Looking Ahead to Fall 2021
We are currently planning for a return to fully in-person, on-campus classes at NYU Law in Fall 2021, with the concomitant goal of resuming full, pre-pandemic operations, access to academic resources, and in-person campus activities and gatherings simultaneously or soon thereafter. We will continue to make the health and safety of all NYU Law community members the principal basis for our decision making. Should conditions evolve in a way that makes a resumption of in-person instruction or operations unsafe, we will be prepared to adjust accordingly. Read about plans for Fall 2021 to learn more about the return to fully in-person classes, semester scheduling, student support and activities, and residence halls.
Information for Academic Year 2020-2021
- Academic Calendar
- View the 2020-21 academic calendar.
NYU Law will continue to offer a mix of hybrid and remote courses for the Spring 2021 semester. Future decisions regarding course modality will be shaped by the advice of public health experts and rules and guidelines for higher education issued by governing authorities.
On the basis of public health guidelines, spring break has been suspended for the Spring 2021 semester. In order to create needed opportunities for resting and recharging, there will be several additional long weekends throughout the semester.
- In-person and Remote Instruction
- For the Spring 2020 semester, we will continue to offer a mix of hybrid and remote courses (like the structure we developed this fall) for our continuing JDs, LLMs, and other degree candidates. Considering a combination of safety measures, availability, and the preferences of our community, we are seeking to offer at least one hybrid course to all 1Ls who want one. In the upper-level curriculum, we plan to offer a mix of hybrid and remote courses.
- All in-person hybrid courses are also accessible remotely, in real time. The vast majority of courses require synchronous participation from all students.
- A typical hybrid course includes a mix of in-person and remote participants with the professor physically present in the classroom, teaching simultaneously to students physically present in the classroom as well as to students participating remotely via Zoom. Our seating plans have been adjusted to comply with density guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of everyone in the classroom. In sections where a large number of students prefer the in-person mode to the remote mode, we have assigned rotating cohorts for in-person participation.
- Courses scheduled to be offered in the hybrid mode are identified by the HCV footnote in the Spring 2020 Course Schedule; courses scheduled to be offered entirely remotely are identified by the RCV footnote. Our ability to offer hybrid instruction in a safe way is contingent on continually evolving health and safety guidelines, so it remains possible that a hybrid course may need to switch to remote-only mode on short notice.
- Although any student—at any time, in any course—may opt to participate remotely, building density guidelines and in-person rotational schedules require some advance planning. Therefore please work with the faculty member teaching your hybrid course to ensure there is enough room for you to join a particular class meeting safely if you are not already scheduled by Academic Services to be present in person.
- Any student who was unable to arrive on campus at the beginning of the year may begin the Spring 2021 semester remotely until they can join us in person.
- It is also possible that, as happened in Spring 2020, a complete transition to remote instruction partway through the semester will be necessary. Should this be required, the faculty, administration, and staff are prepared to pivot and adapt immediately to protect the health and safety of our community while also fulfilling our academic mission.
- Residence Halls
- Our Law School student housing is home for many of our students, and our residence halls have remained open throughout the COVID-19 crisis. With health and safety top-of-mind, we have closed common spaces in residence halls until further notice to reduce density and unsafe gatherings.
The guest policy has been suspended for all residential students. Access will be restricted to residents of Law School housing, prohibiting non-NYU guests and non-residential students. Should the policy change, we will let our students know immediately.
- To help minimize uncertainty, once students are living on campus, their housing rates will not increase, even if they remain for all three years of their JD studies.
- Students with questions regarding Law School residential life should contact our Res Life team directly
- Financial Support for Students
- We are taking additional steps, made possible in part by the generous support of our alumni and friends, to reduce the economic strain that many of our students are facing.
- Every JD, LLM, and MSL student has received a Technology Support Grant of $1,000, to help ensure that they have access to the technological resources they need to participate in hybrid and remote learning.
- In addition, every student already receiving a partial tuition scholarship from the Law School has had their scholarship award increased by $1,000.
- Law School students continue to be eligible to apply for COVID-19 Hardship Relief Grants. The University has reactivated the online COVID-19 Relief Grant application. Students can access the application by logging into NYU Albert Student Center, then clicking on the “Finances” tab to locate the COVID-19 Relief Fund button. Students are encouraged to read both the website and form carefully before submitting because once submitted, an application cannot be edited. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
- Student-Facing Services
- As always, our administrators and staff are available to support, counsel, and advise students. This Fall, in addition to remaining reachable by phone, email, and virtual appointment, our student-facing services are offering Virtual Reception Areas during normal business hours, so that any student wishing to ask a quick question or make an appointment will be able to chat with a member of our administrative team live via Zoom.
- Most appointments with student-facing administrators will be held virtually, but in-person appointments are also available, subject to health and safety regulations.
- International Students
- NYU’s Office of Global Services (OGS) monitors developments related to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and student visa eligibility. OGS will assist you with the paperwork you will need as you plan to enter the US and establish visa status for the remainder of your studies.
- Students planning to join us in Spring 2021 can start classes online if they are unable to arrive for the first day of classes.
- We advise all full-time LLM students to make every effort to arrive in time for the beginning of classes, regardless of their start semester. To count the first semester toward establishing eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT), you must arrive on campus no more than 30 days late. Anything beyond this might negatively impact your eligibility for post-completion OPT. If you ultimately find yourself facing this possibility, please contact OGS to discuss your particular circumstances.
- OGS has posted information about visas and eligibility for OPT and Curricular Practical Training (CPT). The information is under the "Off Campus Employment" heading.
- An FAQ posted by OGS offers additional detail about OPT. Among other things, it outlines potential risks associated with being outside of the US while your application is pending, and explains that you must be physically present in the US at the time you submit your application.
In light of the continuing public health risk posed by the pandemic and the current restrictions that prohibit large-scale events, it is not possible or responsible to hold our traditional in-person convocation ceremony in May 2021.
A team has begun working diligently to explore safe, creative, and meaningful ways to celebrate the Class of 2021 while departing from our traditional ceremony. We want to take into account student thoughts and feedback on a reimagined ceremony in May, as well as an opportunity for an in-person celebration at some point in the future. To that end, we will work closely with the SBA and a convocation working group. You may also share feedback with us by emailing email@example.com.
- Bar Exam and Eligibility
The National Conference of Bar Examiners has announced that the July 2021 New York Bar Examination will be administered remotely.
On June 6, 2020, the New York Court of Appeals issued a programmatic waiver of the restrictions on remote instruction (or "distance learning") for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters for students pursuing their JD and LLM degrees at ABA-accredited institutions. The Court's order further waives, for Summer 2021, the limit on credit hours normally applicable to students pursuing an LLM degree at such institutions. On September 15, 2020 the New York Court of Appeals issued a programmatic waiver of the restrictions on remote instruction for the Spring 2021 semester. The provisions of these Orders preserve New York bar eligibility for our students who participate(d) remotely in classes in Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. On February 17, 2021, the Court issued an order waiving the in-person requirement for classes taken during Summer 2021.