What is a Student Director?

Every spring, ILSA’s Board of Directors selects three law students from around the world to serve as Student Directors. Student Directors serve as ILSA Board Members and attend ILSA’s Board of Directors meetings (in person or by conference call), and communicate with schools in their region to help improve and increase participation in the Jessup Competition and other ILSA programming. Student Directors are also invited to attend the Jessup International Rounds in Washington, DC and potentially other events. Modest financial support for travel to these events is provided by ILSA. Terms begin in the summer and run for a period of one year.

To be eligible to become a Student Director, one must be a current law student, and remain a law student during their term of service on ILSA's Executive Board. Student Directors are eligible for re-selection so long as they remain students.

To apply, submit your curriculum vitae and a personal statement describing your reasons for seeking to serve as a Student Director. Applicants may also choose to include statement(s) of support from a third party (maximum of two). All materials must be sent to [email protected] by 13 March 2021.

Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by another.

Please email [email protected] with any questions regarding the application or selection process.

Candidates are reviewed by a committee of ILSA Board Members and voted on by the entire Board at the Spring Meeting. Student Directors are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The commitment of the candidates to ILSA’s goals and to international legal education;
  • The competence and skills demonstrated by the candidates in their other activities;
  • The undertakings of the candidates that, absent an unanticipated emergency, they will in fact commit to completing their terms of office if they are selected; and
  • The need for the leadership of the ILSA to reflect the diversity of its constituencies, in terms of geography, nationality, background, ethnicity, gender, religion, culture, and other variables.

2020-2021 Student Directors

Fatima Zehra Rajput
Indus College of Law (Pakistan)

Heather Colby
University of Denver (United States of America)

Lara do Valle
Faculdade Cesusc (Brazil)