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The Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, established in 1971, was one of the very first scholarly publications in the country to be dedicated to international law. This highly ranked publication continues to have a large circulation among professionals in the field. Students are responsible for every aspect of the production-from solicitation of articles to publication contracts. While students are selected on a very competitive basis and work in a very demanding setting, they still maintain a friendly and fun working atmosphere.
Over the years the Journal has made a name for itself as a leader and innovator in the field of international law and policy, from the groundbreaking issue “Water Needs for the Future”, published in 1976, to issues on nuclear weapons and human security, and numerous issues on human rights, international environment, international business and terrorism. Most recently the Journal has launched a blog, The View From Above: International Law at 5280 Feet, in collaboration with the Ved Nanda Center for International and Comparative Law. The blog endeavors to create a forum where practitioners, professors and students can share ideas and engage in an ongoing conversation about international law and foreign policy.
The International Law Society (ILS) was one of the first student organizations in the country dedicated to international law, in addition to its distinction as one of the largest student member groups in the International Law Student Association (ILSA). It has been repeatedly recognized by the ILSA as the top student organization in the U.S. and DU students are frequently among ILSA’s national executive leaders.
Jessup Moot Court Competition
The Sturm College of Law’s Jessup International Moot Court team continues to bring home honors in both the national and international levels of competition. Under the skilled coaching of Megan Matthews (JD‘11), the team’s five members develop expertise in various areas of international law, matching their oral and writing skills with top competitors in regionals before meeting their counterparts in the finals in Washington, D.C. On numerous occasions the DU team has won regional competitions and placed high in the world. In 2008, the team placed second in the world for the Memorials (written briefs). Jessup Cup participants say it is an experience they will never forget and that membership on the team prepares them for almost anything they might face in their future practice of international law.
With more than 400 local, national, and international placements each year, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s Legal Externship program is an effective and comprehensive bridge to take students from law student to lawyer. Externs work with corporate in-house counsel, private firms, government and non-profit agencies, as well as with judges at all levels. By working under the supervision of a mentor-attorney and having legal responsibilities such as drafting briefs, performing legal research, drafting legal memoranda, appearing in court and interviewing clients and witnesses, externs gain the practical skills and professional values needed to become a successful legal professional. The main goal of the Legal Externship program is to provide opportunities for students to engage in critical reflection about the legal profession, their legal career, and their priorities and values as lawyers and individuals through supervised field experiences and externship seminars.
Fluency in Spanish opens doors to a world of legal opportunities. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the U.S. and one of the three most commonly used languages in the world. Increasingly, law schools are internationalizing their curricula through the teaching of foreign languages in the classroom. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is proud to be one of the first institutions in the country to pioneer an immersion method of language and law learning. Effective legal representation of Spanish-speaking clients in the U.S. and overseas requires a sophisticated set of legal, cultural and language skills that can only be taught by experienced legal professionals. Courses offered through the Lawyering in Spanish program include International Business Transactions in Spanish, Labor Law in Spanish, Immigration Law in Spanish and Counseling and Negotiation in Spanish.
Bilingualism is a valuable credential for global professionals. Recognizing this, the Lawyering in Spanish program consistently develops new opportunities for law students to develop the tools necessary to thrive in today’s competitive legal market.
Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Every year, students from the Sturm College of Law travel to either Vienna or Hong Kong to compete in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. The Vis Moot competition provides a unique learning experience to Sturm College of Law students. Not only must students master a complex, but ubiquitous body of international law (the CISG), they have the opportunity to hone their oral presentation and advocacy skills in a truly international setting. Students interact and compete with talented students from all over the world at the Vienna and Hong Kong competitions. It is a truly international experience. The Sturm College of Law values student moot court experiences, and provides many opportunities for in-depth student learning through such competitions. However, the Vis Moot is the only one focused on the private side of international law. In a world in which commerce, trade, and arbitration are indispensable elements of modern legal practice, the Vis Moot is truly a great experience for any law student.
Other Experential Opportunities
For more information on Moot Court Competitions, please visit the University of Denver Sturm College of Law’s Advocacy Department.