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Jessup competitors at the
2009 International Rounds



"For me, participating in the Jessup was a defining experience in my legal education. It convinced me to pursue a career in international dispute resolution. I cannot recommend the Jessup experience enough."

- Dipen Sabharwal, Associate, London Office, 1999 Jessup World Champion, National Law School of India University

Competitor Information

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with more than 2,000 participants from more than 80 countries. Thousands of law students from around the world will work all year on the 2013 Jessup Problem, which explores the factual and legal consequences of climate change on statehood, migration and foreign sovereign debt. Many students must first compete in national and regional competitions (held in January-March) to earn the right to advance to the White & Case Jessup International Rounds held every spring in Washington, DC.

In an effort to help prepare students to participate in the Jessup, the Firm created the White & Case Jessup Guide. The White & Case Jessup Guide is a student-focused "how-to" manual containing recommendations on working with the Jessup Compromis, researching international law, writing Jessup memorials, Jessup oral pleadings and using Jessup skills in your legal career.

The White & Case Jessup Guide features instructional video clips which correspond with recommendations in the Jessup Oral Pleadings section. The 20 video clips, taken from the 2004, 2007 and 2009 Jessup Championship Rounds, contain positive examples of oral argument and are designed to assist students develop oral advocacy skills.  We hope Jessup competitors and coaches will find the Guide and video clips valuable resources for getting the most out of participating in the Jessup.