Case Western Reserve University School of Law
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|Case Western Reserve University School of Law|
|Dean||Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf|
|Location||Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
Case Western Reserve University School of Law is one of eight schools at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The law school is known for its innovation in legal education and blending of practice, theory, and professionalism. It has a long commitment to diversity and admitted students of color in its first entering class in 1892. It was one of the first schools accredited by the American Bar Association and it is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
According to Case Western Reserve's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 58.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.
- 1 Academics
- 2 Journals
- 3 Centers of Academic Excellence
- 4 Class of 2015 First-Year Profile
- 5 Post-graduation employment
- 6 Costs
- 7 Notable faculty
- 8 Notable graduates
- 9 In popular culture
- 10 References
- 11 External links
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Case as the 65th best law school in the nation in 2019. Its Health Care Law program is 5th in the nation, and international law is #11. In addition to the JD curriculum, the law school offers LLM and SJD degrees to lawyers around the world. It also offers an Executive Master of Arts in Financial Integrity and a Masters in Patent Practice.
Employment reports indicate that 91% of the Class of 2013 were employed or enrolled in an advanced degree program nine months after graduation. This represents a 5-percentage point jump since the year before. Of those who were employed, 83% were employed in bar-required positions.
Case Western Reserve Model of Legal Education
The student-faculty ratio is 6.8:1. In August 2013, by a near-unanimous vote, the faculty adopted a new curriculum to reflect changes in the legal industry. The model is designed to blend practice, theory, and professionalism in all three years of law school. Students begin working with clients in the first year of law school. Writing and skills courses track the content in their substantive courses to blend theory and practice. Students also learn transactional drafting, financial literacy, and statutory and regulatory analysis during the first year.
During the second year of law school, students specialize and continue to build on the skills they learned during their first year. The law school's well-known specialty areas are IP, health, international, and business law.
Beginning in 2016, a Capstone semester became a hallmark of the third year. All students will practice law full-time by working on cases through the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center at the law school or through an externship. Students may do externships in the U.S. or abroad. A select number of students may competitively apply to spend their third year in Europe, completing a foreign LLM degree in addition to their Case JD, at no additional cost.
Students learn leadership through courses developed by faculty at Case Western's Weatherhead School of Management, and students graduate with e-portfolios of their work to share with employers.
- Case Western Reserve Law Review
- Canada-US Law Journal
- Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine (the country’s sole student-edited health law journal)
- Case Western Reserve Journal of Law, Technology & the Internet
- Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law
Centers of Academic Excellence
- Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
- Center for Law, Technology and the Arts
- The Law-Medicine Center
- Center for Business Law and Regulation
- Canada-US Law Institute
Class of 2015 First-Year Profile
According to information posted on the law school's web site, the 2015 incoming class profile includes: 124 First Year JD students 75 LLM students and 25 SJD students from 14 countries 51% women 20% students of color 63% from outside of Ohio 86 undergraduate programs represented 24 states and 5 foreign countries Median LSAT: 159 Median Undergraduate GPA: 3.43 12 exchange students visiting us from China, The Netherlands, Germany and Italy
As of Fall 2015, total student enrollment at Case Western Reserve University School of Law has dropped approximately 36% since 2010, as the university holds admission standards amidst a nationwide drop in prospective students taking the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and applying to law schools. As of Fall 2015, total J.D. student enrollment is 383 students, including 124 first year law students.
According to Case Western Reserve's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 58.6% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners. The school ranked 85th out of 201 ABA-approved law schools in terms of the percentage of 2013 graduates with non-school-funded, full-time, long-term, bar passage required jobs nine months after graduation.
Case Western Reserve's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 27.2%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation. 88.8% of the Class of 2013 was employed in some capacity while 2.6% were pursuing graduate degrees and 8.6% were unemployed nine months graduation.
Ohio was the primary employment destination for 2013 Case Western Reserve graduates, with 56.8% of employed graduates working in the state. The next two most popular locations for Case Western graduates to accept employment were Washington, DC and New York. In addition, seven graduates from the class of 2013 accepted positions abroad.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Case Western Reserve for the 2014-2015 academic year is $69,112. Case Western Reserve's tuition and fees on average increased by 4.89% annually over the past five years.
The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $266,125. The average indebtedness of the 77% of 2013 Case Western Reserve graduates who took out loans was $113,416. For the 2013-2014 academic year, 79.9% of the JD students received some type of scholarship aid from the school, with a median grant amount of $27,000.
- Jonathan H. Adler - A contributing editor to National Review Online and a regular contributor to The Volokh Conspiracy.
- Michael P. Scharf - A renowned international expert on international criminal law and author of "Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein," Scharf serves as co-dean of the law school and is the director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center.
- Henry T. King Jr. - A U.S. Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946-47. From the mid-1980s until his death in 2009 he was a professor at the law school. David M. Crane described King as "the George Washington of modern international law".
- Charles Korsmo - A former child actor turned lawyer and law professor.
- Peter Junger - A computer law professor and Internet activist who was a professor at the law school from 1970-2001.
- Paul Giannelli - A leading expert on scientific and forensic evidence.
Among Case Western alumni are prominent elected officials, particularly from the State of Ohio. Examples of such include current Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Ohio Attorneys General Marc Dann, Lee Fisher, and Jim Petro, and former U.S. Representatives Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Ron Klein.
Members of the bench who are Case Western alumni include Kathleen M. O'Malley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and John J. McConnell, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Both were appointed to their current positions by President Barack Obama. Associate Justice John Hessin Clarke of the United States Supreme Court was educated at Case when the school was known as Western Reserve College. Justice Jeffrey Hjelm of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court is also an alumnus.
Other Case alumni are involved in the fields of government, business, academia, and the judiciary.
Government and politics
- Ann Womer Benjamin, director of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, former director of the Ohio Department of Insurance
- Oliver P. Bolton, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, son of Representatives Chester Castle Bolton and Frances Payne Bolton
- Elizabeth M. Boyer, lawyer, writer/publisher, and feminist founder of WEAL
- Thomas A. Burke, former U.S. Senator and Mayor of Cleveland
- Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary-General, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States
- Marc Dann, former Attorney General of Ohio
- Lincoln Diaz-Balart, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Lee Fisher, former Attorney General of Ohio, former Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, and dean of Cleveland Marshall School of Law as of 2016.
- Herman Goldner, mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, 1961-1967, 1971-1973
- Tim Grendell, Ohio State Senator
- Ray Gricar, former District Attorney of Centre County, Pennsylvania
- Martin J. Gruenberg, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Thomas J. Herbert, former Governor of Ohio, Attorney General of Ohio, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio
- Martin Hoke, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones, late judge, prosecutor and member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Ron Klein, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- William J. Laub, mayor of Akron, Ohio, professional football player, professional football coach
- Claire Levy, executive director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy and former member of the Colorado House of Representatives
- Josh Mandel, Ohio State Treasurer
- Capricia Marshall, former Chief of Protocol of the United States
- Roscoe C. McCulloch, former U.S. Senator and member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Nicole Nason, former administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Kevin G. Nealer, senior fellow, The Forum for International Policy
- Jim Petro, former Attorney General of Ohio
- Charles W. Stage, former member of the Ohio House of Representatives
- Michael Turner, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Charles Albert Vanik, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Wayne Wheeler, prominent prohibition leader and lobbyist/general counsel to the Anti-Saloon League
- Charles Z. Wick, director of the USIA under President Ronald Reagan
- Stephen M. Young, former U.S. Senator
- Donald L. Korb, former Internal Revenue Service Chief Counsel
Business and industry
- William Daroff, chief lobbyist for Jewish Federations of North America and appointee to US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad
- Barry Meyer, chairman and chief executive officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment
- Robert L. Stark (born 1951), American real estate developer and CEO of Stark Enterprises
- Mark Weinberger, chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young
- Jacob Frydman, real estate developer
- Robert L. Stark, real estate developer
- David C. Dvorak, president and CEO, Zimmer Biomet
- Susan G. Braden, Judge, United States Court of Federal Claims
- Emerich B. Freed, former judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- Ben Charles Green, former judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- Jeffrey Hjelm, Justice, Maine Supreme Judicial Court
- Alvin Krenzler, former judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- Robert B. Krupansky, former judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- John James McConnell, Jr., District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island
- Kathleen M. O'Malley, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- Leslie Crocker Snyder, former justice, New York State Supreme Court
- Joseph F. Spaniol, Jr., 18th Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States
- Don John Young, former judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- Leslie Crocker Snyder, former judge who ran for Manhattan District Attorney
- Kenneth B. Davis, Jr., dean of University of Wisconsin Law School
- Amos N. Guiora, professor, S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
- Kevin G. Nealer, professor, Georgetown School of Business, Fulbright Professor of trade law and policy in the People's Republic of China
- Yuri R. Linetsky, professor, University of Alabama School of Law
- Thomas J. Horton, professor, The University of South Dakota School of Law
- Spencer Rand, professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law
- Michael D. Rose, professor, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
- Ted Gup, professor of journalism, Emerson College
- James Hagy, professor of law, New York Law School and Peking University School of Transnational Law
- Lee Fisher, dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
- Ronald M. Silley, Anglo-American law lecturer and director of Languages, Bucerius Law School
- Craig M. Boise, dean, Syracuse University College of Law, and former dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
- Kenneth Davis, professor, University of Wisconsin Law School
- George N. Gafford, professor and member of the board of trustees, California Western School of Law
- Albert A. Baillis, professor and former dean, Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law
- Nan Aron, public interest lawyer, civil rights advocate, and president of the Alliance for Justice
- Fred Gray, attorney to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks
- Mike Lebowitz, attorney, legal pioneer in military expression, military law
- Jeff Herman, church sex abuse attorney, Catholic Church sexual abuse cases
- CB King, civil rights attorney in the South during the civil rights movement.
In popular culture
- In 2010, the show The Deep End on ABC features a main character, Addy Fisher, who graduated from CWRU School of Law.
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