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Law School: Case Western Reserve University School of Law 
Address: 11075 East Boulevard 
City: Cleveland 
State, Zip: OH, 44106 
Country: United States  
Phone: 216-368-3283 

Administrator Name: Kelli C. Curtis, Esq. 
Administrator Title: Assistant Dean for Career Services 
Phone: 216-368-6353 
Fax: 216-368-4713 

Registrar's Name: Jay Ruffner 
Phone No: 216-368-3280 
Names & titles of key CSO staff: Sarah Dylag Beznoska, J.D., Director of Career Programming; Mary Beth Moore, Esq., Director of Employer Outreach; Candice Storey, Esq., Director of Career Counseling; Heather DiFranco, Esq., Director of Career Communications; Michael McCarthy, Assistant Director of Career Services & Employer Outreach. 

No. of hours required to graduate: 88 

No. of Full-time students 600 
No. of Evening students:
No. of Part-time students:
Total: 607 

'13-'14 Year 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year Total
Men: 109  128  106  343 
Woman: 86  102  74  262 
Totals: 195  230  180  605 
Black (Men): 11 
Black (Women): 19 
Hispanics (Men):
Hispanics (Women):
American Indian/Alaskan (Men):
American Indian/Alaskan (Women):
Asian/Pacific Islander (Men): 10  24 
Asian/Pacific Islander (Women): 11  12  10  33 
Disabled (Men):
Disabled (Woman):
Openly GLBT (Men):
Openly GLBT (Woman):

Do you offer LL.M. degrees? Yes 
Is LL.M. grading system equivalent to JD system? No 
Do you offer joint degree programs? Yes 
NO. of LL.M. degrees awarded in previous year: 51 

Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
US Legal Studies 59
International Criminal Law 3 0 0 0
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
JD/MBA (Management)
JD/MA (Legal History)
JD/MA (Bioethics)
JD/MA (Political Science)
JD/MSSA (Social Work)
JD/MNO (Nonprofit Management)
JD/CNM (Certificate of Nonprofit Mgmt)
JD/MD (Medicine)
JD/MS (Biochemistry)
JD/MPH (Public Health)

Applications received: 1655 
Size of entering class: 192 
No. of undergraduate colleges represented: 121 
No. of states represented: 33 
In-state enrollment: 34% 
Out-state enrollment: 66% 
Foreign countries represented:

25% 50% 75%
Grade Point Average Full-time
Overall 3.22 3.48 3.67
Law School Admission Test


Overall 153 158 160
In determining GPA and LSAT averages, are all students included? No 
  If "No", what percentage is not included?
4.1% of students are not included as these are students with foreign undergraduate degrees.

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Clinical Courses/Program Enrollment Based on
Access to Justice (Legal Aid) Registration
City Law Externship Registration
Civil Litigation and Mediation Clinic I and II Registration
Coast Guard Defense Lab Registration
Community Development Clinic I and II Registration
County Law Department Registration
County Prosecution Externship Registration
Criminal Justice Clinic Registration
Corporate Counsel Externship Registration
Cuyahoga County Public Defender (in development) Registration
Death Penalty Lab I and II Registration
Dispute Resolution Externship Registration
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Registration
Federal Judicial Externship Registration
Federal Non-Capital Habeas Lab Registration
Federal Public Defender Externship Registration
Federal Trade Commission Externship Registration
Financial Integrity in Emerging Markets Lab Registration
Global Corporate Governance Lab Registration
Health Law Clinic I and II Registration
Hospital General Counsel Registration
Immigration Law Practicum Registration
Intellectual Property Entrepreneurship Clinic Registration
Internal Revenue Service Registration
International Tribunal Registration
International War Crimes Research Lab Registration
Ohio Court of Appeals 8th Appellate District Registration
Sports & Entertainment Academy Registration
Terrorism Prosecution Lab I and II Registration
Urban Development Lab Registration
U.S. Attorney - Civil Registration
U.S. Attorney - Criminal Registration
Through our program of voluntary concentrations, students may pursue in-depth study in several fields.  Completion of a Concentration requires achievement of a minimum 3.0 grade-point average in all Concentration courses and a B+ on the writing requirement.  Concentration options are: Business Organizations;  Criminal Law; Litigation; Health Law; International Law; Law, Technology & the Arts; Public and Regulatory Institutions; and Individual Rights and Social Reform.

Is Moot Court a required activity? No 
Please describe program, including when students participate, how board members are selected, etc.
Students enroll in a 2 credit elective course, Appellate Advocacy, in the Fall term. Credit for this graded course is conditioned on satisfactory participation in the Dunmore Moot Court Competition in the Spring term. Board members and team members are selected based on rankings in the Dunmore competition.
Our Moot Court Board sponsors both intramural and interschool competitions.

Journals No. of Students Grades Write-on Intv. Other
Law Review X X
Health Matrix-Journal of Law-Medicine X
Journal of International Law X
Journal of Law, Technology & Internet X
Canada United States Law Journal X
American Constitution Society
Asian Pacific-American Law Students Association
Ault Mock Trial Team
Big Buddies
Black Law Students Association
Canada-U.S. Journal
Case Endnotes
Christian Law Students Association
Criminal Law Society
Cultivating Connections
Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
The Docket
Environmental Law Society
Federalist Society
Health Matrix
International Law Society
Jewish Law Students Association
Journal of International Law
Journal of Law & Politics
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Lambda Law Student Association
Law Review
Law School Ambassadors
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Moot Court Board/Dunmore Competition
National Lawyers Guild
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Phi
South Asian Law Students Association
Sports and Entertainment Law Society
Street Law Program
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Student Bar Association
Student Health Law Association
Student Intellectual Property Law Association
Student Public Interest Law Fellowship
Students for Work/Life Balance
Women's Law Asociation

Letter Grades Other Grade System? Numerical Equivalents
       A 4.00
       A- 3.66
       B+ 3.33
       B 3.00
       B- 2.66
       C+ 2.33
       C 2.00
       C- 1.66
       D 1.00
       F 0.00

MINIMUM GRADE REQUIRED TO ATTAIN (Based on May 2013 graduation class)
Top 10%: 3.721 
Top 25%: 3.438 
Top 33%:  
Top 50%: 3.203 
Top 75%: 3.015 

Median GPA: 3.203 
Minimum grade required for graduation: 2.33 
Do you have a pass/fail option? Yes
If "Yes", please describe: Students in good standing may choose to take up to 6 credit hours of law school work under a Pass/No Credit basis. 
Are students ranked in their class? Yes
If so, how often? At the end of the Spring Term 
Will the school verify student grades? Yes
Please describe policy: A student must request transcripts to be issued to a third party. A transcript is a certified copy of a student's academic record. A transcript is released only upon request. 

Name of Award No. Awarded Selection Process
Adelstein Environmental Law Award 3 1st, 2nd, 3rd place papers
Adelstein Summer Grant 1 Application selection
Benchers/Cum studiis tum moribus pr 1 A graduating student ranket #1 at grad.
Dean's Community Service Award 1 Commitment to community service (SBA)
Jonathan M. Ault 3 Mock Trial Tournament Team Night
AE Bernsteen 1 Moot Court best oral advocate
Dean Dunmore 1 Moot Court best overall performance
Dean Dunmore Brief Writing 1 Moot Court best brief
Harry A. & Sarah Blachman 1 Best paper on state and local government
Diane Ethics Award 1 Performance in PR and clinic/ethics knowledge
Klatsky Fellowship 2 Application selection
Biskind fellowship 5 Application selection
Richard A. & Brandon Collier Award 1 Outstanding achievement in law-med curriculum
Frederick K. Cox Service Award 7 Significant contribution to international law
Jack Cronquist Award 1 Outstanding performance in clinic and
Ruth & Jack Grant Day Family Award 1 Selected for summer work at ACLU
Martin Luther King, Jr. Award 1 Student who follows in spirit of MLK,Jr (SBA)
John Wragg Kellogg Prize 1 top minority student at end of 1st year
Order of the Coif 1 top 10% in graduating class
Law Med Center Summer Stipend 5 Application selection
Cox Intl Law Center Summer Stipend 15 Application selection
Dean's Honor List 50 Semester GPA 3.40 and higher
Social Justice-Adelberg Fellowship 5 Application selection
  % of Class Receiving GPA Required # of Students
Order of the Coif: 10 Top 10% 20
Summa cum laude: 1 3.900 3
Magna cum laude: 13 3.650 26
Cum laude: 15 3.400 30

Areas of practice (Include both legal and non-legal positions) % of employed students with jobs in area Employment locations % of students with known location who are in region
Private practice: 43.8  New England: 2.6 
Business and industry: 22.9  Middle Atlantic: 14.6 
Government: 16.7  East North Central: 59.9 
Judicial clerkship: 4.7  West North Central: 2.1 
Military: 1.5  South Atlantic: 11.5 
Public interest organization: 11.5  East South Central: 0.0 
Academic: 0.5  West South Central: 2.1 
Job category not identified:   Mountain: 2.1 
Pacific: 3.1 
Non-US: 2.1 

  Jurisdictions: (states and/or metropolitan areas)
                      with the highest % of graduates from the most recent graduating class
1. Cleveland, OH
2. New York, NY
3. Washington, DC
4. Chicago, IL
5. Los Angeles, CA

  Week invitations are sent to employers:
  OCI requests accepted by:  
  Mail Beginning Date: 03/14/2012
  Phone beginning date: 03/14/2012
  Email beginning date: 03/14/2012 To Email:
  Online beginning date: 03/14/2012 URL:
Please specify any changes in OCI procedures or policies that will be in effect for the first time during Fall 2014 :
OCI date assignment procedure:
 First come first served   Random
 Early/Late Rotation   Out of state employer by geographic location
  OCI Fee?
None for OCI and Early Interview Week. Fees for Off Campus Interview Programs.
  OCI date confirmation will be sent to employers:
  if requested our school will coordinate with:
  Describe required employer forms:
Registration Form
OCI dates for August: 08/21/2012 - 08/24/2012
OCI dates for Fall: 09/11/2012 - 10/26/2012
OCI dates for Spring: 02/06/2012 - 03/30/2012
  Flyback dates:

  Is video conferencing available?  Yes 

  Are employers permitted to prescreen?  Yes 
  If "No", explain:

OCI drop date:
Date student materials sent to employer:
Date interview schedule sent to employer:
Postage/express mail fee?
OCI Drop dates vary according to date of interview.  Student materials are sent at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled interview date.  Interview schedules are sent to employers 3-4 days before the scheduled interview.
Do you provide resume collection or direct mail option for employers not participating in OCI?  Yes 
  Are all OCI conducted in campus buildings?  No 
  If "No", describe alternatives and reservation procedure:
Off-Campus Interview Programs take place in Chicago, New York, Southern California, Washington, D.C., and Boston during August and September 2012. Early Interview Week will be conducted at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel between August 21 - August 24, 2012.

Chicago Off Campus Interview Program -- August 20, 2012
New York City Off Campus Interview Program --  August 17, 2012
Southern California Off Campus Interview Program -- Consortium, Los Angeles, August 31, 2012
Washington DC Off Campus Interview Program --  September 13, 2012
New England Off Campus Interview Program -- Consortium, Boston, September 7, 2012

Students can participate in the following, under Case Western sponsorship; Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair-DC; Midwest Public Interest Conference-Chicago, IL; Cook County Bar Association Minority Job Fair-Chicago, IL; Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference- Minnepolis, MN; BLSA Midwest Minority Conference; Patent Law Interview Program, Chicago, IL.
  Diversity Interview Programs:
BLSA Midwest Recruitment Conference -- minority students from midwest law schools, August or September 2012

Cook County Minority Job Fair -- Chicago, August 2012

Heartland Diversity Job Fair -- Kansas City, MO, August 2012

Lavender Law Career Fair -- August 2012

Minnesota Minority Recruitment Conference -- Minneapolis, August 2012

Vault/MCCA Legal Diversity Career Fair -- August 2012

  Will you send, upon request, one package containing resumes/transcripts?  Yes 
  Will you post a notice directing students to apply directly to employer?  Yes 

If you provide job listings for graduates, describe how to send notice, when employers can expect responses, length of time notice is posted (whether in print or online), etc.;
Student and alumni job postings are updated on a daily basis. Job postings are accessible on-line through Symplicity, a web based recruiting system, to those alumni who request a password through our office; students automatically receive a password.  Employers may fax, email, telephone or mail notices of openings to the Career Services Office.  Notices remain active approximately 8 weeks, unless employers request otherwise.

Describe any special regulations pertaining to the recruitment of first year students that are in addition to the NALP guidelines. For example, are first year students eligible for spring OCI? When are job notices posted during second semester?
First year students are encouraged to participate in Spring OCI during their second semester. Notices of employment opportunities for first year students are posted beginning November 1st.

BLSA Midwest Recruitment Conference: Annual conference for second and third year students from over 40 midwestern law schools and employers across the US. Students prioritize interview selections. Conference is held in August or September.

Minority Clerkship Program: First-year minority students of the law school are also eligible to seek summer employment through the Minority Clerkship Program, a summer clerkship program for minority students run by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

IndyBar 2012 Diversity Job Fair: The Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar) invite full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2014) or part-time 2L and 3L law students (graduating 2014/2015) to participate in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair.  Seeks candidates who represent all aspects of diversity, who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm.

Through the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law students put their lawyering skills to work representing real clients in civil, criminal, and transactional matters.  With close assistance from faculty members, a student in one of the civil clinics may incorporate a nonprofit institution, help a homeowner sue for predatory lending practices, or obtain disability benefits for a client.  In the criminal clinic, students handle misdemeanors ranging from DUI to petty theft.

The Big Buddies program allows Case Westerm law students (big buddies) to act as mentors and tutors to elementary and junior high school children (little buddies) in urban Cleveland. Each law student who joins the program is paired with a child. Once a week, the little buddies are bused to the law school, where they and their big buddies take part in a group activity for about an hour, then spend time on school work.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Law & Leadership program.  Law & Leadership  introduces promising high school students from underserved high schools in the Cleveland area to the legal profession through an intensive college preparatory program.  School of Law students serve as paid instructors and volunteers to teach critical academic skills in studying, test-taking and writing, in addition to fostering self-confidence, an awareness of college-level expectations and interaction with positive role models.

During the last academic year Case Western offered 40 stipends and fellowships to students who secure unpaid or low-paid summer internships in the following areas of law: international, including human rights; health; environmental; and direct advocacy for underserved populations (such as legal aid and public defender offices).

Non-discrimination University Policy

        Case Western Reserve University does not discriminate in recruitment, employment or policy administration on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, or status as a disabled veteran or other protected veteran under U.S. federal law.  In addition, the University expects all employees, students, vendors, and associates to participate in its program of non-discrimination.  The University intends to maintain an environment free of sexual harassment and will not tolerate any form of harassment of employees or students.  Retaliation against persons raising concerns about sexual harassment of any kind is prohibited and will constitute separate grounds for disciplinary action up to and including discharge or expulsion from the university.   
        The Assistant Vice President of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity coordinates compliance with Title III (age), Title VI (race), Title IX (sex), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (disability), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (disability) for the University.  A student with a complaint about discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age or disability may contact either the Assistant Vice President of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 310 Adelbert Hall (368-8877) or the University Office of Student Affairs (368-2020).  The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, or his/her designee, will investigate student complaints of discrimination.  In resolving such discrimination complaints, the University will utilize the Grievance Process and/or the Disciplinary Process.
        Requests for accommodations for disabilities should be directed to the Coordinator of Disability Services in Educational Services for Students (368-5320).


An Innovative and Diverse Curriculum
Our goal is to ensure that our graduates will be prepared to understand thier clients' enterprises and the economic, social, and political context in which they operate.  With eight areas of concentration and ten dual-degree and certificate programs, students leave the School of Law with the skills, practical experience, and confidence to deal with the changes and challenges on the legal horizon.

The CaseArc Integrated Lawyering Skills Program spans the entire three years of law school. This innovative program combines experientially-based instruction in fundamental lawyering skills, such as fact-gathering, legal research and writing, counseling and negotiation, with the traditional legal analysis instruction. Through this integration of traditional and experiential learning, the CaseArc program uniquely prepares our students to practice law.

The First-Year
Along with the in-depth knowledge acquired in the traditional courses, first-year students also begin developing the critical research, analysis, and writing skills employers value through the CaseArc course. The entire year of the course is spent learning and developing fundamental lawyering skills in a litigation context.  First-year students are also able to select a Perspectives Electives course that corresponds to our concentrations; Intellectual Property Survey, Bioethics and the Law, International Law, or Courts, Public Policy, and Social Change.

The Second-Year
The second-year of the CaseArc course focuses on the principles and skills involved in transactional law and entity representation.  Students enhance writing skills, and learn how to negotiate, counsel clients, and make oral arguments in courses such as Appellate Practice, Immigration Law Practicum, and Patent Litigation.  Students interested in business, finance, and corporate law may enroll in such in-depth substantive courses as Advanced Securities Regulation, International Business Transactions, and Financial Markets: Law, Theory & Practice.

The Third-Year
Trial tactics and trial practice courses, available in the third-year, focus on further developing and enhancing courtroom skills.  Many third-year students also enroll in one of the four legal clinics through our Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic.  In addition to the litigation-oriented clinics, students gain transaction-oriented experience, including  applying for not-for-profit tax status and trademark and licensing registration by enrolling in the Community Development Clinic.

Academic Centers
Our Academic Centers allow for collaborative and synergistic academic ventures among faculty and students; provide a deep and focused educational experience; bring benefits of collaboration with other parts of the University and community; encourage programs and research benefiting the profession and larger community; and enhance the reputation of the law school. We provide a broad array of centers on diverse subject areas, allowing all faculty and students to be deeply engaged in the academic experience.
Our Academic Centers are:  Frederick C. Cox International Law Center, Center for Business Law & Regulation, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution, Center for Law, Technology & The Arts, The Law-Medicine, Center, Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center, Center for Professional Ethics, and the Center for Social Justice.

Law School Policy

        This policy supplements the university policy and was adopted by the law school faculty.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and will comply fully with the Association of American Law School's Accreditation standard set forth in Section 6-3(b) of the Association bylaws:  A member school shall pursue a policy of providing its students and graduates with equal opportunity to obtain employment, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation.  A member school shall communicate to each employer to whom it furnishes assistance and facilities for interviewing and other placement functions the school's firm expectation that the employer will observe the principle of equal opportunity.
       Consistent with AALS interpretation, this policy shall prohibit discrimination based upon the listed grounds even if that discrimination is not illegal under applicable federal, state, or local law.  The Career Services Office shall establish informal as well as formal complaint procedures to encourage students to report incidents in which the student believes an employer is violating the policy.
       Exception: The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the university has established a policy that no unit of the university is permitted to bar military recruiters from using career counseling facilities or services.  Accordingly, branches of the military are invited and permitted to schedule interviews through the law school's Career Services Office and to use other career counseling services.  PLEASE NOTE THAT FEDERAL LAW MANDATES THAT THE FEDERAL ARMED SERVICES IMPLEMENT A "DON'T ASK/DON'T TELL" POLICY WITH REGARD TO GAY AND LESBIAN MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TREATS STATEMENTS "THAT DEMONSTRATE A PROPENSITY OR INTENT TO ENGAGE IN HOMOSEXUAL ACTS" AS CONDUCT THAT CREATES A REBUTTABLE PRESUMPTION THAT AN INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE SEPARATED FROM THE ARMED SERVICES. THESE FEDERAL MILITARY EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES ARE INCONSISTENT WITH THE NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICIES OF CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY AND THE LAW SCHOOL.

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