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

Counseling Center Services on Campus

The Counseling Center here on campus offers free professional counseling services to all CSU students.  The Counseling Center offers personal, academic, career and group counseling in a friendly and supportive setting.

The Counseling Center can help you with things like:

  • Stress reduction techniques
  • Alcohol awareness
  • Time management
  • Overcoming depression
  • Anxiety management
  • Lifestyle and weight management
  • Interpersonal and relationship issues
  • Psychiatric services (note: a fee may apply)

The Counseling Center is located in the Union Building (catty-corner from the Law School) in room 220. The Center is open Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 5pm, with walk-in sessions available 1pm to 3pm Monday through Friday. Appointments available. Contact info: 687-2277 or .

Get Your Move On To Combat Law School Stress

Getting a little exercise can be a great way to combat law school stress. And it certainly doesn’t have to be “official” exercise, although that’s good, too. If you only have a few minutes at lunchtime or between classes for some impromptu exercise, try walking the Innerlink. The Innerlink here on campus has lots going for it: you stay out of the cold, you can get your steps in, you can walk a good mile on it before you even realize it, and you can get away from the law building and see other students on campus.

If you have a little more time, the Recreation Center has just about everything you’d want for a fitness break from the law school daily routine. You can find group fitness classes for yoga, circuit training, cycling, TRX, Pilates, Zumba, water aerobics, kickboxing, and more. If you prefer working out on your own, there are plenty of cardio machines, weight lifting equipment, and an Olympic size swimming pool. If what you really want is just some good relaxation, you can schedule a massage for 30, 60 or even 90 minutes.

Finding some time for exercise – even if it’s just a short walk or a half hour at the Rec – can really help you relax and feel good about law school. Give it a try!

Check Out Our Pinterest Boards

Are you looking for tips for interviewing and writing your resume? Or maybe you are wondering what to wear to the office for your new internship. Check out the Law Library’s Pinterest boards.

We also have boards highlighting new books and movies available in our collection, and a board about things to do and see around Cleveland.

Stressed out? Try some of the exercises, breathing techniques, and healthy recipes on our Work-Life Balance board.

Bar Exam Tip: Keep Breathing

Image of e-reader displaying words "Don't Panic" The bar exam is next week and you have been studying hard all summer, well actually for your entire law school career. With all the studying and pressure, it’s still important to be aware of and to manage your stress level. Most people experience some nervousness when faced with a big exam, but for some, those nerves can be overwhelming.

If you are having feelings of dread, and physical symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, nausea, shortness of breath, sweating and dizziness, then you may be experiencing a more serious form of stress called test anxiety. For people with test anxiety, the mind sees an exam as a threat and that triggers the body to produce the hormones and physical reactions usually seen when your “fight or flight” response activates. Don’t worry, there are many strategies you can practice to help reduce these effects. For example, while studying make sure you are still getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, and taking breaks. You can also find a few breathing and meditation techniques that help calm your mind. Those breathing techniques will be useful during the exam.

Breathing exercises are actually beneficial for everyone. Regardless of your stress level, the bar exam is lengthy and you may find yourself becoming fatigued, or freezing on a question. It’s important not to panic when that happens, and take a few deep breaths instead. This will help slow everything down and reset yourself. It won’t take up much time, and may actually save you time in the long run by helping you unfreeze and move on. You can try the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise, or some Belly Breathing. Use your lunch break to walk around and try some stretches to release the tension from your neck, shoulders, and back.

Check out our Work-Life Balance Pinterest board for more tips on stress management, easy and healthy meals, and short exercise routines that fit into your busy schedule.

Good luck! You’ve got this!

Law Related Fiction, Movies and Documentaries Available for Checkout

Did you know the Law Library now has law related books, movies, and documentaries?  They are located on the 1st floor to the left of the entrance (when entering the library) by the reference section.  With the semester winding down it may be time to start thinking of things for your holiday break.  The videos can be checked out for a week but can be renewed online so if you are not nearby—no problem.

Also, don’t forget you can get plenty of other fiction through the law library’s catalog (Scholar), OhioLINK, and SearchOhio.  For those unfamiliar with SearchOhio, think of it as the public library’s version of OhioLINK. By sharing resources, OhioLINK members now have access to an additional 9.5 million popular materials, and SearchOhio members have access to the circulating collection of OhioLINK. If an item you want is not available by searching the OhioLINK catalog, you may check the SearchOhio collection by clicking the “SearchOhio” icon in the upper right hand of the screen. Enter your ID and password just as you would when requesting OhioLINK materials, and the material will arrive in the same manner as any OhioLINK book would arrive. Fine policies differ somewhat. Just ask a library staff member for details.