The Catholic University of America

Catalog Announcements 2013-14


A variety of cocurricular activities significantly broadens the educational opportunities at the school of law. the programs, although varying in content and organization, all supplement the formal curriculum and provide an opportunity for students to become involved in legal activities outside the classroom.


The Catholic University Law Review is a scholarly journal that examines problems of current legal concern. Published quarterly, it provides members with intensive training in legal research and writing and publishes significant law student work. In addition, contributions are solicited from faculty members, practicing attorneys and judges, and other legal scholars. The Catholic University Law Review is edited and managed solely by its student staff. Members are selected on the basis of writing ability and grades from the group of first- and second-year students who participate in the spring writing competition.


Commlaw Conspectus is a biannual, student-edited, scholarly law journal devoted to communications law and policy issues. Each issue contains lead articles written by professionals in the communications law industry, student comments, essays, a book review, a bibliography of current communications law treatises, and digests of major FCC actions and court decisions involving communications law issues. The Conspectus serves the communications law community by presenting major developments occurring in the areas of cable television, broadcasting, international communications, private radio, telecommunications, First Amendment law, copyright, and antitrust.

Students attain membership on the Conspectus staff by demonstrating superior writing skills in the closed-packet writing competition held each spring. Each staff member works with an assigned comment editor to produce a comment of publishable quality and several student comments are selected for publication in the upcoming volume. Editors serving their second year on the Conspectus work closely with student authors and lead article authors to produce the articles and other materials published in the upcoming volume. All members have the opportunity to develop and hone their legal research and writing skills while exploring an inherently fascinating field of law on the cutting edge of technology.


The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy is a professional legal periodical that focuses on a comprehensive range of health- related issues. Articles, notes, comments, and book reviews have traditionally covered areas associated with modern health care, bio- ethics, environmental law, and medical practice. Published biannually, the journal reaches both domestic and international subscribers.

The journal exposes student editors and staff to the substantive areas of health law and provides an excellent opportunity to develop advanced legal writing, research, and editing skills. Law students achieve membership qualification by academic invitation or demonstrated excellence in writing via the annual writing competition or faculty recommendation. Staff members write notes or comments of publishable quality and edit professional and student materials accepted for publication. Selected staff members are invited each year to publish their work in the journal.


One of the largest participatory student groups at the law school, the Moot Court Association is composed of students who share strong interests in oral and written advocacy training. The Moot Court Board, comprising selected second-, third-, and fourth-year students, conducts a comprehensive three-year training program open to all students, using actual and mock cases to provide instruction in the arts of appellate and trial advocacy.

The trial program offers participants opportunities to prepare and conduct full-length trials. Students participate in intraschool competitions as well as several national trial competitions.

The appellate program is one of the largest in the Washington Metropolitan area. Operating throughout the academic year, it includes several intraschool programs available to all students and provides qualified students opportunities to participate in national and international interschool competitions.

Perhaps the most popular interschool competition is the Sutherland Cup competition. Hosted by CUA’s law school, the Sutherland Cup is believed to be the nation’s oldest interschool appellate advocacy competition. This invitational competition has included law school teams from the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, and Ohio State University. The law school, in conjunction with the Federal Communications Bar Association, also hosts the National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition.

Other interschool competitions have included: Jessup Cup competition (international law), Wagner Cup (labor law), National Civil Rights Competition, National Trials Competition, Gourley Cup (civil litigation), American Trial Lawyers Association competition (litigation), and the Kaufman Cup (securities law).

First-year students are invited to participate in “soapbox” competitions, 10-minute oral arguments judged by upperclass student moot court associates. The “soapbox” events give first-year students the opportunity to interact with experienced associates and prepare for upperclass events.


The Office of Law and Social Justice Initiatives was created by Dean Veryl V. Miles in fall 2007 as a center within the Columbus School of Law dedicated to supporting our community of students, staff, and faculty in their efforts to make a lifetime commitment to service in the common good. The office of Law and social Justice Initiatives develops programs and other initiatives to encourage, facilitate, and promote community service and pro bono publico activities by students, faculty, and alumni of the law school. The office also assists students who wish to pursue postgraduate fellowships and other employment opportunities in public interest or public service settings.


The Inn, established in 1989 at CUA, is one of 400 similar institutions across the United States modeled after the four English Inns of Court, the historic training ground for barristers. The Inns are dedicated to improving the skills, professionalism, civility, and ethics of judges, attorneys, and students. In the United States, some 1,300 state judges, 30 percent of federal judges, and more than 2,900 students are Inn members.

As members of the Thurgood Marshall American Inn of court, CUA students join experienced attorneys and sitting judges from the United States District court and the D.C. Superior Court to discuss trial techniques and exchange experiences on how to best manage various aspects of courtroom litigation.

The Inn is divided into eight teams, each led by a sitting judge or master, comprising masters (lawyers with more than 10 years of legal experience), barristers (attorneys with at least two but not more than
10 years of legal experience), and two or three CUA law students. The Inn meets once a month for the eight months of the academic year. Student members are selected during their second and third years of law school.