Global Teaching Fellows
The Office of J.D. Academic Services is now accepting applications for Global Teaching Fellows ("Fellows") to assist in teaching the first-year course, Week One: Law in a Global Context ("Week One"), from January 5-9, 2015. We encourage upperclass J.D. students, LL.M., and S.J.D. students who will be enrolled students through Spring 2015 to apply. (Note: LL.M. and Certificate students may not serve as a Fellow and take another "mini-course" during the same week.) The deadline for Fellow applications is Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
There will be an optional brown bag information session with faculty 1:30pm-2:30pm on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in McDonough 220.
Overview of Global Teaching Fellow Program
"Week One: Law in a Global Context" is part of the required first-year curriculum. It is a mandatory, one-week, problem-based course designed to introduce first-year students to lawyering in a transnational setting so they can begin to understand how legal problems increasingly transcend national boundaries. First-year students will be assigned to one of two transnational legal problems: an anti-corruption problem set in the context of a corporate acquisition; and a public law dispute involving extradition of persons living overseas and suspected of terrorism to the United States (to face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole). For a description of each problem, please see the summary provided here. Each problem is structured as a simulation and students are assigned to specific roles (e.g., advocate or judge) for the week. In their roles, students collaborate with others on their team, negotiate with those on opposing sides, and, depending on the problem, they may participate in key witness interviews, take part in a judicial hearing, and/or make a client presentation of their legal findings and recommendations. The courses will each be taught through a closed packet of materials and will not include a research component.
The Global Teaching Fellows play an important role in the success of Week One. In the fall, the Fellows meet with the faculty members leading their section to discuss the problem and to receive training on their role as facilitators during Week One. During Week One, the Fellows attend all of the plenary (lecture) sessions and monitor and/or facilitate the small-group breakout sessions in which students engage in intensive legal problem-solving. Some of the breakout sessions may be facilitated by Fellows alone and some may include a faculty member or alumni volunteer. Fellows play an important role in helping the first-year students prepare for some of their breakout session activities, such as a mock oral argument before a court or presentation to their client. The faculty members leading the problem also meet and/or consult regularly with their Fellows during Week One itself, to offer and receive feedback from them on the plenary sessions and to discuss student progress in the breakout sessions.
Groups of 6 to 12 Global Teaching Fellows are assigned to each of the six first-year sections. Week One runs from roughly 9:00 am to 5:30 pm for the five day sections, and from roughly 5:45 pm to 10:00 pm for the one evening section.
Responsibilities and Requirements for 2015 Global Teaching Fellows
Global Teaching Fellows must:
- participate in all training session(s) and faculty-led meetings in the Fall semester and during Week One;
- attend all Week One classes for their section and be available to assist first-year students during non-class hours;
- help monitor and/or facilitate breakout sessions; and
- write a substantive 6-8 page reaction paper assessing: (i) how the problem worked; (ii) how it could be improved (legal issues, factual issues, structure of exercise, timing, etc.); (iii) student reaction to the experience; and (iv) how the first-year students' experience could be improved. The paper will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015.
Global Teaching Fellows may elect to receive one academic credit, on a pass/fail basis, for their participation in Week One. This credit is mandatory pass/fail and therefore does not count against the 7-credit pass/fail limit applicable to J.D. students (see the Pass/Fail Policy for more information). This credit will count in your Spring course load. Students may also elect to participate for no credit. J.D. (but not LL.M.) students selected to serve as a Fellow may also, if their schedule permits, enroll in an upperclass Week One course, but are encouraged to speak to Margaret Gerety, Director, J.D. Program, and/or another academic advisor about managing both commitments.
Students who have already been Global Teaching Fellows are encouraged to apply again (please click here for more information on receipt of academic credit for returning Fellows). For additional information regarding credit/tuition options, click here.
Applications to serve as Global Teaching Fellows should be submitted to the Office of J.D. Academic Services by Wednesday, October 15, 2014. As described in the application form, provided below, please be sure to include a resume, a transcript, and a brief statement of why you are interested in becoming a Fellow and any special qualifications or experiences you believe are relevant. If you have experience in the subject matter of these problems or prior experience teaching or facilitating groups of students, please be sure to note this in your application. We are looking for students who have been successful at Georgetown Law, who have knowledge of and/or interest in foreign countries and/or international or comparative law, and who are interested in facilitating groups of students as they analyze a legal problem in a complex area of law.
Students who are enrolled in a Spring clinic should determine when any mandatory clinical trainings or meetings will take place during Week One and be sure their service as a Fellow will not conflict with these meetings.
If you have questions about the Global Teaching Fellow role or application, please contact Margaret Gerety, Director, J.D. Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.