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.


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): Orientation half August until mid-December
Semester II (Spring Semester): Orientation beginning of January until early May

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


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

Number of places available

4 places available per year, 1 semester each.

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More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.

Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?

Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

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Contact International Exchange Office Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance

For general questions and handing in or picking up documents, you can visit the International Exchange Office at the Student Desk (you do not have to make an appointment).
We are located at Janskerkhof 3, Utrecht (at the School of Law)

Walk-in hours: Monday and Wednesday from 3 PM until 4:30 PM

Telephone / Email

+31 (0)30 253 7289



You can make an appointment by sending an email. Don't forget mention your student number. You can also call +31 (0)30 253 7289.

Postal address

International Exchange Office - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
Janskerkhof 3
3512 BK Utrecht
The Netherlands