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February 3, 2020

This Week’s Events

Week of February 3, 2020

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

Monday, February 3
12:00 - 1:00 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
BLSA Spring GBM 

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 277
CLVA - APALSA Boot Camp 

4:00 - 5:30 PM, Room 186
Firm Receptions How-To 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 277

Tuesday, February 4 
4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 184
2020 Recruiting Season Overview for 1Ls 

Wednesday, February 5 
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.

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM, Room G29
NALSA General Body Meeting 

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.

4:15 - 5:15 PM, Room 186
The Nuts & Bolts of Judicial Clerkships for 2Ls & 3Ls, Clerkships are for everyone! Join us to learn more. Snacks provided. Please RSVP: by, January 31, 2020.

5:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 184
VGLA/SELS Free Play Day

6:30 - 7:30 PM, Room G80
CLSA Executive Board Meeting 

Thursday, February 6 
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Room G85
WLC/WOCC General Body Meeting 

5:30 - 7:00 PM, The Commons
Simpson Thacher 1L Reception 

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 184
Simpson Thacher Multi-Office Corporate Panel for 1Ls 

Sunday, February 9
9:00 - 7:15 PM, Room 184
ILJ Elections 

Beyond Next Week

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
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”
Please RSVP by February 6:

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

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 

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

Official Announcements

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.

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, are 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. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on February 7.

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. Enrollment in courses does not constitute or imply university registration. Students must be registered by February 7, or they risk being withdrawn from the university. When withdrawn, they will be dropped from classes, and services such as (but not limited to) library access, housing, dining, door access, Blackboard, and bus services will be terminated. Students who become registered for the Spring semester after February 7 will be charged a $350 late fee, in addition to finance charges. Students who register after the sixth week of classes will be charged a $500 late fee, in addition to finance charges. See University Registration for more information. Failure to register will impact financial aid, loan deferments, health benefits, and other privileges relying on in-school status. Use Student Essentials to check your registration status.

If Student Essentials indicates your registration is on hold, you must first stop by the Bursar's Office, 260 Day Hall to clear your student account by February 7, and then proceed to the Office of the University Registrar, B7 Day Hall. A refund schedule for withdrawals and leaves of absence for the Spring 2019 semester is available here.

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

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 Scanning Service: The Law Library offers free scanning and electronic delivery of library materials (within copyright) to law students and law faculty through a service called SCANit.  Students can learn more how to submit a scanning request here: If you have questions, please send an email to or contact a reference librarian.

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
Please visit the Office of Global Learning – International Services website for upcoming Immigration workshops available across campus.  A workshop will be scheduled at CLS during the spring semester.  Please check back for date, time and location information.

The Office of Global Learning – International Services’ Tax prep website has information on U.S. taxes and how to file.

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

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 5th  5:00 p.m. in Room G81
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 3 (126F Hughes Hall Dean of Students Suite):
Monday:                   11:00—12:00 p.m.
Tuesday:                    11:00—12:00 p.m.
Wednesday:              11:00—12:00 p.m.
Thursday:                  11:00—12:00 p.m.
Friday:                       11:00—12:00 p.m.

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;

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

Seeing Your Shadow.  I hope you observed Groundhog Day this past weekend—what did you think of Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction?  Whether you’re ready for spring flowers or more snow showers, you should similarly take this opportunity to examine your own “shadow.”  Did you accomplish what you wanted last semester? Do you feel like you took the steps necessary to reach short-term and long-term goals?  Just like Bill Murray’s character in the movie “Groundhog Day,” if you don’t make positive changes in your approach, you’ll find yourself in a time loop—repeating last semester.  We are only three weeks into the spring semester, so there’s time to make adjustments.  But you can’t make effective changes if you don’t know what to do differently.  I’m happy to help anyone who wants to evaluate their study approach from last semester and make changes.    

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*

1L Students:
Career Services Recruiting Season Programs:
2020 Recruiting Season Overview: Tuesday, February 4th, 4:30pm - 184. Receive an overview of our recruiting program, a calendar of important dates and deadlines and strategies to maximize your chances for success. This program will be recorded.

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:

Simpson Thacher: Thursday, February 6th, 6:00pm – 184 MTH
Reception to follow at Agava (Lyft codes available), 7:30pm

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 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. 

General Announcements

Focus group regarding Cornell’s university-wide review of student mental health at the Ithaca campus, including but not limited to the mental health services that Cornell offers and the campus climate. More information is available at:
The open focus groups will be held as follows:

·  Feb 4, 5:00-6:00 in 305 Day Hall, Open Call for students

·  Feb 7, 12:00-1:00 in Cornell Health Tang 127A, Open Call for students

You are cordially invited to attend The 15th Annual Alumni Exemplary Public Service Awards
Friday, February 7, 2020
6:00 p.m. Reception / 7:00 p.m. Program
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
42 West 44th Street, New York, NY

Join us at the New York City Bar Association for a reception at 6:00 p.m. and a ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Along with honoring our alumni award-winners, we will recognize current students who have been selected to receive Public Interest Prizes.
In addition, we will be celebrating a new award this year – the Champion for Public Service Award.  This recognition will be presented to individuals or organizations that support the mission of Cornell Law School’s Public Service Office through their philanthropy - promoting and expanding the scope of public service opportunities for Cornell Law School students. 

This event is free of charge.  We do however need your committed reservation.  To register, please call the Alumni Affairs Office at 607-255-5251 by Thursday, January 30, 2020.

Summer Internship - French Conseil d'État (2 positions for Cornell students) 

Application Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020  - Fluency in French is required.
Overview: The Conseil d'État is France’s highest administrative court.  It is the final arbiter of cases relating to executive power, local authorities, independent public authorities, public administration agencies or any other agency invested with public authority. The Conseil d'État advises the Government on the preparation of bills, ordinances and certain decrees. It also answers the Government's queries on legal affairs and conducts studies upon the request of the Government or through its own initiative regarding administrative or public policy issues.  In discharging the dual functions of judging as well as advising the Government, the Conseil d'État ensures that the French administration operates in compliance with the law. It is therefore one of the principal guarantees of the rule of law in the country.  The Conseil d'État is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the administrative tribunals and courts of appeal.

The internship: The Conseil d'État is delighted to be able to offer two internships to qualified Cornell students in the summer of 2020. The first is based in the “bureau des référés,” which is directly linked to the Conseil d'État’s President and handles urgent applications.  This is a one to two-month internship (usually closer to two months) in June and July. This internship may be particularly valuable for students who are interested in applying for Cornell’s postgraduate clerkship at the Conseil d'État.

The second opportunity is a one-month internship in July in the centre de recherches et de diffusion juridiques, the research center of the Conseil d'État.  The intern will assist the office with common law research and will have the opportunity to learn about the Conseil d'État from the inside, including its procedures and organization.

The successful candidates will be eligible to receive a summer grant from Cornell through the Office of Public Service International PIF program or the Berger International Legal Studies Program.

The intern - requirements: The position is suitable for a law student who has completed the first year of the JD.  Fluency in French (speaking, understanding and writing) is required. For the “bureau des référés”internship, some knowledge of French administrative law is preferred.

Application process: Please send a cover letter, resumé, and your law school transcript(s) to  Applications must be received on or before Friday, February 7, 2020.

Your cover letter should indicate which Conseil d'État internships you are applying for, and, if both, which one you would prefer.  In addition, please discuss your qualifications and motivation for applying.  Describe how an internship with the Conseil d'État would facilitate your long-term legal career goals.  Your cover letter should also address your ability to work in French.

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.

2019/20 CIArbNY International Arbitration Student Article Competition

The New York Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is pleased to announce the CIArb NY Branch International Arbitration Scholarly Article Competition (the “Competition”). The Competition is open only to qualified law students. It will award up to 3 cash honoraria for the best publishable articles in the area of international arbitration.
More information on the competition is available at    
Application Deadline: February 4, 2020

Robert and Barbara Kent Fellowship at the Southern African Institute of Policy and Research (SAIPAR)

The Robert and Barbra Kent Fellowship was established by the SAIPAR Board in 2014 in honor of the late Cornell Professor Robert Kent.  SAIPAR is a well-established interdisciplinary research center in Lusaka, Zambia. The Fellowship recognizes the contribution of Professor Kent to legal education in Zambia and the United States. The fellowship, which is awarded once a year, allows a law student to spend two months working in the corporate law firm of Musa Dudhia & Co. Musa Dudhia is one of Zambia’s largest firms and focuses on finance, banking, corporate law, labor employment and property transactions. It also has an extensive pro-bono program and offers free legal advice to start-ups at the innovative tech hub “Bongo Hive.” The fellowship promotes Professor Kent’s strongly held belief in the need for young American lawyers to understand foreign legal systems.

Fellowship terms The fellowship will run for eight-weeks during the general time period of mid-May to Mid-August, 2020.  The fellow will receive housing while in Lusaka, Zambia and a modest stipend. This fellowship is eligible for Public Interest Fellowship (PIF) funding (PIF is open to 1L and 2L JD students).

Application Instructions Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to by Friday, February 7, 2020.

Antitrust Section Law Student Fellowship

The Fellowship will be awarded to up to four current first (1L) or second (2L) year law students to work on antitrust and related matters in the public and private sector in the State of New York during the Summer of 2020. Application Link:
Application Deadline: February 7, 2020

Jana Springer Behe Corporate Counsel Section Fellowship

The fellowship will be awarded to one second year (2L) law student from a New York law school from under-represented groups capable of fulfilling the requested work hours and responsibilities.  The fellowship will take place at Disability Rights New York, Albany, New York during the summer of 2020. Application link:
Application Deadline, February 7, 2020

Senior Lawyers Section Fellowship

The fellowship will be awarded to a New York Law student (1L, 2L, 3L) who is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section to intern with a legal service agency to work on legal needs of seniors during the summer of 2020. Application link:
Application Deadline: February 7, 2020

Trusts and Estates Law Section Fellowship

The Fellowship will be awarded to two first-year (1L) or second-year (2L) law students who are currently enrolled in law schools in the State of New York to work in trusts and estates law positions in the public sector in the State of New York during the summer of 2020. Application link:
Application Deadline: February 7, 2020

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

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