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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. Our teams 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, at the University of Notre Dame, and in Venice.

Law and Religion Moot Court is open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs. It is helpful, but not required, to have taken courses in law and religion. 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 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 Journal's content. Students serve for two years, assuming supervisory roles in their second year as senior staff members, assistant managing editors, and chief of staff. In addition to editorial work, staff members write a journal comment under the supervision of a faculty adviser their first year.

Staff members are chosen through Emory Law’s Journal Write-on Competition. For information 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 in research on scholarly projects. In addition to learning research skills and working with faculty mentors, 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 with attorneys, non-profit organizations, and government agencies also allow us to help students identify additional 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, please schedule an appointment with Silas Allard or Mark Goldfeder.

The CSLR Student Scholarship Advancement Fund

The CSLR Student Scholarship Advancement Fund reimburses some expenses for students attending conferences, meetings, trainings, workshops, and other experiences that advance their 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. Go here for an application and here for a projected budget worksheet.

Restoring Religious Freedom Project Summer Grant Program

Students with a demonstrated commitment to a career in law and religion may apply for grants through this program. Awards up to $5,000 enable students to accept an unpaid summer position with a firm, think tank, government agency, or nonprofit organization specializing in work related to law and religion. Go here for more information.

Writing Competitions

CSLR students have won several writing competitions. These opportunities may lead to publication, recognition, and 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.