10 Things You May Not Know About CWRU Law

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We have one of the top Bar pass rates in our home state and perform well in the other states where the majority of our graduates take the Bar.

We came in first in our state for overall pass rate in the July 2019 and February 2020 Bar Exams. And our grads have a history of excelling in the New York Bar Exam, the Illinois Bar Exam, and the Pennsylvania Bar Exam, among others. With our Bar success, 91 percent of our graduates have been employed or are pursuing a post-graduate degree by the 10-month reporting deadline.


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Few law schools have so many top-ranked programs.

The 2021 U.S. News and World Report specialty rankings ranked us in the top 10 law schools for Health Law, in the top 25 law schools for International Law and in the top 25 percent of law schools for Intellectual Property Law and Clinical Training. And in 2019-2020, PreLaw Magazine ranked us as a "Top School" for Health Law (A+)(Back to School Issue 2020), International Law (A+)(Winter 2020), Intellectual Property Law (A+)(Spring 2020), Environmental Law (A)(Spring 2020), Trial Advocacy and Litigation (A)(Winter 2020), Business and Corporate Law (A)(Fall 2019), Criminal Law (A-)(Fall 2019), Human Rights Law (A-)(Back to School Issue 2020), Public Policy (A-)(Winter 2020) and 9th best in the nation in Public Interest Law (Winter 2020), 9th best in Practical Training (A+)(Spring 2020), and 20th in Criminal Justice/Public Defense (Winter 2020).

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Our students have received national honors.

Our international war crimes research program was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for our students’ work on the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, and our Jessup International Law Moot Court team was the last American team to win the World Championship. In 2020, our Jessup International Law Moot Court Team won the Regional Competition, earning a berth in the prestigious Jessup Cup International Rounds for the 8th time in 16 years.  Our National Mock Trial team won the Regional Competition, earning a berth in the National Championship Round for the second time in the past four years.  Our Vis International Arbitration Moot Court team came in second and captured the Best Speaker Award in the Chicago Vis competition.  Our International Criminal Court Moot Court team advanced to the Semi-Finals of the North-American rounds of the competition.  And our team took third place in the inaugural 1L Law Student Diversity Case Competition.  

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We lead the nation in study-abroad and work-abroad opportunities.

We have semester abroad programs with 17 foreign law schools on five continents, and three concurrent JD/LLM degree programs with universities in London, Paris, and Madrid. We also provide opportunities for students to spend a summer or semester interning at international courts and NGOs across the globe. Our multi-million dollar endowed Frederick K. Cox International Law Center provides funding to help defray travel and living expenses.

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We're one of the nation's oldest law schools.

We've trained exceptional minds in the theory and practice of the law for more than 125 years. Our commitment to social justice is equally historic: Our first class in 1892 included an African American student; today, 20 percent of our students are under-represented minorities. In 2017 we established the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Scholarships to help make it possible for students interested in public interest law to attend our school.

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We have a faculty of leading scholars.

Our law faculty is ranked 30th in the nation in scholarly impact. Their work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Tribunals, and many other courts; they regularly testify before Congress and they frequently appear in the media -- and their first priority is the success of our students.

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We are located on a picturesque university campus in University Circle – the cultural hub of Cleveland.

The law school is just a short stroll from the Cleveland Museum of Art (ranked as the second-best museum in the U.S.), Severance Hall (home of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra), the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the Cleveland Natural History Museum and Perkins Wildlife Center, and the Cosmic Dave’s Rock Club — the site of faculty/student jam sessions.

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Our students enjoy a comfortable lifestyle - Cleveland is ranked 15th best place to live in the U.S.

There are many high-quality, reasonably priced housing options near the law school, as well as excellent restaurants at affordable prices. The law school is a quick ride to the second-largest theater district in the United States, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and three professional sports teams including the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. The city is surrounded by natural beauty, including rolling hills reminiscent of New England, hundreds of miles of bike trails, state and national parks and Lake Erie, the 11th largest lake in the world. In September 2016, Time Out, the global entertainment guide, named Cleveland as the 15th best place to live in the U.S. based on affordability, cultural offerings, safety and green space.

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We have the feel of a small college, the power of a national law school.

Case Western Reserve is a small, personal school where you don't get lost in a crowd. Yet our national recognition brings almost two-thirds of our students from outside the State of Ohio, and over two-thirds of our alumni live and work around the nation and the world.

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We educate leaders.

Our more than 10,000 living alumni include Fred Gray (pictured), renowned civil rights lawyer who worked with Martin Luther King, Jr.; Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman & CEO of EY from 2013-2019; Patty Inglis, Executive Vice President of the San Francisco 49ers; Donald Korb, Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service from 2004-2008; Martin Gruenberg, Chairman of the FDIC from 2012-2018; Mohamed Chambas, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa; Barry Meyer, Chairman of Warner Bros. from 1999-2013; Kathleen O'Malley, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and Austin Fragomen, founder of the nation's largest immigration firm.