The Global Law Scholars program is designed for students preparing for an international or transnational practice in which they will regularly encounter problems that involve more than one legal system.
The aim is to combine language skills and cultural familiarity with rigorous and directed legal training to cultivate critical skills needed to practice in the global legal environment of the 21st century.
The GLS program is small and selective, admitting approximately 20 students each year. Applications are made at the same time as (but separately from) applications for admission to the J.D. program. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in a second language as well as English. GLS participants pursue a specialized curriculum of seven courses to satisfy program requirements. Two of these courses have been created for, and are restricted to GLS students: a first-year seminar designed to introduce participants to different career pathways through faculty and visitor presentations, and a second-year seminar focused on specialized skills sets (such as international legal research, comparative legal analysis, and international negotiations). As part of the latter, GLS students work on a major research, writing, and advocacy project on an international legal topic of their choosing.
GLS students are also encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities Georgetown Law offers for broadening and deepening their knowledge and perspectives. These opportunities include summer internships abroad after their first year and externships during their second year, as well as enrollment in the London-based Center for Transnational Legal Studies or participation in the Semester Abroad program. The GLS Program is co-directed by Profs. David P. Stewart and Mary DeRosa.
Of the 21 who graduated this spring, one was magna cum laude and a recipient of the Order of the Coif, and seven were cum laude. One received the Dean’s Certificate, three were pro-bono pledge honorees, one was an International Trial Lawyers award recipient, and three were on the Barrister’s Council. Twelve will go to private firms, many in New York and D.C. One will be working for the U.S. Navy and two will work at NGOs in DC. Four have gotten state, federal, or international clerkships (one at the U.S. district court in D.C., one at the South Dakota Supreme Court), one on the 2d Circuit, and one at the International Court of Justice. One student spent the Fall semester in China. Another participated in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, where he helped bring the team to the international rounds. Several also published articles this year, with both U.S. law journals and peer-reviewed publications.