Coronavirus Information for Current Students

The University of Arizona is operating the fall 2020 semester with a "staged launch" approach. For the College of Law, this means the vast majority of of classes are operating fully online during the first stage. Clinics and externships began the semester with some in-person elements, and the college's hybrid model meets SEVP requirements for international students. 

As additional classes are allowed to resume in-person instruction, the college will communicate with all students, faculty and staff.

Please see your email and the Latest College of Law Communications for important information.

Red Team / Blue Team 

Law students are split into two groups - the Red Team and the Blue Team - in order to reduce on-campus density and mitigate the risks of COVID-19. The two groups have alternating weeks during which they are permitted to attend classes and access College of Law facilities in person. When it is not your team's week, you must access all law classes and services—including the law library—remotely.

Team assignments were sent via email on Aug. 13. For Red/Blue Team questions, please email Chris Gast at cgast@arizona.edu.

Note: During Stage 1 of the return to campus, all College of Law classes and services will operate fully online, except for a small amount of clinic and externship components. Red Team/Blue Team building access will go into effect when campus moves to allowing Law classes to resume in-person instruction during Stage 2.

Weekly Schedule for Spring 2021 (weeks run Sunday - Saturday):

RED TEAM BLUE TEAM
  Jan. 4-9*
Jan. 10-16 Jan. 17-23
Jan. 24-30 Jan. 31-Feb. 6
Feb. 7-13 Feb. 14-20
Feb. 21-27 Feb. 28-March 6
March 7-13

March 14-20

March 21-27 March 28-April 3
April 4-10 April 11-17
April 18-24 April 25-May 1
May 2-8 May 9-15

*Students will not have access to the building or library during university closure, Dec. 24-Jan. 3.

Resources & Support

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

  • Career advisers are available for Zoom and telephonic appointments. Please schedule appointments using CareerCAT
  • For advice on resume building and job searching in the wake of COVID-19, please see our COVID-19 Resource Guide in the CareerCAT Resource Library

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FAQ's

Re-Opening Procedure

No, we will (and must) follow the University’s lead in all operational decisions. 

The College of Law COVID-19 home page displays the College’s current operational status at all times and includes links to the latest university policies and updates.

Visit covid19.arizona.edu/updates to see the latest university information, including the University’s current and upcoming Instruction Stage (State 1, Stage 2, etc.), policy updates, latest communications and more. You can also watch President Robbins’ weekly reentry briefings at arizona.edu/live, where he announces the Instruction Stage status for the following week.

No. To protect everyone’s health and to reduce building density as much as possible, during Stage 1, the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library is open to law library staff only. Library staff are working in the library Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm and are providing all services remotely to ensure you have what you need for class and studying.

When we transition to Law classes resuming in-person instruction during Stage 2, we will welcome students to the library 24/7 according to the red and blue team schedule. We have implemented an online reservation system so that students can reserve individual study rooms, tables, and carrels without worrying about social distancing and availability. We will share further information when we move into Stage 2.

Please visit the Law Library website for more information. We are here for you!

Chris Gast emailed Red/Blue team assignments to all students on Aug. 13 with the subject line, "Red/Blue Team Assignment--Arizona Law New Safe Return Plan." If you are unsure about which team you're on, email Chris Gast at cgast@arizona.edu.

Mitigation Efforts

The College of Law New Safe Return Plan outlines the following mitigation efforts: 

  • Campus access is restricted to Arizona Law faculty, staff, students, and pre-approved visitors with official College of Law business;

  • Each person must complete the Wildcat WellCheck and take their temperature before coming to campus;

  • Each person must test negative for COVID-19 before coming on campus. The university offers free testing for students and employees.

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times;

  • Student schedules, classroom arrangements, and teaching modifications are in place to limit on-campus population density and facilitate social distancing;

  • Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout College of Law facilities;

  • Physical plant monitoring and sanitization measures have increased;

  • Traffic flow patterns and interior spaces have been redesigned where necessary to reduce risk of transmission; and

  • All members of the University are required to complete online training in UAccess before returning to campus. Arizona Law will also share training videos demonstrating changes to the College of Law campus.

Yes. Face coverings are mandatory. If you come to campus, you must wear a face covering and keep it on while you are in the College of Law, including in the Law Library.

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.

Read the UArizona Directives on complying with Face Coverings:

Those who cannot wear protective face coverings must participate in all College of Law activities remotely. The Disability Resource Center explains accessibility considerations

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 College of Law expects 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. 

The college’s Pledge for a Safe Return summarizes the required behaviors. 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 do not comply with the New Safe Return Plan and all university and college

rules will not be permitted to participate in College of Law activities in person. 

For all matters involving non-compliance with university directives, rules, and regulations, we will consult with the Dean of Students and follow issued protocol, remedies, and resolutions for students; and with Human Resources for employees.

Yes, and you must take an antigen test and receive a negative result before returning to campus in person. The University offers three types of COVID tests for the University of Arizona community. Please visit the university’s Test, Trace, Treat page for complete information and testing availability and instructions.

Arizona Law will adhere to the University COVID-19 Positive Case Notification Protocol for Students. The University has additional guidance and privacy requirements as noted in the Instructor FAQ.What support will there be for a student who gets sick?

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 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.

Please remember there are Emergency Funds for students as well as Faculty/Staff who are struggling financially:

There is also a UA Campus Pantry where any member of our community can obtain free groceries.

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 that 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. The University has provided the isolation dorm to several students living off-campus, so students should request this option if they like. UArizona provides 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 are being flexible with students who become ill during the semester. The College is making every effort to work with students so that they are able to complete their work and have a successful semester. 

Additional return to campus guidance is in the New Safe Return Plan, section 4.7.

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.

Financial Questions

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 your lender. 

You may find this FAQ helpful, too: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.

No. 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. Faculty worked over the summer to deliver fall courses in hybrid -- and fully online -- modes. The College offers 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.

Academic Questions

The fall 2020 JD grading policy uses our traditional letter grading structure, including a mandatory curve for 1L classes and a target mean GPA for upper-level classes. In addition, students can elect to receive a Pass/No-Pass for one or more classes. Students must first communicate this intention to individual instructors by October 16. 

See the full details on the updated grading policy.

The attendance and participation policies are in accordance with University policy. If students have concerns about their attendance or participation, they should address that with their professor as soon as possible.

All Fall 2020 final exams will be conducted online primarily through the Exam4 take home method or within your D2L course site. General examination information will be updated on the college Examinations web page as it becomes available.

 For course specific exam instructions, look for communications from your professor and/or the college Faculty Support office staff.

The changes to the fall calendar for our JD, LLM and SJD students are:

  • Fall break has been shortened by three days. We will be holding classes on Mon. Oct. 5 - Wed. Oct. 7.  Thus, fall break will be two days, Thurs. Oct. 8 - Fri., Oct. 9.  

  • The three days gained from shortening fall break allows us to cancel classes the week of Thanksgiving, Mon. Nov. 23 - Wed., Nov. 25.

  • Per UArizona guidelines, classes and final exams after Thanksgiving will be fully remote.

  • If public health data and the University allow, the Law Library will be open to the Arizona Law community through the end of the examination period. Check our COVID home page for current building access rules.

View the full College of Law Academic Calendar.

BA in Law, MLS 500-level courses, and UA Online courses will run with the University’s Academic Calendar.

During Stage 1, some clinics and externships may have in-person components. All other classes are fully online during Stage 1.

In Stage 2 and beyond, law classes are available as either flex in-person or live online. Additionally, every class in every stage is available in an online asynchronous mode for those unable to attend live. Class formats are noted in the catalog.

Students may choose to switch from in-person to online at any time during the semester (except during a stage that restricts in-person learning to clinics and externships, at which point students must choose online for the rest of their classes). 

Class format overview.

No approval needed! We suggest keeping your professors informed of your choice of modality, especially when you move from one to another. Professors are fully understanding and supportive of our students and their unique circumstances which may cause them to switch modalities at any time during the semester.  Communication is key.

Yes. Our faculty use 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.

The entire student body has been divided into two teams: Red team and Blue team. When in-person learning is allowed to resume, 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.

Additional mitigation efforts have been put in place such as redesigning classroom layouts to allow for physical distancing, required face coverings and adjusting class entrance and exit routines. Please see the College’s New Safe Return Plan, Sec. 6.0 for additional details.

See the Red/Blue Team Schedule for the fall semester.

Yes.

Externships and off-campus clinic components follow the policies and procedures of the off-campus partner as well as University guidance.

Clinics are considered “essential in-person” courses, and thus may offer some in-person components during Stage 1. Specific clinic operations are determined by the clinic director. 

Please see the College’s New Safe Return Plan Section 6.5 and 6.6 for further details.

Every College of Law class, regardless of modality, is assigned a classroom. During the weeks when you are permitted to be on campus per the red/blue team plan, you will have the option 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 home or elsewhere on the university campus, such as an outdoor space. You do not have to be in the assigned classroom. 

However, the Law Library or other College of Law spaces are not open for you to use to attend online classes.

(Note: if you happen to be on campus for a hands-on 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 (baw@arizona.edu) or Bernadette Wilkinson (bwilkins@arizona.edu).)

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.

The College of Law and the University provide support and training to our faculty on best practices for online and hybrid courses. The College has a faculty committee dedicated to online learning. We have a studio where faculty can record high quality sessions. Arizona Law is light-years ahead of other law schools in providing online education; we’ve been doing so for years through our online MLS, BA in Law, and global programs, as well as some JD classes. Supported by our online team, and a special faculty committee, faculty worked hard all summer to improve online and hybrid teaching and learning.

If a student is experiencing challenges during the semester -- for whatever reason -- 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.

There is a UA Campus Pantry where any member of our community can obtain free groceries

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.

Wolters Kluwer

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:

  1. LexisNexis Bookstore:

    1. Access: One User/One Copy access to individual CAP Casebooks and Study Aids

    2. Purchaser: Law 

    3. 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/

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). 

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.