CWRU Business Law Program Ranked Among the Best

CWRU Law students outside the Case Western Reserve University School of Law building

The Fall 2018 issue of PreLaw Magazine, a National Jurist publication, has ranked Case Western Reserve University School of Law as one of the top schools in the nation for Business and Corporate Law, with an "A" grade. The ranking is available here.

This is the second year in a row that CWRU was ranked as one of the best Business Law programs in the country. The ranking was based on the strength of CWRU's business law program in several categories, including curricular offerings, concentrations, certificates, clinics, and externships.

The CWRU Business Law program begins with “LLEAP 3,” a required 2L course that provides students the opportunity to do a deep dive into either litigation or the world of business transactions through an intensive simulation-based curriculum. CWRU is the only law school with this type of required skills course.

In the second or third year, CWRU students can participate in “Fusion,” an interdisciplinary certificate program that teams law students with business and engineering students across campus.

The law school has two clinics in which third-year students get to sit "first chair" in representing business clients. In the Community Development Clinic, directed by Professor Matthew Rossman, students represent business and nonprofit entities in formation of their businesses, obtaining tax-exempt status, and serving as general counsel. In the IP Venture Clinic, directed by Professor Zahra Smith, students represent entrepreneurs to launch an early stage venture and protect its intellectual property.

Among the law school's numerous business law-related courses is a novel "Business and Law Colloquium,” co-taught by Professor Juliet Kostritsky and corporate counsels and business leaders, which includes sessions focused on financial management, business development, communication skills, and intercultural business and law practices.

The school has also expanded its international business law offerings in recent years, with courses ranging from "International Commercial Arbitration" to "Doing Business in China" taught by leading experts in the field.

The law school has summer and semester-long externships in a variety of business placements, ranging from NBC Studios to the Cleveland Browns’ front office.

Students who focus their studies in this area can graduate with a Business Law Concentration. Students can also earn an MBA from Weatherhead School of Management and a JD from the law school simultaneously under our Dual Degree Program. CWRU also offers concurrent degree programs in international business law with partner schools in China, England, France, and Spain, under which CWRU students can get the JD and LLM in International business law in just three years, for just the price of the JD degree.

Outside the classroom, students at Case Western Reserve University are exposed to a variety of business law-related lectures and conferences sponsored by the Center for Business Law and Regulation, directed by Professor Jonathan Adler, who was ranked as one of the most cited scholars in the United States according to the 2018 Leiter study. The Law School also recently launched a Financial Integrity Institute,” directed by Professor Richard Gordon, who served for fourteen years as senior counsel at the International Monetary Fund. The Institute is a think tank for developing best practices in countering business corruption.

In addition, the law school’s Canada-US Law Institute sponsors an annual International Business Law Case Competition, in which four-person teams comprised of two law and two business school students compete against law/business school teams from across the United States and Canada.