News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Ohio Bar Help


The Law Library has a guide all about the Ohio Bar Exam. One particularly useful resource in the Law Library is the set of Ohio Bar essay questions, with published answers, covering 1992 to the present. Use these resources for extra practice with issue-spotting, outlining, and obtaining an even better grasp of the Ohio examiners’ style. Check out sample essay questions on the Supreme Court’s website, which includes samples of the MPT. For tips on the essay questions and MPT, and a breakdown of the grading, see our Logistics page.

Happy PRIDE Month!


For PRIDE Month, we thought it would be a good idea to highlight LGBTQ+ resources both for academics and student life. For starters, Cleveland State has its own LGBTQ+ Student Services webpage, which acts as a one-stop place for both university and community resources for the LGBTQ+ community.

For your research needs, check out our Sexual Orientation & The Law Research Guide. The Michael Schwartz Library has a great database, LGBT Life, which contains all of the content available in that publication as well as full text for other significant LGBT journals, magazines, regional newspapers, and monographs.

Also of interest are Westlaw and Lexis LGBTQ+ related resources:

  • Emerging Issues in Protections for LBGT Employees (Westlaw)—From American Law Institute CLE program
  • Gay & Lesbian Review (Westlaw)—Discussion and analysis of contemporary gay, lesbian, and bisexual ideas and literature
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Family Law (Westlaw)—This treatise discusses the legal aspects of marriage, divorce, adoption, custody, parentage, surrogacy, visitation, assisted reproduction, and other family law topics from the perspective of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals; updated yearly
  • Sexual Orientation & the Law (Westlaw)—Guide to representing any client involved in a nontraditional relationship, providing advice on how to handle the unique legal problems affecting your client; it contains extensive coverage of the full range of legal issues facing lesbian and gay clients
  • Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality (Westlaw and Lexis)
  • LGBTQ Employment Law Practice Guide (Lexis)—Designed to assist employers, practitioners, and employment law professionals called upon to advise and counsel individual and institutional clients on the legal and practical issues that arise in the employment law context as it relates to LGBTQ individuals
  • Gay Times (Lexis)—Lifestyle publication from the UK
  • The Dukeminier Awards Best Sexual Orientation Law Review Articles (Lexis)—The Dukeminier Awards is a legal periodical published by the students of The Williams Institute and the UCLA School of Law; each year, scholars, lawyers, judges, and law students throughout the United States publish hundreds of articles concerning various aspects of sexual orientation law

Career Planning Resources at C|M|Law


Bulletin board with colorful post-it notes and message "make things happen."The Office of Career Planning (OCP) maintains C|M|Law:CareerNotes, which provides news, announcements, and advice for students’ professional development. Check out OCP’s blog for information on career options, the legal market, job searching and networking, and other resources to build a professional brand.

The Law Library’s Law Career Resources Guide lists some of the books and materials in our collection dealing with legal careers, the job search process, and work-life balance. The Law Library’s Researching Employers Guide features resources to help you learn about potential employers, salary data, and other information useful for deciding if a job offer is right for you. The Law Library also has a few boards on Pinterest dedicated to career planning with helpful tips on resumes, cover letters, interview techniques, and what to wear.

This Just In: Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law


Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law is not about Han Solo or any other part of the Star Wars franchise. It does, however, cover the military and non-military use of space and how any conflicts that arise should be governed. The book contains chapters that were papers submitted to the 4th Annual International Conference on Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law.

While most people don’t think about space much, perhaps they should since our phones, GPS, and other communication and entertainment systems have a satellite or satellites in space as a key component of their system. Conflict in space can take on forms other than the obvious violent clash of forces: frequency jamming or other interference, frequency misuse, and corporate espionage are just a few issues that the book covers. Other interesting sections address the use of space by non-state actors, specifically multi-national corporations. The book concludes with a chapter on the way forward—five different and specific models for future global space governance.

Conflicts in Space and the Rule of Law is available in our New Arrivals section on the first floor of the library (near the circulation desk).

U.S. Suicide Rates Significantly Rise


CDC Preventing Suicide CoverBehavioral scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Division of Violence Prevention recently examined 1999-2016 suicide rates in the United States. “Suicide rates increased significantly in 44 states, with 25 states experiencing increases >30%.  Rates increased significantly among males and females in 34 and 43 states, respectively. … Among decedents with available information, several circumstances were significantly more likely among those without known mental health conditions than among those with mental health conditions, including relationship problems/loss (45.1% versus 39.6%), life stressors (50.5% versus 47.2%), and recent/impending crises (32.9% versus 26.0%)…” The full report, Trends in State Suicide Rates – United States, 1999-2016 and Circumstances Contributing to Suicide – 27 States, 2015, is published in 67 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 617-624 (June 8, 2018). For additional data and information, see the CDC National Violent Death Reporting System website and the Division of Violence Prevention Suicide Prevention page.