Coronavirus Information for Prospective and Admitted Students
New Student Orientation
All orientation activities will take place online, in a combination of live and pre-recorded sessions. More details coming soon.
Please explore these resources for learning more about our programs while campus is closed to visitors:
- Schedule a Virtual Visit to Arizona Law New
- Register for an Online Info Session (JD only)
- Request Information
- Explore Degrees
- Learn about Tucson
- University of Arizona Virtual Tour
- For JD applicants: the TOEFL iBT® test and the GRE® general test can now be taken at home until test centers reopen.
No, we will (and must) follow the University’s lead. On July 27, the Provost Folks shared with us that the University of Arizona will have a staged start to the fall semester, beginning with Stage 1 on August 17. Stage 1 is fully online, with the exception of “Essential In-person” courses, such as labs, performances, and some experiential learning.
For the College of Law, this means:
The vast majority of classes will be fully online (with synchronous/live and asynchronous/not-live options) with no in-person (on campus) components when we begin on August 17.
Per Provost Folks’s communication:
the duration of this fully online Stage 1 has not yet been established, and
the decision to move to Stage 2 will be guided by the epidemiology of COVID-19 in our area.
The College has determined that all of our clinics and externships will be designated as “Essential In-Person” courses for purposes of Stage 1. This means that the director of each clinic and externship will have the option of holding in-person elements, e.g., client meetings or court proceedings, during Stage 1.
Each clinic director and each externship host will discuss the in-person elements with enrolled students.
“Essential In-Person” Stage 1 courses will comply with the directives and guidelines in the College of Law’s New Safe Return Plan.
For our incoming 1L students: all of your classes will be fully online during Stage 1.
When we return to campus, the vast majority of classes at the College of Law are Flex In-Person (with red/blue teams) or Live Online.
Regardless of assigned modality, all classes will be recorded and available for download via Zoom or D2L (confirm with your professor) so that students can participate fully remotely (synchronously (live) or asynchronously (not live)) if they choose. Students can move among learning methods during the semester as well.
We do not want the Plan to create even more disparate treatment than what already has been exacerbated by COVID. The sole purpose of the Plan is to keep us all safe while we are on campus. As such, the Plan anticipates exceptions to the rules in order to ensure equitable opportunities for all of our students to be successful. We cannot guarantee that every exception will be granted, but you are welcome to seek exceptions by contacting Dean Jordan Curtis or any member of the Arizona Law COVID Task Force to initiate the discussion. Do not wait for an emergency. Let’s talk now!
We are awaiting guidance from the university on the details of what Stage 1 allows and precludes. There will likely be very limited access to campus and, therefore, to the library. However, we will make those decisions when we have more information.
The library will offer a full array of remote services during stage 1 including scanning, interlibrary loan, and research support via email and zoom.
The law library will post access, hours, and services on the law library’s homepage as soon as possible. We will also send out a note to the community with details.
The draft Plan created by the New Safe Return Committee outlines the College of Law plan for testing, tracing, and treating members of the Arizona Law Community (Sec. 4.0). The Plan is consistent with the University’s Test, Trace, Treat plan but goes a few steps further since we are able to provide a more insular campus.
- Campus access restricted to Arizona Law faculty, staff, and students with limited exceptions;
- Daily screening questionnaire (covering symptoms and exposure history) and temperature checks;
- University-provided biofluid testing - i.e. nasal and/or blood testing - through University Health Service, for those in need of confirmatory diagnosis and medical care;
- Student schedule, classroom, and teaching modifications to limit on-campus population density and facilitate social distancing;
- Requiring masks of all persons on campus, subject to limited exceptions (e.g., medical conditions);
- Providing numerous hand sanitization stations located conveniently throughout campus Increasing physical plant monitoring and sanitization measures;
- Redesigning traffic flow patterns and some interior spaces to reduce risk of transmission; and
- Signage and other communication reinforcing messaging regarding physical distancing, mask wearing, and personal hygiene.
Additionally, all members of the University will be required to attend online training before returning to campus. Arizona Law will make available to all members of the community a “Safe Return to Campus” packet of information, along with a mask, touch key, and refillable disinfectant spray bottle.
The draft Plan also explains how we will be social distancing in classrooms, in the hallways, in the law library; the rigorous cleaning schedule and testing of the building; the requirement of face coverings; and much more.
Yes. Face coverings are mandatory. According to the CDC, “it’s important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.”
The university announced on June 16, 2020, that face coverings are required on campus. The City of Tucson also issued a Proclamation effective June 20 to require face coverings in public settings. Signs around the College of Law and information on the College’s COVID-19 information web page inform the community about mandatory face coverings in College of Law buildings. If you come to campus, please wear a face covering and keep it on while you are in the College of Law, including in the Law Library.
UArizona recently issued directives on complying with Face Coverings:
We recognize that not every person is capable of wearing a face covering. As with individuals who cannot meet other requirements in this Plan, those who cannot wear protective face coverings will participate in College of Law activities remotely. DRC explains accessibility considerations.
The College of Law, through a Responsibility Pledge, will expect all members of the Arizona Law community to embrace the Plan and follow the guidelines set by the University and the College in our Safe Return Plan. We are all in this together and we need everyone’s cooperation in order to keep the College of Law campus as safe as possible for those learning, teaching, and working on campus.
Those who cannot or do not wish to follow the Plan will participate in College of Law Activities remotely. Additionally, for all matters involving university rules and regulations, we will consult with the Dean of Students for appropriate remedies and resolutions.
Arizona Law will adhere to the COVID-19 Workplace Positive Case Notification Protocol and Related Personnel Actions. This guidance provides step-by-step instructions for employees, supervisors, and department heads in the event of a COVID-positive employee in the building. It includes notification protocol to public health, close contacts, facilities management, and everyone in the building. It also includes important privacy guidelines when an employee tests positive. The University has similar protocol and privacy requirements in the event a student tests positive, as noted in the Instructor FAQ. Campus Health also has SAFER guidelines and forms for self-reporting and supervisory reporting of a positive COVID test.
Classes, clinics, and externships will all have processes in place to facilitate remote participation if a student is unable to participate in person. Students will also have access to customary University and College of Law medical services.
The University is committed to providing wrap-around support for students diagnosed with COVID-19. (Guiding Principles #3.)
Students who live in La Aldea will be asked to isolate in their assigned room since each resident lives in a single room with restroom. However, there may be circumstances where campus health will recommend a resident of La Aldea isolate in the Babcock dorm, the designated isolation dorm for residential students. Regardless of isolation location, the graduate student will have the same support and resources including tele-medicine and meal plan support if requested.
Students who live off-campus should isolate at home and not return to campus until cleared by their physician. UArizona will be providing a comprehensive guide to those isolating at home and telehealth options. We are actively urging University administration to provide assistance such as medicine, meals, and grocery deliveries.
Professors and employers will be flexible with students who become ill during the semester. The College will make every effort to work with students so that they are able to complete their work and have a successful semester.
Students who become ill should contact Dean Jordan-Curtis, Dean of Students, and Dean Brooks, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, to discuss accommodations related to the illness and options for completing the semester. A wide array of options are available depending on each student’s individual situation.
Additional return to campus guidance is in the draft Plan, section 4.7.
Finally, students are welcome to contact Erin Lowry, LCSW, for referrals in the community for counseling, accessing basic needs, and other services. Students in need of more personal support can contact Dr. Jordan-Curtis, Dean of Students.
In addition to the UArizona guidance cited above, this issue will be managed on a case-by-case basis. Generally, if a professor becomes incapacitated, another member of the Arizona Law faculty will cover classes until the professor is able to return to teaching. A professor who is unable to enter campus but is able to teach remotely, may elect to teach a class or clinic remotely. If this is not feasible then a professor’s absence will be treated just like any other absence due to illness, and alternative arrangements will be made on a case by case basis.The College of Law will follow ABA Standards (see Ch. 3, Sec. 310) for guidelines on classroom instruction.
The University in partnership with the State of Arizona is now offering free antibody testing to all members of the University community in conjunction with a research study. This testing is completely voluntary.
Dean Jordan-Curtis can approve a Leave of Absence request from a 2L or 3L for one semester or one year. A leave request during the course of the semester must be approved by Dean Jordan-Curtis as well as the College of Law Executive Committee. Full withdrawal in the middle of the semester is also subject to University rules, especially pertaining to refunds, which often require medical documentation past a to-be-determined date.
Incoming students who wish to explore a deferral should contact their respective admissions officer.
JD and JD for Foreign Trained Lawyers: Cary Cluck
General and ITBL LLM: Amanda Wolfe
IPLP LLM and SJD: Justin Boro
MLS: Mark Blair
Please see the College of Law Handbook, Sec. VII, (E) for further information.
Scholarships are handled on an individual basis in tandem with the Leave of Absence or Deferment request.
The effect of a leave of absence on financial aid and student loans depends on the loan and the lender. Many, but not all, lenders provide students with a six-month grace period. For additional information, please contact Keyshia Conner, Associate Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships for the College of Law.
You may find this FAQ helpful, too: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.
We are not planning to adjust or change tuition for College of Law fall courses. Any adjustments to tuition must be approved by the Provost and President who have indicated there will be no changes to tuition for the fall semester.
The faculty and staff are fully committed to supporting the education of law students who want to proceed with their education. This summer faculty have all been working to deliver fall courses in hybrid -- and if necessary fully online -- modes. The College is preparing to offer many of its classes in three formats -- in person, live online, and asynchronous so that students can move from one format to another as they need during the semester. This effort involves more, not less, human and capital resources.
Yes and Yes. In line with University guidance, the College of Law is committed to maximum flexibility for our students. We understand the myriad reasons that may prevent students from attending classes in person or even live online (synchronously). Therefore, every class offered at the College of Law will be available online in both live and asynchronous formats. Students may choose to switch from in-person to online at any time during the semester.
Please note, however, that not every law class will have an in-person component. Some classes, for a variety of reasons, will be fully online. Those will be noted in the catalog by July 15, 2020.
Additionally, some experiential classes may necessarily retain an in-person component. See question #13 below for more information.
The entire student body will be split into two teams: Red team and Blue team. For purposes of in-person classes and to facilitate social distancing, the teams will alternate weeks on campus for in-person classes, library access, and other College of Law activities. All in-person classes will be delivered live online, and recorded for asynchronous access as well.
The College is redesigning the layout of all classrooms (moving tables, removing chairs) to achieve 6’ distancing with in-person attendees. Additionally, class times will be adjusted and class sizes will be limited by the Red and Blue schedule. Please see the College’s draft Plan, Sec. 6.0 for additional details.
After imposing stricter guidelines on July 6th, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded the directive on July 14th. On July 24th, ICE published its guidelines for new and returning students.
Returning F-1 students will be allowed to pursue their courses remotely (through either synchronous or asynchronous modes of instruction), with no limitation on the number of online credits taken. Students must still maintain a full course load (a minimum of 9 credits for graduation/professional students). ICE guidelines caution that new students who intend to study fully online will likely not be issued an F-1 visa and be allowed to enter the US.
UA’s International Student Services (ISS) continues to update its website with current information. Students can view the announcement from ISS following the most recent statement from ICE.
We strongly encourage students to monitor their email for additional communications from ISS. As always, ISS will alert students when ICE issues any new guidelines. F-1 students should also notify ISS if their address has changed.
Many embassies are still closed and travel restrictions remain in place, all of which may impede international students’ abilities to start their programs in the U.S. this fall semester.
At this time, we are planning for in-person externships and clinics. Externships and off-campus clinic components will follow the policies and procedures of the off-campus partner as well as University guidance.
We are still working on the details for those experiential programs that traditionally have required a live, in-person component such as attending court hearings, interviewing clients, and cross-examining witnesses.
Please see the College’s draft Plan Section 6.5 and 6.6 for further details. We will update these sections as more information becomes available.
We were planning to return to traditional grading for fall classes as we’ve done with our summer classes. We moved to mandatory pass/fail in the spring because there was so little time to prepare for the transition and because all of the changes occurred within the middle of the semester.
We received many requests to move to pass/fail for the fall. We note that we also have received notes supporting the return to traditional letter grades for the fall, as we did for the summer and as the entire university is doing. We also received suggestions to allow students to opt for the grading scheme they choose.
There are costs and benefits to any grading scheme. We had planned to return to traditional grading because, in general, the pass/fail system is neither the best way to encourage and assess a rigorous, high-quality legal education, nor is it favored by employers.
The faculty will review all of the anonymous comments and consider the best course in light of current circumstances. This is beyond the charge of the New Safe Return Committee.
Classes that are typically pass/fail will be pass/fail as normal, and if traditional grading stays for the fall semester, rankings will be issued as normal at the end of the grading period in January.
The attendance and participation policies will be in accordance with University policy: https://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/class-attendance-participation-and-administrative-drop. If students have concerns about their attendance or participation, they should address that with their professor as soon as possible.
No. The ABA anticipated and understands the needs of law schools given the pandemic and has allowed law schools to inform the ABA of their online class plans through a waiver process, which we have filed with the ABA. In general, if you have questions about whether you are on track to graduate, you should consult with our Registrar, Mike Brooks.
Thank you for your patience as we worked through getting approval for these changes. Here is our schedule:
- Our fall break was scheduled for Oct. 5-9. We will shorten it by three days, holding classes on Mon. Oct. 5 - Wed. Oct. 7. Thus, fall break will be two days, Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 8-9.
- The three days gained from shortening fall break allows us to cancel classes the week of Thanksgiving, Mon. - Wed., Nov. 23-25.
- When students leave for Thanksgiving break, they will not return to campus until their next term.
- Per UA guidelines, classes after Thanksgiving (Mon. Nov 30 - Wed., Dec 2) will be fully remote.
- Tues., Dec. 1, will be an instructional day for classes normally held on Thursdays.
- The last day of classes remains the same: Dec 2.
- Our exam schedule remains the same: Mon. Dec. 7 - Wed. Dec.16, with exams being fully remote.
This calendar applies to our JD, LLM, SJD students. Most other classes, including BA in Law, MLS 500-level courses, and UA Online courses will run with the University’s Academic Calendar.
The College of Law is hosting sessions for all students, incoming and returning, during Orientation during which best practices and what to expect in online classes will be discussed.
The College of Law will work with student groups and professors to prepare a webinar or session on best practices and what to expect in online classes.
D2L is a powerful online course site system, but it takes some time and practice to learn. If you are new to D2L, there is a self-paced orientation that gets you started. If you have used D2L before, this orientation helps you to improve your D2L skills. No matter your experience level, this orientation provides you an opportunity to test-drive D2L in a low-stakes setting. You are always welcome to return to this site if you want more practice. To register for this orientation, follow these steps:
Log into D2L (https://d2l.arizona.edu/d2l/loginh/)
On the D2L homepage, click the Self-Registration tab
Click the ENROLL button for the D2L New Student Orientation
Follow the screen prompts.
Our faculty will be using Zoom to record their classes. Faculty can choose to integrate Zoom with D2L so that the class recording uploads automatically to the course site; or faculty may choose to send out the recording to the class another way. Regardless of how the recordings are disseminated to students, all Zoom recordings are fully downloadable.
We fully expect to have students learning in communities where they may not have reliable access to high speed Internet, and we want to support them however we can so they can be successful. If a student anticipates needed support this fall, they should reach out to Dean J-C – or to any member of the NSR Committee – and we’ll work with them to help them be successful this fall however we can.
The University has remote wifi hotspots around the state. Please check to see if you live near one.
If a student is experiencing challenges during the semester, they should reach out to Dean Jordan-Curtis immediately and we will work with them to help them be successful this fall however we can.
Please remember, there is an Emergency Fund for students who are struggling financially.
The University Library has a robust Technology borrowing program: https://new.library.arizona.edu/tech/borrow
The University has remote wifi hotspots around the state: https://it.arizona.edu/documentation/remote-uawifi-hotspots
For students in Tucson, remember there is a UA Campus Pantry where any member of our community can obtain free groceries.
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) are also available to students through Campus Health. https://health.arizona.edu/counseling-psych-services
No approval needed! We suggest keeping your professors informed of your choice of modality, especially when you move from one to another. Communication is key.
Every College of Law class is assigned a classroom whether Flex In-Person or Live Online. During the weeks when you are on campus per the red/blue team plan, you will be able to participate in your Live Online class in the assigned classroom indicated in the Arizona Law course schedule: https://law.arizona.edu/courses and https://arizonalaw.ofcoursescheduler.com/con/exportViewer.php?pac=547871. (The classroom will not appear in UAccess.) You may also participate in your Live Online class from elsewhere on the university campus, such as an outdoor space. You do not have to be in the assigned classroom. However, please do not try to find space in the Law Library or elsewhere in the College of Law since your participation might be distracting to those around you. Additionally, in an effort to reduce density and practice social distancing, we prefer that students not wander around the building looking for space to learn and work. (Note: if you happen to be on campus for an essential in-person element during Stage 1 and are not able to return home before your Live Online class, please arrange for a space in advance with Bryan Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bernadette Wilkinson (email@example.com).)
The library has been working to negotiate discounts on casebooks for our students. Please order directly from the publisher.
West Academic (including Foundation Press):
We have a 15% student discount code. Students should use the following code at checkout: ARIZONALAW
Also, ebooks are automatically discounted by 25% off the print price on our Webstore.
You have an option to purchase digital-only access to your Wolters Kluwer Connected Casebook at 40% off the print list price from WKLegaledu.com and receive your access code upon completion of your transaction. Using the access code, register your product at CasebookConnect.com and start using the full e-book (works on any device), practice questions, and learning tools immediately.
Lexis-Nexis (including Carolina Academic Press (CAP) e books):
No special discount available right now. To order an e-case book, follow these instructions:
Access: One User/One Copy access to individual CAP Casebooks and Study Aids
students purchase individual titles directly from the LexisNexis bookstore, available here, and receive a link to the eBook via email after purchase.
Authorized users: LexisNexis eBooks are individually licensed for use to one individual and cannot be shared. Additionally, the license to download an eBook from the LexisNexis Download Center is equal to the quantity purchased
Carolina Academic Press(CAP) Print version – Offers a 10% discount and free shipping from the CAP website - https://cap-press.com/