Welcome! Below you will find resources and information for your time on campus. If you have questions that aren’t answered below, please send an email to me with your question at ldm93@cornell.edu and I will add it to the guide.

ACTION NEEDED: Please fill out this RSVP survey

Survey link: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80anURlenHHJslo

If you aren’t sure about your attendance at some of these events, please answer as if you are coming and let me know if your plans change.

Hotel blocks

These blocks are reserved with a start date of Thursday, August 3, 2023 and end date of Sunday, August 13, 2023, but of course you are welcome to book any timeframe within that parameter.

*Please note the ‘last day to book’ dates!


Click here to view the schedule for the week.

Please note that this is subject to change. Any changes will be made directly in the above online document.


Click here to view the Law School map.


  • Friday and Saturday: MSLS Conference Presentations
    • Four presentations are spread out over Friday and Saturday, and will feature faculty-led seminars on issues relevant to MSLS students. There will also be a presentation from Professor Magalhaes on the capstone.
    • We asks that students only attend Friday’s presentations.
  • Sunday:
    • MSLS Mixer: An event intended to give you the opportunity to meet and network with MSLS alumni, the graduating class, MSLS and Cornell Law School Faculty, and MSLS staff.
      • A plus one is welcome to attend the mixer. You will be able to note your plus one in the survey.

Activities (all optional)

  • Plus ones are welcome at all these activities. You will be able to note your plus ones in the survey.
  • Friday: Law School tour
    • Please join us for a tour of Cornell Law School, a picturesque assemblage of buildings in the collegiate Gothic style with approximately 90 years of history within its walls.
  • Friday: Guided tour of the Johnson museum
    • Guided tour of the Johnson Museum of Art: Today, the Museum’s permanent collection numbers 40,000 works, spanning six millennia and encompassing art from most world cultures. Among the strengths of the collection are the holdings of Asian art; more than 23,000 prints, drawings, and photographs ranging from the fifteenth century to the present; modern and contemporary painting and sculpture; European art from ancient times to the present; African sculpture and textiles; and pre-Columbian sculpture and ceramics.
  • Saturday: Cornell Campus Tour
    • Professor Magalhaes and Dean Saleet will lead you on a tour of campus. The tour will conclude at the Cornell Dairy Bar, where you can get a scoop of ice cream on us.

Dress code

Dress code is business casual.


  • Only mentioning because it has been asked a few times – there is no cost associated with the meals listed on the schedule! Meals are completely on us throughout your trip and will take place at the Law School.

Ithaca Guide for Visitors

I put together a handy guide to Ithaca in case you find you have free time here! Click here to see a guide of all the incredible activities Ithaca and Cornell has to offer!

Transportation and Parking

As a campus-bound student for a couple days, you will become acquainted with our most reviled foe, the campus’ dramatic and constantly changing elevations. All of your trips will be both uphill and downhill and then uphill and downhill again. This is inescapable, but here is what I would recommend to minimize the trouble.

  • Hotel shuttles: Nearly all downtown hotels have a shuttle up to the college. Some run on a schedule and some need to be arranged beforehand, so please talk to a receptionist about using it.
  • Public Bus System: TCAT
    • Otherwise the easiest and cheapest way to get to the Law School is on the TCAT bus system.
      • Here is a link to the bus schedules.
      • Google Maps is very accurately aligned with TCAT and I would recommend it as the sole resource for bus use – when in doubt, enter your destination and location here to find what bus you should take.
        1. Click the blue ‘Directions’ icon on the search bar on the upper left corner of the screen.
        2. When the navigation bar opens, click the ‘Transit’ icon (represented by a metro symbol) and enter your starting point in the top field and your destination in the bottom field.
        3. Google Maps will provide you with available routes
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  • TCAT con’t
    • Fees:
      • For students and staff: TCAT bus use is free. Simply scan your student or staff ID card upon boarding the bus.
        • For all others, the fees are as follows for a single ride:
          • Adults: $1.50
          • Youth (6-17), Seniors (60+), Persons with Disabilities: $.75
        • Family members accompanying you might consider getting a length-based TCARD, which can be purchased online at the TCAT store.
          • 1 Day Pass = $3.00
          • 2-Day Pass = $6.00
          • 5-Day Pass = $15.00
          • Weekly Pass = $17.50
  • Personal Car
    • Parking –
      • Click here for general Visitor Parking information.
      • If you have any questions about parking at Cornell, the Transportation Services Office has kindly offered that you can either give them a call, email them, or stop by the office if you have any questions. Their contact info is:
      • The Law School Parking Lots
        • The lot directly adjacent to Myron Taylor Hall (marked with a star to the left of MTH on this map – the Law School is on the bottom left cluster of this map that’s labeled WD) is restricted to permit-holders until 5 p.m. on the weekdays and won’t be an option during the day on Thursday and Friday (this is the case for all surrounding Cornell lots that aren’t pay-to-park). However, you can use it after 5 pm when we have dinner and on the weekend.
    • Parking Garages
      • The closest parking garage is the Ithaca-owned Dryden Road Garage in Collegetown.
        • Fee is typically $1 an hour.
        • Its about a 5 minute walk to the Law School.  
        • *Because it’s the easiest and shortest walk to the Law School for relatively cheap, I would recommend this parking location over any others during the day on weekdays.
      • The Hoy Garage is the next closest paid parking garage.
        • It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the Law School.
        • It is both uphill and downhill
    • ParkMobile Lots
      • Cornell utilizes the ParkMobile app for paid parking lots all across campus.
      • Click here to view Cornell’s page about ParkMobile use.
      • Click here to view the map of ParkMobile lots and their prices.
      • The lots closest to the Law School are P4102 and P4123, both lots are an uphill walk to the Law School of about 10 minutes but if you’re willing to wait/coordinate you can take a bus up the hill at the nearby stops.
  • Cabs and Rideshares – the most expensive option
    • Both Uber and Lyft operate in Ithaca. During the summer, ride-share isn’t reliable because the population of the city significantly decreases while students are away for the summer. Expect a long wait and potentially no service, and super inflated prices for making bookings in advance.
    • Cab services are offered by:
      • Collegetown Cab:
        • https://collegetowncab.com/
        • (607)-588-8888
        • You can book online. They are a great option if you book in advance (which doesn’t inflate the prices, unlike ride-shares) – last minute requests could have waits up to two hours.

COVID-19 Protocol and Restrictions

  • We will be following Cornell’s campus-wide COVID-19 protocol and safety standards, which has the potential to change at any time. The most up-to-date information will always be found at this link.
  • Masks are not required on campus. Students are of course welcome to mask up and social distance by personal choice even if it is not a requirement.