Information & Resources for Law Students

Includes information about any changes to courses, grading, and exams, tips and resources for health & wellness, and a running list of email communications sent to students.

Courses

Courses will be taught through alternate instruction. Method of alternate instruction will depend on the class format and instructor. Your instructor should contact you with the plan for each course.

Course Information » Resources for Learning Remotely »

Exams

In accordance with the Chancellor's March 17, 2020 email, all proctored exams scheduled during the final exam period (April 25 - May 8) will instead be offered as take-home exams for the Spring 2020 semester.

Exam information »

Grading

For the 2020 Spring Semester, all classes will be graded pass-fail. 

Spring 2020 Grading FAQs »

Read the Dean's full email about grading below »

Who to contact

  • Having technical difficulties? For technical difficulties with remote learning software or for problems with exam software, contact help@law.wisc.edu.
  • Haven't heard from an instructor? If your instructor(s) haven't contacted you with details on alternate instruction by Monday, March 23, contact Kevin Kelly at kevinkelly@wisc.edu.
  • Other issues keeping you from class? If you will be missing classes or require accommodation, contact Emily Kite at emily.kite@wisc.edu.

One-on-One Academic Counseling Appointments

Schedule one-on-one virtual appointments through the AEP scheduling page.

Wellness & Health

Social distancing doesn't mean that you should go without support. It's important to look after your mental well-being in addition to your physical health. Please reach out!

Law School Counselor

Email Counselor John Schneider if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment.

*Please note that counseling meetings with John Schneider will only be conducted remotely going forward. If you're new to counseling, you can now electronically sign the Confidentiality and Informed Consent form*

Additional Resources

Email Updates to Students

Running list of email communications that have been sent to Law students regarding COVID-19.

Week of March 30, 2020

Reminder: Procedure for Rescheduling Final Exams [from Emily Kite, 3/30/20]

Dear students,

Knowing a lot has been on your minds this past few weeks, I am writing to remind you of the process to request to reschedule a final exam.

The Final Exam Schedule is published here. As previously shared, all exams will be taken via the take-home exam format, even those previously indicated as proctored exams. While the durations of some exams are still being finalized, we do not expect any dates to change.

For known conflicts, you must complete a Petition for Rescheduling an Examination form. Additional information regarding exam reschedules is in the email below. The original deadline to file the form was today (March 30), but given this semester’s upheaval, I am extending that deadline to this Friday, April 3rd, at 4 PM. Please submit this form to me via email. Students observing Ramadan may also use this form to address any scheduling concerns related to that observance.

After Friday, I can only approve reschedules for emergencies and circumstances not currently known. We understand that this year may come with more unforeseen circumstances than in the past. I encourage you to please keep my cell phone number (608-405-2033) and email address readily available as exams approach.

As is always the case: do not contact professors regarding exam reschedules. To protect blind-grading, all rescheduling of final exams is done through my office.

Please take care.

All the best,
Emily

Week of March 23, 2020

Law school update for March 27, 2020 [from Dean Margaret Raymond, 3/27/20]

Dear students,

 After yesterday’s grading announcement, I know many of you had questions about how this plan would work and about specific situations and concerns.  Thanks for sharing those.  Dean Kevin Kelly has prepared an FAQs page that hopefully will answer your questions.  It’s here:  https://law.wisc.edu/coronavirus/grading.html

If our FAQs don’t respond to your question, please reach out directly to Dean Kelly and he’ll be as helpful as he can (your question might add to the FAQs that we need to answer, so thank you).  For our LLM-LI students, there will be a communication coming to you about your specific needs and concerns, as well.  If you have particular questions relating to the LLM-LI program, please forward them to Jason Smith and we’ll get you answers. 

That’s it for me today.  I hope your first week with alternatively delivered instruction has worked out for you and that there have been some bright moments in this confusing and challenging time.  I also hope that the weekend will provide some chance for you to unwind, breathe deeply, and relax. 

Stay safe, stay well, and please do stay in touch.

My best,
Margaret

Law school update for March 26, 2020 law school grading issue [from Dean Margaret Raymond, 3/26/20]

Dear students,

Thanks for bearing with us as we worked on the grading issue.  I received a lot of input from students and faculty on this issue, and I read all of it.  I have also been privileged to be part of the community of deans around the country whose law schools are dealing with these challenging issues.  Our law school will align with many of those schools by going to a comprehensive pass-fail system.  Your classes this semester will be graded pass-fail.  This is different than the approach that was outlined in the Provost’s memo; the Law School has been permitted by the Office of the Provost to make its own policy.  There will be some details to work out, but in principle this is how we plan to move forward.

I want to thank all of you who shared your thoughts with me about grading this semester.  I know that for some of you this is a preferred approach and that for some of you it is not what you would have chosen.  There is no perfect solution here, and no way to come up with a solution that will address everyone’s concerns.  I hope that this approach, by letting you focus on your learning while alleviating your concern about grades, will help you get through the rest of the semester and ease the pressure and anxiety that many of you may be feeling as a result of the pandemic. 

Let me say a few things that I learned from reading all of your responses.  First, I appreciated how many of you spoke from perspectives other than your own self-interest.  Our response as a society to the coronavirus is fundamentally altruistic.  Many people stay home and engage in social distancing not because they fear the illness themselves, but because they wish to avoid the spread of the disease to the most vulnerable among us.  In that same way, we as an academic community need to think about others as well as ourselves and to care about the general welfare of our community as well as ourselves. I appreciated how many of you spoke from this perspective, and were reflective, generous and kind.  We will need to be all of those things to get through this together. 

Second, I learned how many of you use the Law School building as a safe place to study, to learn, to socialize and to connect, and what a loss it is to many of you that that oasis is no longer available to you.  I am sorry that we can’t fix this, but I was profoundly moved to learn what an important place the Law School has been for many of you.

Many of you shared with me some of the difficulties you are facing this semester as the pandemic has changed your lives and our world.  My heart goes out to those of you who are struggling with these challenges.  I do want to assure you that we’re here for you.  The Dean of Students team, AEP, our counseling office, our library and your faculty members stand ready to support you.  Let us know what you need—and if you can’t figure out where to go, reach out to me and I’m glad to help.

Last of all, many of you shared concerns that your grades this semester will have a disproportionate impact on your ability to participate in summer OCI.  Let me assure you that we, along with most law schools and firms, are in the process of working to move our OCI to January 2021.  If we’re able to do that, and I think it’s likely, that will mean that you’ll have an additional semester of school before these interviews happen. This would be a better approach than the current one anyway, and I am hopeful that this may be one positive outcome that emerges from this very difficult semester. 

With regard to employment, I do think that a bit of perspective is in order.  Everyone in our country is experiencing this pandemic as the most profound social disruption of their lives.  That is true for me, and I lived through the Kennedy and King assassinations, the Vietnam War, and 9/11.  I anticipate that everyone will be more understanding about academic performance this semester than you might expect.  Transcripts will be marked with “COVID P/F” grades and I think those grades will be understood as the product of this very difficult time, which will someday be behind us.

Thanks again for all your input.  Stay safe, stay well, and stay in touch.

Warmly,
Margaret

Law school update for March 25, 2020 [from Dean Margaret Raymond, 3/25/20]

Dear students,

If you are graduating and planning to secure a Wisconsin law license through the diploma privilege, you ordinarily would be expected to attend an in-person swearing-in at the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Recognizing that such ceremonies cannot take place in the current environment, the Court has postponed them and issued an order providing, on a temporary basis, an alternative way for you to take the Attorney’s Oath and receive your law licenses. While I’m sad that we won’t have the swearing-in ceremonies in May (I get to move the admission of all the Wisconsin graduates, so I’ve been to many of these, and they’re very special), I’m very glad that the Court has authorized a convenient and clear alternative way for you to be admitted to practice in our state.  The order is attached. 

While the Law Building is closed, staff is still available for telephone or virtual appointments to support you for the remainder of the semester. I encourage you to reach out to these folks if you need support:

And of course, I’m always glad to hear from you if you’ve got a question or concern.  Sorry that in-person office hours and gummy rabbits are no longer part of our routine, but please don’t hesitate to reach out if I can be helpful.

Hang in there. 

Warmly,
Margaret

Law school update for March 24, 2020 [from Dean Margaret Raymond, 3/24/20]

Dear students,

Hope you are all staying safe and well and finding a way to learn in these new and challenging times.  I hope that the alternative delivery of instruction is working for you; if you’re having problems or concerns, please reach out to our IT help folks. 

Thanks to everyone who came in to pick up their belongings at the Law School today.  It was lovely to see students back in the building, if only for a few minutes, and even though we all maintained appropriate social distance. 

Our events team has set aside time for some listening sessions for our 3Ls and graduate students to share what you’d like to see in a modified virtual graduation ceremony.  Dates and times of the sessions are listed below.  I’m told that the dates contain links to Bb Collaborate sessions.  These times are Central, for those of you who are not in Madison.  We invite your ideas and feedback as we work with students to create an alternative option to our Hooding Ceremony. 

JD Student listening sessions will be:

Graduate Student listening session will be:

Hang in there, take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and please stay safe, stay well, and stay in touch.

Warmly,
Margaret

July Bar Exams and Upcoming MPRES [from Megan Zurbriggen, 3/24/20]

Dear students:

This message contains information for those planning to take an upcoming MPRE or bar exam outside the state of Wisconsin upon graduation.

If you are planning to take a bar exam or an upcoming MPRE, I would highly encourage you to read the below excerpt from the National Conference of Bar Examiners and check their COV-19 updates page oftenhttp://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-covid-19-updates

The bottom line is that each state still has jurisdiction over its decision to administer the test. There is a lot of uncertainly regarding the exams, but entities are in communication and working together to respond to this ever-changing situation.

I would encourage you to use NCBE's website as well as state-specific Board of Bar Examiner websites/offices to learn how each state is reacting, and not rely on message boards or others for information regarding the exam. If you confirm that your state is making decisions re: the July bar exam, please share that information with me. I plan to do the same.

If you haven't already submitted for diploma privilege in Wisconsin, it would be wise to do so as well. More information on diploma privilege can be found here: https://www.wicourts.gov/formdisplay/BE-270.pdf?formNumber=BE-270&formType=Form&formatId=2&language=en

From the NCBE's website:

Will the July bar exam be administered as scheduled?

The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, and there is still a great deal of uncertainty about what will happen with it in the months ahead. It is important that decisions about the July bar examination are made thoughtfully and with appropriate due diligence. While each jurisdiction ultimately makes its own decisions about licensing new lawyers, we believe a coordinated response among jurisdictions, to the extent that’s possible, will help minimize misinformation and confusion among candidates and the public.

NCBE and jurisdiction bar admission offices are working together closely to find flexible solutions that will protect the safety of candidates and employees while continuing to ensure competent legal services for the public during this time of crisis. NCBE is prepared to support jurisdictions in their decisions to offer a July exam, reschedule the July exam, or explore other options. While it would be inappropriate to go into more detail about these options before jurisdictions have had a chance to finalize their decisions, we hope to be able to share more details soon.

All my best,
Megan Zurbriggen

Law school update for March 23, 2020 [from Dean Margaret Raymond, 3/23/20]

Dear students,

Welcome (virtually) back!  I hope that your first day of alternatively delivered instruction has gone smoothly.  If you’ve got concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our IT team, to your instructor, or to Deans Kite and Kelly.  Once things are rolling, I’d welcome hearing from you how things are going.

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the Chancellor’s announcement that all in-person commencement activities have been postponed for this year.  I know this is a great disappointment to our graduating students. Those of you who are graduating were looking forward, I’m sure, to a beautiful ceremony.  Having participated in many of these, I know what you’re missing: the chance to welcome your family and friends to join us at the Monona Terrace to hear some inspiring speeches from students, faculty, and a speaker chosen by the graduates, and to have your name announced, to walk across the stage, and to have the doctoral hood added to your academic regalia by a member of our faculty.  I’m profoundly sorry we can’t do this in quite the way we are accustomed to.  And I understand your disappointment very personally: my daughter will be graduating from law school this spring, and her commencement has been cancelled too. 

But I’m pleased to report that there’s a student group working on putting together an alternative graduation ceremony.  If you’ve got ideas about that, or would like to be part of putting it together, please email our events team at events@law.wisc.edu

The pandemic is difficult in many ways.  If you are experiencing hardship and need emergency financial support, here’s a link to a form that is the first step in securing emergency assistance.   https://financialaid.wisc.edu/emergency-assistance-form/

We’re working on the grading issue, but we’re still getting feedback and anything we do will need central campus approval.  I can’t tell you right now when the decision will be made, but please know we’re proceeding as expeditiously as possible. I know it’s important. Thanks to everyone for all the thoughts and ideas you’ve shared.

In the meanwhile, please stay safe, stay well, and stay in touch.

Warmly,

Margaret

Tuesday, March 24th, Student Building Access Sign-Up [from Emily Kite, 3/23/20]

Dear Students,

As previously shared, given the short notice of the Law Building’s closure, the Law School is prepared to provide a time for students who must remove items from the Building to do so. If you plan to come to the Law School to retrieve items, please read this message in its entirety.

With consideration for the health of our entire community, to support social distancing, and to comply with the Governor’s direction not to have 10 or more people convened in an enclosed area, we have developed a sign-up schedule to allow students to retrieve their items tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th between 10:15 and 1:15.

Please use this Google sheet to sign up for a time to retrieve your items. (If you do not need to come during the noon hour, please don’t sign up for those times out of consideration for those whose class schedules might conflict with other times.)

If you choose to return to pick up your items, bring hand sanitizers and wipes if possible. Our supply of hand sanitizer will likely have already been transferred to other units to protect patients and health care/public safety workers. Further, because the Building is closed, we no longer have cleaning services, so it is important you take appropriate precautions to protect yourself and to keep the space clean.

Return to the Law School only during your assigned time - do not arrive any sooner or later and do not congregate by the entrance. You have 15 minutes to get your items. Once you arrive, at your scheduled time:

  • Enter on the 2nd floor atrium Boerner Plaza entrance off Lathrop Drive.
  • Pick up your
  • Leave the building. Resist the temptation to socialize and maintain a safe distance of six feet if you run into colleagues. 

Please note that all campus lots near the Law School are available to anyone. This includes the area near Chadbourne and Music Hall as well as Grainger and Helen C White. Disabled stalls should still be reserved for your colleagues with such permits and you may not park in fire lanes. The Madison Metro buses are running on Saturday schedules effective March 23 so keep that in mind.

Please check your email before departing for the Law School on Tuesday. Given the fast pace at which things are changing, it is possible that new direction from the University or government may require changing or cancelling this opportunity to access the building.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented and ever evolving situation.

If you have any specific questions, you can contact me (emily.kite@wisc.edu). However, please know in advance that I cannot change the hours available or add additional times.

Thank you,

Emily

Week of March 16, 2020

Law school update for March 20, 2020 [from Dean Margaret Raymond, 3/20/20]

Dear students,

Thanks for hanging in there with us as we work to welcome you back (virtually) to school on Monday. 

Because we know things are complicated, all faculty have been directed to record any class presentations they provide, so you can access them later even if it does not work for you to get them synchronously.  You should be hearing from your faculty members about their plans for your classes. Instructions for how to access the recordings are here: https://kb.wisc.edu/watson/99194.  

If you have any trouble accessing recorded classes, please reach out to help@law.wisc.edu

You’ve heard from Dean Kite that we’re going to arrange a time on Tuesday for students who need to retrieve items from the building to get in. Please let Dean Kite know by 9 a.m. Monday if you need to access the building and she’ll be in touch with instructions about the timing and arrangements for that.  We want you make it possible for you to get what you need, but we also need to maintain as much social distancing as we can to keep everyone as safe as possible. 

And a piece of good news for those of you who are missing your Bluebooks: the Law Library is able to offer online access to the Bluebook for law students that need it.  If you need access, please contact a reference librarian by chat from the library home page or email askuwlaw@law.wisc.edu.

On a somewhat lighter note, they ran a simulation of the NCAA Tournament and Wisconsin won!  Check out the Bracketology tournament. Almost as good as the real thing….

Stay well, stay safe, and let us know how we can help. 

Warmly,
Margaret

Summer Jobs and Summer Funding [from Megan Heneke, 3/20/20]

Dear 1Ls & 2Ls,

 OCPD staff is thinking about you and your loved ones.  Please know that we support you and are doing our best to meet your needs as timely as we can.  We can’t provide candy and coffee virtually, but will try our best to do everything else! I’m writing with one important request and one piece of information:

  1. It is very important that we get our finger on the pulse of how many people are searching for summer jobs.  If you have accepted a summer position, please fill out this survey as soon as possiblehttps://law.wisc.edu/career/classsurvey/.
  2. We know the last week has been trying for everyone.  Accordingly, I’m sure you weren’t thinking about making sure your summer funding application is in.  Accordingly, we’ve extended the deadline to noon on Wednesday March 25.  The application is here: https://wisc.academicworks.com/opportunities/40953

Thanks for your attention to this email.  Reach out to any OCPD staff member with questions.  We want to hear from you!

Best, 
Megan 

Important: Access to Law Building [from Emily Kite, 3/20/20]

Good morning,

I hope you and your families are well and weathering these uncertain times.

As the Dean has previously shared, the Law Building is closed. However, we understand that, given the short notice of the closure, some of you may need to retrieve items from the Building. To allow for this – while maintaining social distancing to protect health of students and of staff – will be a logistical undertaking. Thus, we ask that you please indicate via this form if you will need access to the building next week. Please complete this form by Monday, March 23, at 9:00 AM. At that point, students who complete the form will be contacted with additional details. Only students who must access the Building should do so.

Thank you for your cooperation. And please take care of yourselves.

All the best,
Emily

Emily D. Kite

Law school update for March 19, 2020 [from Dean Margaret Raymond, 3/19/20]

Dear students,

Hope you’re all getting ready to come back (virtually) to school next week. As promised in yesterday’s update, we’ve created a survey to get your feedback about different ideas for grading modifications this semester.  The link is here:  https://law.wisc.edu/academics/survey/

As you’ll see, we’re asking for comments.  The goal here is to recognize and address the fact that this is a very challenging semester for everyone, and that everyone’s situation is different; individual students face very different challenges in finishing your semester.  I look forward to hearing all of your thoughts.

I also know that some of you may be trying to figure out how to get good enough internet service to support our alternative delivery of your courses.  My wonderful assistant checked in with Charter/Spectrum today. They are apparently offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students (that includes graduate and professional students like you, we asked). Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Here’s the guidance she got from them:

  1. The offer of "college students" includes ALL college students.
  2. They must not already have broadband or internet.
  3. They can expect extraordinarily long hold times.
  4. Call 844-488-8395, press zero or say "customer service"
  5. Once a live person is on the line, say they are calling about the college student broadband

I’m sure they’re finding a lot of interest, so I’d appreciate hearing back from any of you who try this about how it turns out. 

My guess is that for most of you, this isn’t the spring break you hoped for. This is the most momentous upheaval that many of us have ever lived through.  Let us know how we can best support you as we get through it together.

Warmly,
Margaret

Law school update for March 18, 2020 [from Dean Margaret Raymond, 3/18/20]

Dear students,

As you think about what the rest of spring semester is going to look like, I know that many of you are concerned about how the semester is going to go and thinking about how you will be graded this term.  We appreciate that.  We’re working on some ideas and we’d welcome your feedback on them.  Of course, we understand the importance of getting these issues settled soon, while also doing our due diligence in consulting with you, with faculty, and with folks who understand our accreditation rules and bar requirements. I hope to get out to you tomorrow a survey that will lay out some of the ideas we’re looking at and get your thoughts about them.  I look forward to hearing your thoughts and concerns and appreciate those of you who’ve reached out to raise this issue with us.

In the meantime, today was the last day of open access to the Law School.  We’ll arrange a time next week for students who need to get into the building and get belongings to come in.  We still want to hear from you if you’re going to have issues accessing your coursework through our alternative delivery systems.  Please go to our Google Form to let us know what your concerns are:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXpOdiF7bZVDDfpy2at3gNCG1u5AQLMD9EcQZiX6FLzHdi7g/viewform?usp=sf_link

It's important to look after your mental well-being in addition to your physical health. Be active about personal wellness by trying out SilverCloud or following these guidelines.

Social distancing doesn't mean that you should go without support. Please reach out!

  • Contact UHS 24/7 at 608-265-5600 (option 9).
  • Email Counselor John Schneider if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment*.

*Please note that counseling meetings with John Schneider will only be conducted remotely going forward. If you're new to counseling, you can now electronically sign the Confidentiality and Informed Consent form*

Till tomorrow, take care of yourselves, and be kind to each other.

Warmly,
Margaret

Law school update for March 17, 2020 [from Dean Margaret Raymond, 3/17/20]

Dear students,

By now you have probably seen the Chancellor’s message, letting you know that our prohibition on in-person instruction has been extended to the end of the semester. That means that your courses will all use alternative delivery instruction mechanisms for the remainder of this term. It also means that all assessments and exams will be remotely administered (regardless of what you’ve already been told about your exams; plans for on-site proctored exams will need to change in light of these new campus requirements).  

In addition, the Law Library will close as of today, Tuesday 3/17/20 at 6:00 pm, as will all the campus libraries. Our library staff will still be online and available, but you won’t be able to come to the library to access materials or be present in the physical space.

I know that some of you will need to obtain print materials from the library collection, especially items on course reserve. We plan on having staff available as often as possible to provide scanned copies of text required to complete assignments. The Law Library currently anticipates 1-2 days to scan items, but the more notice you can give us, the better. 

If you know you will need a particular item scanned, please contact the law library at askuwlaw@law.wisc.edu so that we can get it taken care of as quickly as possible. Please provide as much information as you can about the book/article that you need, as well as the assigned page numbers.

We’ll work with faculty to identify repeat requests from their classes and provide PDFs that will be available online. 

We will also be closing our building. It will be open tomorrow, 3/18/20, in case you need to come by and pick up belongings; we’ll plan another day next week when the building will be open for those of you who are out of town to retrieve your things. But, under current circumstances, you won’t be able to access the Law building for study.

Because of that, we’re concerned about whether all of you will have access to the equipment and internet functionality you will need to complete your studies via alternative delivery. Dean Kite has been kind enough to create a Google Form here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXpOdiF7bZVDDfpy2at3gNCG1u5AQLMD9EcQZiX6FLzHdi7g/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you anticipate access issues, please let us know via that form, and if you have ideas about how we might be able to help, please send those along as well.

And looking to the future: if you are not yet registered to vote in Wisconsin and would like to vote in the April primary, tomorrow is the last day to register.  Here’s the link:

https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/VoterDeadlines

Once you are registered, you can request an absentee ballot. 

Sorry, this is a lot of information today. Please know that you all are in my thoughts, and that I’m sending positive messages of encouragement and support your way.  If you’ve got questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Warmly, 
Margaret

Law school update for March 16, 2020 [from Dean Margaret Raymond, 3/16/20]

Dear students,

Greetings from a very quiet Law School. The campus has strongly urged everyone who can work remotely to do so, so within a day or so, most of our communications and work will be done online. But we’re all still working, and we’re all still available to you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via email to us if we can be helpful to you as things move ahead in this very unsettled time.

Our faculty are busily working to make sure that your courses will continue once you’re (virtually) back from Spring Break next week. Faculty are using a variety of tools and approaches to engage in alternative delivery that works for their course and content. Don’t be alarmed if your courses use different methods or tools; there is no one-size-fits-all situation. You should receive a communication from each of your instructors about what to do to access your classes and coursework. That may take a while since everyone’s still working out their plans, but please don’t hesitate to reach out if your scheduled course time approaches and you still aren’t sure what to do.

If you need research help from the Law Library, we’ve got several options for remote research support. For live support, contact a reference librarian via our Law Library chat reference service (see the Chat Now button on the top red banner on the Law Library website). It will be staffed from 9am-6pm M-F this week and following spring break, from 9am-9pm M-F and 1pm-5pm Sat & Sun [view main COVID-19 page for up-to-date availability]. You may also contact them by email at askuwlaw@law.wisc.edu.

I also thought it was worth mentioning that, in light of the current situation, several casebook vendors are offering free electronic access to law casebooks. So if you’ve left your book in your locker and need access to the e-book, help is on the way! The Law Library can help facilitate access. For help, contact a reference librarian using one of the methods listed above and they will get you started.

I’m sorry that these extraordinary events have complicated your Law School experience. We’ll keep working as hard as we can to assure that, even in challenging times, you get a great education in a remarkable and supportive community. Please take care of yourselves and if there are ways I can help, please be in touch.

Warmly,
Margaret

Week of March 9, 2020

Counseling Update [from John Schneider, 3/12/20 12:03 PM]

I’m writing to inform you of how counseling at the Law School will be conducted in light of the suspension of face-to-face instruction through April 10th [the end of the semester (as of 3/17)].

Counseling options:

I plan to continue providing in-person counseling in my office Room 7112. However, if you are not on campus or do not wish to come to the Law Building,

I will be conducting remote counseling sessions.

  • For video meetings, I will be using Microsoft Teams—you can access this software by logging in with your wisc.edu email, NetID and password. Login to Microsoft Teams for a video meeting here.
  • I will also provide counseling by phone: (608) 890-3542.

*Please note that if you are interested in receiving remote counseling and have not previously met with me, you will need to send me a signed copy of the Confidentiality and Informed Consent form (Word Document)*

I’ve attached a digital copy of the form to this email. I’ve also left hard copies of this form on the table by the wellness bulletin board near Admissions—on the 4th floor, library-side of the building, in the entry area of suite 4200—and in my mailbox—just past the main office desk in the hallway where the Student Affairs’ offices are (e.g., by Deans Kite and Kelly). I recommend taking a picture on your phone and emailing it to me as an attachment. I hope to have an electronic signature option available in the future.

For those of you who have already scheduled appointments with me, please contact me to let me know your preference of how you’d like to proceed.

Hours during Spring Break:

I plan to be in the office and available for appointments next Monday through Thursday (3/16-3/19). I will be out of the office on Friday (3/20).

Drop-in Hours:

I plan to have drop-in hours tomorrow, Friday (3/13), and next Thursday (3/19) from 11:30am-1:30pm. The group drop-in hours hosted in the Law Library have concluded for the semester.

Questions or concerns? Interested in an appointment? Feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

John H. Schneider, LCSW

IMPORTANT - OCPD Matters during alternative instruction [from Megan Heneke, 3/12/20 9:53 AM]

I want to inform you of specific OCPD-related issues as we navigate the weeks to come:

  1. Events – applicable to all class years

    Assume any OCPD events during the period of alternative instruction are cancelled.  This includes the Minnesota Court of Appeals presentation, the out-of-state-job search series (Texas), and the mandatory 1L sessions.  If you RSVPed for the Texas job search session, you will hear from Lindsay Healless regarding helpful resources. 

    IMPORTANT 1Ls: All 1Ls will receive a detailed PDF presentation and handout containing important information about Summer/Fall recruiting events and Fall employment strategies. This information is usually delivered in-person at a mandatory session. Because we will not be meeting in person, please read these materials thoroughly and reach out with any questions.  

  2. Our Availability  - applicable to all class years

    We are available during this period of alternative instruction.  While students are gone, OCPD staff will be, for the most part, working remotely. Please continue to email your assigned adviser questions. We will also be available for phone meetings or meetings using Microsoft Teams. Please do not try to schedule those in Symplicity—just email your assigned adviser if you would like to schedule a phone conversation.

  3. Judicial Internship Applications – 1Ls and 2Ls

    Any student who still wishes to apply to the judicial internship program should email their application materials to Lindsay Healless at Lindsay.Healless@wisc.edu. Applications after March 12th will not be accepted in person. The deadline to apply is March 13th at noon.

  4. Summer Funding – 1Ls and 2Ls

    The deadline to apply for summer funding is still March 20.  We know that COVID-19 could affect some of your summer internship plans and we will address those issues as they present themselves.

  5. Judicial Clerkship Applications – 2Ls and 3Ls

    While the majority of federal clerkship applications and recommendations will be compiled on OSCAR, we are aware that some judges/justices require paper applications and letters of recommendation. Students should mail their applications as requested. Lindsay Healless will contact chambers on a case-by-case basis to provide letters of recommendation as requested.

  6. OCIs – 3Ls

    We realize there are two OCI sessions and that not all of you who applied will be available to attend those interviews.  If you applied for an OCI with Church Mutual or the Milwaukee Circuit Court, we will send your materials to those employers and instruct them to follow up with you directly regarding scheduling interviews or next steps.

  7. 3L Exit Interviews – 3Ls

    We typically conduct 3L exit interviews in early April.  At this time, we are asking ALL 3Ls to fill out the graduation survey in Symplicity – whether you have a postgrad position or not.  To do so, log in to Symplicity and click on My Account -> Graduation Survey.  Please do this as soon as possible.  If you do not have a postgraduate position, you will hear from your assigned adviser about scheduling a telephonic exit interview for early April.

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.  We are all in this together. 

Best,

Megan E. Heneke

Important Information re Spring Break & After [from Emily Kite, 3/12/20 8:46 AM]

Dear Students,

As you saw in Chancellor Blank’s email below, following Spring Break, the University will suspend face-to-face instruction at least through Friday, April 10th [through the end of the semester (as of 3/17)]. You will receive instructions regarding accessing online instruction prior to the resumption of classes. If you plan to leave Dane County during Spring Break, it is important that you take with you all textbooks and other materials you will need to continue your studies and remotely attend classes.

Although in-person classes are suspended, the University plans to remain open. As such, the Law Building and Law Library plan to maintain their normal hours, with the exception of shortened Library hours over spring break.

[View main COVID-19 page for updated hours]

Please review the rest of Chancellor Blank’s email and follow best practices to take care of yourselves and avoid the spread of COVID-19.

I hope you have a good and safe break.

Emily D. Kite

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