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Final Self-Study Report Chapter 4: 15 Aug 2000


Mission And Objectives

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is one of the major foundations of the legal community in Northeast Ohio. Throughout its 100-year history, the College has educated many leading lawyers, judges and business people in the Greater Cleveland community. The College continues to be a primary influence on the practice of law in the Cleveland metropolitan area while expanding its influence regionally and nationally. The mission of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, expressed in its 1998 strategic plan, is to provide society with lawyers and other professionals who are thoroughly educated in the law and committed to their ethical responsibilities, and to develop a deeper understanding of the law and its effect on societal values, in order to help our communities, people and systems of justice flourish.

The College’s core values commit it to

The College enrolls around 800 students, nearly two-thirds of them full-time. In keeping with national trends, over the past decade the College’s enrollment declined overall by about 25 percent. In the last five years, however, the rate of decline has been lower.

All of the College’s 38 full-time faculty hold the Juris Doctorate degree which is the terminal degree for teaching at an American Bar Association-accredited law school. The faculty is a blend of senior teachers and scholars, and younger members. About half of the faculty have been members of the bar for 25 years, while more than a third were admitted to the bar in the last 15 years. The College of Law offers the Juris Doctorate (JD) degree and three joint degrees: the JD/Master of Public Administration and the JD/Master of Urban Planning and Development with the College of Urban Affairs, and the JD/M.B.A. with the College of Business Administration. The College of Law#146;s accrediting agency is the Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, a committee of the American Bar Association. The College’s ABA accreditation was continued following a site visit in March 1999.


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