CWRU Ranked as a top school in Public Interest Law

Professor Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law, teaching a class on reproductive rights to law students.

Public interest law, in light of national events, has seen a tidal wave of interest according to surveys of prospective law students. Case Western Reserve University School of Law was just ranked the 8th best law school in the country for public interest law in the winter 2018 edition of PreLaw Magazine.

How did we achieve this ranking?

CWRU's public interest law program begins with our prestigious Stephanie Tubbs Jones Public Interest Law Scholarships, awarded each year to a dozen outstanding students with an interest in this area of law.

As part of our focus on practical education, every one of our law student gets a first year client experience in a public interest law setting, working on civil, criminal and immigration cases under the supervision of our faculty and local attorneys.

Our Fox Foundation Social Justice Summer Fellowship grants support dozens of students interning during the first or second year summer at public interest law placements, such as Legal Aid, the Public Defender's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the ACLU and a variety of civil and human rights organizations. In addition, two-dozen first-year students are awarded summer externships with federal judges across the country in our unique Federal Judicial Externship program.

During their second and third years, our students work on real-world cases in our Human Trafficking, Death Penalty, Reproductive Rights, International Law and First Amendment Law Labs. A few years ago, our students received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for their research assistance in an international criminal case.

As part of our Capstone requirement, every third year student has the opportunity to work "first chair" on community development, asylum, criminal law, civil rights and human rights cases in our seven law clinics. Or they can earn a semester's worth of credit externing at a public interest law placement in the United States or abroad.

CWRU students who have amassed over 50 hours of pro bono work graduate with a special certificate.