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Case Western Reserve University (Case School of Law)

For more than 110 years, the school has prepared men and women for leadership in the practice of law, public service, and commerce. Today our alumni serve society in prominent positions throughout the nation and the world. Their continuing interest in this school is embodied in generous scholarships and employment opportunities that benefit current students. Our students are distinguished by their talent, creativity, and commitment to the welfare of humanity. They hail from more than forty states and ten foreign nations, presenting us with a mosaic of intellectual and social diversity that is a source of enlightenment and inspiration.

Why do they choose Case? Many point to an open and nurturing learning environment that continuously facilitates their growth as professionals. Our faculty are noted not only for cutting-edge scholarship and exceptional teaching but also for the mentoring relationships they establish with students at all levels. It is no exaggeration to say that most of us associated with the school — students, professors, alumni, administrators — regard ourselves as members of a large and successful educational family.

Together we have shaped an academic program that is challenging and extensive - a powerful combination of theory and practice that will provide a solid foundation for your career. Our CaseArc program is a rigorous set of courses designed to help you master the language of the law and give you the critical communication tools hiring partners prize. As a result of our innovative approach to evaluating the curriculum, we have introduced more than 150 new courses, seven Concentrations, and two additional dual degree programs in just eight years. Our strong tracks in intellectual property, technology law, business law, litigation, health law, and international law are excellent examples of the special way in which our curriculum molds graduates who make a difference from their first days as lawyers.

Being part of a major research university provides our students with impressive resources beyond those of the law school itself. These resources combine readily in such versatile enterprises as our Law-Medicine Center, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Center for Law Technology and the Arts, and eight dual degree programs. Many of our students enlarge their educational experience by enrolling in courses offered through the university's schools of medicine, management, and social work, among others. We also have the good fortune to be located in Cleveland, Ohio, a city that ranks among the nation's premier legal and corporate centers. Being here will expose you to a wealth of local job opportunities and externships and bring you into direct contact with distinguished members of the legal community who teach specialized courses, serve as moot court judges, and assist with career planning.

While some outside our profession may view the law as competitive and adversarial, we believe that collaboration is vital. Our school, with its gifted students, strong faculty, and open learning environment, is a truly outstanding place to build the cooperative skills that will characterize successful attorneys in this new century.

We are a law school committed to the best possible legal education and career opportunities for our students. Our goal is to provide an education that prepares our graduates for success in the practice of law, public and community service, and commerce in an ever-changing environment where the nature of the legal profession and necessary knowledge, skills, and services are constantly evolving. The curriculum instills in our students the values, ethics, and dedication to justice necessary to serve clients and society.

At Case School of Law our students participate in nearly fifty student organizations. And those numbers keep growing. We support the creativity and energy of our students, whose initiative and leadership have led to the creation of ten new student groups in the past two years.

The student organizations at Case School of Law are much more than a vehicle for exploring legal interests with peers; they provide a valuable proving ground for leadership skill development and extraordinary opportunities to work with Case professors and national legal practitioners.

One of the benefits of attending law school at Case Western Reserve University is the affordability and availability of reasonably priced housing in Cleveland. Also, unlike most major cities, you need not use a real estate agent to locate apartments; our residential communities offer, as a neighborhood service, housing information.

Because of low housing expenses, your housing budget at Case will be much less than at a law school in other, more expensive cities. Be aware, however, that the "student budget" allotted to you by the University reflects this low cost of living and, as a result, your budget will include a smaller allowance for living expenses than elsewhere. No matter whether you live alone or with five other roommates, you will be entitled to the same living expense allowance, so we would urge you to get a roommate instead of living alone. You will find that this makes your loan dollars stretch a lot further and enables you to take out less in loans than you are eligible for.

The Case campus, located in University Circle, is situated on the edge of beautiful residential neighborhoods, which are described below. Students live in apartments, two-family houses, rooms in private homes, and single-family houses that several students rent together. Housing in these neighborhoods is close to the law school and many students live within walking or biking distance. In addition, RTA buses run from University Circle to these areas via Mayfield and Cedar Roads.

Our first-year curriculum focuses on required courses that provide the essential foundation for the upper-level curriculum. First-year students also choose from among five electives in the spring semester that correspond to our Concentrations.

The centerpiece of our curriculum is the CaseArc Integrated Lawyering Skills Program, an innovative program stretching across the three years of law school. Designed to coordinate experientially based instruction in fundamental lawyering skills - such as interviewing, counseling, fact-gathering, legal research, writing, oral advocacy, and negotiation - with more traditional classroom methods for teaching legal analysis, it creates powerful synergies between our rigorous, classical education in legal theory and our instruction in lawyering, enhancing both areas. When our students graduate, they are uniquely prepared to become leaders in the practice of law, public and community service, and commerce. The program is team-taught; students receive instruction from experts in legal theory and doctrine, legal analysis and writing, clinical methodology, and library and database research. Each member of the team coordinates their particular parts of the course with all the others, so students will have an integrated learning experience - applying the law the way lawyers do.

Second- and third-year students have wide discretion in selecting their electives. Other than the foundational first-year courses, there are just a few courses required for graduation: Professional Responsibility, a course that entails a substantial research paper, and the CaseArc requirements. Some choose to take a broad range of courses over the many areas of the curriculum. Others may focus on one or two particular areas of interest. Still others may decide to pursue in-depth study through one of our seven.

Through our program of voluntary concentrations, students may pursue in-depth study in several fields. We believe that employers value the commitment and knowledge demonstrated by completion of a Concentration, which requires achievement of a minimum 3.0 grade-point average in all Concentration courses and a B+ on the writing requirement.

Our extensive offering of experiential learning opportunities (over 250 spaces in skills courses alone), labs, clinics, externships, and internships enhances our traditional classroom education by enabling students to apply the principles they have learned in their foundational courses to live client situations.

Orientation Week for our first-year students includes an intensive introduction to the CaseArc program with a focus on professionalism, client interviewing, briefing cases, law school classes, and the American Legal System. Students also have the opportunity to observe a simulated criminal trial and a simulated appellate argument.

During the first year, the entering class is divided into three teams of about 75 students, then further broken down into Groups of about 20 students for writing instruction. Each Group is then divided into two “Law Firms” for skills instruction. Upper class students continue to work in small groups for skills instruction which is linked to substantive courses.

The CaseArc Integrated Lawyering Skills Program spans the entire law school experience. Students receive 5 credits for the first year and 2 credits each semester in their second year. In the capstone courses, students are awarded credit based on the type of course they elect. The following table shows the breakdown of the program.

When Case Western Reserve University School of Law began the LL.M. program for foreign law graduates in 1992, we had three goals in mind: (1) to immerse qualified foreign lawyers in a year of U.S. legal education and to integrate those students with the American J.D. population so that each group could benefit most from the interaction; (2) to ensure that our LL.M. graduates are fully qualified at the end of their studies to participate in growing global economic opportunities; and (3) to create a family atmosphere in the LL.M. program that would sustain the foreign students during their time at the school. At the time we were one of the first American law schools to design a program especially for foreign graduate students. Our program has grown from three students that first semester to fifty students, with four hundred fifty graduates in 55 countries.

In ten years, we have achieved all three goals. Our foreign LL.M. students have selected courses across the broadest array of our J.D. curriculum. They have been assisted in these courses by J.D. mentors, and some lifetime friendships have been born. The Contracts section, "Basic American Contract Law," designed exclusively for LL.M. students, has prepared them for full participation in their other courses. And the "Doing Business in the U.S.A." course has introduced the LL.M. students to a very wide range of areas of U.S. substantive law in the context of a transnational problem requiring the development of a legal strategy and introducing the students to the negotiation process. The day each student spends in the state trial court has been a highpoint for each LL.M. student. Our comprehensive legal research and writing program prepares our LL.M. graduates for summer internships and international practice opportunities upon their return home. The summer internships which we arrange with law firms and corporate legal departments have allowed interested LL.M. students to immerse themselves in the U.S. legal culture and put into action what they have learned prior to returning home.

The success our students have achieved in the job market upon their return home is another proud legacy of our program. In Bangkok, one international law firm has hired eight of our graduates out of a 60-lawyer office, and our alumni are also represented in all of the other international law firms in Thailand. Other graduates in Netherlands and Moldova are employed by international consulting firms, Deloitte & Touche and KPMG. Our graduates in Russia and other eastern European countries practice with international law firms. And at least four of our graduates are judges; a Russian graduate is General Counsel of Citibank, Moscow; an Italian graduate is General Counsel of the largest oil company in Italy, and a Canadian graduate holds a very high-level position in the corporate legal department of ABB. This is just a short list of some of our graduates' professional accomplishments.

We are proud of our faculty's dedication to excellence in teaching and scholarship, but what always impresses new students is their accessibility. Our faculty take their commitment to outstanding teaching and to mentoring students very seriously. For students, this means knowing that their professors will be available to discuss the legal issues of the day, expand on classroom discussion, help evaluate employment opportunities, and talk one-on-one about the student's performance on an exam. These factors combine to create a strong and collaborative learning environment.

The qualifications of our adjunct faculty members are equally impressive. Thanks to the extraordinary legal market in Cleveland, we can offer students the opportunity to take specialty courses with experts who bring experience from practice that enriches our educational program.

Tthe Case School of Law Career Services Office cultivates strong national relationships to create extraordinary opportunities that connect Case Law students with prospective employers. During the 2005-2006 school year, our Interview Programs drew over 580 employers and included fall and spring on-campus interviews, as well as off-campus interview trips to Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City, and Southern California.

The CSO's success in recruiting employers is due to its aggressive approach to employer development. While all of the professional staff is engaged in employer outreach, one staff member devotes 100 percent of his time to meeting with employers and developing full-time job opportunities for our students.

The CSO staff includes five attorneys that offer individualized career counseling to all students. Counseling begins during your first year and continues throughout your entire law school experience. The CSO also offers career workshops, national and regional job fairs, panel discussions, and mock interviews. You also have exclusive access to eAttorney, which allows students to sign up for interviews, post resumes, view job postings, and research law firms, companies, and government agencies online. Students also benefit in their job search from the outstanding resources available to our faculty, who are nationally and internationally known experts in their fields.

Choosing a law school can be a daunting task, and many questions arise throughout your search and decision making process. The Career Services Office at Case School of Law recognizes this and has compiled information that will help as you get ready to start a new phase of your education and your career. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and information about services provided, along with a sampling of employers that have hired recent graduates and law students.

One of the advantages to having a small student to professional ratio is that we work with you as an individual and assess your strengths, interest areas and overall marketability. Our philosophy of helping you early in your legal career is so strong is that we insist that every first-year student engage in a mandatory career counseling appointment. This enables us to work with you to develop a long-range plan for you to reach your employment goals. We make employer visits in Ohio and throughout the country, conduct presentations to law firm hiring committees, and participate in alumni professional events, among other activities. Although we can not guarantee employment, we will make every effort to make your search as successful as possible through counseling, national and regional job fairs, comprehensive library resources, career workshops, panel discussions, mock interviews, job postings, and extensive interview programs here on campus and in major metropolitan areas throughout the country. As a student at Case, you will have access to a phone, copying machine, fax machine and library materials to make your job search as convenient as possible.

School name:Case Western Reserve UniversityCase School of Law
Address:11075 East Blvd.
Zip & city:OH 44106-7148 Ohio

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