We’ve been training lawyers for over 125 years. But we're not focused on the past—we know what matters most is how we prepare you for your future.
A National Leader
We are a nationally recognized law school in the heart of University Circle, a thriving cultural neighborhood near downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
Our international law, health law, and intellectual property law programs are among the top in the nation. Leadership courses and practice experiences are infused throughout our innovative curriculum. All students begin working with real clients in their first year and participate in a semester-long, full-time, or year-long half-time practice experience during their third year.
National Jurist magazine named us among the top 25 law schools that deliver the best public interest law opportunities and among its first "honor roll of law schools" that deliver the best practical training.
We offer JD, LLM, and SJD degrees, as well as ten dual-degree programs.
Plus, JD students can study abroad after their 1L year at 17 partner schools or during their 3L year complete a foreign LLM degree at three partner schools:
- Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid,
- Middlesex University in London,
- University of Paris Dauphine
Our Growing Presence
About two-thirds of our students are from outside Ohio and more than 10,000 alumni live and work all over the world. Our graduates are employed in a wide variety of legal, government, nonprofit, and business settings. Many of our alums are CEOs, law firm partners, government officials, and other recognized leaders.
We have a welcoming, friendly environment that encourages collaboration between professors, administrators, staff, students and alumni. When you join our law school, you are part of our legal family.
At Case Western Reserve University School of Law, diversity is a core value. We aspire to be an inclusive environment in which all members feel empowered to participate in the community, fostering creative energy and insights that result in a better institution.
We are inclusive of people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national, and international backgrounds, welcoming of the diversity of thought, pedagogy, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, political affiliation, and disability.
We strive to create a culture of inclusion that encourages relationships and interactions among people of different backgrounds, a culture that enhances human dignity actively diminishes prejudice and discrimination, and improves the quality of life for everyone in our community.
What we do
We create, nurture and maintain partnerships between the law school, the university, legal organizations, alumni, and other community partners to support diversity and inclusiveness initiatives. This includes diversity and inclusion training and events to build a supportive community.
Our program is led by a committee of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and university diversity leaders, as well as members of the Cleveland and greater Ohio legal communities. We work together to create a diverse strategic plan and initiatives to make the law school a diverse and inclusive place for all students, staff, and faculty.
A Connected Institution
We are part of Case Western Reserve University, a highly ranked research institution with more than 6,600 graduate and professional students and more than 5,150 undergraduate students.
The university is also home to the multiple other graduate schools—many of which we partner with for dual degrees:
- Weatherhead School of Management;
- School of Medicine;
- Case School of Engineering;
- Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing;
- School of Dental Medicine;
- School of Graduate Studies;
- Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; and
- College of Arts and Sciences.