Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Introduction

A Model Law School: Our international law, health law, and intellectual property law programs are among the top in the nation. National Jurist magazine named us among the top 25 law schools that deliver the best public interest law opportunities. The magazine also listed us among its first "honor roll of law schools" that deliver the best practical training.

Exciting Location: We are located in the heart of University Circle, a thriving cultural neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland's "comeback fueled by art and culture" got it selected, among cities worldwide, as a place to visit in 2015 by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Fodor's and Travel and Leisure.

Broad Curriculum: We offer JD, LLM, and SJD degrees. LLM students take most of their classes with JD and SJD students. We offer four LLM degrees: International Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, US & Global Legal Studies, and International Criminal Law.

Proud History: The degree in US and Global Legal Studies, first offered in Fall 1992, was among the first LLM degrees offered in the United States exclusively for graduates of foreign law schools. The other LLM degrees have been offered for almost 10 years. We have partnerships with leading law schools abroad - such as Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Middlesex University in London, University of Paris Dauphine, East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, and Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqin - from which many of our LLM students enroll.

Our Growing Presence: We have graduated 1,000 LLM students from dozens of countries on five continents. Our graduates practice and teach law in leading law firms, corporations, and universities. In 2015-2016, the Office of Foreign Graduate Legal Studies enrolled 73 LLMs and 25 SJD students.

Expert Faculty: Our law faculty are ranked 25th in the nation in scholarly impact. They are noted experts in their fields, and their first priority is the success of our students. We have a welcoming friendly environment that encourages collaboration between professors, administrators, staff, students and alumni. When you join our law school, you are part of our legal family.

A Connected Institution: We are part of Case Western Reserve University, a highly ranked research institution with over 5,800 graduate and professional students and more than 5,000 undergraduates. The university is also home to Weatherhead School of Management, the Case School of Engineering, School of Dental Medicine, Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Our university enrolls over 1,800 international students from countries worldwide.

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LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 USA Cleveland

Focus on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. [+]

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property Law is designed to provide graduates of foreign law schools with a deep understanding of the doctrine and policy of United States intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Intellectual property has become a focus in the global marketplace and information economy, presenting some of the most important and complex issues facing legal systems, as well as the business, entertainment and technology communities. The one-year program requires full-time attendance and 24 hours of course credits. Required Courses - U.S. Contract Law for LL.M. (3) - Patent Law (3) or Intellectual Property Survey (2) - Copyright Law (3) or International Intellectual Property Law (3) - Trademark Law (3) or International Intellectual Property Law (3) - U.S. Legal Writing (2) - U.S. Scholarly Legal Writing (1) - Foreign Graduate Seminar (1, fall) + (1, spring) During the Foreign Graduate Seminar, students working toward the specialized LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law must receive a grade of H on the research paper, required in the second semester, on an intellectual property law topic. The grade of H is equivalent to a B+ or better. Students who receive a grade of S on the research paper receive an LL.M. in U.S. and Global Legal Studies and a certificate in Intellectual Property Law. Elective Courses: In addition to the required classes above, students pursuing the LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law must complete 8 or 9 credit hours from the list of elective courses below. - Business Associations (4) - Cyberlaw (3) - Computer Law & Policy (2) - Doing Business in the U.S. (3) - International Business Transactions (3) - International Issues in Intellectual Property Seminar (3) - Internet and the Law (1) - Intellectual Property Survey (2) - Intellectual Property Transactions (2) - Intellectual Property from a Business & Strategic Point of View (1) - Intellectual Property & Deal Making (2) - Law and the Visual Arts (2) - Law of Music Industry (2) - Patent Prosecution (2) - Professional Responsibility (2) or (3) NOTE: Course offerings may change from year to year and other intellectual property elective courses may qualify for the LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law at the discretion of the Director of Foreign Graduate Legal Studies. Eligibility Candidates must have a foreign university level degree in law and a TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS of 6.5. Candidates whose TOEFL or IELTS scores do not meet the criteria, but otherwise have excellent academic and professional credentials, may be granted conditional admission with additional English language study, at ELS Cleveland located on the CWRU campus and/or completion of our Summer Language and Law Institute. Foreign patent attorneys who do not have an LL.B. but are working in Intellectual Property are also welcome to apply. [-]

LLM in International Business Law

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 USA Cleveland

Focus on U.S. business law as applied to international transactions. [+]

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Business Law is designed to give graduates of law schools outside the United States an opportunity to study U.S. business law as applied to international transactions. The program prepares students for positions in international law firms, in-house legal departments of multinational corporations, government posts and other for-profit and non-profit organizations doing business internationally. The one-year program requires full-time attendance and 24 hours of course credits. Required Courses: U.S. Contract Law for LL.M. (3) Business Associations (4) U.S. Legal Writing (2) U.S. Scholarly Legal Writing (1) Foreign Graduate Seminar (1, fall) + (1, spring) During the Foreign Graduate Seminar, students working toward the specialized LL.M. degree in International Business Law must receive a grade of H on the research paper, required in the second semester, on an international business law topic. Students who receive a grade of S on the research paper receive an LL.M. in U.S. and Global Legal Studies and a certificate in International Business Law. Elective Courses: In addition to the required classes above, students pursuing the LL.M. in International Business Law must complete an additional 12 credits from the list of elective classes below. Students must choose one elective from Group I; other electives may be from either Group I or Group II ELECTIVES GROUP I: International Business Transactions (3) Mergers & Acquisitions (3) International Trade Law & Policy (3) ELECTIVES GROUP II: Alternative Dispute Resolution (2) Antitrust Law (3) Bankruptcy Law (3) Conflict of Laws (2) Contemporary Issues in International & Comparative Law (1) Corporate Finance (3) Corporate Real Estate Transactions (2) Debtor-Creditor Law (3) Doing Business in the U.S. (3) E-Payment Systems (1) Employment Law (3) Federal Income Tax (4) Federal Taxation of Corporations & Shareholders (3) Financial Integrity of Emerging Markets Lab (3) Financial Institutions, Regulations of Policy and Practice (3) Global Corporate Governance Lab (3) Immigration Law I (2) Immigration Law II: Business Immigration (1) Insurance (3) Intellectual Property Survey (2) Intellectual Property from a Business & Strategic Planning Perspective (1) International Arbitration (1) International Environmental Law (3) International Issues in Intellectual Property Seminar (3) International Law (2) International Real Estate Transactions (2) International Tax (3) International Trade & Development (3) Labor and Employment Law Issues in the Global Economy (3) Professional Responsibility (2) or (3) Property (4) Sales (3) Securities Regulation (3) Torts (4) NOTE: Course offerings may change from year to year and other international business elective courses may qualify for the LL.M. in International Business Law at the discretion of the Director of Foreign Graduate Legal Studies. Eligibility Candidates must have a foreign university level degree in law and a TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS of 6.5. Candidates whose TOEFL or IELTS scores do not meet the criteria, but otherwise have excellent academic and professional credentials, may be granted conditional admission with additional English language study, at ELS Cleveland located on the CWRU campus and/or completion of our Summer Language and Law Institute. Candidates with a foreign or U.S. first degree in business and business experience are also welcome to apply. [-]

LLM in International Criminal Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2017 USA Cleveland + 1 more

Focus on international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law, and national security law. Second semester externship available for students starting in fall semester. [+]

LLM in International Criminal Law - for both foreign and US graduates Taught by leading experts in the field, this program provides students who hold a degree in law with an in-depth knowledge of international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law and national security law. It will equip them to practice international criminal law before international tribunals or national courts. The one-year program is based at our law school, but students have the option of taking their second semester at an international tribunal. The degree is also available to American students on a part-time basis over two years. The one-year program requires full-time attendance and 24 hours of course credits. Required Courses: International Criminal Law & Procedure (3) Elective Courses: International Law (3) War Crimes Research Lab (3) National Security Law I: Foreign Affairs (3) War and Morality (3) Islamic Law (2) Cyberlaw (3) Health Care and Human Rights (2) Fundamentals of International Law Death Penalty Issues (2) Criminal Procedure (3) International Law and Organizations (3) National Security Law II: Counterterrorism (3) International Humanitarian Law (1) War Crimes Research Lab (3) International Human Rights Law (3) Conflicts of Law (3) European Union Law (3) Note: Course offerings may change from year to year and other international law electives may qualify for the LL.M. in International Criminal Law at the discretion of the Dean. Optional Externship Semester Twelve credits for an externship at the International Criminal Court (ICC), International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), or Mauritius Piracy Unit. Eligibility American candidates must have a J.D. degree. International students must have a foreign university level degree in law and a TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS of 6.5. Candidates whose TOEFL or IELTS scores do not meet the criteria, but otherwise have excellent academic and professional credentials, may be granted conditional admission with additional English language study, at ELS Cleveland located on the CWRU campus and/or completion of our Summer Language and Law Institute. [-]

LLM in United States and Global Legal Studies

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 USA Cleveland

Focus on U.S. law, with flexible curriculum, best LL.M. preparation for a U.S. bar exam. [+]

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in U.S. and Global Legal Studies is a general LL.M. program with the goal to give foreign lawyers a grounding in U.S. law. We tailor the curriculum to the background and interests of each student. Because the curriculum is flexible, we advise LLMs preparing for a U.S. bar exam to choose the LL.M. in U.S. and Global Legal Studies with classes in bar-tested subjects. The one-year program requires full-time attendance and 24 credit hours of course credits. Required Courses - U.S. Contract Law for LL.M. (3) - U.S. Legal Writing (2) - U.S. Scholarly Legal Writing (1) - Foreign Graduate Seminar (1, fall) + (1, spring) Certification Programs LL.M. students in the U.S. and Global Legal Studies program also can earn a certificate of concentration along with the LL.M. degree in the following areas: - Criminal Law - Health Law - Intellectual Property - International Business Law - Public International Law Eligibility Candidates must have a foreign university level degree in law and a TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS of 6.5. Candidates whose TOEFL or IELTS scores do not meet the criteria, but otherwise have excellent academic and professional credentials, may be granted conditional admission with additional English language study, at ELS Cleveland located on the CWRU campus and/or completion of our Summer Language and Law Institute. Candidates who have degrees in related fields are also welcome to enroll. [-]

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Summer Language and Law Institute

Campus Full time 4 weeks July 2017 USA Cleveland

Four-week, summer introduction to U.S. common law and U.S. legal research, writing and analysis, and an opportunity to improve legal English language skills. [+]

The Summer Language and Law Institute is an intensive four-week training experience exclusively for foreign legal professionals and students. The institute is designed to: Introduce students to the practice and study of law in the U.S.; Provide students with a practical introduction to U.S. legal research and analysis; and Improve students' English language skills through an integrated English for Legal Purposes program. Conducted daily at the School of Law, which is located on the scenic urban campus of Case Western Reserve University in the cultural hub of Cleveland's University Circle, the institute is an advanced program intended to broaden and polish foreign students' already strong English communication skills while introducing them to American common law practice and preparing them for the rigors of American law school study. Intensive English language study English for Legal Purposes is an innovative, integrated and practical program that emphasizes the reading, analysis, research, writing and comprehension skills necessary to participate in legal discourse. The lecture series, attorney discussion sessions and Case Western Reserve method will introduce legal professionals—whether planning to attend an LL.M. program or simply broaden general knowledge of the U.S. legal system—to the practice of law in the U.S. Prospective LL.M., S.J.D., or J.D. students trained in a foreign educational and legal system will be introduced to the study of law in the U.S. prior to attending their respective programs. Students have ample opportunity to practice conversation and comprehension skills, while becoming familiar with American classroom dynamics, including the "Socratic method." Developing language skills in a law-related context for the specific purpose of legal study and acclimating to classroom dynamics gives students a head start and confidence in undertaking any U.S. legal studies program and interacting with U.S. attorneys as legal professional. The Summer Language and Law Institute is open to any foreign legal professional and any international student. In some cases, completion of the institute will be a requirement for admission to the Foreign Graduates LL.M. program at the School of Law. Preparation for law study Instruction for the institute includes four weeks of courses, scheduled Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon (total of 120 contact hours). All classes will be held in the law school. Because we want students to derive the maximum benefit from the Summer Language and Law Institute, we will expect students to attend classes full-time, 30 hours per week. Mid-session evaluation and progress reports will be issued, as well as a final evaluation and the Certificate of Completion. Two morning hours per week will focus on readiness for law school by sharpening language skills through introductory study of basic first-year law school courses. Students will increase their use of law-related vocabulary and expressions. Afternoon sessions will introduce materials and resources of the law library and the law school computer facilities. Students gain invaluable experiences in both traditional and electronic legal research and analysis. Friday afternoons offer free time for students to become familiar with the Case Western Reserve University campus and the many cultural attractions of Cleveland, including the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, University Circle, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. [-]

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Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Address 11075 East Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44106 United States
Website http://law.case.edu/llm
Phone +1 216-368-2083