International Student Activities
Washington University School of Law provides a number of opportunities for students to participate in international and comparative law activities. These include:
|Global Studies Law Review|
|International Law Society|
|American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Teaching Project|
|International Law Moot Court|
|Dagen-Legomsky Student Fellowships|
Washington University Global Studies Law Review
The Washington University Global Studies Law Review is a student-edited law journal dedicated to publishing superior works by distinguished scholars in the fields of international, foreign and comparative law. Global is published three times a year. Building on Washington University School of Law's distinguished reputation, the Review presents outstanding articles, essays, book reviews, comments and notes from legal scholars, practitioners and students in order to expand the global community's knowledge and understanding of real-world issues.
International Law Moot Court teams
The law school fields three international moot court teams each year. Selected by competitive tryout and coached by law school faculty, our teams have one of the top records in the country.
The law school has long had a nationally outstanding Jessup International Law Moot Court team. Our teams have advanced to the International Rounds five times in the last nine years, a record matched by only four other U.S. law schools. In 2007, the team placed third at the International Rounds, out of over 500 law schools from around the world. The team won the Alona M. Evans Award, for best written arguments (Memorials) at the International Rounds, and the Fred Baxter Award, for best Respondent Memorial in the world. Our team has also won the Hardy C. Dillard Award, for best team Memorials in the world, and several of our students have placed among the top ten individual oralists in the world.
We also participate in the Niagara International Moot Court Competition, an international competition run by the Canada-U.S. Law Institute. In 2007, the law school became the first U.S. progam to compete in the D.M. Harish Memorial International Law Moot Court Competition in Mumbai, India.
The International Law Society (ILS) is a large and active student organization dedicated to the promotion of international law programs at Washington University. ILS serves as a liaison between international students and law faculty, the Career Services Office, and the Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies. ILS also works with graduate programs to maintain a mentoring program for International LLM students. The ILS also hosts speakers on international law topics and holds social events.
American Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Teaching Project
Founded in 2001, the International Humanitarian Law Teaching Project is a one-of-a-kind cooperative program with the St. Louis Chapter of the American Red Cross. Through this program, Red Cross officials train law students to teach international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions, in area high school classrooms. After training, law students facilitate classroom discussions about topics such as current conflict zones, the lives of refugees, and landmines. Over 50 students participate in the program each year. Over eight local high schools take advantage of this program, which is intended to promote student activism and awareness of these issues.
Dagen-Legomsky Student Fellowships
Through the generosity of Mrs. Margaret Dagen, and in honor of Professor Stephen H. Legomsky, the Harris Institute awards two fellowships each year to students for summer work in the field of international or comparative law.
The Dagen-Legomsky Hague Fellowship is an award of one full-tuition scholarship to The Hague Academy of International Law during the summer. Sponsored by the International Court of Justice, this intensive three-week summer course is indisputably the world's premier summer program in international law. Its faculty includes the leading international law scholars in the world. The Hague Academy reserves one spot each summer for the recipient of the Dagen-Legomsky Fellowship.
The Dagen-Legomsky Summer Public Interest Fellowship provides financial support to one student each summer in support of public interest work abroad. Applicants submit a statement of purpose and a proposed placement. The Harris Institute not only provides financial support to the recipient, but also assists in securing the desired placement. The 2007 Dagen-Legomsky Fellow spent her summer working UNICEF in Cambodia.