Case Western Law School

General Info

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Case Western Reserve University Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law is the law school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. It opened in 1892, making it one of the oldest law schools in the country. It was one of the first schools accredited by the American Bar Association and was a charter member of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). Students of color were admitted with the first entering class in 1892; women were admitted in 1918. It currently has a curriculum of more than 200 courses, over 150 of which were newly added since 1997. In addition to the Juris Doctor degree, Case Western offers an LL.M. in U.S. Law to foreign lawyers. The student/faculty ratio is 13.8. 98.6% of graduates are employed or in post-J.D. degree programs. The median starting salary is 18% above the national average.

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Case Western Law School Admissions

Case Western Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 42% of its applicants. Comparatively, Casewestern is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1678 702 (41.84%) 122 (7.3%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.12 3.44 3.66
LSAT 156 159 162

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $48,732 $48,732
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $23,130
  • Living off-campus: $23,130
  • Living at home: $23,130

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/30
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 04/01
  • Application Fee: $40

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Case Western Law School Community

Case Western Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Casewestern is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 37
  • Part Time: 52


  • # Female Faculty: 26
  • # Minority Faculty: 6


10.3 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Case Western Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Case Western Law School 1L section size is 23% larger than law schools in Ohio and 10% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Case Western Law School: 133
Ohio Average: 102
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 909
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 100

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 115
  • Law Journals: 112
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 5.2%
  • Second Year: 0.0%
  • Third Year: 0.7%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Case Western Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Case Western Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 90% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 86.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 46.0%
  • Business: 21.0%
  • Government: 21.0%
  • Public Interest: 9.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Ohio: 51%
  • District Of Columbia: 10%
  • New York: 8%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 86.0%
  • First Time Takers: 164
  • Average School: 73.1%
  • Average State: 79.0%
  • Pass Difference: -5.9%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Ohio: 81.1%
  • Passed: 64 of 82 (78.1%)
  • State Average: 79.0%
  • Difference: -3.1%