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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.

Graduates: We’re Still Here for You

For those students who will graduate this semester—congratulations!  Even after you have completed your studies at Cleveland-Marshall, there are many ways in which you can continue to benefit from the law school and library.

Most importantly, you can continue to use the library’s resources if you apply for an alumni borrower’s card. The application can be found here.

You still have access to important databases, such as HeinOnline and others, from the public computers in the library.

In addition, when you return to the law library, you can access our wireless network, CSUGUEST.

You may still ask library staff for help with any reference questions you may have in person, by email (research.services@law.csuohio.edu), or by phone (216 687-6877).

Bar Exam Prep:

We will do all that we can to help you prepare for the bar exam. CALI lessons are available to you for up to six months after graduation to help you perfect your legal knowledge. While studying for the bar, you are also welcome to use the student lounge, any of our study rooms, or the Learning Commons.

Bloomberg, Westlaw and Lexis Access:

  • Graduates can access Bloomberg Law automatically for 6 months unlimited after graduation.
  • You also have access to Westlaw for 60 hours of usage per month for six months to gain understanding and build confidence in your research skills. However, you cannot use it in situations where you are billing a client. In addition, you get access to job-searching databases for 18 months after graduation for one hour per month. Extend access by logging onto lawschool.westlaw.com.
  • Continue to access Lexis Advance through the law school homepage until December 31, 2018. Your view will change to a Graduate homepage to reflect your new status in July. Find helpful information for your job search, workplace etiquette, and professional development. Graduates going into non-profit work may apply for an ASPIRE ID, which lasts 12 months beyond graduation. You will need a letter on the non-profit’s letterhead confirming employment. Find out about both of these free programs at lexisnexis.com/grad-access.
  • If you have any questions, please direct them to Brian Cassidy, Student Services Librarian, at b.e.cassidy@csuohio.edu or 216-523-7364.

Best of luck in the future, and stop in to say hi at any time! As always, let us know if you require assistance.

Ear Plugs Available at the Circulation Desk

CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) sent a box of earplugs for student use. The earplugs are available at the circulation desk—just ask a library staff member.

CALI can help with your studying. All 1L classes are covered via CALI lessons, as are the vast majority of upper-level ones. You can also look for lessons based on a casebook or author (professor). Searching by casebook assures that the lesson is based on the same casebook used in your class.

The easiest way to access to CALI is from the law library’s homepage. Under “Quicklinks,” click CALI. You will need to create a CALI account if you haven’t already. To create an account, click the “Authorization Code” link next to “CALI” and follow the steps listed in the libguide.

CALI also offers a large number of ebooks, which are free and authored by law school professors. In fact, a number of books by C|M|LAW professors are available through the site (e.g. Deborah Geier and Browne Lewis).

Study Rooms for Reading Week and Exams

Reserve a Study Room Here

Study Rooms are available in the law library for your use, but remember that they are heavily used during exams, so be sure to familiarize yourself with how to reserve one for you or your group:

  • Only law students can reserve and use study rooms in the law library.
  • Check to see what’s available prior to booking and reserve the room well in advance.
  • Use your CSU law email to reserve the study room.
  • Confirm your booking in the email you receive.
  • Stop by the access services desk in the library on your way the study room so that a staff member can unlock the room or confirm that it has already been opened.

Flashcards Available for Checkout

Do you like to use flashcards to study?

Law in a Flash Flashcards are available for checkout at the circulation desk in the law library. The flashcards circulate for three days.

Topics currently available for checkout are: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Real Property, Torts, and Wills & Trusts.