Law School J.D. and LL.M. students are very active in the area of international and comparative law. Outside coursework, there are important fora through which students can pursue their interest in related areas:
The Georgia Society for International and Comparative Law (GSICL) has two main goals: to organize activities that educate the law school and university community on current issues of transnational law and to inform students about foreign and international career opportunities. It offers students the opportunity to hear and meet international speakers (scholars, practitioners), to attend seminars, and to study overseas. The Society operates through the initiative of interested J.D. and LL.M. students and benefits greatly from a strong and supportive faculty in international and comparative law.
Chronicling over three decades of legal issues and developments on the global front, The Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law is managed by UGA School of Law J.D. students. Since its inception in 1971 as a student initiative supported by former U.S. Secretary of State and UGA law professor Dean Rusk, the Georgia Journal continues has served as a preeminent student-edited forum for academic discussion on legal timely topics in international law and policy. In addition, the Georgia Journal hosts a conference at the law school each spring for the academic community and general public. This year's conference will focus on the global problem of scarcity of resources.
This student-run organization was founded by a German LL.M. student and an American law student in 2009. The mission of the German American Law Society is to be a platform for interested students to exchange ideas and learn about the differences and similarities between the legal systems of the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America. During its first year, GALS co-sponsored a panel with the Rusk Center entitled "America for Sale: Foreign Investment in the U.S.--A German Perspective." Other events sponsored by GALS have included a presentation by the German jurist Ruth Herz on "The Art of Justice--The Judge's Perspective," and a lecture by Prof. Scott Titshaw of Mercer University School of Law on German legal education and practice.
The Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition is a cornerstone of the Law School's extensive moot court program. The Jessup Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Georgia Law student team, which engages in oral and written argument before a mock International Court of Justice, has finished as quarterfinalist or above in the international tier of the Jessup competition, seven times. The Law School also participates in biennial moot court exchanges with Gray's Inn-one of England's four Inns of Court for training barristers. Kellie Casey Monk directs Georgia Law's advocacy programs.
Georgia Law students also compete under the tutelage of Prof. Peter B. "Bo" Rutledge in the Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (also known as "Vienna Moot Court"). The team placed 17th out of approximately 250 participating universities worldwide and was a best brief finalist in 2010.