Case Western Reserve's School of Law Receives Top Rankings in Trial Advocacy and International Law

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New rankings in the Winter 2022 preLaw magazine place Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law as among the top schools in the nation for Trial Advocacy and International Law, with both receiving an "A+" grade.

 The top ranking in Trial Advocacy is based on the strength of the law school’s litigation program. Students practice trial advocacy skills in courses such as Trial Tactics and Appellate Practice and in the co-curricular moot court and mock trial programs.  Only 11 law schools received the top ranking this year.

In November 2021, the school’s Ault Mock Trial teams swept the top three spots at the Case Classic Mock Trial Competition. Then in February 2022, the school’s Ault Mock Trial teams swept the top two spots at the midwest regional competition of the National Trial Competition, advancing an unprecedented two teams to compete for the national championship in Texas in March.  The same weekend, two CWRU Black Law Student Association teams came in second and fourth in the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition in St. Louis, MO, and will advance to the National Finals in Memphis, TN, in March.  

In addition to its top ranking in Trial Advocacy, the Winter 2022 issue once again ranks CWRU’s International Law program with an A+, one of only nine schools on that top list this year.  

Under the umbrella of the $4.5 million endowed Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, the school’s international law program includes The Canada-U.S. Law Institute, Institute for Global Security, Law and Policy, Henry T. King, Jr. War Crimes Research Office, Yemen Accountability Project and Talking Foreign Policy.

This ranking comes as the Cox Center remains at the forefront of international legal issues. In the past few months, the Center’s faculty members and an alumnus filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court, and Co-Dean Michael Scharf presented an in-person amicus argument before the Appeals Chamber of the ICC in The Hague.  Students involved in the Center’s Yemen Accountability Project are working on a third White Paper for publication this spring.  And in December, the Center received a generous grant from the U.S.-Russia Foundation to place ​​Russian LLM students at six U.S. law schools annually through the Visiting Russian Law Student Program.