This Week's Events 

Fall Classes Begin  | Monday, August 20, 2018

Make-up Headshots for New Students  | Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 12 - 2pm 1F

BASS Career Summit  | Friday, August 24, 2018, 2 - 6pm Hunter Atrium

Emory Environmental Law Society - General Body Meeting  | Monday, September 10, 2018, 12:15 - 1:15pm Room 1C

Welcome to the 2018- 2019 School Year! 

Emory Law publishes student news and events each week through On the Docket, a digital communications e-news letter transmitted by email. To submit an event for the Emory Law calendar and/or On The Docket, click here »

Deadline for submission is every Thursday at 12:00 p.m.
2018-2019 Student Handbook 

The Emory University School of Law Student Handbook is reviewed and approved every year by the Faculty Council. The handbook provides information about academic programs, policies and procedures, and general information for the Emory Law community. All Emory Law students are expected to familiarize and adhere to the requirements and policies listed in the document below. The 2018-2019 handbook is available here »
Fall 2018 Add/Drop 

Using OPUS, students can add, drop, or swap open classes during the first week of the semester. The registrar's office cannot override closed classes.

The Add/Drop/Swap period runs from Monday, August 20, - Monday, August 27.
NEW Pass/Fall Deadline

Students eligible to select the Pass/Fail option need to note that the NEW DEADLINE to submit their request is WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, at 11:59PM.

Eligible students should use OPUS to make their Pass/Fail selection

It is the student's responsibility to know the Pass/Fail policy and the allotted number of credits they can use for this option. 

The Law Registrar will review the submissions and notify any student whose request cannot be processed. Any request that exceeds the allotted credit limit will be denied and reversed in OPUS.

The Pass/Fail policy can be found in the Student Handbook on page 38.
Fall 2018 Graduates

Students planning to graduate this December should make note of the following deadlines:

Degree Application Deadline is September 14.
*Late applications will incur a late fee, no exceptions.

Name Change Deadline is October 31
*Name change forms can be found on the university registrar web page »

Application via OPUS »
Application via Paper »
*Students who cannot access to the online degree application in OPUS should download the PAPER application and submit it to the Law Registrar in G144, prior to the deadline.

Law School Events 
Bass Career Summit
Friday, August 24, 2018, 2 p.m.- 6 p.m., Tull Auditorium
The 8th annual Bass Career Summit is an event is designed to help new students determine their career path and learn to market themselves to prospective employers. Funded by the Bass family, whose children graduated from Emory Law, the event is open to all 1Ls, 2L transfers and 2L AJDs. This year's focus is the differences between litigation and transactional law. Please RSVP here »

Student Activities Fair
Wednesday, August 29, 2018,12:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m., Student Commons
There is no better way to meet new people and transition to life as a law student than by jumping right into the Emory Law community as soon as you arrive on campus. Join us for the Student Activities Fair to meet the leaders of our student organizations and practice societies, and to learn more about resources on campus. No RSVP needed. 

1st of the Year BLSA Meeting
Wednesday, September 5, 2018, Room 1D
Welcome all to the Black Law Students Association's 1st meeting of the year! Come, fellowship, eat great food and learn more about all the events we have planned for the upcoming semester! Can't wait for you to join the BLSA family, 1Ls!

Emory Environmental Law Society - General Body Meeting
Monday, September 10, 2018, 12:15 p.m., Room 1C
Come join us for lunch ! We will provide the food  and get to know our members, learn more about environmental law at Emory Law, and find out about our upcoming events and volunteer activities! Will be detailing the process of signing up for 1L representative, ways of finding environmental law jobs for the summer, and class offerings at Emory.
Study Smarter 

Come hear from Dean Brokaw, the Dean's Teaching Fellows, and the Office of Academic Engagement & Student Success on how to succeed academically, talk to professors, and get the best grade you can get. See the schedule listed below:

Foundations for Success: Briefing Cases & Class Preparation
Friday, August 17
9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m., Tull Auditorium

Foundations for Success: Class Notes & Time/Stress Management
Wednesday, September 5
12:15 p.m.- 1:45 p.m., Room 1C

Outlining: What It Is and How to Do It 
Wednesday, September 12 
12:15 p.m.- 1:45 p.m., Room 1C

Getting Ready for Exams: The Practice Exam
Wednesday, September 26
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., Room 1B

Introduction to Course Selection
Monday, October 8
12:15 p.m.- 1:45 p.m., Room 1C

Getting Ready for Exams: Effective Tips on Planning/
Preparing for Exams

Wednesday, October 24
12:15 p.m.- 1:45 p.m., Room 1C
Seeking Student Administrator for Community Legal Clinic
We are accepting applications for a paid, part-time position to serve as a student administrator for the Community Legal Clinic, a collaboration with the Mormon Church to hold monthly evening immigration clinics.  Specifics are listed below.
Deadline for applications:  Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  Applications should be submitted by email to Rita Sheffey, with a hard copy to the Center for Public Service. We plan to interview selected applicants during the week of August 20, 2018, possibly extending into the following week.
Content of applications:  Current resume and a statement of interest with the reasons you are interested in this position, immigration or related courses completed or in progress this semester, volunteer or paid work experience with non-profits or law firms working with immigrants, and any languages you speak/understand other than English and your level of proficiency.

Responsibilities of selected student(s):
  • Recruit and track participation of student volunteers for monthly clinics (second Wednesday of each month from 7-9pm at La Mansion, 5522 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee, Georgia)
  • Assist lead attorney with orientation/training of student volunteers (each month plus one training per semester at Emory Law)
  • Participate in monthly clinics (including the 6-7pm orientation and 9-9:30pm debriefing)
  • Coordinate all clinic logistics including assembling and transporting all materials needed (forms, signs, supplies, etc.) and arranging for dinner for student and attorney volunteers for monthly orientation (6-7pm, immediately prior to the clinics)
  • Coordinate with the lead attorney and also with the Assistant Dean for Public Service, as requested
  • Monitor the dedicated email account and voice mail for the Community Legal Clinic, promptly responding to all messages in consultation with the lead attorney and Assistant Dean for Public Service)
  • Other tasks as may be needed and assigned by the lead attorney and Assistant Dean for Public Service 
  • Academic year 2018-19, to start as soon as selected, with the possibility of extending to the summer of 2019 or even 2019-20 (for 2Ls), based on performance and work flow.
  • 4-5 hours each month for the clinic (6-7pm orientation, 7-9pm clinic, and debrief/disassemble signs, etc.)
  • Average estimated 10+ hours per week, depending on needs and the schedule, for preparation, follow-up, and managing email and voice messages, and other tasks as assigned. Because this is a new project, more time likely will be required in the beginning.  We need the selected student(s) to be flexible.  We may begin with one student administrator and add a second if and as the workload requires. 

Compensation: Compensation will be $9.50 per hour for hours worked, with timesheets submitted to and approved by Assistant Dean Rita Sheffey. 
Please direct any questions to Rita Sheffey.

Bagel Tuesday
This semester, the law firm of Ballard Spahr will provide free bagels for students every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. near Miss Jean’s cafe. First come, first served.
Available Scholarships Exclusively for Emory Law Students
Rowland Barnes Memorial Scholarship
Emory Law encourages JD students to apply for the Judge Rowland W. Barnes Memorial Scholarship. Friends, family, and the Atlanta Bar Association endowed this scholarship at Emory Law to honor the legacy of Judge Barnes 72L who served on the Fulton County Superior Court before he was tragically murdered in his courtroom in 2005. We anticipate the scholarship to award $3500.

This scholarship is awarded to an Emory Law student who possesses non-academic life experience between undergraduate and law school. 

The criteria for the scholarship are as follows:
• demonstrated financial need; 
• non-academic life experience between undergraduate school and law school – employment, social activism, raising a family, volunteering in the community are acceptable examples of “life experience”; 
• other responsibilities such as family or employment while in law school; 
• viewed by his or her fellow students as a leader; 
• viewed by the faculty and fellow students as one who is working hard, is serious about the study of law, and is leading a well-balanced life; 
• excelling in one area of the law such as Moot Court, or clinic work; 

The intent of the Scholarship is to honor the spirit of Rowland W. Barnes who was himself a non-traditional student at Emory Law. Judge Barnes often spoke of “the uncommon common man”.

To apply for this scholarship, please submit a resume and letter of interest to detailing your leadership skills, experience between undergraduate and law school, dedication to law school education and ability to lead a well-balanced life. In addition, if you have financial need, please be sure to include this in your letter of interest. These documents should be submitted via email to Ethan Rosenzweig by 5pm eastern time Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Debra Cohen de Rothschild Scholarship for Emory Law 3Ls
In 2002, friends and family of Debra Cohen de Rothschild 86L created a scholarship to honor her memory after she passed in 2001 at age 42. 

Debra de Rothschild became a successful trial lawyer and advocate in New York City following her graduation from Emory Law. She worked for several years with the New York Legal Aid Society and later her own criminal defense practice. She was a dedicated attorney of great courage and integrity who based her passionate defense of those most in need on the firm conviction that everyone was entitled to a fair trial regardless of his or her place in society. She was a dedicated and courageous advocate for the rights of battered women and children, a wonderful friend, and a loving wife and mother.

The Debra Cohen de Rothschild Scholarship is awarded annually to a third-year female law student who has distinguished herself in trial advocacy skills. The student selected will demonstrate qualities of character and intellect such as integrity, passion, clarity of thought, persuasive skills, analytical ability, tolerance, humanism, and a commitment to the law as a powerful tool for social change, ensuring the rights of every man, woman and child. The recipient will possess qualities of humility, consideration and politeness, ebullience, loyalty and trustworthiness, and consideration for the needs of others. 

To apply for this scholarship, please submit your current resume and a one-page statement expressing your interest to the scholarship committee and how your law studies and career follow in the path of Debra Cohen de Rothschild. These documents should be submitted via email to Ethan Rosenzweig by 5pm eastern time Tuesday, Sept 4, 2018. The scholarship award is anticipated at ~$5,000 divided evenly between the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.
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