Last updated 7/9/20
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.
Message from Dean Margaret Raymond
July 1, 2020
As you know, we’ve been working to respond to the Chancellor’s Smart Restart for reopening campus for the fall semester. In accordance with campus directives, we will offer a mix of coursework this September to include both limited in-person instruction and online coursework.
Before I outline some of the steps we’re taking to plan for your safety, I want to apologize for the confusion over fall instruction. Please know that I am hearing all your concerns, and I take every one of them to heart. I understand that everyone’s approach and comfort level to the pandemic is different.
First and foremost, providing a safe learning environment, along with a great educational experience, is our main priority. Let me provide the following assurances of what we are doing to meet this goal.
We’ll work to support your learning preferences. If you prefer remote coursework to in-person learning, we will have courses available for you. I can’t promise that you will be able to take all the classes you originally selected; not every course can be moved fully online. But we will offer a wide range of courses that will allow you to make appropriate progress towards your degree. That list isn’t set yet, so if you have some preferences, please let Lauren Devine, our academic adviser know. Please also, reach out to Lauren if you have any questions about revising your class schedule. She’ll be happy to help figure out how you can meet your degree requirements and have a great and productive semester.
We are planning for a hybrid model. If you choose to enroll in some remote courses, I think you’ll be pleased with how intentionally and thoughtfully our online coursework has been crafted to maximize your learning experience. Our faculty have invested substantial time and effort this summer to learn about and plan for excellent online instruction. We mobilized a Working Group on Excellence in Remote Delivery shortly after the spring semester ended, and that group is busily planning courses, offering guidance to colleagues on best practices, and helping others build templates for great online courses. They’ve also listened to your feedback about your experiences with remote delivery this spring. Our clinical faculty are teaching remotely this summer, and have already developed substantial expertise in remote delivery of experiential learning.
We’re taking steps to make the building safer. Every aspect of community life in the building needs to be considered with an eye to keeping us all safe and healthy. It turns out, even very large rooms only hold a small number of students in person in a safe physically distanced way, which is why many of our larger courses will need to be fully online. Where we have scheduled in-person instruction, we are working to determine our capacity to seat students at a safe distance. In addition, cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer will be available in every room, and masks will be required. After Thanksgiving, all courses will go fully online, and end-of-semester assessments will all be remotely delivered.
We are all learning to live with uncertainty. I want to be honest. Things could change, and as they do, we’ll respond quickly and flexibly. This is a rapidly-moving situation, and we will make the adjustments we need to address the public health situation as needs arise.
We will do everything we can to be transparent moving forward. Please email your questions and concerns to Dean Emily Kite, who is working on an FAQ document that we’ll share and update regularly. We value your feedback.
I’m profoundly grateful to each of you for all you are doing to keep yourselves and others around you safe and well in this incredibly difficult time, and to stay focused on your law study in the face of this unprecedented challenge. I am certain we will weather this: we are part of an incredible institution and an extraordinarily resilient community.
My last day as Dean is July 31st. Dean Dan Tokaji has been consulted on this, and I’m confident that your fall semester will be a rich and remarkable experience under this deanship.
With warm regards,
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 »
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 »
Contacts & Resources
The Law School has dedicated resources to help students navigate these uncertain times with confidence.Contacts & Resources for Law Students »
Keep track of recent email updates that have been sent to law students regarding the 2020 Fall Semester and COVID-19.COVID-19 Email Updates to Students »