The Class of 2017 marked Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s first graduating class to complete three years of full implementation of Legal Writing, Leadership, Experiential Learning, Advocacy and Professionalism (LLEAP) curriculum.
Students who have gone through the program say they already know their law school training has given them a leg-up in the legal field.
During their first year, students take LLEAP 1 and 2, in which they analyze and draft contracts, perform legal research and write objective memorandum and a legal brief. Students engage in simulated client interviewing, client counseling and negotiation sessions. They also engage in a real practice experience, such as working alongside Cleveland Legal Aid Society and US Together.
Siedlak is among the students who took LLEAP 3 - Litigation, an upper level skills class. The course prepares students to handle a lawsuit from the first client meeting through final judgment or settlement. Students obtain engagement letters, analyze facts obtained from clients and witnesses, conduct legal research, draft pleadings, discovery and motions, learn about trials and appeals and engage in settlement negotiations. Simulations include depositions and settlement conferences.
Students may also take LLEAP 3 - Transactions during their second year. The course prepares students to handle all legal aspects of a business deal, including drafting a letter of intent, conducting due diligence of a fully-developed seller’s data room, completing legal research of state regulatory issues, negotiating and amending an asset purchase agreement and completing the escrow closing. The class also includes a client advice meeting simulation and a contract negotiation.
In addition to LLEAP 1, 2 and 3, each student must graduate with 12 “experiential education” credits. Students have multiple options to earn these credits: federal judicial clerkships, externships, labs and lead attorney positions in the law school’s Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic.
The law school was recently recognized as a national leader in experiential education by U.S. News and World Report
, and ranked 15th in the nation in practical training by PreLaw Magazine