Global Citizenship

Legal education programs

White & Case is the International Rounds sponsor and a global partner of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. With approximately 2,000 students participating in more than 600 teams representing nearly 90 countries, the Jessup Competition is the largest moot court competition in the world. Each year, White & Case sponsors a number of national Jessup competitions; the list has included Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, as well as the US Mid-Atlantic Regional held in Washington, DC.

Through our University Relations Program in Moscow, our lawyers provide in-depth instruction to Russian law students in commercial law practice and English law, as well as the practical research and writing skills necessary to succeed as commercial lawyers. Created in 2005, the Program comprises more than ten courses, both mandatory and elective. Each year, approximately 40 White & Case lawyers, including ten partners, teach more than 700 students at several universities. A Russian graduate-recruiting web portal survey of nearly 4,000 law students found that 49 percent of all law students surveyed had attended a White & Case lecture or event.

In collaboration with PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, our Moscow office joins Microsoft, Moscow State University and other law firms to develop and deliver an annual training program entitled Professional Responsibility and Ethics in the Global Legal Market. Forty students from 18 universities throughout Russia, selected based on a legal ethics essay contest, have participated each of the past two years in the four-day course that covers a broad range of topics such as the regulation of the legal profession, conflicts of interest, confidentiality and disclosure, anticorruption, corporate social responsibility and pro bono.

White & Case has partnered with Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) to develop executive and continuing legal education programs. The agreement, a first between a major US law firm and an Indian law school, calls for visiting faculty arrangements, adjunct professorships, joint conferences and seminars and internships for JGLS students.

Our lawyers support law school moot court and negotiation competitions throughout Europe and Asia. The Paris and Warsaw offices sponsor the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Our lawyers in Berlin coach a team from the Freie Universität Berlin in the European Law Moot Court Competition. The Paris office sponsors the annual ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition in which students present arguments before professional mediators in mock commercial cases ranging from intellectual property to sale of goods disputes. Our Tokyo office supports the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition, which helps competing Japanese and Australian teams develop arbitration and negotiation skills. The Tokyo office has supported this program since it began in 2002.

Our Warsaw office is a partner of the first Polish arbitration moot court organized by the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration and Young Arbitration Practitioners in Poland. Approximately 300 trainees from the Polish advocates and legal advisors’ bars made up the 130 participating teams.

White & Case lawyers in New York coach secondary school students from economically disadvantaged areas in workshops, moot court and mock trial competitions each year. Our lawyers teach the students about the US legal system and basic public speaking and advocacy skills.

Our Johannesburg office sponsors a law student through the South African Youth Education for Sustainability or SA-YES Trust. The office hosts the law student for a week to “shadow” several lawyers and learn about the practice of corporate law.