UW-Madison has paused in-person classes from Sept. 10-25 and made other changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Stay informed at UW-Madison's Smart Restart page. Watch the Law School COVID-19 Updates for news specific to the Law School.

Last updated 9/11/20

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.

A Message from Dean Dan Tokaji New

September 9, 2020

Dear Students,

Thank you for your efforts to comply with the measures that the University and Law School implemented to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Unfortunately, despite these efforts, we have seen a substantial increase in positive tests among UW-Madison students. 

By now, you may have seen the message from Chancellor Blank pausing all in-person instruction from September 10th‑ 25th. In-person classes are cancelled this Thursday and Friday and will not take place. Those classes will resume remotely starting Monday (9/14/20) and will remain remote for at least two weeks for all public study spaces, including libraries, that will also be closed during this period; although our library staff will remain available for research and instructional support. Classes already scheduled to be remote will continue.

This decision was made to protect all of us and was not made lightly.  We remain hopeful that at least some in-person instruction can resume after September 25th. For classes with an in-person component, your instructors will be in touch with you with information on how course content will be remotely delivered starting Monday.    

Some of you may need to come into the Law School building to retrieve belongings from your lockers or to obtain course packets from Room 2115.  If you need to access the building for these purposes, you may do so between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm tomorrow (Thur. 9/10/20) or Friday.  (You should submit any purchase requests for course packets by end of day Thursday.)  Please wear a face covering, observe appropriate physical distancing, and keep your time in the building as brief as possible.  The building will be closed Saturday and Sunday.  At this point, we do not know whether building access will be possible after that.

This isn’t the news any of us were hoping for, especially those of you who are just beginning your law school course of study.  As is undoubtedly clear to all of you, the situation is dynamic.  We recognize that uncertainty is difficult, and will make every effort to communicate new developments as soon as we can. I appreciate all of your efforts to be kind and patient with one another.  We are Badgers, strong and resilient.  Despite the setback, we will get through this together.

Dean Dan

View all email updates for the Fall 2020 Semester »


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

Student FAQs » Email Updates »

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 help@law.wisc.edu

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Facilities & Safety

The Law Building is open to UW Law students and faculty during the fall semester and will observe campus physical distancing guidelines. The Law Library and in-person study spaces are closed to all but essential employees, effective Sept. 12, 2020. 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 »LAW LIBRARY FAQs »

Contacts & Resources

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

Contacts & Resources for Law Students »

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