Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree
The School of Law offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree as well as dual-degree programs (see below). The J.D. degree requires successful completion of 88 credit hours, of which 38 hours are in required courses and 50 hours are elective courses For students in dual-degree programs, 12 hours of elective credits are waived in consideration of completion of the dual-degree (9 hours for the J.D./CNM program). The first year program for the J.D. degree consists mainly of the required basic courses. In addition, in the spring semester students select a 2-credit elective “perspectives” course; the menu of first-year “perspectives” courses varies from year to year.
Fall Semester Required Courses
- LAWS 101, Introduction to Lawyering (1)
- LAWS 132, Torts (4)
- LAWS 123, Contracts (4)
- LAWS 103, Constitutional Law I (4)
- LAWS 801, CORE Lawyering Skills I (2)
Spring Semester Required Courses
- LAWS 104, Civil Procedure (4)
- LAWS 131, Criminal Law (4)
- LAWS 144, Property (4)
- LAWS 802, CORE Lawyering Skills II (2)
- Choice of one “perspectives” course (2)
In the second year, every student must take LAWS 375, Professional Responsibility (3) and the remaining CaseArc requirements (two courses of 2 credits each). Otherwise, the curriculum is elective after the first year. As a requirement for graduation, every student must complete a substantial research paper.
We offer a number of curricular concentrations for both the Juris Doctor and US & Global Legal Studies degrees. These optional concentrations allow students to provide a concentrated focus for some of their elective coursework. For complete information about the optional concentration program, see the law school’s website or contact the Academic Services Office at the School of Law. The current available curricular concentrations are:
- Business Organizations
- Criminal Law
- Health law
- International Law
- Law, Technology, and the Arts – Law & Technology track or Law & the Arts track
- Public Law – Public and Regulatory Institutions track or Individual Rights and Social Reform track
US Legal Studies Program
- Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation
- Health Law
- International Business Law
- Intellectual Property
- Public International Law
For complete information about dual-degree programs, see the law school’s website or contact the Academic Services Office at the School of Law.
A dual-degree program between the School of Law and the Weatherhead School of Management allows students to earn two degrees in four years. Students spend the first year in one school and the second year in the other. Once the required courses are behind them, they spend the third and fourth years taking electives at both schools. Five areas of law-management specialization have been approved by the two schools: international business, health systems management, corporate finance, banking and investment, and labor and industrial relations.
Enrolling in both the law school and the School of Graduate Studies, a student can study law and and a Master of Arts or Master of Science program and earn the two degrees in seven regular semesters or six semesters plus two summers. Current options for this dual-degree are:
J.D./M.S.S.A. (Master of Science in Social Administration)
Together, the School of Law and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences offer a four year program in law and social work. Students take the basic required courses in both schools and then have considerable flexibility in pursuing their particular interests and preparing themselves for different careers. Besides their time in the classroom, students gain practical experience in internships.
J.D./M.N.O. (Master of Nonprofit Organizations)
This program combines the Master of Nonprofit Organizations (M.N.O.) degree with the Juris Doctor degree (J.D.). It provides preparation for students interested in, for example, practicing law within a nonprofit organizational setting; working as a program officer in a foundation; serving as a leader or manager of a nonprofit organization; working in the area of nonprofit public policy and advocacy; or working in the field of planned giving.
Students must apply and be accepted for each degree program to qualify. New students can apply to both programs simultaneously or at separate times. Students who choose to begin their studies in the J.D. program must apply to the M.N.O. program prior to completing their first year at the School of Law.
- Dual-degree students must receive the M.N.O. and J.D. degrees simultaneously to be granted credit for specific courses taken in the other program.
- J.D./M.N.O. students continue to register at their initial school of enrollment throughout the dual program.
For more detailed information, contact:
Director of Recruitment
Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations
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School of Law
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The School of Law and the School of Medicine offer a dual-degree program that allows a student to complete both degrees in six years. A student who begins at the law school spends two years studying law, then four years studying medicine. Alternatively, a student may spend the first two years and the last two years at the medical school, and the two middle years at the law school.
J.D./M.P.H. (Public Health)
The M.P.H. degree will generally add a year of additional course work to the J.D. degree, creating a four-year program. Law students enrolled in the dual J.D./M.P.H. degree program may earn up to 12 credits toward the J.D. in graduate level M.P.H. courses. The law school offers several health law courses that meet the M.P.H. elective requirements.
J.D./C.N.M. (Certificate in Nonprofit Management)
The J.D./C.N.M. combines the Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) with the Certificate in Nonprofit Management (C.N.M.). It provides preparation for students interested in, for example, practicing law within a nonprofit organizational setting; working as a program officer in a foundation; serving as a leader or manager of a nonprofit organization; working in the area of nonprofit public policy and advocacy; or working in the field of planned giving.
The program consists of five courses. Law of Nonprofit Organizations (LAWS 234) is required and the remaining four courses are chosen in consultation with the J.D./C.N.M. faculty advisor.
Students should apply to the degree/certificate program no later than the end of the second year at the School of Law. J.D./C.N.M. students must be admitted to each program separately and receive both credentials simultaneously to be granted credit for specific courses taken in the other program.
For more information, contact the Director of Recruitment, Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, at 216-368-6025 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Graduate School Option
Students in the School of Law who are not enrolled in a dual-degree program may take up to nine hours of approved courses in the other graduate and professional schools of Case Western Reserve University and have such courses counted for credit toward the J.D. degree.
LL.M. in United States and Global Legal Studies
The LL.M. in United States and Global Legal Studies is designed for graduates of foreign law schools who wish to spend an intensive year immersed in American legal education. LL.M. candidates take most courses with American J.D. candidates and have seminars with American lawyers. Degree requirements include 24 course credits (including LAWS 570, Foreign Graduate Seminar). Students from civil law countries must take LAWS 595, American Contract Law, and students whose command of English is deficient will be required to take an English language course. LAWS 263, Doing Business in the U.S., is an elective available only to LL.M. students.
Each student’s courses will be determined by the program director in consultation with the student and will be based on the student’s prior legal education and interests. After completion of the degree requirements, students may elect to spend a summer internship with a law firm or corporate legal department in the United States. Further information and admission materials may be requested from Professor Lewis R. Katz, director of the LL.M. in United States and Global Legal Studies program or Ms. Adria J. Sankovic, assistant director of the LL.M. in United States and Global Legal Studies program.