10 Things You May Not Know About CWRU Law

10   Case Western Reserve is on the rise. Based on entering students' LSAT scores and GPAs, job placement, bar passage, and reputation, our ranking has improved eleven places in U.S. News and World Report's list of Best Law Schools over the past three years.

9   Few other law schools have so many top-ranked programs. The 2017 U.S. News and World Report specialty rankings affirm our status as having one of the best health law programs (#9) and international law programs (#11) in the nation. National Jurist Magazine (2016) ranked us as a national leader in experiential education and public interest law. And PreLaw Magazine (2016) ranked us as a top tier school for Intellectual Property Law.

8   Our students have received national honors. Our international war crimes research program was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for our students’ work on the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, and our Jessup International Law Moot court team was the last American team to win the World Championship. In 2014, our Craven Constitutional Moot Court team won the Scribes Award, given to the best Brief, out of all the nation’s moot court competitions. And in 2016, seven of our students won national essay contests.

7   We lead the nation in study-abroad and work-abroad opportunities. We have semester abroad programs with 22 foreign law schools on five continents, and concurrent JD/LLM degree programs with universities in London, Paris, Madrid and Hangzhou (China). We also provide opportunities for students to spend a summer or semester interning at international courts and NGOs across the globe. Our multi-million dollar endowed Frederick K. Cox International Law Center provides funding to help pay their travel and living expenses.

6   We're one of the nation's oldest law schools. We've trained exceptional minds in the theory and practice of the law for 125 years. Our commitment to social justice is equally historic: Our first class in 1892 included an African-American student; today, 20 percent of our students are under-represented minorities.

5   We have a faculty of leading scholars. Our law faculty is ranked 25th in the nation (top 12 percent) in scholarly impact. Their work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Tribunals, and many other courts; they regularly testify before Congress and they frequently appear in the media -- and their first priority is the success of our students.

4   We are located on a picturesque university campus in University Circle – the cultural hub of Cleveland. The law school is just a short stroll from the Cleveland Museum of Art (ranked as the second best museum in the U.S.), Severance Hall (home of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra), the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, the Cleveland Natural History Museum and Perkins Wildlife Center, and the Happy Dog Tavern - the site of faculty/student jam sessions.

3   Our students enjoy a comfortable lifestyle - Cleveland is ranked 15th best place to live in the U.S. There are many high-quality, reasonably priced housing options near the law school, as well as excellent restaurants at affordable prices. The law school is a quick ride to the second-largest theater district in the United States, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and three professional sports teams including the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. The city is surrounded by natural beauty, including rolling hills reminiscent of New England, hundreds of miles of bike trails, state and national parks and Lake Erie, the 11th largest lake in the world. In September 2016, Time Out, the global entertainment guide, named Cleveland as the 15th best place to live in the U.S. based on affordability, cultural offerings, safety and green space.

2   We have the feel of a small college, the power of a national law school. Case Western Reserve is a small, personal school where you don't get lost in a crowd. Yet our national recognition brings almost two-thirds of our students from outside the State of Ohio, and over two-thirds of our alumni live and work around the nation and the world.

1   We educate leaders. National Law Journal reported in April 2016 that we were one of the top 30 law schools in the nation that saw the most alumni promoted to partner in the nation's 100 largest law firms this past year. Our more than 10,000 living alumni include Fred Gray, renowned civil rights lawyer who represented Martin Luther King, Jr. (left); Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman & CEO of EY; Barry Meyer, Chairman of Warner Bros. from 1999 to 2013; Patty Inglis, Executive Vice President of the San Francisco 49ers; Martin Gruenberg, Chairman of the FDIC; and Austin Fragomen, founder of the nation's largest immigration firm.
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