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April 8, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of April 8, 2019

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

Tuesday, April 9

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM, Room G85
BALSA, LALSA, NALSA Spring Exam & Writing Competition Panel

11:20 AM - 12:30PM, Room 279
National Security Law and Policy Society Presents: President Trump's Nuclear Security Strategy

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 186
Berger International Speaker - Professor Olga Khazova will discuss “Child and the Family: Views of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child”

1:30 - 2:30 PM, Room 290
2L Bar Talk Hosted by Barbri

3:00 - 3:30 PM, Dean of Students Suite- 128B Hughes Hall 
Let's Meditate

4:30 - 5:30 PM, The Commons
Dean Lukingbeal Award Ceremony

4:45 - 5:40 PM, Squash Court 
Barre Class 

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 184
BLSA, LALSA, NALSA, Post-Bootcamp/AJF Panel 

5:00 - 8:00 PM, Room G85
IRAP Documentary Screening 

Wednesday, April 10

7:00 AM - 12:20 PM, Room 184
JSD Bi-Annual Conference 

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

12:15 - 1:15PM, Room 186
Carmen Segarra JD '98

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.

4:10 - 7:30 PM, Room 184
JSD Bi-Annual Conference 

Thursday, April 11

4:00 - 5:00 PM, Room 182
Energy Panel 

4:10 - 7:30 PM, Room 184
JSD Bi-Annual Conference 

Friday, April 12

8:00 AM - 9:00 PM 
Admitted Students Day 

5:00 - 6:30 PM, The Commons 
Myron Taylor Mixer 

Beyond This Week

Monday, April 15

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 182
Berger International Speaker - Santiago Garcia 

4:00 - 5:00 PM, Room G80
Office of General Counsel at CIA 

4:30 - 6:00 PM, Room 184
Writing Competition Nuts and Bolts Session

Tuesday, April 16

3:00 - 3:30 PM, Dean of Students Suite- 128B Hughes Hall 
Let's Meditate

4:30 - 6:00 PM, Room 184
Writing Competition Nuts & Bolts

4:45 - 5:40 PM, Squash Court 
Barre Class 

Wednesday, April, 17

4:00 - 5:00 PM, Room 277
Legal Careers Beyond the Traditional: Forensic Investigations, Data Analytic, & Cyber Crimes 

4:45 - 5:45 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
Candid Conversations

Thursday, April 18

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
Open Office Hours Lunch with Weil

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 184
2019 Recruiting Season Launch 1Ls 

Official Announcements

Dean Peñalver’s Office Hours for Students
Dean Peñalver will be holding office hours for students on Monday afternoons, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students wishing to see the Dean may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (, in room 263, or by phone (607-255-3527).

Books & Coat Lockers
3Ls and LLMs: Do you plan to stay in Ithaca this summer for bar study?  If so, please email by April 29 and let us know.  Students who are not staying for bar study must clean out their lockers by the Friday after university commencement (May 31). Students who are staying for bar study must clean out their lockers by the Friday after the bar exam (August 2). Reminders will be sent closer to the deadlines. Continuing Students: Locker assignments stay the same year to year.  You do not need to clean out your locker if you are a current 1L or 2L student.

Questions about lockers?  Contact the Law Registrar ( The law school is not responsible for the contents of these lockers. Any student who has changed their locker assignment during the year should check with the Registrar's Office before May 31 to be sure the change has been recorded.

Visas for International Guests
The Office of Global Learning has provided detailed instructions ( how your family can obtain a tourist visa to attend the Law School Convocation and University Commencement. Please note that the U.S. consulate does not require an official letter from any office at Cornell, and Cornell does not provide such letters for your family's visa application.

Dates to Remember for Spring 2019
Spring Break for the Law School begins on Saturday, March 30. Classes resume on Monday, April 8.  The law school academic calendar can be found at:

Final exams begin on Thursday, May 2 and end on Tuesday, May 14.  The spring 2019 exam schedule can be found at:

Law School Convocation is Saturday, May 11 and University Commencement is Sunday, May 26.

Law School Course Pre-registration for Fall 2019
Current 1Ls and 2Ls: Online pre-registration for fall 2019 Law School courses will take place in early summer. You will be notified by email to your Cornell NetID email account when the pre-registration site is available. Instructions and details for online Law School course pre-registration, updated course offerings, registration forms, and degree requirements will be available online.

University Course Pre-registration for Fall 2019
Students interested in enrolling in courses in other divisions of the University for the fall 2019 semester may pre-enroll using the University Enrollment process. Law students will use the University system to select their non-law courses. The pre-registration period for law students to select non-law courses is scheduled for April 10-12, 2019. You must use Student Center ( to pre-enroll in non-law classes. The University Registrar's Office strongly encourages you to review the enrollment information ( to optimize your enrollment period. Please note: Pre-enrollment does not guarantee enrollment in the course. Students enrolling in non-law courses for JD credit will also need to complete the law credit for non-law courses ( form. A student electing a course outside the Law School for credit or otherwise, must also register for at least 9 credit hours in the Law School each term. Regardless of the number of courses elected outside the Law School, a student must earn 72 semester credit hours in professional law subjects. This applies to all law students, including those in joint degree programs.

Spring Term Grades
Spring term grades are tentatively expected to be available on Student Center on Friday, June 1.

Bar Information for Class of 2019 Students
Class of 2019 Degree Date: May 26, 2019.

New York State Bar Exam
Applicants may apply to sit for the NY bar exam by filing an online application ( which is available on the Board's website.

Application Filing Period: April 1-30, 2019. Any application not filed within this time period will be denied and returned. There is no provision for late filing.

Handwriting Sample for the NY Bar Exam
If you plan to sit for the NY Bar exam, you will need to submit a verified handwriting sample, which must be completed in the presence of a law school official. The Registrar's Office will hold handwriting sessions during the application filing period. Please make every effort to attend one of these sessions. The process will take about five to ten minutes so come anytime during the time scheduled and leave as soon as your form is completed and turned in. If you are studying abroad or away on a full-term externship, please contact Melody Padgett ( for more information on how to submit the handwriting sample.

Handwriting Sessions for JD Students and LLM Students 
April 9th any time between 2:00pm-3:00pm room G90

April 10th any time between 9:00am-10:00am the Commons

                  any time between 3:00pm-4:00pm room G85

April 11th any time between 9:00am – 10:00am room G90

                  any time between 2:00pm – 3:00pm room G90  

April 12th any time between 9:00am-10:00am the Commons

                  any time between 1:00pm-2:00pm room G90

The MPRE (Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam) is a 2 hour multiple-choice exam covering standards of lawyer's professional conduct. The MPRE is required by most jurisdictions (New York is one that requires it). The next exam is August 10th and the registration deadline is June 13th. It is recommended you have taken a professional responsibility course beforehand, Law Governing Lawyers, for example. Register at the NCBE (National Conference of Bar Examiners) website,

Are you taking the New York Bar Exam in July? In conjunction with the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York, you must take an online course, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC), and a timed, online, open book exam on New York specific law, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE). The next exam is June 13th with a registration deadline of May 14th. For more information, please see the NY Bar website,

Other Jurisdictions
Certification of Law School attendance/graduation is required by state bar authorities. Many states require the certification on a specific form; others accept the certification on Law School letterhead.  It is your responsibility to obtain any necessary documents, and submit them to the Law School Registrar's Office with instructions for: (a) when they must be submitted, and (b) where they must be sent. Do not wait until the last minute to do this. Keep in mind that certificates of Law School graduation executed before May 26, 2019 must be prospective. You may drop your forms off before graduation and we will make sure to wait until after graduation to process and submit them with the correct conferral date.

Please check the Bar Admissions Requirements Guide at or view the hard copy at the Registrar's service desk for complete information on jurisdiction requirements.

Check to see if any of your bar application materials require a notary signature.  If so, you may contact one of the notary publics here at the Law School.  Please note you may need to plan ahead for notary service. Available notaries: Melody Padgett, Room 160, Registrar's Office; Scott Hulslander, Room 160, Registrar’s Office; Jannica Moskal,  Room 126 Hughes Hall, Dean of Students Office and Connie Pendergast, Room 115, Admissions Office.

If you are applying for a bar exam, you should find out if the application requires fingerprinting. The New York State bar exam does not require fingerprinting. Fingerprinting is available on campus at the Public Safety Office, G-2 Barton Hall, 24 hours a day. You will need to take the fingerprint card with you, and two forms of picture ID.

Campus/Community Resources

Let's Talk

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 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. 
Where: Hughes Hall, Room 126B
No appointment necessary. Just drop in.

Link for additional hours and locations:

Academic Support

Office Hours Week of April 8 (126F Dean of Students Suite):

Monday:                      1:00—2:00 p.m.
Tuesday:                      11:00—12:00 p.m.
Wednesday:                11:10—12:00 p.m.
Thursday:                    11:00—12:00 p.m.
Friday:                         11:00—12:00 p.m.

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

APA Office hours:  This Week’s Focus:  Exam Skills and Prep

Emily:  Monday        1:30—3:30  Room L30 Hughes Hall
Tayler:  Tuesday       11:15—1:15  Room L30 Hughes Hall
Julia:  Wednesday   11:10—1:10 Room L30 Hughes Hall

Welcome back.  I don’t know what the weather was like where you were over the break, but we had some sunny, energizing, 50-degree days here in Ithaca (mixed in with a little snow).  Wherever you went, I hope that you were similarly energized and that you returned ready to tackle the remaining weeks of school.  Time management is essential at this point in the semester.  You need to prepare for classes each day, while including time for oral arguments, moot court, outlining, and exam practice.  While it might be tempting to pull all-nighters in order to accomplish all of these tasks, you will ultimately decrease your retention and performance by skipping those ZZZs.  You also need to practice your exam skills, and you can bring a sample answer from the designated exams on the Blackboard page for either me or the APAs to review.  I am happy to help you plan a detailed study schedule and work on exams.   

Caring Community 

Whatever support you need to pursue a healthy lifestyle, there are variety of resources easily accessible on campus. Living well to learn well is an essential foundation of your active participation in the caring community around you. Visit the website for more resources and to learn about Cornell's Caring Community. 

How to Report Concerning Behavior

Cornell University will not tolerate sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual coercion, or other forms of sexual violence by or against students, staff, faculty, alumni, or visitors. University Policy 6.4 (link to policy here: prohibits all members of the university community from engaging in prohibited discrimination, protected-status harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual assault/violence.

Policy 6.4 provides definitions and explains the procedures employed for investigating and adjudicating allegations of sexual misconduct.

You may use the anonymous online reporting form ( link to reporting form here:  to report any concerning behavior. Even though reporter's name is requested, it is not a required field.

Issues related to the Campus Code of Conduct (link to code here: Alleged violations should be reported to the Judicial Administrator at 255-4680 or email:

RAVE Guardian - From Cornell Police

With safety as a priority, Cornell University is making available a free mobile app for faculty, students and staff on the Ithaca campus. RAVE Guardian ( turns your smartphone into a personal safety device.

By downloading the app on your mobile phone, you can invite friends and family to join your network as your "Guardians." You can then request one or more of your Guardians to virtually walk with you on or off campus. It's like having an emergency blue light system and a trusted friend with you at all times.

The app also has a safety feature that directly connects you to campus police (or 9-1-1 if off-campus) in an emergency situation, as well as the ability to submit an anonymous tip to campus police should you see something suspicious.The Guardian app augments emergency communications and safety. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to enhance their personal safety and the safety of their friends by downloading the free app at the Apple App Store or the Android app on Google Play

Office of the University Ombudsman

The Office of the University Ombudsman is a safe place where any member of the Cornell Community can discuss academic or non-academic concerns. The office is confidential and conversations are off-the-record. No issue is considered too small or too large.

To schedule an appointment: Call: 607-255-4321 or Email:

Learn more about the Office of the University Ombudsman. You can visit their website using this link:

Health and Community 

Cornell strives to create a caring community supportive of its members' intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual health. For comprehensive information about the wealth of opportunities and services available to Cornellians, visit the following link:

Spotlight on Cornell Resources - Student Disability Services

Did you know that support is available for conditions such as hearing, learning, medical conditions, vision, mobility, mental health, ADHD?  Student Disability Services (SDS) is the designated office at Cornell that obtains and files disability-related documents, certifies eligibility for services, determines reasonable accommodations, and develops plans for the provision of accommodations for students. SDS facilitates services and accommodations so that Cornell students with disabilities enjoy the same exceptional opportunities as their peers with the greatest degree of independence possible.

Contact a SDS Counselor to discuss your situation:

Phone: 607-254-4545


Location: Cornell Health, Level 5, 110 Ho Plaza

Office hours are 8:15 - 4:45 pm Monday-Friday

Learn more about Student Disability Services and visit their website:

Take a stand against sexual assault  

Our community stands together against sexual harassment, assault, dating/domestic violence, and other forms of violence. Confidential support is available on campus and in the community. Find resources for care and reporting information at


Legal Careers

1L Students:

Spring Law Firm Programs: During the course of this spring semester, a number of law firms will host events to introduce you to their people, practice areas, and summer programs. Most events consist of a presentation and reception; you are welcome to attend one or both. You will receive more information about each via email:

Davis Polk: Monday, April 8th , 6:30pm – Agava (381 Pine Tree Rd)
RSVP using the following link:
Transportation will be provided to and from Agava. Bus departs Law School from Anabel Taylor bus stop at 6:20 PM. Bus departs Agava at 9:00 PM. 

Morgan Lewis: Wednesday, April 10th, 6:30 PM - Statler Hotel 

Sullivan & Cromwell: Tuesday, April 16th, 5:00pm – 186 MTH
Reception to follow in the Commons, 6:00pm
RSVP to Jordin Dubin, 

Weil Open House Lunch: Thursday, April 18th, 11:00am – 1:00pm – Saperston Student Lounge
More details to come

Goodwin 1L Exams Breakfast: Thursday, May 2, 9:00 - 11:00 AM - Saperston Student Lounge
No RSVP necessary, stop by at your convenience for breakfast an coffee! 

Externship Meetings Coming Up:

Any student interested in participating in an externship or in the Pro Bono Scholars program must attend an informational meeting.  The times and places of the meetings are as follows:

Thursday, 4/18 – 2:00 p.m.  G28R

All applications for externships must be completed and approved in the semester preceding the externship.  There will be a meeting of all approved externs for the Fall 2019 semester in Room 387 on Friday, April 26 at noon.  Contact Prof. Mooney for further information (


Positions Available

Professor Hay is interested in hiring one or more law students as his Teaching Assistants for his Fall 2019 undergrad Economics course, Economics and Law. The class will meet MW 2:55-4:10, quite possibly not in the Law School. TA’s must be able to attend class. Prior exposure to Economics preferred. Ability to communicate clearly in English is essential. Compensation is two hours of Supervised Teaching credit. Interested students should email Professor Hay directly:

Professor Chutkow seeks a research assistant for ongoing empirical legal projects including the shrinking Supreme Court docket, behavior of online survey respondents, and appellate court decision making. Proficiency with Excel required, no fear (or low fear!) of numbers preferred. The position start date is this semester, and, if mutually agreeable, may include work over the summer (hours variable and not full time). If interested, please email a resume and transcript to Professor Chutkow at

Cornell Law School alum Muzaffar Chishti seeks a research assistant for a short-term (about 20-30 hours) assignment researching the Andean Common Market (ANCOM), which comprises Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. ANCOM was established under the Acuerdo de Cartagena (Cartagena Agreement) in 1969. The principal ANCOM document that regulated the activities of foreign corporations in the region was the Andean Investment Code, formally titled Decision 24 of the ANCOM Commission.

Research question: How have the Andean Investment Code and the ANCOM (referred to as the Andean Community since 1996) evolved over the years, and have they succeeded in achieving their intended goals? What factors are responsible for their achieving or not achieving those goals?

Pay is at the normal law school rate. Because most ANCOM documents are in Spanish, Spanish speakers are preferred. If interested, email a writing sample, transcript and statement of interest to Mr. Chishti at

J.D. Students - - Hiring Teaching Assistants – Introduction to the American Legal System
The Graduate Legal Studies office seeks several J.D. students to serve as Teaching Assistants for the introductory LL.M. course being offered in the two weeks before school starts (commencing August 12th).   The course, Introduction to the American Legal System, will run from August 12th to August 26th, and your presence will be required some hours each day (both in and outside of class) during that time frame.  It will be a fun and rewarding way to get to know the incoming LL.M. students and work with Professor Kong.  TA's will conduct small section sessions, comment on papers, and meet with students.  If interested, please send an email, explaining your interest, with a copy of your résumé attached to

General Announcements

Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute – Apply Today!

The Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute ( is a four-week academic program in international and comparative law that is co-sponsored by Cornell Law School and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. From July 2-27, 2019, students may take up to six credits in Paris, France. Up to ten 50% off tuition, need-based, scholarships are available for select students. Contact to learn more.

Graduate Student & “Better Half” Happy Hour

First Thursday of the month: April 11, May 2 - 6:30-7:30, The Big Red Barn

  • Get to know other non-single students and their partners
  • All graduate students and all significant others are welcome
  • Feel free to come as a couple or fly solo
  • Light snacks and soda provided
  • $1/beer (don’t forget your Cornell ID/driver’s license

Office of Global Learning – Information about U.S. Taxes and How to File for International Students

If you received any U.S. based income (wages, fellowship for living expenses, or a travel grant), you will need to file U.S. tax forms by April 15. Please visit the Office of Global Learning website ( for more information about whether you need to file a tax return, as well as free tax software for international students.

Anabel's Grocery (at Anabel Taylor Hall) 

Anabel's Grocery is reinventing themselves. They're now a pick-up location for staff, faculty, and graduate students to pick up a summer CSA share from the Full Plate Collective. To participate and for more information you can visit the website for Full Plate Collective ( 

Extending and Terminating On-campus Housing Contracts

If you are currently living in Cornell University housing and would like to either extend your lease or terminate your lease early, you must contact the Housing & Dining Contracts Office. While an accommodation is not guaranteed you should send your request to or call 607-255-5368 as soon as possible.

Berger International and Comparative Legal Studies Summer Fellowships

Applications are due by April 8, 2019.  The fellowships are open to all J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. students, and up to two fellowships will be awarded. Students who will graduate in May are welcome to apply, and fellowships may support work that begins in the late summer or fall, in addition to positions with more traditional summer timelines.  

Students are expected to find internship placements themselves, in advance of applying. Once a placement is found, submit the following materials by email attachment to  with the subject line Berger Summer Fellowships.

Your resume, Your transcript (you may send this via Cornell dropbox for heightened security), A cover letter that includes the following:

  • Describe the organization or agency, the legal work it does, and the clients it serves.  Include the web site address, and, if available, a description of the summer legal internship program. Please also explain how your work will engage international or comparative law.
  • Your desired length of stay at the organization.
  • Discuss your motivation for applying.  Describe how a public international summer internship with the particular employer you will work for (or hope to work for) facilitates your long-term legal career goals.
  • Any other information that you feel is relevant.

If you have any questions about the Berger Summer Fellowships, please contact Professor Elizabeth Brundige, Assistant Dean for International Programs, at

Integrated Land Management Workshop and Internship 

Workshop and Internship Program Goals: The workshop will allow participants to deepen and broaden their engagement with an integrated approach to land management. The experience is designed to provide new insights on the specific questions that structure participants’ academic and professional work and to allow them to contextualize their work in an integrated appreciation of the larger dynamics that characterize land management. Please see the Dean of Students Office for information on how to apply. 
Application Deadline: Applications submitted by March 27, 2019 will be prioritized in the selection process. Applications may be continue to be accepted after that date until positions are filled; feel free to inquire.

ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. For more about the competition and past winners, please visit
Application Deadline: April 8, 2019

2019 Corporate Counsel Section Fellowship

A second year law student from a New York law school from under-represented groups capable of fulfilling the requested work hours and responsibilities.  A minimum GPA of 2.5, a letter of interest with a discussion about your personal commitment to diversity and how being from an under-represented group has impacted you along with a writing sample will be required upon application.  The fellowship will take place at The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Utica, NY. The Program shall operate during the summer of 2019, and will include a $7,000 stipend.

Application link:

Applicaltion Deadline: April 12, 2019

Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship  

The scholarship is open to all second-year (2L) students as of spring 2019 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York. The scholarship will be awarded to one law school student who excels in legal writing and advocacy skills. Criteria for judging entries will be: organization, practicality, originality, quality of research, clarity of writing and advocacy. The scholarship is valued at $5,000, and will be applied to the student’s tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year.  The guidelines for the scholarship may be accessed at
Application Deadline: April 12, 2019

10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2019

The Government of Malaysia and Humanitarian Affairs Asia is looking for 10 Outstanding Student Leaders to attend the 10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 1 to 7.

The 10th USLS will be our largest gathering of like-minded Young Leaders from more than 100 countries. The electrifying atmosphere at the USLS will ignite your passion for humanity, drive you to step out of your comfort zone, and set your heart on greater causes beyond self-preservation. It will challenge you to live a life as a servant leader with passion, persistence, patience and purpose. More importantly, it will kindle the flame of humanity deep within you.

For more information about this unique global opportunity and the registration fee, please send your enquiries to our Global Partnership Associate, Mr. Alexi Heazle at or visit our website at

Application Deadline:  April 20, 2019

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

Notre Dame Law School sponsors an annual writing competition on the topic of legal ethics. All students with an interest in legal ethics are invited and encouraged to participate. Information on how to enter can be found at the following link:
Application Deadline: April 26, 2019

Biunno Scholarship Program

The Essex County Bar Association and its Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in conjunction with the Hon. Vincent J. Biunno Memorial Fund, is pleased to announce the continuation of the Biunno Scholarship program. The scholarship is designed to offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities who are currently attending law school. For an application please stop by the Dean of Students Office, 126 Hughes Hall. 
Application Deadline: May 3, 2019

Judge John R. Brown Award 

The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-sixth annual Brown Award. The Award honors excellence in legal writing in American law schools. Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States seeking a J.D. or LL.B degree is eligible to submit a paper for the Award. More information about the award can be found at the following link:
Application Deadline: June 3, 2019

Robert Cantwell Research Prize for Exemplary Student Research

The Law Library invites 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, and JSDs to submit scholarly research papers to be considered for the annual Cornell Law Library Robert Cantwell Prize for Exemplary Student Research.  Eligible works include, but are not limited to, (1) papers written for a class and (2) notes or other scholarly articles written for law reviews and law journals. All papers must have been written in the time period spanning May, 2018 – May, 2019.  Work product generated through summer or other employment will not be accepted.  Papers must be a minimum of 2500 words and must follow the scholarly citation formats required by THE BLUEBOOK (20th ed. 2015).

First prize is $500, second prize is $250, and both winners will be invited to publish their papers in Scholarship@Cornell Law, a digital repository of the Cornell Law Library.  For submission procedure and selection criteria, please visit  Papers will be accepted on an ongoing basis through May 1, 2019

The American College of Employee Benefits - Writing Competition

The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel is an IRC Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to elevating the standards and advancing the public’s understanding of the practice of employee benefits law.  In pursuit of this goal, the College encourages the study and development of employee benefits laws, initiates professional discussions of significant employee benefits issues and sponsors an extensive list of Continuing Legal Education programs.

In addition to the monetary prizes, the law students who submit the winning papers will be an honored guest at the College's annual black tie dinner in Washington, DC on September 21, 2019.    More information can be found online at
Application Deadline: June 3, 2019

Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2018-2019

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2018-2019 writing competition. Competition rules can be found on the College website at 
Application Deadline:  June 15, 2019

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize 

A writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. Rules for the prize writing competition can be found at
Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

2019 Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize

A Scholarly writing competition that honors an outstanding article or book on a topic exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. The winner will receive a cash stipend of $10,000. The article or book must be in draft form or have been published within one year prior to the July 1 deadline. As a condition of accepting the award, the winner will present his or her work at Chicago-Kent. All reasonable expenses will be paid. Please submit entries to Ms. Tasha Kincade, assistant to Dean Harold J. Krent, at 
Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

2019 William W. Greenhalgh Contest

This Competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice (“Section”) of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (the “Sponsor”). The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice field, and to encourage scholarship in this field. For more information please visit:
Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

Tannenwald Writing Competition

Named for the late Tax Court Judge Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., and designed to perpetuate his dedication to legal scholarship of the highest quality, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to all full- or part-time law school students, undergraduate or graduate.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted in accordance with the Competition Rules (viewable at
Application Deadline: July 9, 2019