Graduating Student Spotlight: Junwoo Shim

Junwoo Shim standing in front of a large mountain with a blue sky over him

After he receives his diploma this month, Junwoo Shim hopes to embark on a fulfilling journey in the legal field where he can leverage his education to make a tangible and positive impact on the legal landscape. 

Drawn to Case Western Reserve for its outstanding law program and supportive faculty and staff, Shim found a community which fostered both personal growth and academic excellence. The engaging curriculum and collaborative atmosphere resonated with his aspirations. 

“My decision to pursue law stemmed from a deep-seated passion for advocating justice, upholding legal principles and contributing to societal betterment,” Shim said. 

During his law school education, Shim was involved in the IP Venture Clinic. Students in the clinic work under the supervision of faculty to represent start-up companies and entrepreneurs, working to develop and cultivate real-world intellectual assets while also applying skills learned in the fields of corporate and securities law.

“Collaborating with a diverse team of legal experts and witnessing the direct impact of our strategic advice on the client’s innovation journey was immensely rewarding,” Shim said. “This hands-on experience not only honed my legal skills but also underscored the clinic's commitment to fostering real-world solutions, making it a standout memory that encapsulates the practical and impactful nature of my time at Case Western Reserve.”

Shim points to active participation in organizations and associations for enriching his law school experience. Serving as vice president of the Asian Law Students’ Association and treasurer of the Animal Legal Defense Fund gave him valuable leadership experience among his peers. Shim also served as Senior Editor for the Journal of Law, Technology and the Internet, which  he credits as providing a platform for diverse perspectives and fostering a collaborative environment within the law school. 

“To incoming students, I wholeheartedly recommend embracing challenges as opportunities for personal and academic growth,” he advises. “These opportunities will foster meaningful connections within the vibrant Case Western Reserve community.”