LCCC to CSU Pathway

Lorain County Community College and Cleveland State University offer two new Transfer Pathways Pre-Med and Pre-Law.  Students are offered significant savings* by completing two years at LCCC before transferring to CSU to complete these professional programs.


Students who graduate with the LCCC Associates of Science degree can transfer to Cleveland State University (CSU) to complete the last two years on the CSU campus.  LCCC and CSU have created two pathway options that would lead to either a Bachelor of Science in Health Science or a Bachelor of Science in Biology. 

Associate of Science to Bachelor of Science in Biology Transfer Pathway

Associate of Science to Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Transfer Pathway

If you have questions about the Pre-Med program, please contact the appropriate Cleveland State University representatives:

For the CSU B.S. in Biology pathway:

Dr. Kristy Tokarczyk, Assistant Dean for Student Services
College of Arts and Sciences
Cleveland State University
(216) 875-9810

For the CSU B.S. in Health Sciences pathway:

Casey Mawson, Assistant Dean for Student Services
College of Health
Cleveland State University
(216) 687-9377


In Pre-Law, LCCC students can complete their Associate of Arts with a concentration in Philosophy, Political Science, or Urban Studies, before transferring to CSU to complete their law degree. The State of Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) has approved a pathway for CSU undergraduate students to receive their bachelor’s and law school degree in six years rather than seven years.

Associate of Arts, Emphasis in Philosophy to Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy to Juris Doctorate Transfer Pathway

Associate of Arts, Emphasis in Political Science to Bachelor of Arts in Political Science to Juris Doctorate Transfer Pathway

Associate of Arts to Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies to Juris Doctorate Transfer Pathway

If you have questions about the Pre-Law program, you may contact the Cleveland-Marshal Law Office of Admissions at Cleveland State University for additional details at (216) 687-2304 or

LCCC’s Library provides more information about careers in Pre-Med and Pre-Law.

The LCCC Transfer Center can provide more information about all transfer opportunities. 

*Lorain County Community College Named Most Affordable College in Ohio for Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees. Lorain County Community College has the lowest net price of all Ohio two-year colleges, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Typically, a the educational requirements to become a lawyer are four years of undergraduate study plus three years in law school – a total of 7 years. Students at LCCC have can participate in a special program that allows them to enroll in Cleveland State University after two years at LCCC, complete one year at CSU, then qualify to enroll in their fourth year as a first-year student at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The first year of law school satisfies the remaining required undergraduate hours at CSU, , thereby condensing this course of study into six years. Participants who have completed the equivalent of 3 years of undergraduate coursework (two at LCCC and one at CSU), who have met their undergraduate Program requirements, who have applied to C|M|LAW and have met the Program LSAT and GPA requirements will receive automatic admission to C|M|LAW.

Make sure to review your college/university’s 3+3 Program Admission requirements to submit the necessary materials to your advisor to ensure that you have met the undergraduate 3+3 Program requirements. Your college/university advisor can direct you to the “3+3 Program Intent to Enroll” form that must be submitted to the C|M|LAW and that serves as acknowledgement of your intent to pursue the 3+3 Program. 3+3 Program applicants to the law school must: a. Meet C|M|LAW’s requirements for eligibility and acceptance; b. Complete the law school application online; and c. Submit required credentials and a Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) portal. (See Question 12 below.)

It is recommended that you complete the “3+3 Program Intent to Enroll” form at the earliest point that you may have an interest in law school. Completing this form does not commit you to law school attendance at C|M|LAW and is not binding in any way, but by completing the form you can start early to evaluate your academic status (i.e. AP credits, freshmen, sophomore, junior, transfer, etc.) and determine if you are eligible for the Program.

3+3 students should complete the “3+3 Program Intent to Enroll” form, schedule an appointment with their college/university advisor and set up an appointment with a C|M|LAW admissions representative by the end of Sophomore year, but no later than the first semester of their Junior year and take the LSAT no later than January.  These steps will ensure that eligibility can be determined, required coursework is completed, and students have enough time to submit their application materials for fall semester enrollment at C|M|LAW.

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is scored on a scale of 120 -180. 3+3 Program applicants are eligible for admission if they receive an LSAT score at or above the 60th percentile, based on the most recent Entering Class Profile (2021 60th percentile was = 156), have an undergraduate GPA >+ 3.45, and have an application that does not present Character and Fitness issues.

Yes. Acceptance to C|M|LAW through the 3+3 Program is contingent on direct enrollment in the fall after the completion of 3-years’ worth of required undergraduate coursework.

3+3 Program participants enter their first year of law school once they have completed 3-years’ worth of required undergraduate work, leaving elective coursework for the final year. Upon satisfactorily completing their first year of law school at the end of your 1L year, the undergraduate degree will be conferred.

Participants may complete their college/undergraduate school’s elective courses for regular graduation requirements instead of fulfilling these requirements as a first-year law student to earn their undergraduate degree. A 3+3 Program participant may apply for law school at another time; there is no penalty for not pursuing the 3+3 Program option.

3+3 students must enter as C|M|LAW full-time students; however, after completing their first year of law school, they may elect to change their enrollment status.

Yes. However there may be other requirements necessary for entry into the other degree program. Check for further details on our Dual Degree Programs.

To be permitted to practice law, all applicants to the Bar must pass a character and fitness screening by Bar examining authorities in addition to passing the Bar exam itself. The screening is designed to determine whether the applicant’s past conduct justifies the trust of clients, courts, other lawyers, and the public. All applicants to C|M|LAW must disclose Character and Fitness issues on their application. Applicants may be denied admission to the law school based on such disclosed information. All law students are encouraged to determine their character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the Bar in the state(s) in which they intend to practice.

Yes. Please visit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website to learn about registration and fees associated with your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report.

CSU Law Admissions Events

In-Person Fall Open House

  • Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m. 

Virtual Office Hours with Assistant Dean Andelman

  • Wednesday, September 27 at 12 p.m. EST
  • Friday, October 13 at 1 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, October 25 at 12 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, November 2 at 4 p.m. EST
  • Thursday, November 30 at 12 p.m. EST
  • Monday, December 11 at 4 p.m. EST

Virtual Info Sessions: Learn about our Part-time Online JD Program

  • Thursday, September 28 at 1:30 p.m. EST
  • Wednesday, October 18 at 10:30 a.m. EST
  • Monday, October 30 at 5:30 p.m. EST

Virtual Fall Open House

  • Tuesday, November 7 at 5 p.m. EST

Winter In-Person Open House

  • Friday, January 5 at 10am EST

You can register for any of our virtual or on-campus events or find a CSU|LAW representative at a law fair event near you by visiting the CSU College of Law admissions event calendar.