At Case Western Reserve University School of Law, students work with real clients beginning in their first year of law school – an initiative that began during the 2014-15 academic year.
In the first year of our required lawyering experience, 153 students worked in the Cleveland community and served unrepresented individuals facing significant legal issues.
Professor Lew Katz, 76, is the longest-tenured faculty member in Case Western Reserve University School of Law history. Even after five decades, Katz continues to teach full-time, serves as a public speaker, recruits international students and publishes books. The 23rd edition of his book Ohio Arrest, Search & Seizure was released this year.
Katz once ran for Congress, and he almost became a dean at another law school. He has stories — some on-the-record and some off — about what this law school was like through the ages. He began teaching in the old building on Adelbert, when students kept their books in briefcases instead of lockers and female students didn’t have their own restrooms.
He remembers the time when creating a law degree program for foreign students was a novel idea — a program that has since grown to become a significant part of the law school’s overall population.
We had a chance to talk with Lew about his career highlights and the finer sides of legal education. We asked him what has kept him going year after year.
His answer remains as steadfast as ever: the students.
They are why he got into this business. And why he’s still here.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law tied for the No. 25 spot in scholarly impact, according to the Sisk study released in August 2015 in Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports.
The ranking is based on mean and median citations to tenured faculty scholarship since 2010. Case Western Reserve’s latest ranking marks a leap of more than a dozen percentage points, and it is the only law school in Ohio to rank in the top 25.