Coronavirus has upended the legal education landscape. We know you have questions about how to study online, whether the bar exam will proceed this summer, and the myriad questions about how you’re supposed to function on a daily basis.
We’ve assembled this guide with a variety of information to keep you informed, manage your stress, and maintain your focus on your studies.
If you have any resources we should add, feel free to add them in the comment form below.
With the threat of COVID-19 becoming more and more real, a number of U.S. law schools announced a sudden switch to online classes. In my experience, remote learning can absolutely succeed in law school. In fact, remote learning can have real advantages. Here’s how you, as a law student, can make the change, and maximize your work, in this environment.
I’m a first-generation student at Lewis & Clark Law School, a volunteer, and an advocate. I’m a staff member for our criminal justice clinic and law review. I also work as a teaching fellow, a research assistant, and a law clerk. OH, I almost forgot: I just tested positive for COVID-19. This is my story. I’m waiting to see if I take a turn for the better. But I am not doing well right now. And none of this is okay.
Whether you are excited by the idea of take-home essay exams or frightened by it, you may have some questions about the best way to prepare. I have compiled a list of tips and suggestions that apply generally to take-home exams. These tips should not take the place of any specific instructions your professor has provided you.
Online Learning Tips
- How law students can find success in online classes
- Train your brain to be productive at home
- I don’t care what you wear to an online class (but sitting at a desk is a good choice)
- 7 things to do after an online class session ends
- 4 keys to staying focused and active during online courses
- Remote learning: How to make human connections between teachers and students
- Tales from two long weeks of law school in Canada, USA
- Law professors, ask your law students what they need now
- Breaking routine: Law school closures present challenges, opportunities for students
- Coronavirus conversion: Will online law school classes become a permanent change?
More from The Law Student Division
- Law students, paralegals join to offer pro bono COVID-19 legal support
- Law students can still network during the coronavirus outbreak
- Opinion: Law schools should switch to pass/fail during COVID-19 shift
West Academic Books
West Academic is offering students complimentary digital access to their required West Academic Publishing and Foundation Press casebooks through June 1 to accommodate schools moving to online instruction. Students who don’t have access to their purchased casebooks should call West Academic at 877.888.1330 (ext. 4), M-F, 7:30AM-5:00PM CST.
Students who don’t already have a West Academic account should create an account before calling. Please note: A West Academic account is NOT your Westlaw account.
Online Study and Law School Toolkits
- Resources for Students from Cat Moon of Vanderbilt Law School
- The National Jurist: Coronavirus Survival Guide
- Student Remote Learning Toolkit
- ABA Board of Governors backs limited practice for recent law school grads as they await bar exam
- A remote LSAT is scheduled for May because of coronavirus
- New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut reschedule July 2020 bar exam
- Decision about releasing July bar exam materials will come in May, NCBE says
- What alternatives to the July bar exam are being considered?
- March LSAT canceled and National Conference of Bar Examiners monitoring July bar exam
ABA Journal Coverage
- ABA Young Lawyers Division establishes national hotline for pandemic-related legal services
- On-campus interviews in January? Top law schools consider delays amid law firm pressure
- Several top law schools adopt pass-fail grading plans
- As COVID-19 mandates virtual law classes, nonprofit creates list of volunteer online speakers
- How do law schools move online?
- More universities shifting to online classes
- Numerous schools canceling in-person classes
- ABA president offers coronavirus response update, programming
- ABA announces all-digital ABA Day
- ABA cancels more April and May meetings amid COVID-19 pandemic
- ABA Journal COVID-19 Coverage
- ABA CoLAP: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
- ABA Journal: How can you ease COVID-19 Anxiety?
- Law Student Division Mental Health Resources
- Before the Bar: Mental Health Blog Posts
- Nonprofit AccessLex Institute sets up emergency fund for law students during pandemic
- Suspension of federal student loan payments available during COVID-19 pandemic
- Student Veterans of America: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the GI Bill
- Money.com: Here’s What to Know About Refunds, Work Study and Financial Aid As Campuses Close
- Federal student loan payments suspended with no interest
- Federal Student Aid: Guidance for interruptions of study related to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- U-Haul: Free 30 Days of Storage for Students
- Comcast Internet Essentials
- Student Relief Fund
- ABA creates task force to help Americans cope with pandemic
- ABA Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Guidance Memo for Law Schools
- What’s On, What’s Off: Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on upcoming ABA meetings
- Trending CLE: COVID-19 Collections
- ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness
For Law Professors and Law Schools
- Tips for teaching online
- Supporting #RealCollege Students During COVID19
- Higher Ed Connects: Coronavirus COVID-19 Webinar – What higher education leaders need to know right now
- Remote Teaching Resources for Business Continuity
- Blog: Please Do a Bad Job of Putting Your Courses Online
- Mapping Access: Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19
- Legal Talk Network: COVID-19 podcasts
- Courts COVID-19 Info By State
- The Center for Higher Education Leadership
- Colleges Closed or Migrating Online in Response to COVID-19
- The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Inside Higher Ed: Live Updates