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Information & Resources for Fall 2020 Semester

COVID-19 updates for Law Students for the coming Fall 2020 Semester. Includes information about any changes to courses, grading, exams, and facility safety information.

Message to Students Entering Fall 2020 »

Message from Dean Daniel Tokaji

August 1, 2020

Dear Students,

The University of Wisconsin Law School will be open for the Fall 2020 semester, though things may look and feel a bit different from usual.  

The COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges for all of us, including students, staff, and faculty. But at UW Law, we see every challenge as an opportunity. Relying on our long and continuing tradition of curricular innovation, we will offer a mix of online and in-person instruction this semester.  My predecessor Dean Margaret Raymond mobilized a working group on Excellence in Remote Delivery which has been busy planning courses, researching best practices, and helping faculty develop top-notch online and hybrid instruction. Our faculty and staff have spent months preparing for the return to class and are dedicated to delivering the highest quality legal education.

In keeping with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Smart Restart plan, the Law School will welcome students back to class in September. We must all be careful to observe physical distancing guidelines, while wearing masks or face coverings to protect ourselves and other members of our community. After Thanksgiving, all courses will move to a virtual format for the final days of the fall semester, and exams will be conducted remotely. This is a necessary precaution, to prevent the spread of the virus within the University and to our loved ones back home.   

The situation is dynamic. We’ll continue to update this website as the situation develops. Responses to frequently asked questions may be found here.

We understand that some students aren’t comfortable with in-person learning, even with the precautions the University is taking. If that’s the case for you, please reach out to our academic advisor Lauren Devine. We’ll do our best to accommodate your needs and concerns, consistent with University policy and our educational mission.

We are all committed to keeping everyone in our community safe and healthy, while still offering the law-in-action approach to legal education for which UW Law is justifiably famous. There are no perfect solutions, certainly none that all of us can agree on. But if we support one another, we will get through this together.


Daniel P. Tokaji

Fall 2020 Courses

UW Law is taking a hybrid approach with some courses being offered in person and others via remote delivery.

Fall 2020 Course FAQs » Fall 2020 Course Schedule »

Feedback & Survey Results

Results from the recent student survey about this fall semester. 

If you are an entering 1L this fall and have trouble accessing the page, first test your access on the Admitted Students Portal. If you can't access the survey results after 10 minutes of accessing the portal, or can't access the portal, email

restricted page  Survey Results »

Contacts & Resources

The Law School has dedicated resources to help students navigate these uncertain times with confidence.

Contacts & Resources for Law Students »

Facilities & Safety

The Law School and the Law Library will be open for the fall semester and will observe campus physical distancing guidelines. Exact details are forthcoming, but health and safety are our priority as we develop solutions that support the research and learning needs of our community.

Please continue to visit this page, UW’s Smart Restart page, and the Law Library COVID-19 Resource Guide for the most up-to-date information.

Smart Restart: Health & Safety Plan »Law Library COVID-19 Resource Guide »


Recent FAQs and email updates that have been sent to law students regarding the 2020 Fall Semester and COVID-19.

Student FAQs »
COVID-19 Email Updates to Students »

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