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ELSA Moot Court




Invite you to a FORUM

“Corruption and Democracy in Latin America”

September 9th 2014 – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Cannon House Office Building, Cannon Caucus Room 345

Washington, DC



9:00 am – Opening Remarks


9:15 – 11:00 – First Panel: Institutional Analysis. 

Moderador: Amb. Otto Reich

9:15 – 9:40 - El concepto de corrupción: César Vidal

9:40 – 10:00 - La lucha contra la corrupción: Alberto Precht

   10:00 – 10:20 - Convenio InterAmericano contra la corrupción: Carlos Manfroni

        10:20 – 10:40 – Democracia, dictadura y corrupción: Carlos Sánchez Berzaín

        10:40 – 11:00 – Preguntas y respuestas

11:00 – 12:45 – Second Panel: Corruption Cases


Moderador: Emb. Eduardo Vallerino

11:00 – 11:20 – Argentina: Dr. Juan José Campagnoli

11:20 – 11:40 – Bolivia: Dr. Jorge Valda Daza

11:40 – 12:00 – Ecuador: Dr. Jorge Zabala Egas

12:00 – 12:40 – Venezuela: Dr. Román Duque Corredor
12:40 pm – Closing Remarks


Honorary Chairman Committee on Foreign Affairs

US House of Representatives

Registration begins at 8:30 am. Continental breakfast will be served.

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ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law

ELSA Moot Court

Dear Rising 2L and 3L WCL Students:


Are you interested in learning about International Trade and World Trade Organization Law, and having the opportunity to measure your written and oral advocacy skills against fellow law students from across the globe?  If so, consider applying to represent the American University Washington College of Law at the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) Moot Court Team Competition on WTO Law.  During the Fall semester, a small group of selected WCL students will compete against each other for the chance to remain on the team for the Spring semester.  The Spring semester team will consist of four students and will have the opportunity to compete internationally.


The ELSA Moot Court Competition is a simulated hearing of a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel.  Teams of interested students from all over the world prepare written submissions for the complainant and the respondent of a fictitious case involving WTO law. After the written preliminary round, the teams have the opportunity to present oral submissions for both the complainant and the respondent before a WTO dispute settlement moot court panel composed of WTO and trade law experts.


ELSA wishes to enable law students to deepen their understanding of law and practice their skills outside of the lecture halls of their universities and in an international environment. Participation in a competition such as the ELSA Moot Court Competition will help them build a professional profile already during their studies and prove their skills immediately upon entering professional life.


Further information about the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law can be found on the ELSA website:



This program will provide the following benefits for students:

  • Comprehensive experience mooting in front of practitioners and academics in various areas of international trade law
  • Oral advocacy skills
  • Written advocacy skills
  • Outstanding networking opportunities in international trade
  • Opportunity to compete regionally and internationally
  • Class Credit
    • In the past, class credit has been offered for participants. Participating in the competition is normally a two-credit graded independent study during the fall and a one-credit independent study course during the spring.



To participate in the ELSA Moot Court Competition, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • At least one semester of a course about international trade law (study abroad programs with trade courses fulfill this requirement). This requirement can be completed in the 2014 Fall Semester.
  • Students enrolled in any university/law faculty/school of business faculty doctoral program are not eligible for Team Membership.
  • Participants cannot currently be involved in the Moot Court Competition in another capacity, or have participated in the competition in previous years.
  • Participants cannot have been engaged in any WTO policy or WTO law work.

Please see the requirements explained in greater detail here:



To apply, please send an email to by September 6th at 11:59pm. Late applications will not be accepted. The email must include the following:

  • A one-page (max) letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for (classes, work experience) the competition.
  • Your resume (please remove GPA).
  • Class/work schedule and your availability.


Good luck to all of the applicants!

Fall Recruitment: What to Wear?

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Interview Attire- Dress For Success

For Men
  • Wear a dark, tailored suit
  • Wear an appropriate watch
  • Wear polished, dress shoes with dark socks
For Women
  • Wear minimal make-up and avoid flashy jewelry
  • Wear a tailored suit– traditional business attire suggests a dark or conservative skirt suit or pants suit
  • Be sure that skirts are no more than one inch above the knee

DOJ Essay Reviews

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DOJ Essay Reviews

Interested in Applying to the Department of Justice?

As you know, essays are critical and relied upon very heavily by DOJ officials during the application process. So, Laura Scott, OCPD’s Assistant Director, Public Service Careers, would be happy to review your DOJ essays and provide feedback! In the interest of assisting as many students as possible with DOJ essays/applications, she will review essays and provide comments electronically only.

If you would like to receive feedback on your essays, please email your near-final drafts to Laura Scott at no later than 11:59 pm Tuesday, August 19th. This deadline will allow enough time for revisions and questions.

Back to School Kick Off for Law Students


What is Fall Recruitment

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2014 Fall Recruitment Program

What is Fall Recruitment?
  • Fall Recruitment is a program that encompasses a broad spectrum of opportunities for current law students, ranging from summer positions to permanent, post-graduate employment in Washington, DC and across the country.
  • An opportunity to apply to mid-size and large law firms, government agencies, businesses, and public interest organizations, many of which interview on-campus at AUWCL. Click here for more information.

Job Opportunity for Evening Students with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Paralegal / Clerical position with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (Washington, D.C)

Apply on CareerLink

Deadline approaching – 5/14/2014

TYPE OF POSITION:  Full-Time Paralegal / Clerical, Judicial Chambers



            U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
            450 E Street, N.W.
            Washington, DC   20442-000l

DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION:  The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces exercises world-wide appellate jurisdiction over members of the armed forces on active duty and other persons subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The Court is composed of five civilian judges appointed for 15-year terms by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.  

Cases on the Court’s docket address a broad range of legal issues, including constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, criminal procedure, ethics, administrative law, and national security law.  Decisions by the Court are subject to direct review by the Supreme Court of the United States.

•Assist in clerical responsibilities and managing case flow in judicial chambers, including word processing, filing, and data entry.
•Proofreading and technical review of draft memoranda and opinions.
•Legal research and writing assignments. 

•Annual appointment, subject to renewal.
•NOTE:  This is an excepted service “at will” position assigned to a Judicial Chambers.
•Full Federal Benefits to include medical insurance, sick leave and vacation time.


•College degree.  
•Excellent word processing skills.
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
•Strong Legal Research skills.
•General office experience preferred, but not required.
•Due to the nature of cases that are before the Court, applicant will be subject to strict confidentiality requirements.  In addition, employment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background records check.
•Preference for individuals currently enrolled in evening law school program.


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