Cornell Law Scoops

Cornell Law Scoops - August 27

This Week’s Events

Official Announcements
Registration and Bar Certification Information

Campus/Community Resources
Academic Support, Health, Wellness, Safety and More

Legal Careers
Finding Summer and Post-Law School Jobs

Positions Available
Law School Jobs

General Announcements
Writing Competitions, Fellowships, Scholarships, etc.


This Weeks's Events


All events will be held in Myron Taylor Hall unless otherwise noted. 


3:30 – 4:30 PM, 263

Dean Peñalver’s Office Hours - Students wishing to see me may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (, in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3527).


4:30 – 5:30 PM, G90  

Barbri will be hosting an LLM Bar Prep talk.  



8:00 – 10:00 AM, The Commons

The Weekly Perk- Coffee and conversation every Wednesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.


2:30 – 4:30 PM, 126B Hughes Hall

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Cornell Health Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus Monday through Friday. Speaking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources. No appointment needed.




4:15 – 5:15 PM, Faculty Lounge, Room 221.

A Fireside Chat with Judge Amul Thapar

Join Judge Amul Thapar, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, for a candid conversation on his career journey. Snacks provided. Please RSVP here ( by September 3rd.



2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Landis Auditorium – Myron Taylor Hall 186

Strategies for a Successful Legal Career

•             Absorb tips on navigating today’s dynamic legal terrain.

•             Explore various career paths as your legal education may take you in a multitude of directions.

•             Learn which tools and skills are imperative for successful lawyers.

•             Network with CLS alumni!

 (Free Beverages, Snacks & Desserts Available!)

Join members of the Cornell Law School Alumni Association Executive Board of Directors as they openly share their views on what it takes to be a successful lawyer.  Hear how alumni from a variety of sectors, including big law, government, non-profit, in-house and small/sole practitioners, have navigated the legal terrain and learn what characteristics and skills have helped them get ahead.  They will offer insight on how to take on the challenges facing lawyers in the current economy.


Following the presentation, there will be ample opportunity for you to ask questions and network with J.D. and LL.M. alumni who work for a number of different firms and companies, including:

  • Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot
  • Cooley
  • Covenant House New Jersey
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Hawkins, Delafield & Wood
  • Hearst Corporation
  • Jefferies Finance LLC
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • Kuykendall & Associates
  • Laura M. Miranda Attorneys at Law PLLC
  • Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP
  • Moelis & Company
  • Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Postol Law Firm, P.C.
  • Riesberg Law
  • Silzer Law Chartered
  • Strand Trading
  • USLI
  • Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

But don’t wait!  Ask your question now.  Click HERE to register a question or select a topic you would like to hear about.  We’ll make sure to cover the topics you identify during the presentation.

Cornell Law School Homecoming Tailgate Bash

Sponsored by: Cornell Law School Alumni Association & Dean of Students Office

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time: 12:00 – 3:00 PMLocation: Cornell Law School Tent in the parking lot by Schoellkopf Stadium 

Cost:  $15 Cornell Students; $25 Non-Student Guest 

Come enjoy beer, wine, cider, hot dogs, tailgate subs, nachos, sweets, a free gift (to the first 300 people) and the good company of fellow law school students, faculty and graduates.

CORNELL versus Yale football game starts at 3:00 pm. Admission to the game is free to students - just show your Cornell ID as you enter the stadium gates.


FREE Fireworks and Laser Light spectacular on Friday, September 21, starting at 7:00 PM in Schoellkopf Stadium.

Student Homecoming T-Shirt Giveaway on Saturday at 12:00 PM in the Lynah Rink parking lot. Current Cornell undergraduate and graduate/professional students can each pick up a free Homecoming T-shirt at the T-Shirt Giveaway Tent, while supplies last. Bring your student ID.

For a full schedule of Cornell University activities and


Current Law Students may attend these events free of charge (unless otherwise noted) however, your committed reservation is required.  For more information, contact the Cornell Law School Alumni Affairs Office at 607.255.5251 or email



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Official Announcements



Cornell Law School will not hold classes on Monday September 3. The Registrar's office will be closed that day and will reopen on Tuesday, September 4.

Textbook Information

Please review the Textbook Information (available in the Resources section on the Registrar's website).

Upperclass Course Changes

Students must add/drop limited enrollment courses by 12 noon on Wednesday, August 29. Students may add/drop unlimited enrollment law courses until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30.  The add/drop deadline for each class is noted on your schedule.  Non-law courses must also be add/dropped by 3:00 p.m. on August 30. Please remember to email the Law School Registrar if you add or drop a non-law course through the University online add/drop so we can adjust your law school schedule.

S/U Grading Option

Each JD student and LLM students who have elected the JD scale may elect to take up to two upperclass courses at Cornell Law School on an S/U basis. Shortly after the close of Add-Drop students will receive an email when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar's website. S/U grade elections, if made, shall be irrevocable. Students may not make this election in courses that they use to satisfy the Law School's upperclass writing requirement. In addition, instructors may designate specific courses that they teach as not eligible for the S/U grade election. Check individual course descriptions for more information. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on September 13.

Grading Election for LLM Students

LLM candidates are graded on the scale of High Honors (HH), Honors (H), Satisfactory (S), and Unsatisfactory (U), except that an LLM student may, after consultation with the Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies, elect to be graded on the JD scale and curve. This election applies to the entire academic year and must be made by submitting the online form by 12 noon on September 13.

The Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies will counsel LLM students during this initial four-week period on the risks and benefits of opting into the JD grading scale. Election of the JD grading scale cannot be reversed. To elect the JD grading scale, please use the link in the Important Deadlines column on the Registrar's website.

Class Attendance Policy

Regular and punctual class attendance, beginning on the first day of the semester, is required of all students. Faculty members monitor attendance and may enforce the rule by reporting the student to the Dean of Students; or by removing a student from the course or excluding a student from an exam (after reasonable written warning); or by another mechanism announced in the course syllabus prior to the end of add/drop. If a student is excluded from an exam, a grade of F is entered. Students who are ill or have another valid reason for missing class are encouraged to contact the instructor directly and are required to notify the Dean of Students if more than three days are missed.

Update Your Preferred Name and Address Info

If you wish to update your preferred name, use the link in the My Information tab on the Registrar's website. All students should make sure their address info is up to date as well. To update your address, use the link in the My Information tab on the Registrar's website.

University Registration

To become a registered student at Cornell University, a person must: settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition; satisfy New York State and university health requirements; have no holds from their college, Cornell Health, or the Bursar. Students must be registered by September 14 or they risk being withdrawn from the university. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 14 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on October 1. See University Registration for more information.  Failure to register will impact financial aid, loan deferments, health benefits, and other privileges relying on in-school status. This may also affect the ability to use certain services on campus such as your Cornell Card, Library Services and Cornell Health. Use Student Essentials to check your registration status.

Information from the Bursar's Office

If University Student Center indicates your registration is on hold, you must first stop by the Bursar's Office, 260 Day Hall to clear your student account by September 14, and then proceed to the Office of the University Registrar, B7 Day Hall. A refund schedule for withdrawals and leaves of absence for the Fall 2018 semester is available here.


Internal (unofficial) transcripts are available at the Law School Registrar's office (written request required). The online unofficial transcript request form is available at the Registrar's site. Please remember that we ask you to make this request 24 hours in advance of your need for the materials.  Official transcripts are available only at the University Registrar's Office in B7 Day Hall.

Loan Deferment Certification

Students who need to have loan deferments completed by the school need to submit them to the Registrar's Office as quickly as possible to ensure timely processing.

Release of Information

A reminder to all students. Students asking faculty members to write recommendations will need to complete a release form with the Law School Registrar's Office if the faculty member wishes to view the student's record.

Religious Holidays and Academic Calendar

The University policy concerning the academic calendar and religious holidays states, "In enacting the academic calendar, the University has scheduled classes, laboratories and examinations on religious holidays. It is the intent of the University that students who miss these activities because of religious observances be given adequate opportunity to make up the missed work." Any student who seeks an accommodation needs to complete the Class Recording Request form. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion and the decision of the instructor is final.


The Law School IT department has created a Class Recording Request Form which is available on the Registrar's website at

You may use this form to request a video recording of a class you are enrolled in.  In order to view a class recording, a request must be completed and submitted for approval. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion, and the decision of the instructor is final. Students who receive a class recording link, do so on the condition they will not share it with anyone else.

Please note that recording requests for make-up classes and review sessions have not yet been integrated into the form.  If you have a request for one of these recordings, please email the instructor for permission.  If the instructor grants you permission, forward that email to IT ( and they will send you the recording. 

Students who have approved accommodations should not use the request form, but should work with the Dean of Students Office instead.


The Course, The Law and Policy of Food Systems was erroneously listed as The Law and Policy of Food Systems I, it should have been listed as The Law and Policy of Food Systems II. It is a different course and an extension on last semester. Those people who took the course last semester who have inquired whether they would get credit for taking the course this fall should be assure that they will. It is a new class.


LL.M. Course Counseling Sessions

LL.M. students should schedule a course counseling meeting prior to August 30.  Please use the link provided in the Admitted Student Portal to schedule.  For follow-up sessions please email  Best of luck on your first week of class!


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Campus/Community Resources

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Cornell Health Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus Monday through Friday. Speaking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.

When: Wednesdays (starting August 29) from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Hughes Hall, Room 126B

No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

Additional hours and locations

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  • Office Hours the week of August 27 (Room 126F)

                Monday:                              11:00—12:00 p.m. 

                Tuesday:                              11:00—12:00 p.m. 

                Wednesday:                      11:00—12:00 p.m. 

                Thursday:                            11:00—12:00 p.m. 

                Friday:                  by appointment 


                Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;


  • By now, you are starting to get the swing of the semester.  You spend a lot of time preparing for class.  You may find yourself thinking, “I’ll just grab some instant noodles for dinner tonight and worry about groceries next week” or “Maybe when things settle down, I’ll find time to go to the gym or museum.”  The problem is, it doesn’t get any easier after this.  The schedule you are building now becomes the habit you are forming for the rest of the semester (or year or three years or life).  Your level of work will increase as your skills increase.  But if you stick with a carefully planned schedule, you will have time to take care of yourself.  There is never so much work that you can’t build in a few hours’ break for yourself.  The attorneys who are most satisfied with their jobs tend to schedule at least an hour of relaxation every day.  Some attorneys may choose not to, but it does not increase their productivity.  If you find that you are not feeling capable of scheduling relaxation time, not because you don’t want to, but because you feel like you can’t, then you are likely overwhelming yourself already.  Now is a good time to look at that and decide how you want to spend the rest of your life—overwhelmed or in control.  I will hold a time management workshop in September, but if you would like advice on a study schedule now, please feel free to stop by during drop-in hours or by appointment.  I like to help.


  • Study Breaks:  You should take advantage of the many wonderful events at Cornell and in Ithaca.  Did you know that Cornell offers meditation sessions around campus four days a week?  Studies show that lawyers who meditate seem to feel better and do better in practice.  Participation is free.     There are also free lunchtime concerts monthly on campus—sometimes right next door at Anabel Taylor Hall.  Try paddle boarding on Cayuga Lake while the weather is still warm. 

Take a hike, go to the lake, or check out the many cultural events, including First Friday Gallery nights on the Commons, or the free concerts offered all over town.  Make sure you enjoy Ithaca while working hard in school!


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Legal Careers



1L Students: 

Welcome to Cornell Law School. Keep up to date on the programs offered by our office through Scoops, the email listserv and the TV screens around Myron Taylor.

  • Welcome to Career Services: Ice Cream Social: Come meet the Career Services counseling staff, learn about how they work with the entering 1L class, find out how to receive free personalized Cornell Law School business cards and enjoy Cornell Dairy Bar ice cream.
    • Wednesday, September 19th, 4:30pm, Rm 184
  • Introduction to the 1L Summer Job Search: The Career Services Office and the Office of Public Service will discuss opportunities in the private and public sectors, judges’ chambers, government, academia, and study abroad programs, along with the next steps for beginning your 1L summer job search. Pick up useful resource books.
    • Thursday, October 18, 4:30pm, Rm 184
  • Resume-A-Thon Week: Sign-up for a 15-minute appointment with a counselor to have your resume reviewed in preparation for applying to 1L summer positions. No resume?  No problem! Come for a 15-minute strategy session. More instructions to come.
    • October 29 – November 2


2L Students:

  • If you have an OCI interview in Myron Taylor Hall, these interviews will take place the Career Services Suite (128) in MTH. On the day of the interview, check the Career Services Office door to find your interview room.
  • If considering offers from law firms, please keep in mind the NALP Standards for Timing and Offers of Decisions. The full text of the guidelines can be found at Speak to a counselor if you have any questions.
  • 2018 Fall Recruiting Dates:-OCI #2: Friday, September 7, Myron Taylor Hall-OCI #3: Monday, October 1, Myron Taylor Hall


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Positions Available


Students interested in a part-time or full-time externship for Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 and students interested in the Pro Bono Scholars program for Spring 2019 must attend at least one informational meeting. Meetings will be held:

Tuesday, August 28 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – G81

Wednesday, September 12 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – G81

Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – G80

Thursday, October 4 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – G80

Tuesday, October 30 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – G81

For further information, contact Prof. Mooney at



Instructors for the Law and Policy of Food Systems course offered at the Law School are looking to hire a student to work part time helping to research the legal aspects of waste as it relates to food and farming in conjunction with the course.

Pay will be according to Law School guidelines.

Interested students should submit a resume and other information relevant to their qualifications to Professor Torres at



The Law Library is hiring a law student for an evening position. The student will work independently at the circulation service desk - assisting patrons and performing a variety of library tasks. Has primary evening responsibility of the circulation desk with Access Services staff and the Access Services librarian available as back-up. If interested, please see for more information and please send your cover letter and resume to Kathy Hartman (



Fall Semester, Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide

Position: Fall Semester Research Assistant

Application Deadline: September 10, 2018

Position Dates: Fall semester 2018 (possible extension into the Spring semester)

Hours: 5-10 hours / week

Pay: This is a volunteer position.

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks student research assistants for the Fall semester 2018. The ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or criminal justice issues and strong research and writing skills. The position typically lasts 10 to 12 weeks.

Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the Center and its work, any relevant experience, and what they hope to gain from the position along with a CV or resume to with the subject line “DPW Fall Research Assistants.



The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is looking for student volunteers to engage with prospective law students through: tours, social media, emails, panels, open houses, and admitted student day events. Ideally, we would like to create a group of volunteers that we can reach out to throughout the school year to volunteer a few hours of their time for different Admissions related activities. If you would like to be included on this list of student volunteers please email Amanda Scheutzow at Please indicate what volunteer activities interest you most! As opportunities arise, Amanda will email you directly with specific details.



Professor Yale-Loehr needs a research assistant this fall to research some asylum law issues. Prior exposure to asylum law is helpful but not required. Pay is at the standard law school rate. If interested, please email a transcript, resume, and writing sample to Professor Yale-Loehr at


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General Announcements

2018 Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition

Deadline: September 30, 2018 - 11:59 pm CT

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 ABA Public Contract Law Journal Annual Writing Competition for law students, young lawyers, and LL.M graduates. For more information and the complete rules visit their website.

The Judicial Friends Association, 2018 Commitment to Justice Scholarship

Current law students in a Juris Doctor program at an ABA accredited law school in New York State or NYS residents, attending law school outside of New York State, who are currently enrolled are eligible to apply.  Please note that the deadline has been extended to October 1, 2018. Please stop by the Dean of Students Office, 126 Hughes Hall to pick up an application.

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Announcing the 2019 Writing Competition, the winner(s) in any category of the competition receive a cash award and an expenses-paid trip to the Spring meeting of the College. Information about how to enter can be found at


The Cornell Program on Ethics and Public Life

Presents a 2018-19 series of public lectures on Politics and Justice in the Era of Donald Trump

Wednesday, Sept. 12: Daniel Ziblatt (Government, Harvard) on lessons from how democracies die

Monday, Oct. 15: Michael Dawson (Political Science, Chicago) on the politics of identity in struggles for change

Monday, Nov. 12: Brian Schaffner (Political Science, Tufts) on class, race and support for Trump


All Fall lectures will be 4:30-6:00 in Klarman Auditorium.



Spring lectures will include Sheri Berman (Political Science, Barnard)

on the rise of right-wing populism  in the US and abroad


For more information:,

With support from the Riger-Potash Family Fund


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