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The Jessup Competition

White & Case is the Global Partner of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. With more than 2,000 law students hailing from as many as 90 countries participating each year, Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition.

The Firm's involvement with the Jessup goes back many years and is driven by the passion of our many Jessup alumni who believe that the competition is one of the great learning opportunities for law students and a way to enhance the sense of community among the world's lawyers.

White & Case is the sponsor of the Jessup International Rounds, or world championships, and local rounds in Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hong Kong, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the US.

The Firm looks to develop Jessup programs in new countries by sponsoring a team each year from a country that has never competed in the Jessup. In recent years, teams from Iran, Bhutan, Palestine and Ghana have returned home with valuable skills, experience and international contacts gained at the White & Case International Rounds.

In an effort to further promote the Jessup, White & Case worked with the International Law Students Association (ILSA), the organization that administers the competition, and a documentary film company to create an award-winning, feature-length film—ALL RISE: Journeys to a Just World. The film highlights the scope and impact of the Jessup through the journeys of passionate law students taking part in the 2014 competition. More information on the film is found here.

To help students and Jessup judges better prepare for the competition, White & Case created the Jessup Competitor Guide, a student-focused, "how-to" manual with recommendations on competing in the Jessup, and the Jessup Judge Training videos, which walk lawyers through the basics of judging.

Our commitment

"The Jessup Competition is an excellent training ground for law students from around the world. The Jessup not only provides a challenging intellectual experience but also a cultural one that transcends national boundaries. White & Case recognizes the importance of this mission and is proud to be a Global Partner of the Jessup."

Hugh Verrier, Chairman

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