Class Profile


Founded in 1892, CWRU School of Law was one of the first schools accredited by the American Bar Association and was a charter member of the American Association of Law Schools and the Order of the Coif. Our university is a member of the prestigious and exclusive Association of American Universities.

2015 incoming class profile includes:

  • 122 First Year JD students
  • 75 LLM students and 25 SJD students from 14 countries
  • 50% women
  • 20% students of color
  • 63% from outside of Ohio
  • 96 undergraduate programs represented
  • 26 states and 5 foreign countries
  • Median LSAT: 159
  • Median Undergraduate GPA: 3.44
  • 12 exchange students visiting us from China, The Netherlands, Germany and Italy


Our new curriculum, adopted summer 2013, is designed to give graduates the essential skills employers value most and increase opportunities for direct legal experience. It retains the best of our doctrinal and theoretical education while building on our leadership in experiential education and our strong specialty programs in international, health, business, and intellectual property law.

Core. Concentration. Capstone.

  • 1L Year: Core. Students learn doctrinal law, practical skills, leadership, ethics, and professionalism.
  • 2L Year: Concentration. Students begin to specialize or pursue a general practice education.
  • 3L Year: Capstone. The Capstone semester puts our students in full-time practice in one of our clinics or from a variety of externships around the world.

Other Highlights

  • 180+ Courses
  • 80% of upper-level courses with an enrollment under 25 students
  • 7 specialty tracks
  • 9 dual degree programs
  • LLEAP Program (Legal Writing, Leadership, Experiential Learning, Advocacy & Professionalism) follows a sequenced and comprehensive approach to teach students the doctrinal building blocks of law, regulation and the administrative state, legal writing, and the essential competencies of leadership and teamwork. Students learn to draft basic litigation and transactional documents, to make oral arguments, and to negotiate deals.
  • Academic Centers: Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, and International Law
  • Experiential Learning in our Law Clinic, domestic and international externships, moot court/mock trial teams, and real client engagement opportunities from the first semester.
  • Study Abroad Programs: Over 23 partner schools in Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and South America.
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