Legal Education

Reaching more than 2,500 students, lawyers and judges worldwide, our legal education programs teach practical legal skills and cultivate interest in the rule of law.

Preparing future lawyers

White & Case is the International Rounds sponsor and a global partner of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. With more than 600 teams representing 80 countries, the 2012 Jessup Competition was the largest in the 53-year history of the Jessup. White & Case sponsors Jessup competitions in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hong Kong, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, as well as the US Mid-Atlantic Regional held in Washington, DC. The Firm also helped underwrite participation in the 2012 International Rounds of teams from the Bahamas, Guyana and Uganda.

Through our University Relations Program, our lawyers in the Moscow office deliver training to Russian law students to provide in-depth instruction 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 10 courses, both mandatory and elective. In 2012, more than 40 White & Case lawyers, including 10 partners, taught more than 500 students at six 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 joined Microsoft, Moscow State University and other law firms to organize the second annual Professional Responsibility and Ethics in the Global Legal Market Training Program. Forty students from 18 universities throughout Russia, selected based on a legal ethics essay contest, participated in the four-day course that covered a broad range of topics such as the regulation of the legal profession, conflicts of interest, confidentiality and disclosure, anti-corruption, 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.

The 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.

For the second consecutive year, the Johannesburg office is sponsoring a law student through the South African Youth Education for Sustainability or SA-YES Trust. The office hosted the law student for a week in June, and he shadowed several lawyers and learned about various aspects of corporate law.

Training lawyers and judges

Partners from New York and Paris led a week-long workshop on arbitration practice in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The 20 attendees included a Court of Appeals judge, the President of the Port-au-Prince Court of First Instance and senior members of the Haitian bar. The workshop, which was organized in collaboration with the Chambre de Conciliation et d’Arbitrage d’Haiti (CCAH) and the International Senior Lawyers Project, a New York–based NGO, is part of an effort to promote alternative dispute resolution methods in Haiti and foster foreign investment. It will be followed by a desk-based review of the Rules of Arbitration of the CCAH.

Lawyers from our London office participated in Project Umubano in Sierra Leone. Project Umubano was started in 2007 by the UK Conservative Party with the goal of raising awareness and combating poverty in Rwanda. It has grown to include assistance in Sierra Leone in three focus areas: justice, health and gender equality. Throughout the two-week program in Sierra Leone, we provided legal training to the members of the judiciary at the Judicial and Legal Training Institute and training sessions to a group of paralegals. “Umubano” means friendship in Kinyarwanda, an African dialect spoken in Rwanda.

White & Case provided training to the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission on regulation of the corporate bond market. Our lawyers joined representatives of Moody’s Rating Service to train senior management of the Nigerian SEC that regulates the debt markets. The focus of the training was on creating capacity to help Nigeria move the corporate bond market from its current embryonic stage to a more active and developed one.

We partner with Lawyers Without Borders on the Support Through Trial Advocacy Training Program in Nairobi, Kenya, which builds trial advocacy skills and extends the rule of law. In 2012, White & Case participated as senior faculty members to train 30 magistrate judges, 54 lawyers and prosecutors and 15 other participants who will lead subsequent sessions. The program explored the Kenyan constitution adopted in 2010 and the country’s anti-corruption statute through a case file focused on gender violence. White & Case has been a co-sponsor of the training program in Kenya since it was inaugurated in 2007.

We partnered with the International Institute for Advanced Studies to advise the 19 countries that comprise the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa—COMESA—on issues of competition law. COMESA is a supranational organization on the model of the European Union, which in 2004 instituted its regional competition act and accompanying procedural regulations. Our lawyers participated in workshops with the COMESA Competition Commission in Lusaka, Zambia, and at White & Case’s Johannesburg office. We are also helping to draft guidelines that will explain how competition law will be applied to typical agreements between competitors or between suppliers and customers, or to alleged abuses of market power by dominant companies.

Fellowships, scholarships and other financial support

Created in 1995 by our Paris office, the White & Case Annual Business Law Scholarship provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged law students in France to study abroad. A €33,000 grant is divided among three students, enabling them to complete their training through advanced studies outside France.

The Firm has established the Yuriy Maltsev Scholarship and the Yuriy Maltsev Commercial Law Library at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Yuriy Maltsev—who founded our Almaty office in 1995 and led it until his death in 2010—was an integral part of our success in Kazakhstan. In 2011, the Firm supported the creation of the library and funded one LLM scholarship for a KIMEP University graduate. In 2012 and subsequent years, we will fund two LLM scholarships for KIMEP University graduates.

The White & Case Orison Marden Fellowship funds summer programs for 15 first-year New York University law students who choose to work in a public interest capacity in Europe and developing nations. The Fellowship was established in 1978 at New York University in honor of Orison Marden, a former Chair of the Management Committee at White & Case who served as longtime director and chairman of the board of The Legal Aid Society.

The Kathryn Aguirre Worth Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Kathryn Aguirre Worth, an associate with the Singapore office of White & Case, who was on board the ill-fated Silk Air Flight 185 that crashed on December 19, 1997. The Scholarship Fund was made possible by contributions from White & Case, Standard Chartered Bank and other donors in Singapore and New York. The annual scholarship is open to National University of Singapore LLB graduates who plan to pursue an LLM degree at an accredited law school in the United States.