have more opportunities for experiential learning in law clinics.

In recent years the field of law has become a popular option for graduating college students. The competitiveness, analytical, and cognitive skills that are needed to become an attorney has attracted students from a variety of majors such as Education, Economics, Engineering Urban Studies and even performing arts.

This has increased vastly the number of law school graduates, whereas, unfortunately the available job opportunities in the field of law have not kept up.

“We really needed to get down to 140 to make it small enough to continue to sort of hold the line in terms of our entering LSAT and undergraduate GPA scores,” said Craig Boise, dean of C-M Law.

The “140 plan” was created last July and will go into effect this fall. The plan is supposed to sustain the quality of the C-M law graduate instead of graduating a large quantity of C-M Law graduates.

“We want to make sure that they can pass the bar,” Boise said.
In May 180 students graduated from C-M Law and according to the school website 92 percent of them passed the bar examination.

“The bar exam is offered twice a year in February and July, most students take it in July after they graduate in May you start studying for the bar in July,” said Boise. “Some students take it February, [although] a smaller number.”

In spring 23 out of 25 students who took the bar exam passed. This was highest in the state of Ohio.

From 2008- 2010 45,000 jobs in law were lost due to lay –offs. In 2011 3, 000 more jobs were lost and 1300 jobs have been lost this year. Whereas, every year law schools in the U.S. graduate 45,000 law students. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics from 2012 – 2018 there will be only 25, 000 jobs a year in the field of law.

According to Boise, in Ohio law schools graduate twice as many law students than there are jobs available for these students. The 140 plan will make sure that the graduates from C-M Law will be well- qualified and equipped to find a job in the law field, specifically in the Cleveland job market.

“We also want to be conscious that we’ re not just cranking out people who are not going to be able to find employment, that’s pretty critical, I don’t feel good about collecting tuition for 3 years and people have to come out and there’s no jobs,” Boise said
The 140 plan will also revamp and extend the curriculum at C-M law. Core courses like contracts and property will only be one semester, also there will be an expansion of law clinics, which means that law students will receive more practical and hands on experience in law by working on projects with law school faculty and working with local Attorneys.

The 140 plan if successful will produce skillful prosecutors, defensive attorneys, judges, magistrates and just skillful employees in the field of law.

For more information on the “ 140 plan” and its future endeavors go to www. law.csuohio.edu