Planning for Fall 2020

The Law School plans to resume in-person operations when the Fall semester begins, guided by three principles: prioritizing the safety and health of everyone in the NYU Law community, guided by evolving advice of public health experts and governing authorities; innovating to maintain a standard of excellence in the fulfillment of our core academic mission; and striving to provide information and flexibility to our students. 

Dean Trevor Morrison has been in regular communication with members of the NYU Law community about measures taken in response to COVID-19 last spring, as well as plans for Fall 2020. (See messages from Dean Morrison.) This page incorporates the most current information from those communications and elsewhere, and is regularly updated (the last update was on July 14). 

Health and Safety: Precautions, Testing, and other Information
Use of Academic Buildings and Law Library

Information for:

All Students   Faculty   Employees

Newly Admitted and Prospective Students

2020 Graduates   All Alumni

For University updates and information, please visit NYU Returns 2020-2021.
 

All Students

Fall Registration and the Academic Calendar
  • Incoming 1L JD students: Registration and orientation will be held the week of August 17. Additional information will be distributed this summer. 
  • Incoming LLM students: For those who need to attend, the Intensive Workshop (July 27-August 7) and Introduction to US Law and Introduction to US Legal Practice (August 10-21) will be held remotely. Orientation will also be held remotely. 
  • A schedule of upper-level classes for Fall 2020 is available. Registration (first cycle) for these classes runs from June 26 to July 7.
  • Fall 2020 classes begin August 25.
  • For health and safety reasons, students who travel out of New York for the Thanksgiving holiday should plan not to return to campus during the final week of classes and instead should plan to participate remotely that week.
  • View the full 2020-21 academic calendar.
  • NYU Law hopes to be in person for the spring semester, but no decisions have been made at this time regarding the in-person, hybrid, or remote status of Spring 2021 courses. 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.

In-person and Remote Instruction
  • We continue to plan for the resumption of some in-person instruction in Fall 2020, offering approximately half of our 1L courses and approximately one quarter of our upper-level courses in a hybrid format. We expect the balance of the curriculum to be offered in an entirely remote format.
  • Students who wish to participate remotely in any Fall 2020 NYU Law class in which they are enrolled may do so. Put another way, any in-person hybrid courses for Fall 2020 will be also be accessible remotely, in real time.
  • The vast majority of courses will require synchronous participation from all students.
  • A typical hybrid course will include 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. Therefore, in sections where a large number of students prefer the in-person mode to the remote mode, we will assign rotating cohorts for in-person participation. Smaller hybrid courses, such as seminars, may be able to accommodate all in-person participants in every session, without the need for rotation. Still other hybrid courses may provide a mix of larger Zoom meetings with smaller in-person breakout sessions. Faculty will be tailoring their particular hybrid courses to best convey the subject matter they are teaching.
  • Courses scheduled to be offered in the hybrid mode are identified by the HCV footnote in the Fall 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.
  • 2L and 3L JD students and LLM students will soon receive a survey asking them to describe their plans for remote or in-person participation in their Fall 2020 courses.(1L JD students have already received this survey.) Survey responses are for planning purposes and are not binding, as students may understandably change their plans as the semester progresses.
  • 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, once the school year begins, 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.
  • If any student cannot arrive on campus at the beginning of the academic year, that student may begin the Fall 2020 semester remotely until they can join us in person. 
  • It remains possible that we will need to begin the academic year fully remotely. It is also possible that, as happened this Spring, a complete transition to remote instruction partway through the Fall semester will be necessary. Should either of these measures 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.
Fall 2020 Exams
We expect that all Fall 2020 examinations will be administered remotely.
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. In these spaces, we will continue to keep health and safety top-of-mind in our plans by closing common spaces in residence halls until further notice to reduce density and unsafe gatherings.
  • The guest policy will be 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.

  • We will develop a staggered move-in schedule for August.  
  • We will continue to offer students flexible license terms for housing, allowing students to postpone their arrival or depart early according to their unique circumstances.
  • 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 will receive a Technology Support Grant of $1,000, to help ensure that students 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 will have their scholarship award increased by $1,000.
  • Finally, the Law School will continue to award grants to students through the COVID-19 Hardship Relief Fund through at least the end of Fall 2020. All law students are eligible to apply for up to $1,000 in support from the COVID-19 Hardship Relief Fund, whether or not they already received support from that fund in Spring 2020.
Student-Facing Services
  • As always, our administrators and staff will be available to support, counsel, and advise students. This Fall, in addition to remaining reachable by phone, email, and virtual appointment, our student-facing services will offer 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. We will have more details on this process soon.
  • Most appointments with student-facing administrators will be held virtually but in-person appointments will also be available, subject to health and safety regulations.
International Students
  • The US Government recently announced and then rescinded changes to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regarding student visa eligibility, and NYU’s Office of Global Services is monitoring developments in this area. The Law School is mindful of the distress and uncertainty caused by these developments, and we are committed to doing all we can to help our international students cope with any challenges that emerge.
  • Read Dean Morrison’s July 14 message to students on this issue.
  • Uncertainty remains regarding travel restrictions and whether embassies or consulates will conduct interviews and process visas in time for students to join us for the start of the fall semester. Students who plan to join us in the fall 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 then to discuss your particular circumstances.

  • NYU's Office of Global Services (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. OGS is continuing to process requests while it is physically closed.
  • 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.
Career Resources

Public Interest Law Center (PILC)

  • Public interest career resources, including practice area handbooks, sample resumes and cover letters, and recordings of PILC events, are available on PILC's website.

  • PILC is still operating and here for you. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, call 212-998-6686 or email pilc.appointments@nyu.edu
  • Appointments with Gail Zweig (government and prosecution specialist) can be made through CSM. 
  • If you have an urgent matter and have been working with a counselor, feel free to reach out to that counselor directly. 
  • If you have an urgent matter and have not been working with a counselor, please email pilc.info@nyu.edu

 Office of Career Services 

  • The Office of Career Services (OCS) is operating remotely and students can schedule virtual counseling appointments by emailing law.careers@nyu.edu or calling (212) 998-6090. 
  • All OCS handbooks and resources can be found on the Career Resources tab of CSM
  • OCS is planning a full range of career educational and employer events for all JD and LLM students to take place virtually in the fall.
  • The Early Interview Week program has moved to January 13-15, 2021; it will now be known as the Winter Interview Program (WIP). OCS will provide additional deadlines and information regarding WIP in the fall. 

Judicial Clerkship Office

  • The Law School’s Judicial Clerkship Office (JCO) is fully operational and assisting students with clerkship applications.
  • The 2L Clerkship Hiring Plan remains in place and 2Ls can submit applications starting on June 15.
  • In light of the current coronavirus situation and the difficulty of handling paper applications this year, most judges will be accepting applications on OSCAR or by email. The Ad Hoc Committee on Law Clerk Hiring has encouraged all federal judges to accept applications on OSCAR and to conduct interviews by audio or video conference, and not in person. Some judges are continuing to interview while others are postponing interviews. For judges who request paper applications by regular mail, JCO generally will be sending emails instead.

International Students

  • NYU's Office of Global Services (OGS) has posted information about visas and eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT). The information is under the "Off Campus Employment" heading.
  • A 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.
Bar Exam and Eligibility
On June 6, the New York Court of Appeals issued a programmatic waiver of the restrictions on remote instruction (or "distance learning") for the Fall 2020 semester 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. The provisions of this order preserve New York bar eligibility for our students who participate remotely in classes this Fall or who complete their LLM program in the Spring-Summer 2021 semesters.  
NYU Law COVID-19 Hardship Fund
  • The Law School recognizes that many of our students are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and that these challenges often have a financial component. To provide some relief to students under unanticipated financial strain related to coronavirus (COVID-19), we have established an NYU Law COVID-19 Hardship Fund. 
  • To apply for a grant from the Hardship Fund, please use the University portal. As an NYU Law student, you may request up to $1000 to help with an unanticipated expense related to the coronavirus crisis. 
  • To support our community during this time, please visit the Law School's giving page and select "NYU Law COVID-19 Response Fund." You may also reach out to our Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations, Nick Vagelatos, at nick.vagelatos@nyu.edu. NYU Law student organizations that wish to contribute to the fund should contact Dean of Students Lindsay Kendrick at lindsay.kendrick@nyu.edu. A heartfelt thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

Newly Admitted and Prospective Students

  • Registration & orientation for incoming JD students will be held the week of August 17. Additional information will be distributed this summer.
  • JD Admissions representatives are available via email. You may also call +1-212-998-6060, 10 am-3 pm, Monday-Friday, to speak with a representative.
  • Graduate Admissions representatives are working remotely, and are available via email for candidates interested in our LLM, JSD, or Advanced Certificate programs. Alternatively, you may also call +1-212-998-6060 during normal business hours to speak to a representative.
  • Graduate Admissions has posted COVID-19 updates for admitted LLM and JSD students on the Admitted Students Website.
  • Messages to admitted JD students from Assistant Dean for Admissions Cassandra T. Williams:

Faculty

2020 Graduates

Bar Exam and Bar Eligibility
  • On July 16, the New York State Court of Appeals canceled the September 9-10 administration of the New York Bar Exam because of health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Court simultaneously announced further details about a  temporary practice authorization for recent law school graduates, issuing a practice order which is effective July 22.  The Law School administration is currently examining the terms of the practice order to understand more completely how it might affect our graduates, and will continue to advocate on their behalf.
  • The New York State Board of Law Examiners (BOLE) s periodically updating their website regarding the bar exam.
  • Graduates taking the bar in another jurisdiction should monitor that bar examiner's website. Each state is making its own decision as to whether they will hold the bar exam in July as planned or it will be postponed to a later date. The National Conference of Bar Examiners has a listing of contact and website information for all US jurisdictions in their online Bar Admissions Guide and also a page tracking each state’s decision
  • On March 18, the New York State Court of Appeals granted our application for a waiver of strict compliance with the state bar’s limitations on distance learning for all students enrolled at NYU Law in the Spring 2020 semester. The Court’s order acknowledges the necessity of NYU Law’s transition to remotely taught, synchronous classes in the Spring 2020 semester, and permits all NYU Law students engaged in these classes, in both the JD and LLM programs, to sit for the New York bar examination if they are otherwise bar-eligible.
  • The Office of Academic Services has performed a review of the 50 states and their bar requirements. Most jurisdictions appear to have no online requirement that would require NYU Law to apply for a waiver. All students are required to know the rules of their jurisdiction and are encouraged to review their state’s bar exam rules. Those needing assistance in finding the proper resources should contact the Office of Academic Services. 
Convocation 
  • On March 25, NYU President Andrew Hamilton announced with regret that we would have to reimagine our graduation exercises for 2020, and it would not be possible or responsible to hold our traditional ceremony in May. We are hoping to arrange an in-person ceremony for our 2020 graduates at some point in the future, but we did find a way to celebrate them virtually on May 21. The celebration is available for viewing on our website. Please reach out to convocation@mercury.law.nyu.edu if you have questions or thoughts about upcoming plans.
Resources 

 

All Alumni

  • We expect that we will continue to provide continuing legal education (CLE) for our alumni community at appropriate events offered online. Because the CLE Board’s online attendance requirements are stricter than those for in-person attendance, we are currently working with our IT team to make remote participation for CLE credit as simple as possible.  
  • For alumni interested in helping our students: 
    • You may contribute to the NYU Law COVID-19 Hardship Fund, established to provide some relief to students facing unanticipated financial strain related to coronavirus. 
    • The Law Alumni Association and Law Alumni of Color Association are organizing volunteers. We are happy to facilitate any connections, and anyone looking to help should feel free to reach out to Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations Nick Vagelatos at nick.vagelatos@nyu.edu.
  • For alumni who may be considering professional changes, the Office of Career Services and Public Interest Law Center remain available while physically closed. Our law alumni associations may also be able to assist. Those interested in assistance should feel free to reach out to Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations Nick Vagelatos at nick.vagelatos@nyu.edu.
  • Information about loan repayment relief provisions in the CARES Act. 
  • The Law School has arranged for 2020 graduates to have extended access to legal research, media, and career resources at no charge.
  • NYU Law COVID-19 Hardship Fund. The Law School recognizes that many of our students are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and that these challenges often have a financial component. To provide some relief to students under unanticipated financial strain related to coronavirus (COVID-19), we have established an NYU Law COVID-19 Hardship Fund. To support our community during this time, please visit the Law School's giving page and select "NYU Law COVID-19 Response Fund." You may also reach out to our Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations, Nick Vagelatos, at nick.vagelatos@nyu.edu. A heartfelt thank you in advance for your generosity.

Employees

  • There is a general presumption that, with the exception of essential employees, all administrators, researchers, and staff will continue to telework during the Fall semester. This will help us to reduce density in our buildings. Offices that work mainly remotely will be expected to offer the same level of service to our community as would be the case if they were on campus. Those who need to be on campus to perform an essential will need permission from their supervisor. In addition, anyone on campus must follow the health and safety policies the University and the Law School are putting in place to prevent and reduce transmission of COVID-19. For more detail, read Dean Morrison’s July 17 message to administrators, researchers, and staff.
  • NYU Law's Teleworking Guide
  • NYU's Tech Guide to Teleworking
  • Benefits: The University has created a webpage dedicated to coronavirus-related benefits updates.
  • Mail Services:  Mail Services is offering reduced services and has temporarily suspended mail delivery  to Wilf Hall, 22 WSN, Vanderbilt Hall and Furman Hall. As a result, mail for these buildings is currently available in the second-floor conference room of D’Agostino Hall (Room 252—turn right when you exit the stairs or elevator; the room is behind the pantry). Pick-up times are 11:00am-1:30pm and 2:30pm-4:00pm.