Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland) - ON HOLD for 24-25

Due to the renewal process, this agreement is ON HOLD for 24-25 until further notice.

Case Western Reserve University - School of Law is an exchange destination for Utrecht University School of LAW students in Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America.


Studying law in the United States is very different from studying law in many other countries. In various countries, students begin their law studies immediately following graduation from high school or secondary school; most universities in other countries require only a high school diploma or the equivalent in that country to admit students to their law faculties. In the US, however, law is a professional academic field, the equivalent of a graduate degree in other parts of the world.

Law schools in the US are part of public or private universities that grant Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees. The Juris Doctor program generally lasts three years for full-time students and four years for part-time students. The first year of law school is generally considered to be the most difficult because of the core classes, exams, and the Socrates method. The Socrates method is a method used in most law school classes in which the professor cold calls on students to state a case or respond to a case-based question. This intimidates many students, particularly international students, who might be afraid to speak up in class, but most international students do just fine.

Student experiences

Student experiences Case Western Reserve University


The Fall 2018 issue of PreLaw Magazine, a National Jurist publication, has ranked Case Western Reserve University School of Law as one of the top schools in the nation for Business and Corporate Law, with an "A" grade. See also here

General information for exchange students

School of Law

Students can enroll in the majority of JD courses offered at the law school. Course registration occurs during orientation. 

Accommodation -> but see also here

Introductory video



Academic calendar

Semester I (Fall Semester): End of August until mid-December
Semester II (Spring Semester): Mid-January until early May

Orientation: a week before the beginning of the classes, mid-August or beginning of January. 

Academic Calendar    


Language requirement: At least a score of TOEFL (IBT) of 90 or IELTS 6.5.    

Course requirement: Students must take at least 10 credit hours in the program. It is recommended to take three or four courses (between ten and 14 credit hours).

Areas of study open for exchange students


Course Offerings: Students can enroll in the majority of JD courses offered at the law school. Partner Schools will be provided with our most current course offerings as they become available. Course registration occurs during orientation.
Course Load: Students must take at least 10 credits. It is recommended to take three or four courses (between ten and 14 credit hours).

Courses at Master level


Estimated living costs per month

Information regarding the cost of living can be found here.


You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table


More information

Number of places available

4 places available per year, 1 semester each.

Health insurance

All students are required to have health insurance. Students may provide proof of insurance or purchase the University Student Health Insurance


Students are responsible for securing their own accommodations, however, information and assistance will be provided. For more information click here. 

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