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August 31, 2020

This Week’s Events

Week of August 31, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates
Please bookmark and continue to monitor the following resource websites for updated and relevant information: 

All times posted are Eastern Standard Time 
Thursday, September 3
4:30 - 5:30 PM - Zoom Event:
You, Your Career, and Cornell Law: A meeting for first-year students to learn about how the law school’s three career departments can help you launch your legal career in the months and years ahead. This is an extended part of your orientation to the law school, so join us to meet the staffs of the Career Services Office, the Office of Public Service, and the Office of Judicial Engagement. 

Friday, September 4
3:00 - 4:00 PM 
Respect at Cornell: Your Rights, Resources, and Responsibilities–  This session is mandatory for 1L students. Dr. Theoria Cason and Associate Vice President for the Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX Coordinator, Laura Rugless, will present a session that continues the conversation begun during the Not Anymore online training about the rights, resources, and responsibilities of each member of the Cornell community to promote equity.

  • Student leaders at all levels are encouraged to attend as federal regulations have changed this summer, leading to a new interim policy that is currently in effect at Cornell University.  

The Zoom link for the session will be provided in an e-mail from

Beyond this week

Monday, September 7
Labor Day- No Classes 

Thursday, September 10
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Zoom Event, RSVP:
100 Years of the ACLU with President Susan N. Herman

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Zoom Event:
Recruiting and Job Fair Update for 2Ls

Official Announcements

Dean's Office Announcements

Dean Peñalver will be holding office hours via Zoom for students on Monday afternoons, 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Students who would like to compare favorite quarantine recipes or speak with the Dean about any other topic, may sign up in advance with Becca Johnson by e-mail (

Dean of Students Office Announcements

To make an appointment for Degree Progress, Academic Skills Support and other student service related needs, visit our bookings page:

Please see our Online Class Room Guidelines page for information and equipment necessary to come prepared law school classes:

Law School Registrar's Office Announcements

Monday, September 7 - Labor Day
Cornell Law School will not hold classes on Monday, September 7. The Registrar's office will be closed that day and will reopen on Tuesday, September 8.

Law School Registrar's Virtual Office Hours
The Registrar's Office hours.  We are open to the community Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. -12 noon and then 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Our telephone number is 607-255-7190. Our email address is

Attendance in Class
ABA standards dictate that a law school shall require regular and punctual class attendance and that students comply with the attendance policy. Per the Cornell Law School Student Handbook(

  • 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 for J.D. students or the Assistant Dean of Graduate Legal Studies for students in our LL.M. and J.S.D. degree programs; 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 before the end of add/drop. If a student is excluded from an exam, a grade of F is entered, or in the case of a clinical course, the student may receive a lowered grade or a grade of U.
  • Students who are ill or have another valid reason for missing a class are encouraged to contact the instructor directly and are required to notify the Dean of Students or the Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies, depending on the student's degree program, if more than three days are missed.

Add/drop Upper-class Course
Students must add/drop limited enrollment courses by 12 noon on Wednesday, September 2. Students may add/drop unlimited enrollment law courses until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3. Non-law courses must also be add/dropped by 3:00 p.m. on September 3. 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.

New Courses – space still available

Racism and the Law (Law 6159). This course will provide students and faculty with an opportunity to explore the interrelationship between the law and structural and systemic racism and racial dispossession. The course will provide an overview of and a variety of perspectives on constitutional law, criminal law, international law, economic law, and many other issue areas. Each session will feature a different faculty instructor and a different topical focus. This course is pass-fail, and course grading will be on the basis of a series of short reaction papers submitted over the course of the semester (there is no final exam or final paper). The course design is intended to encourage a broad-based and far-reaching dialogue. (F 3-5 PM)

Advanced Administrative Law: Food and Agriculture Regulation (Law 6238). As you consider courses for the fall semester, please consider Advanced Administrative Law: Food and Agriculture Regulation. New this fall; this experiential course will teach students about being an administrative lawyer while studying the federal laws and regulations for food and agriculture.  Students will learn about oversight from the laboratory to the consumer table of conventional food and agriculture products and explore how well the major statutes and regulations are able to address new emerging technologies and products, including genetic engineering, plant-based products, cellular meat, and novel ingredients. Finally, the course explores how federal regulation balances the policy objectives of ensuring safety and consumer confidence with supporting innovation in the marketplace. (MW 12:20-1:45 pm)

Law and Development (Law 6613). This seminar fulfills the writing requirement.  This seminar is designed to introduce students to the different dimensions of law and development, integrating legal, historical, academic, and practical models and approaches.  The seminar will provide students with the ability to learn about law and development in an applied as well as a classroom setting. The course will provide students with a unique opportunity to collaborate with development organizations on individual research projects. Research Partners will work with students over the course of the semester to generate a Memorandum on a topic that the Partners have identified to be of significance to their mission and work. (W 2:30–4:10 pm) 

Tax Policy (Law 7765). Tax policy considerations touch on many of society’s deepest-held beliefs, informing decisions about welfare and distributional justice, allocation of the cost of government, and even the public treatment of private indulgences (i.e., “sin” taxes). In this seminar, we will consider the basic goals and theories that underlie our tax system, including concepts of income, progressivity, efficiency, and equity, and the ability to pay, among others. We will also explore specific tax policy topics, including tax expenditures, consumption taxation, estate, and gift taxation, compliance and enforcement, and current tax policy initiatives through debate and short writing exercises. Students will be encouraged to consider not only what the tax law currently is, but what an ideal tax law ought to be. The goal of the seminar is to provide students with the analytical tools to discuss and analyze policy issues, professionally or otherwise.

Note from Professor Wilking. This is a brand new, hybrid seminar that meets on Mondays from 1:25-3:05 pm. Students need not have previously taken any tax classes, and all materials are available through the course website. There are still a number of spots for in-person participation. Students who may be interested in joining the class should email Professor Wilking directly at

S/U Grading Option
Each JD student and LLM students who have elected the JD scale may elect to take up to two upper-class 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 upper-class writing requirement. Also, instructors may designate specific courses that they teach as not eligible for the S/U grade election. Check individual course descriptions ( for more information. Will open up mid-September, you will receive an email.

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. Will open up mid-September, you will receive an email.

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. The 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 (

Update Your Preferred Name and Address Info
If you wish to update your preferred name, use the link in the My Information tab ( 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 18, or they risk being withdrawn from the University. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 18 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on October 7. See University Registration ( 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 ( check your registration status.

Information from the Bursar's Office
If the university Student Center indicates your registration is on hold, you must contact the Bursar's Office,, to clear your student account by September 18 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 2020 semester is found on the Bursar's Website:

Internal (unofficial) transcripts are available at the Law School Registrar's office (written request required). The online unofficial transcript request form ( 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 ( available only at the University Registrar's Office in B7 Day Hall.

Class Recording Request Form
The Law School IT department has created a class recording request form( The form is available on the Registrar's website. You may use the form to request a video recording of a class.  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.

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.

Emergency Phone Numbers
A listing of emergency phone numbers found on the Emergency Action Guide: (

Bar Registration for 1Ls
The rules of certain states (California, for example) require notification of the intent to begin the study of law or registration with the bar admission authorities when a person begins studying law. The student should obtain instructions from the proper authorities (usually the state board of bar examiners of the clerk of the court of highest jurisdiction) in the state in which the student intends to practice. New York does NOT require this registration. Check the NCBE ( your jurisdiction requirements.

Public Service Office Announcements

Pro Bono Scholars Program
Are you a rising 3L interested in learning more about the Pro Bono Scholars Program? Join Director Michaela Azemi to learn about the Pro Bono Scholars Program at Cornell including requirements, logistics, and application procedures for Spring 2021 and beyond. Register for an info session either Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 2:00pm or Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9:30am.  The Pro Bono Scholars Program is an initiative of former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman that allows students in their 3L year to take the bar exam early and devote their last semester of study to performing pro bono legal service for indigent clients under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

Graduate Legal Studies Announcements

Office of Global Learning Online Check-in
If you are a new international student with F-1 or J-1 visa status and have arrived in Ithaca, and your DS-2019 was issued by Cornell, be sure to complete your check-in.  ( If you do not complete the check-in procedure within 30 days after the start date listed in your SEVIS record, you may lose your valid immigration status.

Campus/Community Resources

Annual Flu Vaccine Clinic

Cornell's annual flu vaccine clinics will take place at various campus locations between August 26 and October 24. Please see below for the clinic schedule and details.

* Fall 2020 flu vaccination requirement for students *

Per Cornell's COVID-19 Behavioral Compact, flu vaccination is required for all students studying on the Ithaca campus during the Fall 2020 semester. (Exceptions may be made for those who receive a medical, religious, or other exemption.) Learn more below about why Cornell is requiring flu vaccination for students.

DEADLINE: Students are expected to receive their flu vaccination by October 24. Information about dates and clinic locations can be found here:

Let's (Tele)Talk

Let’s Talk has gone virtual! We are now offering Let's Talk drop-in consultations by Zoom.

How it works: Let’s (Tele)Talk is available during the times listed below. If interested, please use the relevant link to access the Zoom meeting with a counselor. Students will be seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait in the virtual waiting room if the counselor is seeing another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can.

Please note: Let’s Talk is not a substitute for counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk consultants can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of our staff. Other options for care include individual counseling, group counseling, workshops, and 24/7 phone consultation. In a crisis, please call 911 or one of these recommended hotlines

Academic Support

Virtual Office Hours the week of August 31
By appointment only: 

Supplement/Book Return:  Many of you have asked how to return books you borrowed last semester.  If you are back on campus and have books to return to me, there is an Academic Support Book Return box situated outside the Dean of Students Suite.  If you are not in Ithaca this semester, you can mail the books back to me:  Chenay Weyble, Cornell Law School, 126F Hughes Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853. 

Rhythm.  The first week of classes is under your belt.  Bravo!  You may feel overwhelmed with the newness of it all, but you will get into the rhythm of the study cycle: class preparation, participation, review, and self-analysis.  Right now, you are just getting used to the first two parts—preparation (including reading a case) and class participation (thinking like a lawyer).  These new ways of preparing and thinking may mean that tasks take longer than you expect.  That is normal, and you will improve over the course of the semester. 

To compensate for all that time, you may be tempted to skimp on time devoted to wellness.  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.”  Here’s the problem—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 soon, but if you would like advice on a study schedule now, please feel free to email me for an 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 free meditation sessions throughout the week?  Studies show that lawyers who meditate seem to feel better and do better in practice. Check out Cornell Botanic Gardens. Try paddle boarding on Cayuga or Seneca Lakes 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!

Student IDs

The University Registrar will have temporary service on the following days/times for ID production in 163 Day Hall.
Students must follow the signs for proper entrance/exiting of Day Hall.
All Cornell public health and safety guidelines must be followed.
Monday, August 31: 12pm – 4pm
Tuesday, September 1: 12pm – 4pm

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:

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


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


To make an appointment with one of our six career counselors, click a link below:

Private Sector (Career Services Office): visit our Bookings page (
or contact Lisa Carberry (

Public Sector (Office of Public Service): visit our Bookings page: (
or contact Lisa Carberry.(

Post-Graduate Judicial Clerkships (Office of Judicial Engagement): visit our Bookings page: (
or contact Bethany Jones.(

All Students
Achieving Social Justice: Law Students & Attorneys Putting Legal Theory into Practice
Speakers from the Human Rights Campaign, Georgetown Law and Fordham Law
Wednesday, September 9, 6:00 PM
Use this link to register:

16th Annual Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair (HDLJF)
Virtual fair held November 7, 2020  
Students who are interested in becoming part of Kansas City’s dynamic legal community
The deadline for registering is September 18th ,

1L Students 
You, Your Career, and Cornell Law: September 3, 4:30PM (EST) 
Meet the Career Services, Public Service and Judicial Clerkship staff, learn about how they will work with the entering class in the coming months  
Zoom Webinar Link:
Passcode: 763678

2L Students
Recruiting Season & Job Fair Update: September 10, 4:30PM (EST) 
Updates on the timeline of the 2020/2021 law firm recruiting season
Zoom Webinar Link:
Passcode: 215611

Positions Available

Professor Margulies is looking for two to three student volunteers to help with a short-term research project on the death penalty. The students will help complete a paper on the application of the death penalty to defendants who neither killed nor intended to kill. Work is anticipated to take approximately 6 weeks @ 5-7 hours/week. Interested students can contact Prof. Margulies by email:

The Complainants' Advisors Office is comprised of law students who advise and counsel students at all stages of investigation and adjudication under Cornell Policy 6.4 (prohibited discrimination, protected status harassment, and sexual and related misconduct). You can reach out to the Complainants’ Advisors Office if you have questions about Policy 6.4 or if you are interested in pursuing a complaint. You do not need to have made a formal complaint to speak to a Complainants' Advisor. You can reach the Complainants’ Advisors at

Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII) is calling all history buffs, Supreme Court watchers, and anyone who is looking for an interesting and important do-anywhere, part-time research position this semester:  The Oyez Project ( is conducting a precise count of the number of cases each of the Supreme Court's most prolific advocates argued from 1789 to present. Attorney Jim Thunder of DC’s Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, PLLC, has made his initial findings, and Cornell's Legal Information Institute (LII) has offered to assemble a team of students to verify the results and help publish the first ever comprehensive analysis.  If interested, please contact LII co-Director Craig Newton at

English Language Support Office (ELSO) is looking for a tutor with a background in law. For more information about the ELSO tutoring programs, visit:  For information on how to apply, contact the Dean of Students Office,

General Announcements

Cornell Community Conversation on Race and Labor in America - Discussion of "13th", The Documentary

The Cornell University Community (Faculty, Staff, and Students) and Cornell Alumni are invited to a discussion of Director Ava DuVernay's award-winning documentary, 13th. All community members are invited to watch the film (available for free streaming on Netflix and Youtube ) prior to the discussion. Professor Ifeoma Ajunwa of Cornell University’s ILR School/Law School and Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin of the University of California, Irvine School of Law will lead the discussion.
Date for film discussion: September 10th, 2020.
Time: 1PM -2PM (EST)
Register for the Zoom Webinar link here (

Fork and Gavel 

Now Open! Offering online ordering and pick-up available from Express Fork & Gavel, The Commons, Myron Taylor Hall
Open Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Visit website for more infomation:\

Achieving Social Justice Webinar

Hear how law students and attorneys like you are achieving social justice - Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign speaks about issues and priorities with Georgetown Law Professor Sheila Foster and Fordham Law Professor Joseph Landau. RSVP to to attend

Big Red Ventures(BRV)

The Fund Managers at BRV ( are recruiting Associates for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. If you are interested in seeing how a venture capital fund works—and would like to maximize your exposure to the venture industry—please consider applying for the Associate role. Primary responsibilities center around the due diligence process and include: understanding business models, market analysis, and financial projections. The application opens August 26th at 12:00 PM and closes September 6th at 5:00 PM. The application can be found on this site:

Second Weera Centre International Legal Essay Competition

We issue this Call for Submissions with the following assumptions – first, that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed deep-seated biases in our democracy against vulnerable sections of our population; and second, that law remains one of the best tools to understand, respond and mitigate some of these biases. Any submission is, therefore, expected to either address or critique both assumptions. It can range from identification of the issue to forging a valid response to it.
More information can be found on the Centre's website:
Submission Deadline : September 30, 2020

The Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund 

The PRBA Scholarship Fund, Inc. was created in 1978 to promote diversity in the legal profession by providing financial awards to Puerto Rican and Latino law students. Puerto Rican and Latino students permanently residing in New York State, attending law school in New York State, or with a commitment to work in New York State upon completion of their law school education. The application can be found here:
Submission Deadline: September 30, 2020

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers is pleased to announce its 2021 annual writing competition to recognize significant written contributions to the field of U.S. consumer financial services law in the following categories: (a) books; (b) publishable articles, book chapters, or substantial book reviews by a professional in the field; (c) publishable student case notes, articles, or comments. The awards include cash payments of $5000, $3500, and $1500, respectively, and a Certificate of Recognition from the College. In any given year, depending on submissions, awards may be made in all, some or no categories. More information on the College and the writing competition may be found at:
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020


Equal Justice Initiative (Montgomery, AL)
DEADLINE: October 2, 2020 though early applications are strongly encouraged
Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. This is a fully-funded two year fellowship starting in Fall 2021.

Department of Justice – Attorney General’s Honors Program (National)
DEADLINE: September 8, 2020
You can find the list of participating components at
The DOJ is hosting a webinar tomorrow, August 18 at 12::0O ET. The login information is as follows: Room Passcode:  10200

Skadden Fellowship (National)
DEADLINE: September 14, 2020
Consider attending an information session held by the Skadden Foundation.  Information can be found at Please contact Akua Akyea before submitting an application.

Department of Labor Honors Attorney Program (Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; San Francisco, CA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Seattle, WA)
DEADLINE: September 14, 2020 (Washington, DC posting) (posting for all other locations)
Honors Attorneys work with the various client agencies within the Department of Labor, gaining exposure to a broad range of substantive legal work in one of the government’s preeminent legal offices. This is a two-year program with the possibility of permanent appointment.

Equal Justice Works Fellowship (National)
DEADLINE: September 17, 2020
You are encouraged to create a project that is meaningful to you and your host organization. NOTE: EJW does NOT require transcripts, class ranks, or GPAs.

Gideon’s Promise Fellowship (National - Various)
DEADLINE: September 18, 2020 (the application is at the bottom of the page).
The Law School Partnership Project(LSPP) with Gideon’s Promise is a three-year program that provides permanent employment, training/continuing legal education, and support to recent graduates committed to public defense. Those who are selected are guaranteed employment with a Gideon’s Promise partner office within a year and will be financially supported by their respective law schools until their first day of work through a grant, fellowship, and/or stipend.  The LSPP gives law graduates unique opportunity otherwise not available to them: to join a public defender office working to improve criminal justice in areas where the need is greatest, and to become part of a broader movement to transform indigent defense across the South.
To apply, complete the LSPP application and indicate which office you would like to be considered for placement.  You can find additional Information at

The Legal Aid Society  (New York, NY)
DEADLINE: All applications open July 20; Criminal Defense Practice ( October 3 deadline); Civil Practice Housing (October 3 deadline); Juvenile Rights Practice (January 1, 2021 deadline)
Please make sure to apply online on the LAS portal. 

Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellowship (National)
DEADLINE: October 7, 2020
Immigrant Justice Corps (IJC) is the country’s first fellowship program dedicated to meeting the need for high-quality legal assistance for immigrants seeking citizenship and fighting deportation.  Inspired by Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, IJC brings together the country’s most talented advocates, connects them to New York City’s (and beyond) best legal and community institutions, leverages the latest technologies, and fosters a culture of creative thinking that will produce new strategies to reduce the justice gap for immigrant families, ensuring that immigration status is no longer a barrier to social and economic opportunity.

Law students who will graduate in 2021, 2020 law graduates, and 2019 law graduates whose clerkship or other fellowship will end by August 2021, are eligible to apply.

Cornell Law School Frank H.T. Rhodes and Robert B. Kent Public Interest Law Fellowships (National/International)
DEADLINE: October 12, 2020
The two-year Rhodes Fellowship and the one-year Kent fellowship will enable Cornell Law Students to partner with an organization to work on an issue of interest. Do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Public Service with any questions.

Justice Catalyst Fellowship (national)
DEADLINE: Rolling until October 13 (resume and prospectus); Rolling until November 30 (full application)
The Catalyst is looking for projects from diverse, creative, self-starting fellows who will pursue year-long fellowships, with a possibility of renewal. The Catalyst prioritizes groundbreaking ideas, including early-stage projects that are boundary-pushing in the pursuit of systemic solutions to major injustices, whether at an established legal organization or an organization looking to hire its first lawyer. In addition, you can submit a prospectus without a host organization, and work with the fellowship to identify a way to launch the project.

The Presidential Management Fellowship (Washington, DC)
This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in leadership positions in the federal government. 
Application Dates: September 30- October 14, 2020
Program dates can be found under the 2021 Application webpage.  The initial edition of the 2021 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide can be found under the Assessment Process webpage.  Please check these webpages frequently for any updates. Please read everything carefully – there are a number of moving parts to the process. 

E. Barrett Prettyman/Stuart Stiller Fellowship Program at Georgetown Law (Washington, DC)
DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted from September 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020
The goal of the fellowship is to provide high quality representation to adults and adolescents accused of crimes and provide recent law school graduates with rigorous training in criminal trial advocacy and clinical teaching. Fellows spend two years in the program, after which they are awarded a master’s degree in Advocacy.