2016-17 General Bulletin

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Juris Doctor

The School of Law offers the Juris Doctor (JD) degree as well as several dual-degree programs.  The JD degree requires successful completion of 88 credit hours, of which 44 hours are in specified required courses, at least 2 credits in the writing of a substantial research paper, 8 hours of an experiential capstone project, and at least 34 elective credits .  The first year program for the JD degree consists mainly of the required basic courses.

Required First Year Courses**

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Contracts (LAWS 1101)4  
Criminal Law (LAWS 1102)3  
Torts (LAWS 1103)4  
Legal Writing, Leadership, Experiential Learning, Advocacy, and Professionalism 1 (LAWS 1801)4  
Civil Procedure (LAWS 1201)  4
Property (LAWS 1203)  4
Law, Legislation and Regulation (LAWS 1204)  3
Legal Writing, Leadership, Experiential Learning, Advocacy, and Professionalism 2 (LAWS 1802)  4
Year Total: 15 15
 
Total Units in Sequence:  30

Required Second and Third Year Courses

LAWS 2002Constitutional Law I4
LAWS 2001Professional Responsibility3
LAWS 2803Legal Writing, Leadership, Experiential Learning, Advocacy, and Professionalism 3: Advanced Skills3
LAWS 2904Legal Writing, Leadership, Experiential Learning, Advocacy, and Professionalism - Part 44
Completion of substantial research paper2 - 3
Experiential Capstone during final semester8
Total Units24-25

Curricular Concentrations

Seven curricular concentrations are offered for the Juris Doctor. These optional concentrations allow students to provide a concentrated focus for some of their elective coursework.  The current available curricular concentrations are:

  • Business Organizations
  • Criminal Law
  • Litigation / Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Health Law
  • International Law
  • Law, Technology, and the Arts 
  • Public Law 
  • National Security Law

Elective courses

In addition to the required courses and the optional curricular concentrations, all students must take open elective courses in order to earn a minimum of 88 credits of law school coursework to qualify for the Juris Doctor degree.  All students must enroll for a full-time courseload each semester (10 - 18 credits), and must complete at least six regular semesters of full-time coursework.  Optional summer courses may be used to reduce the credit load during a regular semester, but the student must still complete at least six regular full-time semesters (summer does not count as a regular semester.)   Students may choose to take one open elective course under a "Pass/No Entry" credit basis, wherein the grade earned for the course is converted to a Pass or No Entry, and the course doesn't affect the student's grade point average.

Graduate School Option

Students in the School of Law who are not enrolled in a dual-degree program may take up to nine hours of approved courses in the other graduate and professional schools of Case Western Reserve University and have such courses counted as elective credit toward the JD degree.  Such coursework must be graduate-level coursework, and must be closely related to the study of law and the student's educational/career objectives.

Academic Regulations

A complete list of Academic Regulations for the Juris Doctor program are contained in the Law Student Handbook.  Questions can be directed to the law school's Academic Services Office.  

Class Attendance Policy

JD students are required to attend all class sessions for which they are registered.  Instructors will provide details of their procedures and policies regarding class absence at the beginning of the course.  Students who fail to meet responsibilities for class attendance and preparation are subject to dismissal from a course by the Instructor.  Students dismissed from a course will receive a grade of WF for the course and will not be eligible to take the exam or complete the work in the class.

JD Curricular Concentrations

JD students have an option to earn a curricular concentration by focusing their course selections within a particular area of legal study.  Requirements for each particular concentration are listed below.  In order to receive the concentration, students must earn at least 15-18 credits (varies by the specific concentration) in courses within the concentration, and earn an overall grade point average of 3.000 or higher amongst all courses defined by that concentration. Each concentration has a number of prescribed required courses, along with a menu of courses that can counted as elective hours.  Each concentration also has a writing requirement: a substantial research paper on a topic applicable to the concentration must be completed with a grade of B+ or higher; contact the concentration advisor for more details. Specific courses applicable to each concentration are subject to change by faculty review. NOTE:  New concentration standards have been developed as part of the revised JD curriculum, so students will have differing requirements based on when they first began the study of law.  All current students must obtain the relevant concentration curriculum sheet which applies to them from the Law School Academic Services Office.  Each concentration has an assigned faculty leader who can assist students with course selection and curriculum planning.

Business Organizations

Required Courses
LAWS 4401Business Associations4
LAWS 5431Securities Regulation3
Elective Courses7
LAWS 5412Advanced Securities Regulation
LAWS 5417Business, Capital Markets, and the Role of Lawyers
LAWS 6012Community Development Clinic II
LAWS 5403Federal Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
LAWS 5404Federal Taxation of Partnerships and Partners
LAWS 5422Financial Markets: Law, Theory, and Practice
LAWS 5421Financial Principles for Lawyers
LAWS 5120International Business Transactions
LAWS 5427Mergers and Acquisitions
LAWS 5434Secured Transactions

Criminal Law 

Required Courses
LAWS 4807Criminal Procedure I3
LAWS 5718Criminal Procedure II2
LAWS 4808Evidence4
Elective Courses7
LAWS 6111Appellate Practice
LAWS 5113Counterterrorism Law
LAWS 6022Criminal Justice Clinic II
LAWS 5213Psychiatry & Law
LAWS 5721Death Penalty Lab
LAWS 5722Death Penalty Lab II
LAWS 5121International Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS 5116International Human Rights
LAWS 5736Juvenile Law
LAWS 6108Pretrial Practice: Criminal
LAWS 5749Prisoner Rights & Litigation
LAWS 5751Scientific Evidence in Criminal Litigation
LAWS 5919Scientific Evidence and Advanced Research
LAWS 6110Trial Tactics
LAWS 5118International Law Research Lab
LAWS 5925Wrongful Convictions Seminar
Total Units16

Litigation / Alternative Dispute Resolution

Required Courses
LAWS 4808Evidence4
Elective Courses **12
Doctrinal electives
LAWS 4806Administrative Law
LAWS 6103Basic Mediation Training
LAWS 5212Civil Law and Psychiatry
LAWS 5714Complex Litigation
LAWS 5716Conflict of Laws
LAWS 5313Copyright and Trademark Litigation
LAWS 5213Psychiatry & Law
LAWS 4807Criminal Procedure I
LAWS 5718Criminal Procedure II
LAWS 5720Death Penalty Law and Process
LAWS 5726Employment Law
LAWS 5729Expert Testimony in Civil Cases
LAWS 5731Federal Courts3
LAWS 5734Immigration Law II
LAWS 5115International Arbitration
LAWS 5122Transnational Litigation
LAWS 5428Products Liability
LAWS 5751Scientific Evidence in Criminal Litigation
LAWS 5919Scientific Evidence and Advanced Research
LAWS 5763White Collar Crime: Prosecution and Defense
LAWS 5925Wrongful Convictions Seminar
Practice electives **+
LAWS 5707Alternative Dispute Resolution
LAWS 6111Appellate Practice
LAWS 5721Death Penalty Lab
LAWS 5722Death Penalty Lab II
LAWS 6550Mock Trial
LAWS 6107Pretrial Practice: Civil
Total Units19
*

or any clinic course except Community Development.

**

 must take at least one Doctrinal and one Practice course

+

 4 credits of any clinical course except Community Development may be taken as Practice Courses

Health Law

Required Courses
LAWS 4201Health Law 13
LAWS 4202Health Law 23
One of the following:3
LAWS 4401Business Associations
LAWS 4808Evidence
LAWS 4806Administrative Law
Elective Courses9
LAWS 4200Bioethics and Law
LAWS 5212Civil Law and Psychiatry
LAWS 5213Psychiatry & Law
LAWS 5723Disability Law
LAWS 5724Discrimination in Employment
LAWS 5729Expert Testimony in Civil Cases
LAWS 5203Food And Drug Law
LAWS 5204Genetics and Law
LAWS 5219Health Care Transactions
LAWS 6032Health Law Clinic II
LAWS 6513Health Matrix ((Editors))
LAWS 6503Health Matrix Seminar
LAWS 6106Pretrial Practice: Medical Malpractice
LAWS 5205Public Health Law
LAWS 5918Reproductive Rights Lab
LAWS 5225Research Ethics and Regulation
LAWS 5751Scientific Evidence in Criminal Litigation
Total Units18

International Law 

Required Courses
LAWS 4101International Law3
One of the following:3
LAWS 4806Administrative Law
LAWS 4401Business Associations
LAWS 4808Evidence
Elective Courses *10
Public International and Comparative Law electives
LAWS 5733Immigration Law
LAWS 5734Immigration Law II
LAWS 6101Immigration Law Practicum I
LAWS 6102Immigration Law Practicum II
LAWS 5121International Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS 5735International Environmental Law
LAWS 5116International Human Rights
LAWS 5136International Humanitarian Law
LAWS 5118International Law Research Lab
LAWS 5125Jewish Law
LAWS 5745Foreign Affairs Law
International Business Law electives
LAWS 5111Admiralty Law
LAWS 5112Canada-United States Law Institute Seminar
LAWS 5716Conflict of Laws
LAWS 5314Cyberlaw
LAWS 5114European Union Law
LAWS 5122Transnational Litigation
Total Units16
*

Must include at least one course from Public Int'l Law and at least one course from Int'l Bus Law 

Law, Technology, and the Arts

Required Courses (at least 2 of the following)6
LAWS 4301Copyright Law
LAWS 5314Cyberlaw
LAWS 4302Patent Law
LAWS 4303Trademark Law
Elective Courses12
LAWS 5728ePayment Systems
LAWS 5315Entertainment Law
ENGL 525Intellectual Property and the Construction of Authorship
LAWS 5322Intellectual Property & Dealmaking
LAWS 5323Intellectual Property Strategy
LAWS 4300Intellectual Property Survey
LAWS 5363Intellectual Property Theory Seminar
LAWS 5318Intellectual Property Licensing
LAWS 5319International Intellectual Property
LAWS 5739Law of Archeological Relics
LAWS 5324Law of the Music Industry
LAWS 5325Law of the Visual Arts
LAWS 5335Negotiation Strategies in Sports Management
LAWS 5334Representing the Musical Artist
LAWS 5333Representing the Professional Athlete
Total Units18

Public Law – Public and Regulatory Institutions

Required Courses
LAWS 4806Administrative Law 3
LAWS 5731Federal Courts 3
Elective Courses8
LAWS 6012Community Development Clinic II
LAWS 5717Constitutional Law II
LAWS 5908Constitutional Law Research Seminar
LAWS 5724Discrimination in Employment
LAWS 5727Environmental Law
LAWS 5910Environmental Law Research Seminar
LAWS 5203Food And Drug Law
LAWS 5733Immigration Law
LAWS 5734Immigration Law II
LAWS 6101Immigration Law Practicum I
LAWS 5735International Environmental Law
LAWS 5737Labor Law
LAWS 5738Land Use Control
LAWS 4402Nonprofit Organizations Law
LAWS 5921Social History of Crime Seminar
LAWS 5762Urban Development Lab
Total Units14

Public Law – Individual Rights and Social Reform  

Required Courses
LAWS 4806Administrative Law3
LAWS 5717Constitutional Law II3
LAWS 5731Federal Courts3
Elective Courses8
LAWS 6001Civil Litigation Clinic
LAWS 5212Civil Law and Psychiatry
LAWS 5711Civil Rights
LAWS 5712Community Development Law
LAWS 5908Constitutional Law Research Seminar
LAWS 5113Counterterrorism Law
LAWS 6021Criminal Justice Clinic I
LAWS 5213Psychiatry & Law
LAWS 4807Criminal Procedure I
LAWS 5718Criminal Procedure II
LAWS 5720Death Penalty Law and Process
LAWS 5721Death Penalty Lab
LAWS 5722Death Penalty Lab II
LAWS 5724Discrimination in Employment
LAWS 5725Education Law
LAWS 6031Health Law Clinic I
LAWS 5733Immigration Law
LAWS 5734Immigration Law II
LAWS 6101Immigration Law Practicum I
LAWS 5116International Human Rights
LAWS 5736Juvenile Law
LAWS 4402Nonprofit Organizations Law
LAWS 5749Prisoner Rights & Litigation
LAWS 5916Religion Clauses of First Amendment Seminar
LAWS 5918Reproductive Rights Lab
LAWS 5751Scientific Evidence in Criminal Litigation
LAWS 5755LGBT Legal Issues
LAWS 5925Wrongful Convictions Seminar
Total Units17

National Security

Required Courses
LAWS 5113Counterterrorism Law3
LAWS 4807Criminal Procedure I3
LAWS 5745Foreign Affairs Law3
Elective Courses6
LAWS 5717Constitutional Law II
LAWS 5718Criminal Procedure II
LAWS 5731Federal Courts
LAWS 5423Financial System Integrity
LAWS 5732Government Contracts
LAWS 5733Immigration Law
LAWS 5734Immigration Law II
LAWS 6101Immigration Law Practicum I
LAWS 6102Immigration Law Practicum II
LAWS 5121International Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS 5116International Human Rights
LAWS 5136International Humanitarian Law
LAWS 4101International Law
LAWS 5118International Law Research Lab
Case Abroad at Home courses (National Security topic, with advisor approval)
Summer Institute courses (National Security topic, with advisor approval)
Total Units15