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September 28, 2020

This Week’s Events

Week of September 28, 2020

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

Unless otherwise noted, these events are intended for the Cornell Law School Community 
All times posted are Eastern Standard Time 

Monday, September 28 
5:30 - 6:30 PM - APALSA/FGSA/Outlaw/WOCC How to Survive 1L
Join the Zoom meeting:

6:15 - 7:15 PM Cornell Law's American Constitution Society chapter will be hosting a lecture and Q&A session with Dr. Stephen Llano about how we conduct debate and its role in our society. Here is the Zoom link:
Wednesday, September 30 
12:00 - 1:00 PM, Women Innovators Initiative - Investing in Women Entrepreneurs
Register now:

4:00 - 5:00 PM, Weekly Perk - A special Coffee and Counsel with Professor Charles K. Whitehead, Myron C. Taylor Alumni Professor of Business Law, is excited to chat about the possibilities available for those interested in a corporate career. 
Please RSVP for the Perk:

5:00 - 6:00 PM, CLSA Executive Board Meeting - The Board meets weekly to discuss past and future events/matters. Every meeting is open to the public. 
Zoom Event:

Thursday, October 1 
12:15 - 1:15 PM, Free to Move,  Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at George Mason University will discuss his newly published book, Free To Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom.
Please register using this following link :

4:00 - 5:00 PM, Coffee and Counsel - In-person under the Courtyard Tent - Richard Reinhold – Visiting Professor of the Practice. In addition to relating his own story, Professor Reinhold is excited to meet students and hear what brought them to Cornell Law School.
RSVP here:  (limit 9 for in-person Coffee and Counsel)

4:30 - 5:30 PM, Judicial Clerkships and Practicing Law in the Northern District of New York
Speakers: Judge Mae A. D’Agostino, U.S. District Court, NDNY, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Margaret Congilos-Ruiz, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, NDNY, Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart, NDNY
Register in advance for this virtual event at:

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Qualified Immunity/Policing- Guest speakers discuss modern legal doctrines and their implications on policing in the context of current events
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 950 3155 7063
Passcode: 12345

6:00 - 7:15 PM, 3rd Installment of the Coors Conversation Series- Free Speech and 'Cancel Culture' The Peter ’69 and Marilyn ’69 Coors Conversation Series provides a forum for intellectual discourse on difficult yet timely issues facing the nation. The series aims to foster greater understanding across differences by bringing together speakers with a range of political viewpoints. On Oct. 1, the Cornell community is invited to attend a virtual conversation on free speech in the age of ‘cancel culture’ with Masha Gessen and John McWhorter. Moderated by Odette Lienau. The series is free and open to faculty, staff and students; registration required.
Please register using this following link :

Friday, October 2 
12:15 - 1:30 PM, Frank Irvine Endowed Lecture
Link to event registration -

2:30 - 3:30 PM, Christian Legal Society Bible Study

Beyond this week

Wednesday, October 7
3:00 - 4:30 PM, Voting Rights Town Hall 
Please register ON-LINE. ( you have any questions, please email
You will receive the login instructions via Zoom when you register.

5:00 - 6:00 PM, Allies, not Heroes: Immigrant Rights Lawyering in the Trump Era
Preregister at to receive a link to the event. 

Friday, October 9
StayHomecoming Featured Event: State of the University Address & Keynote Panel “Keeping the Promise: Stories from the Front Lines”
Join Martha E. Pollack, President, Cornell University, for a State of the University address, followed by Keeping the Promise: Stories from the Front Lines, a keynote panel moderated by Eduardo Peñalver ’94, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law.
This program will be available via Live Stream ( no registration required. 
Should you have any questions, please email

Official Announcements

Free Coffee in the Commons 

Stop by The Commons for a cup of coffee at the Express Fork and Gavel for free coffee and tea. Monday - Friday 8:00 - 2:00 PM

Dean's Office Announcements

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

Dean of Students Office Announcements

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

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

Connect with Us!
Missing your interaction with staff from our student facing offices? You can now get answers to your questions as they relate to the offices of Dean of Students, Registrar, and International Programs, with just the click of a button. Visit each of the offices' individual web pages, and look for the blue “Connect with Us” button in the bottom right hand of the screen. Click, and you will be connected to staff from their respective virtual offices for assistance. Staff will be available during *normal operating hours, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Registrar’s Office:

Office of the Dean of Students:

International Programs:

*Subject to change based on availability due to calls, inquiries, and meetings with other students.

Law School Registrar's Office Announcements

Cornell Law School Photo Directory
Calling all 1Ls! When the public health restrictions lift, the Law School will be taking professional headshots, but until then, help us update our Cornell Law School photo directory by uploading a current headshot of yourself.

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

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

  • Regular and punctual class attendance, beginning on the first day of the semester, is required of all students.
  • Faculty members monitor attendance and may enforce the rule by reporting the student to the Dean of Students for J.D. students or the Assistant Dean of Graduate Legal Studies for students in our LL.M. and J.S.D. degree programs; by removing a student from the course or excluding a student from an exam (after reasonable written warning); or by another mechanism announced in the course syllabus before the end of add/drop. If a student is excluded from an exam, a grade of F is entered, or in the case of a clinical course, the student may receive a lowered grade or a grade of U.
  • Students who are ill or have another valid reason for missing a class are encouraged to contact the instructor directly and are required to notify the Dean of Students or the Assistant Dean for Graduate Legal Studies, depending on the student's degree program, if more than three days are missed.

S/U Grading Option
Will open on Wednesday, September 16th. Each JD student and LLM students who have elected the JD scale may elect to take up to two upper-class courses at Cornell Law School on an S/U basis. Shortly after, the close of Add-Drop students will receive an email when the S/U Grading Option link is available on the Registrar’s website. S/U grade elections, if made, shall be irrevocable. Students may not make this election in courses that they use to satisfy the Law School’s upper-class writing requirement. Also, instructors may designate specific courses that they teach as not eligible for the S/U grade election. Check individual course descriptions ( more information. Students must submit the online form no later than 12 noon on October 20th.

Update Your Preferred Name and Address Info
If you wish to update your preferred name, use the link in the My Information tab ( the Registrar’s website. All students should make sure their address info is up to date as well. To update your address, use the link in the My Information tab on the Registrar’s website.

University Registration
To become a registered student at Cornell University, a person must: settle all financial accounts, including current semester tuition; satisfy New York State and university health requirements; have no holds from their college, Cornell Health, or the Bursar. Students must be registered by September 18, or they risk being withdrawn from the University. Students who become registered for the Fall semester after September 18 will be charged a $350 late fee. Students who fail to become registered will be withdrawn from the University on October 7. See University Registration ( more information.  Failure to register will impact financial aid, loan deferments, health benefits, and other privileges relying on in-school status. This may also affect the ability to use certain services on campus such as your Cornell Card, Library Services, and Cornell Health. Use Student Essentials ( check your registration status.

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

Class Recording Request Form
The Law School IT department has created a class recording request form( The form is available on the Registrar's website. You may use the form to request a video recording of a class.  In order to view a class recording, a request must be completed and submitted for approval. Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion, and the decision of the instructor is final. Students who receive a class recording link, do so on the condition they will not share it with anyone else. Please note that recording requests for make-up classes and review sessions have not yet been integrated into the form.  If you have a request for one of these recordings, please email the instructor for permission.  If the instructor grants you permission, forward that email to IT (, and they will send you the recording. Students who have approved accommodations should not use the request form but should work with the Dean of Students Office instead.

Loan Deferment Certification
Students who need to have loan deferments completed by the school need to submit them to the Registrar's Office as quickly as possible to ensure timely processing.

Release of Information
A reminder to all students. Students asking faculty members to write recommendations will need to complete a release form( with the Law School Registrar's Office if the faculty member wishes to view the student's record.  

Religious Holidays and Academic Calendar
The University policy concerning the academic calendar and religious holidays states, "In enacting the academic calendar, the University has scheduled classes, laboratories, and examinations on religious holidays. It is the intent of the University that students who miss these activities because of religious observances be given adequate opportunity to make up the missed work." Any student who seeks an accommodation needs to complete the Class Recording Request form( Approval to view class recordings is at the instructor's discretion, and the decision of the instructor is final.

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

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

Graduate Legal Studies/General LL.M. Students

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

Campus/Community Resources

Academic Support

Office Hours the week of September 28 (Zoom link here:
Monday:                         12:30—1:30 p.m.             
Tuesday:                         12:30—1:30 p.m.
Wednesday:                    12:30—1:30 p.m. 
Thursday:                        12:30—1:30 p.m.
Friday:                             No Office Hours 

Or by appointment: or through Bookings here

APA Office Hours: *Check their APA links on Canvas for their Zoom meeting link.  I’m excited to announce that the APAs will be assigned to specific Sections (one section has two just because the schedules worked out that way).  They’ve have experience with at least one professor in common with their section, but they are always happy to work with students from any section.   This week they can answer general questions about outlining and reviewing or time management.

Section A:            Natalie Greenfield (nmg76) Wednesday 8:00—9:00 a.m.
Section B:            Lily Coad (lac353)                 Thursday 1:00—2:00 p.m.
Section C:            Benjamin Ahn (bma59)        Tuesday 5:00—6:00 p.m.
Section D:            Zach Sporn (zks3)                Wednesday 5:00—6:00 p.m.
                             Tanmayi Sharma(ts844)       Monday 4:35—5:35 p.m.
Section E:            Zach Zaremba (zaz7)            Thursday 5:00—6:00 p.m.
Section F:            Julia Mikolajczk (jem554)      Monday 11:00—1:00 p.m.

“Beast mode!”  Merriam-Webster defines “beast mode” as the “aggressive, animalistic persona that one might assume when in competition or combat in order to overpower an opponent.”   It’s the act of pushing yourself even harder to exceed your perceived limitations.  I often hear students discuss how they need to just “get into beast mode” for law school—push harder, sleep less, read more, work more.  But haven’t you noticed that “beast mode” is really just a temporary energy surge and that it is sustainable for only a limited time?  There’s one huge play in the football game, and then the player rests.  You pushed yourself to lift even heavier weights today, and then you rest those muscles.  You pushed to run an extra mile yesterday—and then you rested.  Your body and brain are not wired to work best in a constant “beast mode” state.  There has to be a balance between work and recovery. 

Many students are feeling overwhelmed right now, and part of the problem is trying to be “on” all the time.  Burnout can feel different to each individual: exhaustion, tightness in the throat, stomach issues, trouble sleeping, trouble focusing, overreacting to small challenges, lost confidence; etc.  With no fall break this semester, your feeling of burnout might be more significant.  Be sure to take time for self-care—this means getting regular sleep, eating healthy meals, moving more, seeing a wellness provider when you need to, and doing something that makes you happy.  Take breaks.  Call your family or best friend.  Walk around campus.  Watch a movie.  See a counselor at CAPS.  You need recovery time to balance out the extra work you’re taking on.  And if you need help with trying to find the balance between class prep, assignments, outlines, and relaxation, please come see me or the APAs.  We’re happy to help.            

Let's Meditate Fall 2020

You can see the entire Fall 2020 schedule here: You may also check out our new guided meditation recordings from our  Skorton Center for Health Initiatives.

Join fellow law Students on Mondays: 11:00–11:30 am — Meditation with Conor and Seth from the Law School via Zoom (recurring)
Meeting URL:
Meeting ID: 937 6314 2961
Password: 395846
To dial in: 1-646-876-9923

Cornell Health Fall 2020 Virtual Group Therapy Program

Support groups and group therapy offer a safe environment to discuss problems with others who are dealing with similar concerns. Most students – although somewhat apprehensive at first – report that they find the group experience to be helpful far beyond their expectations. Currently, groups are being offered by secure Zoom platform. Visit the Group Counseling website for more information:

Annual Flu Vaccine Clinic

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

* Fall 2020 flu vaccination requirement for students *

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

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

Let's (Tele)Talk

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

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

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

Caring Community 

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

How to Report Concerning Behavior

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

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

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

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

RAVE Guardian - From Cornell Police

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

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

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

Office of the University Ombudsman

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

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

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

Spotlight on Cornell Resources - Student Disability Services

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

Contact a SDS Counselor to discuss your situation:

Phone: 607-254-4545


Learn more about Student Disability Services and visit their website:

Take a stand against sexual assault  

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

Legal Careers


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

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

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

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

2L & 3L Students

Sep 29, 2020, 5:00 PM (EST)
Cadwalader Corporate Social Responsibility - Join the members of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee for a discussion on how the firm applies its resources and capabilities to the four pillars of our CSR programming: Fighting Hunger, Investing in Our Communities, Justice and Equity for All, and Sustainability. We’ll discuss how Cadwalader has mobilized to raise awareness and support those in need through our programs, including the Cadwalader Black & Latino Association Immigration Clinic, Civil Rights Series and Not-for-Profit Incubator.
Register using this link:

September 30, 2020, 5:00 PM (EST)
Environmental and Energy Law is not necessarily what you see on television and in the movies. It is a broad-based practice, with different substantive areas of law. It also covers a range of opportunities that span from the public to the private sector. Join us for a discussion led by environmental and energy practitioners from the public, non-governmental, and private sectors, who will speak about their career trajectories, what they do on a day-to-day basis, and offer some helpful advice regarding those interested in pursuing this type of career. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the session. Register using this link,

October 1, 2020, 11:00 AM (EST)
Reed Smith's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit- Reed Smith will kick off Global Diversity Awareness month in October with our annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit. This year’s virtual event will focus on racial justice and intersectionality. 
Register using this link

Full Agenda

October 2, 2020 , 1:00pm (EST)
Getting to Know MaguireWoods -McGuireWoods invites you to learn more about our firm. You will hear directly from our firm leaders, who will share information about our core values, diversity and inclusion, as well as our practice areas and industry teams.

October 5, 2020, 12:00 PM (EST)
Latham advised longtime client, a secure messaging and file-sharing service provider, from incorporation to its acquisition by Zoom Video Communications, Inc. The acquisition accelerated Zoom's plan to build end-to-end encryption that can reach current Zoom scalability. Join Latham attorneys for a behind-the-scenes look at the deal, including the incorporation, Series A financing and acquisition. RSVP to

October 6, 2020, 6:00PM (EST)
The Kate Stoneman Project: Practicing in NYC Panel- Law students are invited for a panel discussion focused on the benefits of practicing at New York City firms.
Register using this link:

October 9, 2020, 4:00PM (EST)
Morgan Lewis Session 1: Meet Our Associates - Register using this link,

October 16, 2020, 12:00PM (EST)
Linklaters Information Session 1 - Email to RSVP,

October 16, 2020, 12:00PM (EST)
Morgan Lewis Session 2: Meet Our Cultural Drivers - Register using this link,

October 23, 2020, 4:00PM (EST)
Morgan Lewis Session 3: Meet Our Market Leading Practice Groups - Register using this link,

October 30, 2020, 12:00PM (EST)
Morgan Lewis Session 4: Meet Our Hiring Committees - Register using this link,

November 12, 2020, 4:00PM (EST)
Linklaters Information Session 2 - Email to RSVP,

January 14 & 15, 2021 (virtual)
Patent Law Interview Program (

Positions Available

Professor Chantal Thomas is seeking to hire 2 Research Assistants to help with research questions related to her Law and Development course. Specifically, the research will relate to Export Processing Zones & Investment Regulation and Investor-State Disputes and “Full Protection and Security” Provisions. Please send resumes or CV to

Adjunct Professor Sujata Gibson is looking for one upper-level law student to work as paid Law Clerk on litigation work in her private practice this semester. Work will include legal research, writing, editing and general litigation support in a number of matters.  All work will be remote. Hours are flexible approximately 2-5 hours per week. There may be opportunities to continue in the Spring. Interested students can contact Sujata Gibson, Please attach a transcript (informal copy is fine), along with your resume and the names of two references.

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

General Announcements

Cornell Student-Parent Dependent Care Fund Available Now

Application Deadline is October 30. If you are a student-parent, funds may be available to support you!
Please go to:

American Society of International Law (ASIL) Membership Discount:

Cornell Law School’s partnership with the American Society of International Law (ASIL) allows all faculty, staff, and students receive a 50% discount on individual ASIL memberships. To sign up, visit and click “JOIN ASIL.” On the payment, page, you will be able to enter the discount code: ASILACADPART.

Students enjoy free access to the ASIL member-only Jobs Board, which includes postings on summer and semester internships, as well as full time jobs related to international law. Simply create an account (individual ASIL membership not required) using your university email address. You must register with your university email address to receive access!

First 30 Days

Cornell is ready to have some fun to kick off this new semester. Student organizations, offices, and departments across campus have been putting together virtual events. While this series of events focuses on the "First 30 Days" of the semester throughout September, of course there will be many more events beyond that! Learn more about the upcoming activities by visiting their website:

Fork and Gavel 

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

Second Weera Centre International Legal Essay Competition

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

The Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Fund 

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

ABA Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

The application for the ABA’s 13th Annual First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition is officially open! The competition is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to many of the lawyers who are active in the communications law bar. The competition offers cash awards for superior performance in appellate briefing and oral argument. Additionally, the four finalists in the January 2021 competition—which will be held virtually— will be offered the opportunity of summer employment opportunities with a top law firm, media company, or First Amendment nonprofit, thanks to the generous support of ABA Forum sponsoring organizations.
The competition website and application can be accessed by using the following link:
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020

Georgetown Law Journal Student Notes Contest

To commemorate the 50th edition of The Annual Review of Criminal Procedure, The Georgetown Law Journal is thrilled to announce its inaugural Student Notes Contest. More information found on the web:
Submission Deadline: October 18, 2020

Carol Van Scoyoc Scholarship 

The New York Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the Local and State Government Law Section Carol Van Scoyoc Scholarship. The scholarship has been established by the Foundation through a gift from the Local and State Government Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) to honor the memory of Carol Van Scoyoc, Esq., a former chair of the Section and recipient of the Association's Award for Excellence in Public Service, recognizing her extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and the public good. 
Each year, a $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a law student who best exemplifies the core values important to Carol: academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service and an interest in local government law.
Application Link:
Submission Deadline: October 30, 2021

The Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section Scholarship 

One scholarship will be awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York during the 2020-2021 academic year and is actively participating in an Elder Law Clinic at the school during the 2020-2021 academic year or performs other substantial efforts which demonstrate interest in the legal rights of the elderly or those with disabilities
Application Link:
Submission Deadline: November 13, 2020

The Real Property Law Section Melvyn Mitzner Scholarship

One scholarship is awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who demonstrates Melvyn Mitzner’s commitment to professional achievement in the area of realproperty law including legal writing, lecturing and scholarship; and diversity in the profession. 
Application link:
Submission Deadline: November 20, 2020

The Real Property Law Section Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship

One scholarship is awarded to a second year (2L) or third year (3L) law student who is enrolled in a law school in the State of New York who best exemplifies the core values important to Lorraine Power Tharp; academic excellence, a demonstrated interest in public service, high integrity and an interest in realproperty law.
Application link:
Submission Deadline: November 20, 2020

American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

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

Article Submissions to the Cambridge Law Review

The Cambridge Law Review (CLR) and its supplementary undergraduate law journal, De Lege Ferenda (DLF) are independent legal publications run by students of the University of Cambridge. The aim of the journals is to provide a forum for the discussion of contemporary and cutting-edge legal issues. For more information about the CLR and the DLF, visit
Persons interested in submitting an article for publication to the CLR or the DLF will have to fill in the relevant online form:
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2020


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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