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Extracurricular opportunities

Extracurricular opportunities are important to the life of the Center and the development of our students.

Law and Religion Moot Court

The Center trains and supports teams competing in two to three law and religion moot court competitions each year. We have won championship titles nationally and internationally, and several of our students have been recognized as outstanding oralists. In the past, Center students have competed at Touro Law Center in New York, University of Notre Dame, and an international competition in Venice.

Law and Religion Moot Court is open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs. It is helpful to have taken law and religion courses, but it is not required. Tryouts are generally held early in the fall semester, but special tryouts may be held for new competitions. The best way to learn about tryouts is to sign up for our student newsletter. Contact Patti Ghezzi at pghezzi@emory.edu to be added to our newsletter distribution list.

Mark Goldfeder is responsible for our Law and Religion Moot Court teams. For more information, contact his assistant, Tobi Ames at tames2@emory.edu.

Journal of Law and Religion

The Journal of Law and Religion is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal edited by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, with student participation, and published in collaboration with Cambridge University Press. Since 1982, JLR has been the leading academic journal publishing interdisciplinary and interfaith scholarship at the intersection of law and religion. Read more about JLR here and access articles here.

In the tradition of the American law review, JLR’s faculty editors work with student staff members to edit the content of Journal. Student staff members serve on the journal for two years, assuming supervisory roles as senior staff members, assistant managing editors, and chief of staff in their second year. In addition to editorial work, staff members write a journal comment under the supervision of a faculty advisor their first year.

Staff members are chosen through Emory Law’s Journal Write-on Competition. For information for about the Write-on Competition, click here

For more information, contact Managing Editor Silas Allard at silas.allard@emory.edu.

Research Assistants

CSLR Professors actively engage students to assist with research on scholarly projects. In addition to learning research skills and developing relationships with faculty, some research assistants have gone on to co-author articles with faculty members. Please speak with the professor whose work interests you about research assistant opportunities.

Internships and Externships

The Center works closely with Emory Law School’s Career Center and Externship Program to make experiential learning opportunities available to students interested in careers at the intersection of law and religion. The Center’s relationships attorneys, non-profit organizations, and government agencies also allows us to help students identify and develop other experiential learning opportunities. To learn more about experiential learning opportunities in the areas of social justice, religious liberty, religious organizations, and other law and religion related fields, you can set up advising appointments with Silas Allard or Mark Goldfeder.

The CSLR Student Scholarship Advancement Fund

The CSLR Student Scholarship Advancement Fund helps students cover the cost of attending conferences, meetings, trainings, workshops, and other experiences that advance students’ scholarly development and professional skills. The fund provides expense reimbursement to enable students to take advantage of such opportunities during their time at Emory. Go here for more information.

Restoring Religious Freedom Project Summer Grant Program

This opportunity is for students with a demonstrated commitment to a career in law and religion. The grant awards up to $5,000 to a student to enable the student to accept an unpaid summer position with a firm, think tank, government agency, or nonprofit organization specializing in law and religion work. Go here for more information.

Writing Competitions

CSLR students have won several writing competitions over the years. Writing competitions offer students the opportunity to get published, gain recognition, and earn cash prizes. Berkeley Law at the University of California compiled this list of writing competitions.  To find out about additional writing competitions, including those specific to law and religion, sign up for our student newsletter. Contact Patti Ghezzi at pghezzi@emory.edu.