Case Western Reserve University School of Law continues to pioneer experiential learning

CLEVELAND—An associate dean for experiential education has been appointed for the first time in the law school’s history; a first only a select few law schools can claim.

The latest move by Dean Lawrence Mitchell keeps the School of Law at the forefront of a revolutionary style of legal instruction. This cutting edge technique has at its core a four semester CaseArc program in professionalism and lawyering skills. Also contributing to the experiential package are the semester-long externship abroad program, law firm labs, and The Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center. The Clinic is an in-house, real client clinic, which provides legal services to members of the community unable to afford legal counsel employing third-year students as the primary counsel.

Kenneth R. Margolis, newly appointed Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Professor of Law and former co-director of the Clinic, says he will build upon the lawyering skills training by expanding the externship program in a broader range of placement opportunities in government, nonprofit, general counsel, and selected private practice settings as well as assist students in developing a range of pro bono opportunities, beginning in the first year of law school.

Experiential learning doesn’t stop there. The School of Law is the only academic institution in the world that provides research assistance to all of the world’s international criminal tribunals. In addition, Case Western Reserve has one of the country’s foremost National Security Law programs. Students have the opportunity to participate in semester-long externships around the world in a number of fields.

Few schools give students the chance to work in labs. Case Western Reserve law students can work in labs ranging from intellectual property, the arts, entrepreneurship, and international law. The Death Penalty Lab allows students to be directly involved in capital cases. The Director of the War Crimes Research Lab was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for his work in war crimes.

The School of Law strikes a fine balance between legal theory and training lawyers in their craft. It remains a leader by opening doors for its students as one of the first law schools focused on teaching students to not only think like a lawyer but to act like one as well.

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Posted by: Carolyn Widdowson, September 22, 2011 01:34 PM | News Topics: Official Release