Scoops April 24 Issue
Week of April 24, 2017
All events will be held in Myron Taylor Hall unless otherwise noted.
MONDAY, April 24
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. New Entrance Lobby, Myron Taylor Hall. Portrait Unveiling in Honor of Jack Clarke, LLB '52.
3:30-4:30 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. PILU Welcomes Dean Akyea.
Come meet our new Public Service Dean, Dean Akyea. Enjoy light refreshments while welcoming and getting to know Cornell Law's new Public Service Dean. Contact: Abby Yeo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 25
12:30 p.m. Law School Foyer. Wellness Walk with the Dean of Students.
4:00-5:00 p.m. Room 263. Office hours for students with Dean Peñalver.
Wednesday, April 26
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Foyer. Lost and Found Table.
Please take a look and claim your lost items. Items that are not claimed by 4:00pm will be donated.
8:15-10:00 a.m. The Commons. The Weekly Perk.
2:30-4:30 p.m. Room G59. Let's Talk.
Thursday, April 27
4:00-7:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. End of Semester Massage Party.
Friday, April 28
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Professor Chutkow would like to hire several law students to serve as Teaching Assistants for her undergraduate course, Constitutional Politics for fall 2017. The class meets MW, 2:55-4:10, however, specific TA duties will not include full class attendance. This course investigates the United States Supreme Court and its role in politics and government. It traces the development of constitutional doctrine, the growth of the Court's institutional power, and the Court's interaction with Congress, the president, and society. Discussed are major constitutional law decisions, their political contexts, and the social and behavioral factors that affect judges, justices, and federal court jurisprudence. TAs will conduct small section sessions, comment on papers, and meet with students. Please email your resume to Professor Dawn Chutkow at email@example.com if you are interested.Top of Page
Monday, April 24
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. New Entrance Lobby, Myron Taylor Hall. Portrait Unveiling in Honor of Jack Clarke, LLB ‘52.
Please join us as we recognize a remarkable alumnus with unparalleled impact on Cornell Law School.
Office Hours for Students
I will be holding office hours for students on Tuesday afternoons, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Students wishing to see me may sign up in advance with Connie McIntosh in room 263, by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone (607-255-3539).Top of Page
The spring 2017 exam schedule is available on the Registrar's website. Exams begin on Wednesday, May 3 and end on Monday, May 15.
Law School Course Pre-registration for Fall 2017
To the Classes of 2018 & 2019 - Online Pre-registration for fall 2017 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 information, registration forms, and degree requirements will be available online.
Book & Coat Lockers
Graduating students must remove all items from book and coat lockers by May 31. Graduating students staying in Ithaca over the summer to take a bar prep course must remove the contents of their lockers by July 21. The law school is not responsible for the contents of these lockers. Any student who has changed their locker assignment during the year should check with the Registrar's Office before May 31 to be sure the change has been recorded.
Summer Mailing Address
The summer address mailing address link is available on the Registrar's website. If you need to make changes to any of the information you enter, you may revisit this site as many times as necessary to correct/update the information. Diploma mailing for graduates is handled by the Office of the University Registrar, not the law school. Please note it is your responsibility to maintain your home address in Student Center, which is where your diploma will be mailed.
Summer Email Address
1Ls and 2Ls: We will be using your Cornell NetID email address to communicate with you during the summer.
3Ls and LLMs: We will continue to use your NetID email address if we need to contact you over the summer. For information on the forwarding service after graduation, please visit the Cornell Alumni Office site.
Spring Term Grades
Spring term grades are tentatively expected to be available on Student Center on Wednesday, June 7. Graduation letters will be mailed to Class of 2017 students on Wednesday, May 31.
Unofficial transcripts are available at the Law School Registrar's office (written request required). Please remember that we ask you to make this request 24 hours in advance of your need for the materials. Official transcripts are available at the University Registrar's Office in B7 Day Hall.
Release of Information
Students asking faculty members to write recommendations will need to complete a Permission to Examine Student Record release form with the Law School Registrar's Office if the faculty member wishes to view the student's record.Top of Page
Bar Information for Class of 2017 Students
Class of 2017 Degree Date: May 28, 2017.
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, 2017. 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. If you were unable to attend a handwriting session last week, please stop by the Registrar's Office to fill out a handwriting form. We are open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. 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.
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 28, 2017 must be prospective.
Check to see if any of your bar application materials require a notary. If so, you may contact one of the notaries 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, Jannica Moskal, room 165, 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.
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The Weekly Perk
Coffee and conversation every Wednesday from 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. in The Commons. Stop by for a cup! Breakfast food also provided.
Semester at Cornell Tech
JD students interested in spending a semester at Cornell Tech as part of the JD Tech Program must submit a letter of intent and transcript, and may submit any other supporting documentation by May 1, 2017 to be considered. Please submit your materials to email@example.com. If you missed the JD Tech information session, click here to watch the video recording.
Tuesday, April 25
12:30 p.m. Law School Foyer. Wellness Walk with the Dean of Students.
Feeling stressed? Anxious? Don't have time to do anything but study? Join Dean Miner for a walk to enjoy our beautiful campus, clear your mind, and return to your work refreshed. Your wellness is worth it! Meet in the Foyer promptly at 12:30. We'll be back by 1:15 in time for afternoon classes.
THURSDAY, APRIL 27
4:00-7:00 p.m. Saperston Student Lounge. End of Semester Massage Party.
The Offices of the Dean and Dean of Students, CLSA, and Themis will again present a therapeutic massage party for all students. Sign up 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the student lounge to enjoy a free 10-minute chair massage from one of seven licensed massage therapists. Healthy snacks will be served. Faculty and staff are welcome from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Jens D. Ohlin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law
Q: Thank you so much for offering students this forum. I read about the concentration option for graduating 3Ls. I'm curious to learn whether the law school would be willing to offer a concentration in privacy law next year.
A: Thanks so much for your question. The concentration option requires the completion of 14 credit hours, including a writing course in the designated area. With the focus on information and technology through our JD Tech program, it is possible that a student will be able to fulfill the concentration option. Whether graduating 3Ls will be able to do so with the courses currently available remains to be determined, however, I am willing to present this to the faculty for consideration of adding another concentration option, specifically in privacy law, for future years.
This week we received a couple of questions about communication of important information regarding the bar exam and other matters. Because these matters are handled by the Registrar's Office in consultation with the Dean of Students, Law School Registrar Terry Thompson weighed in on this week's questions.
Terry Thompson, Registrar
Q: Why doesn't the law school send emails to 3Ls about important information like handwriting samples (versus posting in SCOOPS), or that we need to take the MPRE or possibly the NYLE and their respective registration deadlines (versus hearing from Bar review courses), etc.? Or reminder emails to all students about course registration deadlines? I understand the desire to streamline communication and reduce emails, but these are important topics, not everyone reads SCOOPS religiously, and we still get dozens of emails about various events that could be consolidated in SCOOPS.
A: We appreciate your question. Determining the most effective method for communicating important information to students is an ongoing challenge for administrators and students alike. We generally use Scoops as the official method of delivering information to eliminate overwhelming students with a lot of emails which, in our experience, are typically not read.
The Registrar's Office does periodically send updates on things such as pre-registration, add/drop and the like to the class email listservs as well as Scoops. For example, Certification Coordinator Melody Padgett hosted multiple sessions last week related to JD and LLM Handwriting sessions. In addition to the Scoops announcement, a reminder email was sent to 3Ls and another to the LLM listservs on April 12th. We try to walk the fine line of providing the information that is important without burdening students with tons of email which students tell us they do not like either. We invite your continued feedback as we attempt to strike the right balance.
Markeisha J. Miner, Dean of Students
Q: Why do the 3Ls receive barely any information about how to apply to the bar (e.g. information on affidavits)? The New York Bar's website is very difficult to read, and CLS's Bar Exam Info Memo is pretty useless. This is an incredibly common complaint among 3Ls.
A: Thanks for sharing your and your classmates' concerns about the Bar Exam application procedures and the information the Law School provides to help you navigate what is a complex and demanding process, especially as you wrap up various commitments at the end of your law school tenure (or, in some jurisdictions, as early as the beginning of your time in law school). Our goal is to equip you with the information you need to access your chosen jurisdiction's guidelines and the local bar examiners whose interpretations are the final authority on what their jurisdictions require. The Notice Regarding the Bar Exam and Character & Fitness is, therefore, intentionally general as the requirements and deadlines vary significantly depending on the jurisdiction(s) to which each graduate plans to apply.
I invite you to meet with me or write to me directly any time about what information I can include to make the notices regarding the Bar Exam, circulated at the beginning of each semester, more helpful to you, or to discuss potential information sessions that graduating students would be willing to attend beyond those currently offered at the Law School by several bar preparation course providers.
Submit your questions to Ask the Deans
An anonymous Google form has been created for students to submit their questions to the new "Ask the Deans" section of SCOOPS. Use the following link to access the form and submit your questions: https://goo.gl/forms/DOT8BHHkVelloaLj1. If the link is not working, you can also email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org We hope that students will continue to submit questions!Top of Page
Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Gannett 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: Myron Taylor Hall, Room G59
No appointment necessary. Just drop in.
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Office Hours for Week of April 24 (Room G57):
- Monday: 11:00-12:00 noon and 2:30-3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday: 11:30-12:00 noon
- Wednesday: by appointment
- Thursday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-2:30 p.m.
- Friday: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Office Hours for Week of May 1 (Room G57):
- Monday: 10:00-12:00 noon and 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- Tuesday: 10:00-12:00 noon and 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Inhale. Hold. Exhale. This is the last week of classes, and I'm sure you feel incredibly stressed. While this feeling is normal, you need to keep in mind that you know more of the law than you realize. Just breathe, deeply and slowly, to help calm your nerves. Channel that nervous energy into studying. Your study and review efforts will help you go beyond merely memorizing the law to actually understanding the law and allow for a much deeper analysis on exams.
How should you spend the final week of classes and your time during the reading period? Here are some suggestions: (1) Continue to prepare for class. You need to learn the information for the exam anyway, and who better to explain it to you than the professor who will be creating the exam? (2) Create a detailed study schedule. You know that you will spend the days immediately prior to a particular exam reviewing that subject. But during this last week of classes and during the reading period, you should also have a set schedule. Your goal is to have adequate time to study for each subject. Each evening this week, pick one subject and spend several hours doing intense review and practice exams. Come review your practice exams with the APAs or me. During the reading period, reserve the final two days before your first exam for that exam and split the remaining time equally between your other courses. (3) Go beyond memorization. You need to practice application with a detailed analysis. (4) Take care of yourself-a tired, dehydrated, and nutrient-deprived brain will not function properly.
If you find that you need help with your final study plan or you want to talk about exams, I am available until May 2 with extended office hours. I am happy to help. Don't forget to breathe, eat well, and sleep. Best of luck!Top of Page
Tuesday, May 2
8:30-10:30 a.m. Saperston Student Lounge. Paul Weiss Finals Breakfast.
Enjoy breakfast courtesy of Paul Weiss LLP.Top of Page
SATURDAY, MAY 13
4:30-6:30 p.m. Johnson Museum of Art. Cocktail Reception Celebrating LLM and JSD Commencement.
The Graduate Legal Studies Office invites LL.M. and J.S.D. graduates to the Johnson Museum of Art to celebrate their upcoming graduation. Part of the museum will be open for viewing during the reception. Please RSVP online by Monday, May 1.Top of Page
Join Habitat for Humanity for Women Build 2017
All are welcome Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th to the 7th Annual Women Build Weekend in Ithaca on the corner of Morris Avenue and Third Street.
Cornell Law will be organizing a team and has a team fundraising page. To join us please join the Cornell Law Team on the event registration page. You can also donate directly to the Cornell Law Team page.
Please contact Margaret Ambrose (email@example.com) if you are interested in attending the event as part of Team Cornell Law. This event is co-sponsored by Professor Johnson and Professor Whelan.Top of Page