News Releases

Dean Welcomes Students Back for Spring Term

Welcome back! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday break.  We have several exciting events scheduled this term, which you can learn more about below.  We also mark a very special occasion this year.  Northwestern Law turns 150 on September 21, and plans are in the works to commemorate the occasion throughout the year.  We will keep you informed about celebratory events as they become finalized. 


Executive LLM Students Arrive from Seoul and Madrid
Please join me in welcoming seven of our Executive LLM (Seoul) students who arrive this week from South Korea to take classes as part of the degree program's Spring Option.  Over spring break in March, they will be joined by the rest of their class, 15 students, to take the final course and attend their graduation ceremony on March 27.

We also have three students from the Executive LLM Program (Madrid) who will be participating in the program's Residential Option, in which students enroll in courses at Northwestern Law during the spring semester.  They will be joined by 15 of their classmates in May, who will come to our campus to complete their final course and attend the Law School's convocation ceremony in May.

Exchange Students Arrive from Northwestern Worldwide Exchange Partners
We have five students who will spend the spring semester studying at Northwestern Law under our exchange agreements with their home university.  The students are from Bond University in Australia, University de Los Andes in Chile, and the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. 


Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series, January 12-19
This year, the Law School and the Feinberg School of Medicine have expanded their annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration into a weeklong commemoration.  The Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series runs January 12-19.  Throughout the week, the schools will sponsor public service projects and lunchtime panel discussions centered on the theme of race and politics.  On MLK Day – January 19 – the series concludes with a keynote presentation, several musical performances, an award presentation, a panel discussion, and much more.

Winter 2009 On-Campus Interview (OCI) Program, January and February
The Center for Career Strategy and Advancement is sponsoring its Winter OCI program, open to all Northwestern Law students, which will take place January 20, 21,26, 27, and 28 and February 2, 3, and 4.  For details on how to participate, visit the Career Strategy Center web page.  Bidding for Winter 2009 OCI opens on Tuesday, January 6 at noon and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 12.
Also, in early March, the Career Strategy Center will host the annual Meet the Employers Night.  This is a great opportunity for first-year JD students to learn about employers who recruit on campus prior to bidding for on-campus interviews.  Stay posted for information on exact date and time.

Lawyer as Problem Solver, January 15 and February 5
First-year JD, JD-MBA, and LLM students will participate in Lawyer as Problem Solver sessions on January 15 (4-6 p.m.) and February 5 (4-6 p.m.).  There will be a sponsor reception in the Atrium immediately following the January 15 class from 6-7:30 p.m.

Global Village, February 6
Join the Northwestern Law community in a celebration of culture, which includes home-cooked food from all over the world, international music, presentations, national dresses, and performances.  The annual Global Village event, presented by international LLM students, will take place in the atrium from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, February 6.

Diverse Admit Day, February 19-20
The Admissions team and the Office of Diversity Education and Outreach, along with a student committee chaired by Vernon Evans JD ’09 and Derrick Alan Everett JD ’09,  have planned a special day to introduce diverse admitted students to the Law School.

46th Annual Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition, February
Preliminary rounds for the 46th Annual Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition will take place February 5, 10, 12, and 17.  More than 80 second-year students are expected to compete in this prestigious competition.  The final round will take place March 6. The judges for the final round are Joel Flaum JD ’63, LLM ‘64, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and Timothy Tymkovich, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. The judges will also participate in a program on clerkships that will be open to all students on that day.

International Team Projects (ITP)
Students involved in ITP gain firsthand experience in international legal and business environments through a combination of semester-long research, an intense two-week field study abroad, and a final group project.  This year's ITP groups will be researching abroad March 14-29 in the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Egypt
  • Morocco
  • Tanzania
  • South Africa

Day at Northwestern Law, April 3-4
We will welcome more than 100 admitted students to a Day at Northwestern Law on April 3-4.  The student admissions committee, chaired by Elizabeth Mooney JD ’10 and Sarah Tolly JD ’10, has worked with the Admissions team to plan special events to introduce admitted students to the Law School.  We hope that after spending some time as part of the Northwestern Law community, these admitted students choose to join us next fall.

Leadership Retreat, April 9-11
SBA Executive Board members and interested student organization leaders will take part in the fifth annual Leadership Retreat at the Illinois Beach Resort Conference Center in Zion.  The retreat is planned by the Student Affairs committee, chaired by Anand Mathew JD ’09.  The weekend’s activities include team building workshops, event planning sessions, presentations to faculty and administrators, and more.

Spring Law Board Meeting, April 3-4
The Law Board will meet for the second time this year in April.  The board is comprised of graduates and friends of the Law School who are distinguished members of the bar, the corporate world, and the government and not-for-profit sectors.  The Law Board serves to advise the faculty and administration on the future course of the Law School and helps monitor the implementation of our Strategic Plan.

2008 Graduation Week, May 9-15
The graduation committee, chaired by third-year JD students Lauren Foster and Leslie Garbarino, is busy working with the Student Affairs team to plan this year's Graduation Convocation, which will take place Friday, May 15.  The graduation committee will have additional activities planned throughout the week.


Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar Program, January 21-23
Hon. William A. Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will visit the Law School as the Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar for 2008-2009.  As part of his visit, Fletcher will deliver a lecture to the Northwestern Law community on January 22.


  • Journal of International Human Rights, Center for International Human Rights – Atrocity Crimes Litigation Year-in-Review (2008) Conference, January 29
  • National Democratic Law Students Council Convention, February 27-March 1
  • SBOC Conference, February 28
  • APALSA Heritage Month, March 3-13

Posted: January 05, 2009