Students with international backgrounds who wonder what an American legal education might be like received a glimpse on Feb. 23, as the Columbus School of Law offered a presentation—including a brief student demonstration—of what it has to offer.
The law school was among the presenters at “International Bazaar Featuring Embassy Row,” a multi-day event sponsored by The Catholic University of America that aimed to capture the sights, sounds, and tastes of the global cultures that combine to create the CUA community.
The free event featured cultural displays, performances, and a sampling of foods from around the world. Student organizations and entities representing various cultures were encouraged to showcase the diversity that exists on campus.
More than two dozen embassies in the Washington, DC, area accepted an invitation to set up booths and displays to share information with CUA students, faculty, and staff about their respective cultures and traditions.
Taking its turn with fellow graduate schools on campus, the law school offered a 10-minute overview of its curricular options, organized by Professor Stacy Brustin and Associate Dean Mara Duffy, which included a look at what a moot court competition is like.
For the benefit of onlookers, third-year law students Tara Beech, Mary Rummery, and Khaliunna Garamgaibaatar (top and left photos) staged a short preview of their participation in the 2012 Niagara International Moot Court Competition, an international law moot that draws fifteen to thirty teams from law schools in Canada and the United States and addresses a hypothetical dispute affecting the bilateral relationship before the International Court of Justice.
Playing assigned roles, the students fired questions at the presenting attorney, seeking clarification of the legal issues at stake.
All three students participated in the real deal the following day, as the Niagara moot competition kicked off on Feb. 23.