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Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University (also known as either Case Western, Case, or CWRU) is a private research university located in Cleveland, Ohio in the United States. In total, the university boasts over 4,300 undergraduates and 5,500 graduate and professional students. Case Western is particularly well known for its medical school, its dental school, and its biomedical teaching and research capabilities. The university is approximately five miles (8 km) east of downtown Cleveland in University Circle, a 550-acre (220 ha) area containing numerous educational, medical and cultural institutions. Case Western Reserve has a number of programs taught in conjunction with nearby institutions, including the Cleveland Clinic, The University Hospitals of Cleveland, The Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Play House. Cleveland is a wonderful place to study law—a major international legal center that is centrally located for easy travel and is rich in culture and world-famous institutions (such as the Cleveland Clinic and the Cleveland Orchestra). It is a welcoming and a very affordable city to live in.

The Law School

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. Its student body includes approximately 645 JD students and 50 LLM students.

The curriculum at the School of Law combines classical legal education with cutting-edge experiential opportunities. CWRU is located in University Circle in Cleveland Ohio, which the school boasts is one of the largest concentrations of educational and cultural institutions in the world, including an art museum and orchestra that are rated among the best in the United States.

Tuition Fees

Charges for the Foreign Graduates LL.M. degree program at Case Western Reserve University School of Law include tuition, fees, books and other expenses. Students should also take general living expenses into account. The estimate for 2011-12 is approximately $55,000.

For additional information, please visit the university's website at www.case.edu/law/llm

The Program

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree is a one-year, full-time program designed to give graduates of foreign law schools an opportunity to study the U.S. legal system and international law and trade, and to become truly capable lawyers in the 21st century’s global economy. Case Western's LL.M. students have access to 170 Juris Doctor (JD) courses, as well as courses especially designed for the needs of the LL.M. students. Its students, who come from 60 countries, form a close-knit community and become involved in law school activities with their JD classmates.

LL.M. students benefit from individual attention and guidance in a family atmosphere. Its LL.M. students receive comprehensive instruction in U.S. legal research, writing, and analysis, and a weekly workshop to monitor individual progress.

The university offers three LL.M. programs* and the Summer Language and Law Institute

LL.M. in U.S. and Global Legal Studies
Focus on U.S. legal research, writing, and analytical methods with a flexible curriculum to meet each individual student’s career goals. Students may earn certificates of concentration in several areas of law.

LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law
Focus on the doctrine and policy of U.S. intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Foreign patent attorneys who do not have an LLB but work in IP are eligible to apply.

LL.M. in International Business Law
Focus on academic analysis and practical applications of U.S. business law as applied to international transactions. Program is also open to foreign candidates who hold a foreign or U.S. business degree.

Summer Language and Law Institute
Open to any foreign legal professional or international student, this intensive four-week training experience in Legal English aims to introduce students to the U.S. legal system.

*Note that there is a fourth LLM in International Criminal Law, but this is primarily for domestic US JD graduates (although foreign prosecutors or judges can also apply to this program). This is a very specific program related to the work of International Criminal Court at the Hague and the various Criminal Tribunals. This program does not meet the requirements foreign lawyers may need to sit for the New York bar in the US.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have at least a foreign university-level degree in law and a TOEFL of 93 (213, 570) or IELTS of 6.5. Candidates whose TOEFL or IELTS scores do not meet the criteria, but otherwise have excellent credentials, may be granted conditional admission with additional English language study and/or completion of our Summer Language and Law Institute. Candidates who have degrees in related fields may also be granted admission but candidates who do not have a first law degree from their home countries, are not eligible to sit for the bar in the U.S. with only an LL.M. from a U.S. law school.