As a student-centered law school, C|M|LAW sets students up for success even before the first day of classes. Our culture of support continues throughout your studies and helping you achieve bar passage.
One of the most important tasks for incoming law students is to understand and master the transition from their prior experiences in higher education to the unique demands of a law school curriculum. Cleveland-Marshall's Academic Support Programs complement the law school curriculum by focusing on the process involved in developing the skills that are necessary to succeed in law school. These skills include the ability to understand, organize, and apply the law in a law exam and bar exam setting. Our Academic Support Programs also address time and stress management, effective study methods, and different value systems in the law and legal education.
Legal Career Opportunities Program (LCOP)
LCOP is a program for individuals who demonstrate academic excellence and writing proficiency, but whose LSAT scores do not demonstrate their full academic potential. Faculty experts work with LCOP students to diagnose and correct any area of weakness before the start of Fall semester. Highlights of the LCOP program include two coordinated courses – Torts and Legal Process – through which skills and study habits are developed, small classes to facilitate individual attention, regular one-on-one meetings with professors and frequent writing assignments and exams with individualized feedback
C|M|LAW Jump Start
Admitted students can kick off their law school career early with C|M|LAW Jump Start ─ a voluntary, free program designed to help incoming 1Ls acclimate to law school. This four-week program provides an introduction to the law school experience, including instruction on basic study and exam-taking skills. During the seven sessions, students participate in mock classes, hone critical skills by receiving assignments with personal feedback that will prepare them to hit the ground running on the first day of class.
Academic Excellence Program
The Academic Excellence Program is an academic support initiative that links high achieving upper-level students to first-year students through their Fall Semester courses. Fellows conduct weekly workshops on subjects such as reading and briefing cases, classroom preparation and note taking, outlining, exam preparation, and exam performance. Fellows attend classes side-by-side with their students, to provide valuable professor and course specific advice.
C|M|LAW offers a bar preparation strategy to our students that includes tailored support from the director of bar preparation along with several complimentary programs. A commercial bar exam preparation course is provided upon graduation at no additional cost. Before graduation, C|M|LAW offers a Ohio Bar Examination Strategies and Tactics course that is part of the law school curriculum. Additionally, each student is assigned a faculty mentor who communicates with them throughout their final two years of law school to ensure they are planning and preparing for the exam. Cleveland-Marshall faculty experts also review bar exam topics for graduates in a structured faculty presentation series.