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February 10, 2020

This Week’s Events

Week of February 10, 2020

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

Monday, February 10 
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM, The Foyer
BLSA Valentines Day Candy Sale 

5:30 - 7:00 PM, The Commons
Milbank Reception

Tuesday, February 11
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM, The Foyer
BLSA Valentines Day Candy Sale 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 184
Sullivan & Cromwell 1L Program: "The Big Question - Transactional or Litigation?" 

5:30 - 7:00 PM, The Commons
Sullivan & Cromwell 1L Reception 

Wednesday, February 12
8:00 - 10:00 AM, 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.

8:00 - 9:3 AM, Saperston Student Lounge
CLVA Breakfast Conversation with General Casey

11:30 - 1:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
CLSA Valentine's Week Cookie Decoration Event 

11:30 AM - 3:00 PM, The Foyer
BLSA Valentines Day Candy Sale 

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 276
Berger International Speaker Series: Brian Cox will discuss “The Law of Conflict: International Law in a Combat Environment”

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Room G85
Arbitration in Sport 

12:30 - 1:00 PM, Room G85
JCC Info Session

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.

3:00 - 3:30 PM, Room 279
Let's Meditate - Let’s Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health, in collaboration with numerous campus partners.

3:30 - 4:30 PM, Room 277
National Lawyers Guild Reb- Law Planning Meeting 

5:00 - 6:15 PM, Room 182
Litigating before the International Court of Justice 

Thursday, February 13
10:00 - 10:45 AM, Saperston Student Lounge
Coffee & Conversation with the Dean 

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, The Foyer
BLSA Valentines Day Candy Sale 

Friday, February 14
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Room 184
Gavel Gap Lecture

Beyond Next Week

Monday, February 17
9:15 AM - 4:15 PM, The Foyer
Border Wall Crisis Fundraiser 

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 277
Berger International Speaker Series: Dr. Elvira Dominguez-Redondo will discuss “States As Human Rights Monitors In Defense Of Politicization”
February 17 | 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm | 277 Myron Taylor Hall
Please RSVP by February 11:

3:30 - 4:30 PM, Room 279
CALSA Spring General Body Meeting 

Tuesday, February 18
9:15 AM - 4:15 PM, The Foyer
Border Wall Crisis Fundraiser 

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 186
Berger International Speaker Series: Douglas Stephens will discuss “Remain in Mexico: U.S Obligations under Nonrefoulment and International Human Rights Law”
February 18 | 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm | 186 Myron Taylor Hall
Please RSVP by February 12:

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Saperston Student Lounge 
Lambda Tea with Alex & Sara (3L Reps)

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 182
Complainants' Advisors Info Session 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Tenant's Rights Committee - Working Meeting 

Wednesday, February 19
9:00 - 11:00 AM, Room G81
Externship/Pro Bono Scholars Information Meeting 

11:15 - 12:15 PM, Room 182
Complainants' Advisors Info Session

Thursday, February 20
9:15 AM - 4:15 PM, The Foyer
Border Wall Crisis Fundraiser 

11:30 - 1:00 PM, Room G85
WOCC February Check-in 

12:00 - 1:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Disability Rights Committee Meeting

4:30 - 5:00 PM, Room G85
JCC Info Session

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 182
Pillsbury Winthrop Panel for 1Ls

5:30 - 6:30 PM, The Commons
Pillsbury Winthrop Reception for 1Ls 

Friday, February 21
12:00 - 1:00 PM, Room 182
BLSA Exploring Legal Careers 

12:30 - 1:15 PM, Room 390
Internal Mock Trial Tournament Info Session 

2:00 - 4:00 PM, Room G90
The Fight for the Actually Innocent 

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

Official Announcements

Dean's Office Hours 

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 (607-255-3539).

Law School Registrar Announcements

Law School Registrar's Office Hours
The Registrar's Office is in Room 160, Myron Taylor Hall. We are open to the community Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m.-12 noon and then 1:00-4:00 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 a missing 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.

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.

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 permits you, 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, 160 Myron Taylor Hall, as quickly as possible to assure 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.

Law Library Announcements

Law Library Paging Service: Law students can request materials be paged from the stacks to the circulation desk for pick-up.  To request paging services, from the catalog record, click ‘request’ and then choose ‘Law Circulation’ as the pick-up location.

Graduate Legal Studies/LL.M Students

Save the Date
A cocktail reception celebrating General LL.M. and J.S.D. commencement will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at the Statler Hotel Carrier Ballroom. An official invitation with a link to R.S.V.P. will be sent later this semester.

Office of Global Learning Tax Information & Visa Options/OPT Workshops available
The Office of Global Learning – International Services’ Tax prep website has information on U.S. taxes and how to file.

The Office of Global Learning will be holding several visa workshops for international students across campus. 

Work Talks: Work Authorization for International Students: Learn about work authorization options and application procedures for F-1 and J-1 students approaching graduation, as well as for summer employment for those still enrolled. Spring 2020 session workshops will be offered weekly at the following locations and times:

Alternate Mondays at 105 Kennedy – Starting February 10th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.*

Alternate Thursdays at B108 Comstock – Starting February 6th, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.*

*There will be no presentations between Feb. 22 to Feb. 25 and March 28 to April 5.

Visas after Graduation: This workshop for international students covers the procedures for working in the United States immediately after graduation, working long-term in the U.S., and options for becoming a U.S. permanent resident (green card holder).  Scheduled for March 6th at 5:30 p.m. in McGraw Hall MCG165.  For more information visit the Office of Global Learning website.

A complete list of upcoming workshops is available on the Office of Global Learning website.  

A visa workshop will also be scheduled at CLS later this month.  Please check back for date, time and location information.

Bar Exam and MPRE information for 2020

If you are taking a bar exam in 2020 you will also need to take the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

The upcoming MPRE exams and registration dates:
Exam: March 12 or 13, 2020
Register by February 12, 2020

NCBE wants all MPRE candidates to know about some important changes for the 2020 MPRE:

1)      The test will be administered on Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13, 2020. The MPRE is no longer administered during a single two-hour period on Saturday. Instead, students will select one of several two-hour appointment times on one of the two weekday test dates. There will also be weekday administrations for the August and October MPRE administrations.

2)      The test will be administered on a computer at a Pearson VUE testing center. This is a new location compared to past administrations. Students will select a testing center when they schedule their test appointment.

3)      The registration deadline is February 12, 2020. There is no late registration deadline. The earlier students register with NCBE and schedule their appointment with Pearson VUE, the more likely they will be to get an appointment with their desired location, date, and test time.

4)      If students plan to test in March and will be seeking accommodations under the ADA, they should apply for accommodations as soon as possible to allow us time to review their application. Those applying for accommodations should check their NCBE File Cabinets frequently for updates on their accommodations applications.

Any questions should be directed to NCBE at 608.280.8550 or by email to (for questions about registration) or (for questions about accommodations).

Website source for information:

Cornell Law School Bar Exam information:

Bar exam/ Bar admissions information contact at CLS: Melody Padgett, 160 Myron Taylor Hall, Registrar’s Office:

Spring 2020 Externship/Pro Bono Scholars Program Information

Any student interested in participating in the Externship Program or the Pro Bono Scholars Program must first attend an informational meeting.  Meetings will be held on the following dates and times:
Wed, February 19th  9:00 a.m. in Room G81
Tues, March 3rd 3:00 p.m. in Room 279
*Fri, March 6th 11:00 a.m. in Room G80
Mon, March 23rd  6:00 p.m. in Room G81
Fri, April 10th  11:00 a.m. in Room G81
Mon, April 20th  6:00 p.m. in Room G81

*In addition at the March 6 meeting, an attorney from the US Attorney’s Office, NDNY (Syracuse) will be present to discuss working in that office either during the school year or during the summer.  Interested students may apply before March 6th and the attorney may be able to arrange to interview applicants on March 6th. 

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 February 10 (126F Hughes Hall Dean of Students Suite):
Monday:                   11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday:                    3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Wednesday:              11:00—12:00 p.m.
Thursday:                  3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Friday:                       11:00—12:00 p.m.

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;  
To make an appointment online, please use the scheduling website:

Academic Peer Advisor Office Hours:

Tayler Woelcke                 Monday 11:15—12:15  G26 HH
Alizah Charaniya               Monday 12:15—1:15    G26 HH
Julia Hollreiser                  Wednesday 11:15—12:15  G26 HH
Zach Sporn                        Wednesday 4:30—5:30  G26 HH
Nathalie Greenfield            Thursday 9:00—10:00  G80 HH
Lily Coad                             Thursday 11:15—12:15  G26 HH
Emily Szopinski                 Thursday 12:20—1:20  G26 HH

Winter Doldrums.  Ithaca is in the grips of an icy winter.  It’s not unusual to feel unmotivated when your mood matches the gloomy weather outside.  To jumpstart your motivation, focus on the positive.  Find some extracurricular activity that makes you happy and incorporate it into your weekly schedule.  Come to the Wellness Room in the Dean of Students’ Suite and sit next to the Vitamin D lamp or use the massage chair.  Take a step back to evaluate what you hope to accomplish with a law degree and why you are here.  Reminding yourself of your ultimate goal will help you focus on the process necessary to get there.  Get organized with a structured study schedule that allows for at least a day each week to review everything you’ve learned in classes that week and for a “deep dive” in at least one class—review everything you’ve learned up to that point in the semester for that class.  Most importantly, practice application.  Use the questions in your book, in the online resources attached to your book, in Q&As or E&Es, or other analytical-skills resources.  You’ll feel so much better when get your work done rather than procrastinating and you’ll feel more ready for exams if you ‘ve been reviewing and analyzing throughout the semester.  Breaking down tasks into smaller pieces can also provide motivation.  You can accomplish more—like balancing the work for your Lawyering assignment with reviewing for class—if you set and stick to a schedule.  If you want more ideas on how to motivate yourself to study, drop by my office during office hours or schedule an appointment. 

Name Pronunciation

We are pleased to announce a new initiative that we believe all members of our community will find helpful. We want to be respectful by pronouncing your name correctly. Help us do so by recording your full name (preferred first name_surname) on your mobile phone or computer in .mp3 format. For consistency and the ability to match the recording to your record, you must save the file by netID (example: abc123.mp3). Once you have recorded and saved the file, upload it to:

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:

Legal Careers

From the Career Services Office

*Please let us know if you need any accommodations to attend our programs*

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:

Milbank, Co-Hosted by Business Law Society: Monday, February 10th, 4:30 – 182
Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm

Sullivan & Cromwell: Tuesday, February 11th, 5:00pm – 184 MTH
Reception to follow in the Commons, 6:00pm
RSVP Jordan Dubin

Morgan Lewis: Wednesday, February 19th, time TBA – Statler Hotel

Kirkland & Ellis: Monday, February 24th, 6:30pm – Statler Hotel

Debevoise & Plimpton: Thursday, February 27st 4:30pm – 182 MTH
Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm
RSVP to Kevin LaMura,

Paul Weiss: Tuesday, March 3rd, 6:00pm – Johnson Museum of Art

Weil Gotshal: Wednesday, March 4th , 6:30pm  – Johnson Museum of Art
RSVP via this link :

Cahill Gordon: Tuesday, March 10th, 4:30pm – 186 MTH
Reception to follow in the Common, 5:30pm

Paul Hastings: Monday, March 16th, 4:30pm – 184 MTH
Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm

Weil: Wednesday, March 18th , 11:00-2:00pm  – Student Lounge
Open House Lunch

Gibson Dunn: Thursday, March 19th , 4:30pm – 184
Reception to follow in the Commons, 5:30pm
RSVP Nana Nyantakyi,

Davis Polk: TBA

2L & 3L Students:
Renting in New York City - Presented by Cooper & Cooper Real Estate: 
Tuesday, March 3rd - G85, 12:15
Will you be living in New York City during your 2L summer or upon graduation? Want to find a safe and clean apartment within your budget? Confused about all the different living options? Join Jeremy and Jordan Cooper for a detailed presentation about how to effectively search for a place to live in New York City. Pizza lunch provided. RSVP at

Positions Available

The Office of the Judicial Codes Counselor seeks to hire two 1Ls for a two-year paid position to begin in Fall 2020. The JCC Office provides free assistance and representation within the campus judicial system to those charged with violations of the Campus Code of Conduct, Policy 6.4, and the Code of Academic Integrity.  JCCs explain to the accused how the campus judicial system works and assist them through the entire process as an advisor and advocate. This job is extremely rewarding and offers a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills in client counseling, persuasive writing, and oral advocacy. For more information, please attend one of our information sessions hosted by members of the JCC Office on Wednesday, February 12 from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm in Room G85 or Thursday, February 20 from 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm in Room G85. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Marisa O'Gara ( no later than Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00PM.  All applicants will receive an initial interview with the JCC Office.

Call for TA’s – Introduction to the American Legal System
The Graduate Legal Studies office seeks several JD students to serve as Teaching Assistants for the introductory LLM course being offered in the two weeks before school starts (commencing August 10th).  The course – Introduction to the American Legal System – will run from August 10th to August 24th, 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 General LL.M. class and work with Professor Kong.  TAs 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

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is looking to hire a Seasonal Admissions Recruiter!  
 This position is from September-November 2020, includes all travel costs and salary. The recruiter does not need to live in Ithaca. If you are interested in this position or would like further details, please email Director Michael Cummings at If you love Cornell Law School and enjoy traveling, this may be a great position for you

Research Assistance: Professor Chantal Thomas is seeking research assistance on a variety of topics in the international law and political economy. Tasks may include helping to identify and obtain primary and secondary research materials; drafting summary memoranda on particular research questions; and assisting with citations. Interested parties may write to Amanda S. Gallagher,

Professor William Jacobson seeks a Research Assistant to assist in updating and proofing the Securities Arbitration Desk Reference (Thomson Reuters), of which he is co-author, for the upcoming 2020-2021 Edition. Work should start soon and must be completed by the end of May. This is a paid position at the law school student research rate. Please email Prof. Jacobson (waj24) if you are interested or have questions

Professor Blume is looking to hire one or two research assistants to conduct research for several academic and litigation projects.  Interested students should submit resumes to

Professor Yale-Loehr needs some research assistants this summer to help update his immigration law treatise. Prior exposure to immigration law is helpful but not required. Pay is at the standard law school rate. This is an excellent job for a bright 1L.  If interested, please email a transcript, resume and writing sample to Professor Yale-Loehr at Please also indicate your dates of availability. The job is full-time, so students interested in attending the Paris or other summer law programs need not apply. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so applicants should apply as soon as possible.

Paid Summer Jobs at the LII:   The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School is hiring law students to improve the materials in its WEX collection.  WEX is a free online legal reference that aims to provide the general public with straightforward and viewpoint-neutral explanations of legal topics and issues.  Summer work can be performed from anywhere--there's no need to stay in Ithaca.  Please contact LII Co-Director Craig Newton ( for more information.

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide seeks to hire a student for a paid, part-time research position during the Spring Term, with the potential to remain involved past the end of the semester. The student researcher will contribute to the Alice Project, an initiative that focuses on capital punishment and gender (more information is available here). The ideal candidate will have strong legal research and writing skills and a demonstrated commitment to human rights, gender rights, the abolition of the death penalty, and/or criminal justice reform. Foreign language skills (particularly French, Arabic, or Farsi) would be an asset but are not required. Applicants should send a cover letter and a CV or resume to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

The Translator-Interpreter Program(TIP) is a student-run program of the Cornell Public Service Center that trains bilingual and multilingual Cornell students to serve as volunteer translators/interpreters for community agencies in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Certified by Cornell language professors, our volunteer translators and interpreters have been serving over 300 community agencies since 2000.  TIP is currently seeking law-student volunteers.

The first step in becoming a volunteer translator/interpreter is to attend one of our Volunteer Training Sessions:
February 14th, 5:00-6:30 PM at Kennedy 213 
March 9th, 5:00-6:30 PM at Kennedy 213 
April 7th, 5:00-6:30 PM at Kennedy 213

If you would like to learn more about our program, check us out on our CampusGroups website or email us at

General Announcements

Berger Summer Fellowship Program 

Eligible applicants: All J.D., LL.M. and J.S.D. students, with a preference to those with a demonstrated interest in international or comparative legal studies
Grant amount and fellowship duration: Pro-rated, based on length of internships up to 8 weeks (e.g., $2500 for 4 weeks; $5000 for 8 weeks). Students should specify their desired length of stay in their application.
Application instructions:
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 Monday, April 6, 2020, with the subject line Berger Summer Fellowships.
i. Your resume
ii. Your transcript (you may send this via Cornell dropbox for heightened security)
iii. 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.

Application Deadline: April 6, 2020

The Cornell Speech and Debate Society 

The Cornell Speech and Debate Society will be hosting a speech competition called the The Big Red Tournament of Love. The event welcomes universities from across the country to come compete in competitive public speaking events. In order to make the tournament run the Speech Team is in need of judges. Judges will be required to watch, comment and score the rounds. Training will be given the day of on judging criteria. Along with free refreshments each judge will be paid $10 for each round they judge. We need people for both Saturday Feb 22nd and Sunday Feb 23rd. If anyone can do one day or both that would be great. Rounds commence between 8:30am-3:00pm! For tournament schedule, signups or questions please contact Speech Team Director Brandon Johnson at

Funded Human Rights Summer Internship Opportunity in India

In collaboration with the Cornell Office for Public Service, the Cornell India Law Center, and Jindal Global Law School, we have one funded summer internship opportunity for Cornell Law Students who are interested in human rights, particularly issues relating to gender and sexuality.  The position is based in Sonipath, India (which is 1.5 hours from Delhi) at the Center for Health Law, Ethics and Technology (CHLET) at the Jindal Global Law School (

CHLET undertakes cutting-edge legal research on contemporary questions of sexuality, gender, public policy and health law. CHLET collaborates and engages with people's movements on issues of gender and sexuality. CHLET adopts a multidisciplinary approach and focuses particularly on the rights of sexual minorities; gender minorities and gender diverse people; constitutional right to health and reproductive rights including access to abortion.

The position is for a minimum of 8 weeks and the student that is selected will receive a grant of $5000. In addition, CHLET will provide housing at no cost.  To apply, please send to Megan Olivares ( the following no later than February 17, 2020: your resume, a writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial is fine), and please indicate in your cover letter the dates you are available, why you are interested in human rights and working in India.

Summer Fellowships - Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute 

Cornell Law School’s Women & Justice Collection at the Legal Information Institute is seeking two full-time summer 2020 fellows. Fellows will receive funding for an internship in gender justice advocacy in Cape Town, South Africa, for up to eight weeks. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain field research experience in southern Africa as well as in-office legal experience. To inquire further and for details on how to apply, please contact the Collection's Advocacy and Research Director, Jocelyn Hackett ( 1Ls are encouraged to apply. Students planning to split their summers should send their proposed schedule.

The Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest

The Mendes Hersman Student Writing Contest is a highly regarded legal writing competition that encourages and rewards law students for their outstanding writing on business law topics. Entries to the contest may be submitted by current JD students. The contest winner is awarded $1,000 and their entry will be considered for publication in The Business Lawyer. Infromation on how to apply is found on their website:
Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

22nd Annual Health Law Writing Competition

The Epstein Becker Green 22nd Annual Health Law Writing Competition is open to J.D. and L.L.M. candidates who are currently attending a U.S. law school or who attended a U.S. law school during the school year ending in May/June 2019. Information about the Health Law Writing Competition, including competition rules and submission forms, may be found at:
Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

2019-2020 American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

This year’s American Indian Law Review national writing competition is now welcoming papers from students at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada.  Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.  Three cash prizes will be awarded: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.  Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis. For further information on eligibility, entry requirements, and judging criteria, visit the AILR writing competition website at
Application Deadline: February 28, 2020

Honorable Charles L. Brieant, Jr. Fellowship

The fellowship is open to all first year (1L) students and second year (2L) students as of spring 2020 semester enrolled in a law school in the State of New York. Application link:
Application Deadline: March 20, 2020

Sixth Annual Elder and Special Needs Law Journal Writing Competition

The Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association is pleased to announce their annual writing competition, for all students attending an accredited ABA law school within New York State. For more information on how to apply, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 
Application Deadline: March 22, 2020

NYIPLEF's Diversity Scholarship 

NYIPLEF’s 2020 Diversity Scholarship provides funds to diverse law students currently enrolled at an accredited law school in the New York area, in good academic standing, and demonstrating intent to engage in the full-time practice of intellectual property law. The scholarship is intended to be used by the law student for tuition and expenses related to attending law school. To be considered for this year’s diversity scholarship, the completed application must be received by Wednesday, March 25, 2020. It is available online:  
Application Deadline: March 25, 2020

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition 

Any current student at an American or Canadian law school may submit an essay (minimum of ten pages and maximum of fifty pages) on any legal ethics topic. The essays that are submitted to the competition will be judged on their clarity, coherence, creativity, insight, and mastery of the rules and cases relevant to the topic of the essay in question. Information can also be found at the following website:
Application Deadline: April 24, 2020

2020 Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

Each year, the American Bar Association Section of Family Law conducts an essay contest to encourage law students to think about current issues in family law, and to encourage participation in the Section of Family Law. Students may write on any aspect of family law. The contest is open to second and third-year full-time J.D. students (and second through fourth-year part-time J.D. students) of all ABA-approved law schools, and to first year J.D. students where family law is taught as part of the first year curriculum. More information can be found on the essay contest webpage:
Application Deadline: April 24, 2020

Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition 

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2020 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is an active student at an accredited law school in the United States. Authors may not have graduated from law school prior to December 1, 2019. Graduate students in law school (LLM candidates) are not eligible. More information and details of the competition can be found on their website:
Application Deadline: June 15, 2020

2020 Warren E. Burger Prize

The American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize is a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. Interested authors are asked to submit an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 20,000 words on a topic that addresses issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and be published in the South Carolina Law Review. Rules for the competition are available on the American Inns of Court website:
Application Deadline: July 1, 2020