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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Established 1897
School type Public
Location Cleveland, OH, US
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USNWR tier Tier 3
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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law is located in Cleveland, OH

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. 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 renowned for educating a multitude of highly esteemed judges, political figures and founders of prestigious private law firms. Due to its long tradition of providing evening education, the college has also produced highly successful business leaders, particularly in the real estate industry, who are non-practicing attorneys.


  • Ohio's first law school to admit women.
  • Graduated the first African American mayor of a major city in the U.S.
  • Graduated the first woman in Ohio elected to a Municipal Court Bench.
  • Graduated the first woman member of the American Bar Association.

Law Library

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.

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