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Juris Doctor (Online)

About the Program

Earn your Juris Doctor (JD) from anywhere with Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s part-time, online JD program.  As one of only a handful of ABA-accredited programs that allow you to complete 100% of your coursework remotely, our program offers the flexibility you may need to pursue a career in law. 

If you wish to build in-person connections, we also offer optional, in-person residency experiences at a manageable pace so you can maintain your career while pursuing your JD. Our emphasis on experiential learning produces graduates who are well-prepared to adapt to the rapidly changing legal profession, equipping you to work as a lawyer in private practice, for government organizations, at corporations and beyond. 

What to Expect

Case Western Reserve’s part-time, online JD program requires successful completion of 88 credit hours (44 in specified required courses); at least two credit hours in the writing of a substantial research paper; at least 12 credit hours of experiential learning experiences (including a required capstone experience completed during your final year); and at least 34 credit hours of electives. 

Some of the required courses include:

  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Torts
  • Civil Procedure 
  • Law, Legislation and Regulation
  • Constitutional Law

Some options for elective courses include: 

  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Wills, Trusts and Future Interests 
Whether you are located in Cleveland, Calcutta or Copenhagen, alumni from Case Western Reserve’s School of Law are sure to be nearby. Enjoy the benefits of a worldwide alumni network made up of over 11,000 living alumni including leaders such as Fred Gray, a 2022 Presidential Medal of Freedom winner who served as counsel to Martin Luther King; Christopher Rassi, The Chief of Staff of the International Federation of the Red Cross in Geneva; and Congressman Michael Turner, who Chairs the House Select Committee on Intelligence, just to name a few.

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Beyond the Classroom

Remote students pursuing an online JD will have opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities including certain law journals and Moot Court and Mock Trial teams. And, students will still have options for hands-on experiences with nearby or remote externship opportunities. 

By the Numbers


in practical training (preLaw Magazine, 2024)


hours of pro bono legal work conducted annually through the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center


internship placements in 41 countries


years to complete the part-time program


of the Class of 2022 were employed or pursuing an advanced degree within 10 months of graduating

Admission Details

  • Online application through LSAC (also available for download)
  • LSAT, GRE or JD-Next scores are accepted
  • The application for the fall semester will open in September, and the deadline to apply is March 1.

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