Cornell Law Scoops

Scoops Issue

March 11, 2019

This Week’s Events

Week of March 11, 2019

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

Monday, March 11

11:00 - 11:30 AM, Room 277
PIF Informational Session 

12:00 - 2:00 PM, Room 390
Practicing Law in a Public Interest Law Firm

3:30 - 4:30 PM, Room 182
Cornell Association of Law & Economics Election 

4:00 - 5:30 PM, Room 285
Public Interest Lawyering 

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 186
Cornell Association of Law & Economics Election

Tuesday, March 12 

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Macdonald Moot Court Room 390
Recentering the First Amendment 
Join Judge Marsha Berzon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as she shares her thoughts on the First Amendment. 

1:30 - 2:00 PM, Room G81
PIF Informational Session 

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Saperston Student Lounge
A Fireside Chat with Judge Marsha Berzon 
Join Judge Marsha Berzon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, for a candid conversation on her career journey. 

Wednesday, March 13

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

2:30 – 4:30 PM, 126B Hughes Hall
Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Cornell Health Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus

4:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 285
LALSA 2019-2020 Board Elections 

4:00 - 6:00 PM, Room G90
When Less is More- Does SEC Deregulation Help or Hurt the US Financial Markets

4:30 - 5:00 PM, Room 279
PIF Informational Session

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 277
CALSA Elections 

4:30 -6:00 PM, Room G85
Berger Current Events Spring 2019 Colloquium 
Renewing the New Deal: The Rise of the New Industrial Policy in America 

Thursday, March 14

9:30 - 10:00 AM, Room 277
PIF Informational Session 

1:15 - 2:40 PM, Room G65
IRAP: Fighting for Asylum in the Trump Era

4:00 - 6:00 PM, Room G90
If/When How Elections 

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 186
VGLA: The King of Kong Movie Viewing 

Friday, March 15

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Room G90
Langfan First-Year Moot Court  Competition Problem Release 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Room 186
Post Graduate Fellowship Overview

12:15 - 12:45 PM, Room 277
PIF Informational Session

Saturday, March 16

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Room 186, G90

Beyond This Week

Monday, March 18

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 182
Berger International Speaker - Arijit Sen, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs 

12:15 - 1:15 PM, Room 285
Meredith Williams-Range & Lawrence Baxter will talk about 

4:30 - 6:00 PM, Room 184
Writing Competition Personal Statement 

4:40 - 6:30 PM, Room 182
Intelligence Community Support for National Policymakers 

6:00 - 7:00 PM, Room 186
Women's Law Coalition General Body Meeting & Elections 

Tuesday, March 19

11:15 AM - 12:10 PM, Room G85
Briggs Society of International Law Elections

4:15 - 5:15 PM, Room G85
Info Session: The Professional Development Institute 
The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is a two-credit experiential learning course taught by faculty and practitioners. By working on teams to solve real-world transactional and litigation problems, students will develop skills to help them to hit the ground running in the workplace. PDI 2020 will be held next January, but students will register for it with fall classes.

Join us to hear from students who took the course this year:  

Justin Cajero ('20)
Robin Grieff ('19)
Dylan Penza ('19)
Mercedez Taitt-Harmon ('19)

Please RSVP here ( by March 14th.

5:00 - 6:30 PM, Room 186
If/When/How, ACS, NALSA Teach-In on Forced Sterilization

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room 276
The Business of Law: How Firms Operate

6:00 - 7:30 PM, Room 182
Federalist Society: Judge McFadden (D.C. District Court) 

7:00 - 9:00 PM, Room G85
Lambda Law Association Elections

Wednesday, March 20

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 186
PILU Elections and General Body Meeting 

5:00 - 7:00 PM, Room G85
IRAP Pre-Election Meeting 

Thursday, March 21

12:15 - 1:15 PM, MacDonald Moot Court Room, Room 390
The Dean’s Office presents a lecture featuring Claire Chino, JD `91

Please join us for the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series with Claire Chino, Managing Executive Officer, President, and CEO of ITOCHU Corporation and ITOCHU International Inc.  Her lecture will be on “Lawyers in the Best Sense – How Legal Training Brought Me to the C-Suite”.

All are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided for guests registered by Friday, March 15. You may register using the following link:

12:15 - 1:30 PM, Room G90
How the Rich Hide Their Money 

3:00 - 4:00 PM, Room 182
NLG Teach-In: Concentration Camps in China 

4:00 - 6:30 PM, Room 285
Arbitration Panel

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Room G85
BLSA, NALSA, LALSA Post- Bootcamp/AJF Panel 

5:00 - 6:20 PM, Room 186
Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man Book Talk 

6:00 - 8:00 PM, Room G85
SALSA General Body Meeting and Elections 

Friday, March 22

7:00 - 9:00 PM 
Admitted Students Day 

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

Official Announcements

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

Spring 2019 Final Examinations
The online Deferral Request link will be available March 19-25 on the Registrar's website.  Students who have exam conflicts are reminded to notify the Law School Registrar's Office, in writing, of the conflict and should note which exam they wish rescheduled once the Deferral Request link becomes available.

Using Your Laptop for Spring 2019 Exams
You must register for exams and download the new Spring 2019 version of Exam4 software March 19-25. You will receive information about the process by email to your Cornell NetID email address. All students who wish to use their laptops for final exams will be required to download, install and test the Spring 2019 version of Exam4. Other previous versions will have expired and will not work for the May exams.

Summer School Study
Students may petition the faculty for permission to take courses in law summer school programs of ABA-approved law schools and, upon their successful completion, to receive credit toward the Cornell J.D. degree. Such petitions are considered on an individual basis, and in no case is credit in excess of six hours granted for all such summer school law study. For timely consideration of the petition, interested students should submit their petitions to the Law School Registrar's Office (addressed to Dean Miner) prior to April 1. Petition forms are available at

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

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

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

Law School Course Pre-registration for Fall 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Handwriting Sessions for LLM Students
TBD in April, check the next issue of Scoops!

The MPRE (Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam) is a 2 hour multiple-choice exam covering standards of lawyer's professional conduct. The MPRE is required by most jurisdictions (New York is one that requires it). The next exam is March 23rd and you would have had to register before now. After that, the next exam is August 10th and the registration deadline is June 13th. It is recommended you have taken a professional responsibility course beforehand, Law Governing Lawyers, for example. Register at the NCBE (National Conference of Bar Examiners) website,

Are you taking the New York Bar Exam in July? In conjunction with the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York, you must take an online course, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC), and a timed, online, open book exam on New York specific law, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE). The next exam is March21st with a registration deadline of February 19th. After that, the next exam is June 13th with a registration deadline of May 14th. For more information, please see the NY Bar website,

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

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

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

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

General LL.M. & J.S.D. Students - - Save the Date
A cocktail reception celebrating General LL.M. and J.S.D. commencement will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at the Carrier Ballroom at Statler Hall. An official invitation with a link to R.S.V.P. will be sent later this semester.

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 March 11 (126F Dean of Students Suite):

Monday:                    1:00—2:00 p.m.

Tuesday:                     3:30—4:30 p.m.

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

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

Friday:                         No Office Hours

Or by appointment:  (607) 255-0146;


APA Office hours:  This Week’s Focus:  Review

Emily:  Monday        1:30—3:30  Room L30 Hughes Hall

Tayler:  Tuesday       11:15—1:15  Room L30 Hughes Hall

Julia:  Wednesday   11:10—1:10 Room L30 Hughes Hall

“You’ll Never Plough a Field by Turning it Over in Your Mind.”  An Irish saying meaning that you won’t get very far just thinking about what you need to do—you need to actually do it!  If you’ve looked at the calendar, then you know that over half of the semester is over and spring break is still twenty days away (not that I’m counting).  But have you looked at the other important deadlines you have coming up: two-and-a-half weeks until your final persuasive assignment is due, two weeks until oral arguments in Langfan start (which spans the following three weeks), four weeks until oral arguments in Lawyering, and seven weeks until you take exams? Notice how some of these things overlap—like Langfan first rounds and the due date for your final persuasive assignment?  And all of these deadlines are in addition to your regular class preparation, review, organization events, and law firm events!  Instead of worrying about it, schedule how you will spend your remaining weeks of school.  Incorporate outlining and exam preparation into your nightly and weekend schedules—including taking old exams.  Try to get your persuasive assignment completed early.  Plan exactly what you will study over spring break and how you will allocate your time for each subject.  Make these schedules and stick to them.  If you follow through with your study plan, you’ll have no trouble managing the extra work that seems to accumulate at the end of the semester.  If you want help planning your study schedule or reviewing old exams that you take, please contact me or the APA’s. 

Caring Community 

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

How to Report Concerning Behavior

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

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

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

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

RAVE Guardian - From Cornell Police

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

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

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

Office of the University Ombudsman

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

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

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

Health and Community 

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

Spotlight on Cornell Resources - Student Disability Services

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

Contact a SDS Counselor to discuss your situation:

Phone: 607-254-4545


Location: Cornell Health, Level 5, 110 Ho Plaza

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

Learn more about Student Disability Services and visit their website:

Take a stand against sexual assault  

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


Legal Careers

All Students:

The Business of Law with Weil Gotshal: Hear from Barry Wolf, Executive Partner at Weil, about how the business of law is evolving and why students should be interested in the management and operations of law firms.

Tuesday, March 19th 5:00pm – 276 MTH RSVP using the following web address:

1L Students:

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

Cahill Gordon: Tuesday, March 12th, 4:30pm – 182 MTH

Reception to follow in the Common, 5:30pm

RSVP to Noelle Fletcher

Weil Gotshal Reception: Tuesday, March 19th , 6:30pm  – Johnson Museum

RSVP using the following link:

Paul Weiss Reception: Thursday, March 21st, 6:00pm – Johnson Museum

RSVP to Allison Kobrick

Davis Polk: Monday, April 8th , 6:30pm – Agava (381 Pine Tree Rd)

 RSVP using the following link:

Transportation will be provided to and from Agava

Morgan Lewis: Wednesday, April 10th

Sullivan & Cromwell: Tuesday, April 16th, 5:00pm – 186 MTH

Reception to follow in the Commons, 6:00pm

Fried Frank: TBA

Weil Open House Lunch: Thursday, April 18th, 11:00am – 1:00pm – Student Lounge

More details to come

Externship Meetings Coming Up:

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

Friday, 3/22 – 11:00 a.m.  G81

Thursday, 4/18 – 2:00 p.m.  G28R

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


Positions Available

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

The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide ( seeks law student interns for full-time positions in summer 2019. The ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to human rights, death penalty, or criminal justice issues and strong writing skills. The internship is full-time and typically requires a 10-week commitment. While the internship is unpaid, the Center is willing to work with interns to secure funding. Applicants should send a cover letter explaining their interest in the Center and its work, any relevant experience, and what they hope to gain from the internship along with a CV or resume to with the subject line “DPW Summer 2019 Legal Internship”. References and writing samples may be requested from short-listed candidates. For more information about responsibilities and required qualifications please contact: Randi Kepecs 
The application deadline is rolling, and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

The First Amendment Clinic at Cornell Law School invites applications for its 2019 Summer Fellowships. The First Amendment Clinic provides law students interested in the fields of freedom of the press, freedom of information, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and where applicable, freedom of religion, with the opportunity to enrich their understanding of these vital rights by working on cutting-edge litigation, advocacy, and policy work. A key component of the Clinic’s efforts will be to support journalists and media outlets in their vital work.

Summer fellows may undertake work involving the following: 1) Conducting intakes and vetting potential cases that could have significant impact on existing law; 2) Interviewing clients and supporting fact and expert witnesses; 3) Conducting in-depth offensive and defensive legal research; 4) Drafting and editing party and amicus briefs; 5) Appearing in court; 6) Drafting press releases and blog and other social media posts; 7) Conducting legislative and policy analysis; and 8) Working collaboratively in a team-based environment. Fellows will work under the direct supervision of clinical faculty members and supervising attorneys, and will have significant responsibility for each case or project on which they work. 

The Fellowship will run from May 22 to August 21, 2019, with some flexibility as to start and end dates. Part-time work or full-time work for a portion of the Fellowship period may also be possible. These are paid positions, with a salary of $7500.04 for 12 weeks of full-time work ($15.63/hour). If the fellows are Cornell Law students, the fellows will be expected to use their public interest fellowship funds to cover a portion of the costs of their summers. 

Students who are eligible for summer funding from their own sources and who need an early decision on their applications to qualify for outside support are encouraged to advise the Clinic of their situations and to request expedited review of their candidacies. 

Interested students should email a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample stating the degree of review and editing it was given, transcript, and contact information for two references to (Transcripts, if not immediately available, can be sent after the initial application, but before the submission deadline.) The final deadline to submit application materials is March 15, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

General Announcements

Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute – Apply Today!

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

The 2019 Day Family Ethics Lecture:  Kristin Behfar “Ethics in Interpersonal Conflict”

Tuesday, March 26, 
4:25 – 5:40 PM, Sage Hall, B09
Reception 5:45 – 6:45 pm   Ramin Parlor, Sage Hall


Speaker: Kristin Behfar is currently a Professor of Strategic Leadership and Ethics at the United States Army War College. Her research focuses on conflict management, strategic teaming, cross cultural leadership, and research methods. She was previously an Associate Professor at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and an Assistant Professor at the Merage School, University of CA, Irvine. She did a KTAG post-doc at the Kellogg School at Northwestern and received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Johnson School at Cornell University. Her publications have appeared in Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Harvard Business Review, Organizational Research Methods, Group Decision and Negotiation, and Small Group Research. She is the co-editor of the book Conflict in organizational groups: New directions in theory and practice.

Graduate Student & “Better Half” Happy Hour

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

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

Tax Information Sessions for Graduate and Professional Students

The Graduate School, the Office of Global Learning, and. the Cornell University Tax Office will present an overview of the tax forms that graduate and professional students receive from Cornell University, as well as next step options to complete and file taxes for 2018. Since taxes are different for U.S. citizens/permanent residents and international students, please attend the relevant session. If you are an international student who received any U.S. based income (wages, fellowship for living expenses, or a travel grant), you must file some U.S. tax forms.

International Students (No need to register, please just plan to attend one of the sessions)

Wednesday, March 20 from 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. - G10 Biotech

U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents

Monday, March 11 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. - G10 Biotech

Extending and Terminating On-campus Housing Contracts

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

Berger International and Comparative Legal Studies Summer Fellowships

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

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

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

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

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

Queens County Bar Association

The Queens County Bar Association will be awarding a scholarship to a deserving law student in the spring. The scholarship will be based upon financial need, a commitment to community service and academic achievement as demonstrated by a personal statement and recommendation letters. You must be a resident of Queens County to apply. For an application, please visit the Dean of Students Office, 126 Hughes Hall. 
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

Judicial Friends Association 

The Judicial Friends Association, an organization consisting of African-American Judges in New York, is hosting a summer internship with a $3,000 stipend. We are looking for an exceptional 1L or 2L student who has demonstrated a commitment to justice and equal opportunities for all, academic excellence and community service. Please visit or write the Dean of Students Office for more information: 
Application Deadline: March 27, 2019

Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition 

We will accept submissions from graduate-level law students on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: technology and the public interest, privacy, internet law, intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment issues, entertainment and news media, telecommunications, biotechnology, and cybercrime. For more information visit:
Application Deadline: March 27, 2019

Defense Association of New York

The Defense Association of New York will award two $2,000.00 scholarships to law students who, through education and future practice, are looking to improve the services of the legal profession, elevate the standard of trial practice, support and work for the improvement of the adversarial system of jurisprudence in our courts, and facilitate and expedite the trial of disputed claims. For an application, please visit the Dean of Students Office, 126 Hughes Hall.
Application Deadline: April 6, 2019

ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

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

Judge Bernard S. Meyer Scholarship  

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

Smith-Doheny Legal Ethics Writing Competition

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

Biunno Scholarship Program

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

Judge John R. Brown Award 

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

The American College of Employee Benefits - Writing Competition

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

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

Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2018-2019

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

2019 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize 

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

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

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

2019 William W. Greenhalgh Contest

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

Tannenwald Writing Competition

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