PreLaw magazine ranks CWRU among best for Business and Corporate Law

Jonathan Adler, the Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation

The November 2017 issue of PreLaw Magazine, a National Jurist publication, ranks 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 was based on the strength of CWRU's business law program in several categories, including curricular offerings, concentrations, certificates, clinics, and externships.

"In recent years, CWRU has expanded its business law program, and we are happy that it is receiving this kind of positive recognition," said Co-Deans Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf.

As PreLaw magazine reports, “Case Western Reserve University Law students are introduced to [business-related] practice areas during the school’s skills development program.” CWRU is one of the few law schools that teach transactional as well litigation skills in the first year program. And in the third semester of the skills program during the second year of law school, half of the students can elect to take a deep-dive transactional skills course, which uses a realistic simulation to cover all aspects of the purchase and sale of a business.

“Our school has always been aggressive in incorporating skills into the student experience,” said Jonathan Adler, professor and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation. “We have developed a lot of different opportunities for students interested in transactional practice areas.”

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

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, 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, 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,” developed and led by Professor Juliet Kostritsky and co-taught by a dozen 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.

“Outside the classroom, students at Case Western Reserve University are exposed to a variety of transactional issues through its Center for Business Law and Regulation and its recently launched Financial Integrity Institute,” PreLaw reports. “Both centers sponsor research programs and public academic programs open to students that focus on topics relevant to business and financial regulation.”

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 2 law and 2 business school students compete against law/business school teams from across the United States and Canada. CWRU took first place in the spring 2017 competition.

Reflecting our strength in this field of law, National Law Journal recently reported that CWRU was one of the top 30 law schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner in the nation's 100 largest law firms.