The Early Law School Admission Program makes it possible for students, as early as their senior year in high school, to apply to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Students can either apply to the Early Law School Admission Program concurrently with their applications to the CSU Undergraduate Honors Program or, once admitted to the Honors Program, at any time until the end of their junior year.
Early admission guarantees students matriculation in the College of Law, provided that they complete the Honors Program in good standing and receive an Honors Bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University. Students also must submit Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT) scores before matriculation in the law school, but no minimum score is required and test results will not affect a student's matriculation. Students admitted through the Early Law School Admission Program are not obliged to attend the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
The Early Law School Admissions Program has a two-step admissions process. The first step requires students to submit to the Honors Program:
The Honors Program will forward these materials together with copies of students' Honors Program applications to the law school after students have been accepted into the Honors Program or, in the case of students already enrolled in the Honors Program, once the students have submitted all the required materials to the Honors Program. The law school will make admissions decisions based on these materials. Accepted students will be conditionally admitted to the Law School.
To become fully accepted at the College of Law and matriculate in the law school, Early Admission Program students must satisfy the following additional conditions:
The Law School Admissions Committee will review the files of all admitted Early Admission Program students during the students' senior year and, based on their qualifications, will determine whether they enroll in the regular program or the Legal Careers Opportunity Program, and whether they attend part-time or full-time.
Students admitted through the Early Admission Program must satisfy the same requirements for a J.D. that apply to students who were not admitted through the Early Admission Program. The Office of Admissions will consider students admitted through the Early Admission Program for law school scholarships on the same basis as non-Honors Program students.
The Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is located on the university's urban campus in downtown Cleveland. We have been training lawyers since our forerunners, the Cleveland Law School and John Marshall Law School were established in 1897 and 1916 respectively. Since becoming part of Cleveland State University in 1969, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law has enhanced its long-standing reputation in the region by recruiting and educating committed men and women who wish to serve and lead in communities dedicated to change and growth in Ohio and throughout the United States. The law school continues to enhance its national reputation and influence by recruiting and enrolling students from across the country, through its academic lecture series and Visiting Scholars Program, and through networking events with alumni across the United States and abroad.
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is committed to admitting and enrolling high caliber students with diverse backgrounds and experiences, who will enrich the classroom and help to make the law school community exciting and dynamic. Our admission policies advance the law school's mission to enable "a diverse population of students to become accomplished, ethical citizen-lawyers who will make significant contributions to the region, the nation, and the world." The College of Law promotes equal educational opportunity for persons of every race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, and veteran status.