Iraqi Delegation Visits Law Center

April 10, 2013 — Who does the work in a law school clinic? And how can law students appear before a court if they aren’t yet licensed to practice? These were some of the questions that a delegation of Iraqi law students and administrators asked Dean William M. Treanor during a visit to the Law Center on April 4.

 The visitors, in town for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition, got a crash course in clinics, experiential learning and practicum courses from the dean and from Katrina Homel (L’13), who described her experiences in two Georgetown Law clinics and a practicum class (on lawyering in Congress). 

The guests, representing University of Anbar College of Law and the Baghdad University College of Law, included Dean Jamal Ibrahim, Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin and seven students. Matthew Tilghman (L’13), president of the International Law Society, helped arrange the visit to Georgetown; the trip to the United States was sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Responding to questions, Treanor explained that students “see law on the books and then they see the law in practice. That is a very distinctive part of Georgetown’s approach.”