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Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Established 1897
School type Public
Dean Dean Geoffrey S. Mearns
Location Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Enrollment 724 (approx.)
Faculty 71 (total)
USNWR ranking Ranking (full-time) == 3rd Tier -- Ranking (part-time) == #42 in the U.S. ; #1 in Ohio
Bar pass rate 90% (July 2007) (OH),
95% (February 2008) (OH)
Annual tuition $16,478, $22,608 (non-resident)[1]

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University is located in Cleveland, Ohio and traces its origins to the founding of Cleveland Law School in 1897 as the first evening law school in the state of Ohio and one of the first in the U.S. to admit women and minorities.[1] In 1946, Cleveland Law School merged with the John Marshall School of Law, founded in 1916, to become Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Cleveland-Marshall affiliated with Cleveland State University in 1969.

The law school is known for educating a multitude of highly esteemed and preeminent judges, and notable political figures. Due to its long tradition of providing evening education, the college has also produced successful business leaders, particularly in the real estate industry, who are non-practicing attorneys. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked the law school in its third tier.



Cleveland-Marshall has a rich history of integrating women and minorities into the American legal field, including:

  • Ohio's first law school to admit women.[1]
  • The first African American mayor of a major city in the U.S. (Carl Stokes). [2]
  • The first woman in Ohio elected to a Municipal Court Bench (Mary Grossman).[1]
  • The first woman appointed to the U.S. federal bench (Genevieve Cline).[1]
  • The first woman member of the American Bar Association (Mary Grossman).[1]
  • The first African American woman judge in Ohio (Lillian Walker Burke).[1]

Cleveland-Marshall has also been recognized as a top part-time JD program in Ohio:

  • Ohio's # 1 part-time JD program [3]

Law library

The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

The College of Law library is one of the 15 largest academic law libraries in the country and the second largest in Ohio, with 85,000 net square feet, housing more than 500,000 volumes. Students at Cleveland-Marshall have access to online research services, a computer lab, group study rooms, a bibliographic instruction room, and a media center. The Library also serves as a United States federal government documents selective depository.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Mearns, Geoffrey S. "It's All About Women...Bar None!", Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal. Vol. I No. 2, April, 2008.
  2. ^ "The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed". Retrieved 2008-04-29.  
  3. ^ "Part-Time Law - Best Law Schools - Graduate Schools - Education - US News and World Report". Retrieved 2009-05-17.  

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Coordinates: 41°30′6.55″N 81°40′42.41″W / 41.5018194°N 81.6784472°W / 41.5018194; -81.6784472



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