Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Law School Curriculum Undergoes Sweeping Changes at Case Western Reserve University:
Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law is radically revamping its curriculum to give students more skills and experience so they can find jobs after graduation. The moves, overwhelmingly approved by faculty last week, come as the law school, like others across the country, grapples with declining admissions and enrollment. ...
The new curriculum will require students to write more, work with clients beginning their first semester and spend at least a semester during their third year in an externship or clinical position.
Students must also take leadership courses taught by faculty at the Weatherhead School of Management.
The school will also offer summer courses, at no extra charge, so students can gain professional experience during the fall or spring semesters.
“Other law schools are doing pieces of what we will be doing but nobody has put together what we have and integrated the professionalism, the skills and the theory,” said Dean Lawrence Mitchell. ...
CWRU’s law school enrollment is 104 this fall, about 40 students less than optimum, Mitchell said. It enrolled 190 in 2011 and 165 in 2012.
This year’s class is smaller than expected because the school wanted to maintain a high quality of students, he said.
He had to reduce staff to meet his budget and some non-tenure track faculty were not retained, he said. Annual tuition is $46,700.