Frequently Asked Questions – Autumn Quarter 2020

Please consider these answers to be part of a living document, one that will continue to be refined, updated, and added to as more information becomes available and as we continue to receive public health guidance. The public health situation in Chicago and nationwide continues to evolve quickly, and it may be necessary to alter our plans in the future.

Autumn 2020 Dates

September 21-25 Week 1 of classes. All classes meet remote this week. Law School closed to students.
September 21 First day of classes at Booth
September 28 In-person and blended classes begin to meet at the Law School and the Rubenstein Forum. Library opens.
September 29 First day of classes for University
November 20 Last day of Autumn Quarter classes.
November 23-27 Thanksgiving Break
November 30 Reading Period
December 1-8 Exam period. All exams remote.
December 10-18 On-Campus Interview Program (JD Students). Will take place fully remote.

Building & Student Services Hours

Note: the Law School will remain closed to students through September 27 and will open for students to enter beginning on September 28. These times are for Monday-Friday only. When the Law School opens for classes, the building will not be open on the weekends. The third floor Student Services suite will remain closed to students, although Student Services staff will be available for remote appointments.

8:00am – 4:00pm  Building keycard access for approved students
8:00am – 6:15pm Times for in-person classes at the Law School
9:30am 6:15pm Times for in-person classes at the Rubenstein Forum
8:00am – 6:15pm Times for remote class attendance in the Law School; by reservation only
8:00am – 6:00pm Green Lounge access
8:00am – 3:00pm Law School Café
8:00am – 6:00pm D’Angelo Law Library study spaces open; by reservation only
9:00am 6:00pm D'Angelo Law Library "Ask a Law Librarian Services"
8:00am – 6:00pm Printing room open for students in Room VI
8:00am – 6:00pm Prayer room open for students in Room G
8:30am – 6:00pm IT Help Desk available for remote tech assistance
8:30am – 4:00pm IT Help Desk in-person tech assistance; by appointment only
8:30am – 5:00pm Student Services open for remote appointments only
8:00am 4:00pm In-person faculty office hours; by appointment only

Reserve a seat at the library.

Reserve a seat in the Auditorium.

What are the guidelines for accessing and using the Law School in Autumn?

For Autumn Quarter, students should have a specific task if they are coming to the building such as attending in-person classes, going to the library, printing or attending office hours. Each person will be required to wear a mask upon entering the building and must tap their individual ID card. This process will aid in contact tracing should any COVID-19 cases occur. 


As a reminder, there will be no events held in the building in autumn. The Green Lounge, library and printing will be available from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm only. This allows times for cleaning and for our librarians to complete their work.
 

Are there special guidelines for entering and exiting the Law School?

Yes, all Law School doors will remain locked in Autumn Quarter. Upon entering the Law School each student must tap their own ID card one-by one so that we have records for contact tracing purposes and limit access to visitors for public health reasons. You should not hold the door for anyone to enter behind you into the building. 

Will I be able to eat at the Law School?

During Autumn Quarter the only designated place for eating at the Law School will be the Green Lounge. In order to promote safety, all tables will be limited to one person per table, and all students will be kept at least 8 feet apart.

 

NOTE: Due to density limitations, the Green Lounge will only be available over the lunch hour to students who have an in-person class immediately before or after. Students with in-person classes earlier or later in the day may use the Green Lounge but just not over the lunch hour.

What are the guidelines for using the Green Lounge?

Green Lounge access will be Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm beginning Week 2 of classes, on September 28, 2020. We have removed most of the chairs in the room in order to limit the density. The Green Lounge is the only place in the building where students may eat or remove their mask. Students must sit 1 person per table, which have been placed 8 feet apart.

 
Usage Over the Lunch Hour 
Only students who have a class that is adjacent to lunch (immediately before or after), may have a seat for lunch. Students with a seat may watch lunch talks with headphones in the Green Lounge. If we determine we have extra seats, we will have a plan to make those seats available via lottery. 


Usage Outside of the Lunch Hour 
Students with in-person classes may come to the Green Lounge up to 30 minutes before their class to use the lounge in a non-lunch hour period. Food is allowed. During non-lunch periods, seats are not guaranteed and students should not congregate in the lounge waiting for a seat. Students may not attend a remote class in the Green Lounge. 

Can I use space in the Law School to attend a remote class?

Upper-Level Students (2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, MLS, JSD)

Upper-level students who have an in-person class, may come before or stay after to attend a remote class that is immediately adjacent (i.e. back-to-back). We have designated the Auditorium as the location for upper-level students to attend remote class. Hours for the Auditorium will be from 8:00am - 6:15pm. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate students to use this space after 6:15pm in order to complete our daily building cleaning.

In order to use this space, students must:

  • Reserve a seat through our new reservation system.
  • Must wear headphones at all time.
  • Must speak quietly and be respectful to those around them.
  • May not eat foot in the room.

1L Students

All 1L classes have been spread out so that there are no back-to-back in-person and remote classes. Therefore, at this time we are unable to provide space in the Law School for students to attend a remote class. 

 

Will all LAWS classes take place in the Law School in Autumn?

No. In addition to our regular classrooms, we have rented space in the Rubenstein Forum, just one block east of the Law School. Please review your schedule carefully to see if any of your in-person classes take place at the Rubenstein Forum. 

If you have an in-person class in the Rubenstein Forum, there is space for you to stay immediately before or after your class to eat.

If you have an in-person class in the Rubenstein Forum immediately before or after a remote class, you may reserve a space in the Law School Auditorium to attend the remote class. 

There is no space at the Rubsentein Forum to attend remote classes.  

Will locker usage be allowed in autumn?

Lockers will be assigned and accessible to all students. Locker use should be minimal and used only to store and retrieve items that you absolutely cannot carry to class with you. If you cannot remain at a safe 6 foot distance from other students, please wait before approaching your locker. Please do not linger in front of your locker or in the locker hallways to ensure that all students have an opportunity to utilize the space.

How will Autumn classes work if some students are in-person and some students are remote?

Courses and seminars in the Autumn Quarter will be taught in the hybrid model. Some classes will be offered only in a remote version, either because of the size of the class or in some cases because of faculty choice. Other classes, including 1L classes, smaller upper-level classes, and some clinical offerings will be held in-person. All in-person classes will also offer a remote option, and all classes will continue to be recorded.

In order to facilitate students attending a class where some students join in-person and some students join remotely, every student in the classroom must bring their laptop to class and sign into Zoom. Students in the class will leave their audio off and their microphones muted. New technology has been installed in the classroom including new monitors, speakers, and microphones. This technology will enable the instructor and students in the classroom to see and hear each student joining remotely.

If I want to participate in Autumn classes remotely, what do I have to do?

Each student must complete the Autumn 2020 Attendance Mode Declaration. You will indicate through this form whether you will participate in-person or remotely. All Autumn classes will have a remote option, regardless of whether their instructors plan to teach in-person. Students attending remotely will be expected, in the main, to attend synchronously during their regularly scheduled class times.

All students have the option to participate in Autumn classes 100% remotely, no questions asked. After the initial declaration and the start of classes, if students need to switch from in-person to remote classes at any time they may do so.

Start of Quarter Quarantine - Some students may need to start the quarter remote due to mandatory quarantine requirements based on their recent travel. Students who plan to be in-person but must start remote should notify their instructor of their plans and the anticipated date for when they will join in-person.

Temporary Remote Change - Some students may start the quarter in-person but may need to temporarily change to remote format due to health concerns or other reasons. Students who change to remote temporarily should let their instructor know that they will be remote for a period and their anticipated date for when they will return to in-person.

Permanent Remote Change - Some students may start the quarter in-person but then decide to finish the remainder of the quarter entirely remote. Students who make a permanent change should notify both the Dean of Students and their instructors of this change.

 

If I begin the quarter in-person, will I be able to change to remote later?

Yes, students may switch to remote attendance at any point during the quarter for any reason. For example, a student whose situation changes may decide during the quarter to go fully remote for the remainder of the quarter. Alternatively, a student may need to switch to remote only for a short period, for example, if they believe they may have been exposed to someone who tested positive or if they begin to experience symptoms. Indeed, this is part of what some are calling “the new social contract”: if you wake up in the morning and think you might be sick, even if just slightly, we want you to stay home and attend classes remotely until you are well, have been tested, or meet any other criteria as laid out by our campus health experts. 

Temporary Remote Change - Some students may start the quarter in-person but may need to temporarily change to remote format due to health concerns or other reasons. Students who change to remote temporarily should let their instructor know that they will be remote for a period and their anticipated date for when they will return to in-person.

Permanent Remote Change - Some students may start the quarter in-person but then decide to finish the remainder of the quarter entirely remote. Students who make a permanent change should notify both the Dean of Students and their instructors of this change.

If I begin the quarter remote, will I be able to change to in-person later?

Students who opt for remote at the start of the quarter may not be able to switch to in-person later in the quarter due to space and density limitations in the building and in the classrooms. Faculty need to put together their seating chart for in-person students and plan for any necessary rotation in blended classes. A student who opts to start remote and later wishes to switch should speak with the Dean of Students to determine if changing is an option.

Quarantine remote start - The one exception is students who opt to be in-person but are required to start remote due to the quarantine period from Chicago's Emergency Travel order. Students in this situation must let their instructors know that they will be in-person but that they will be remote for some period initially until their quarantine is over.

How do I get access to the Zoom link for my classes?

Each class will have its own unique Zoom link. You will be able to find the link for each of your classes in the corresponding Canvas page. Once you are in your Canvas course, click on the "Zoom - The University of Chicago Main Account" section. To join your Zoom class, click Join next to the current class time.

Will classes in Autumn be recorded?

Yes, all classes will continue to be recorded via Zoom and their recordings made available on the Canvas site for that class. However, synchronous attendance is still required in all class sessions.

 

We understand that due to location or other extenuating circumstances, a student may need to attend class asynchronously. Students who wish to attend asynchronously must petition the Dean of Students for approval. 

Has a decision been made about grading for the 2020-2021 academic year?

Yes, the Law School will return to our regular grading scale for Autumn 2020. Please review the message sent to all students by Dean Miles on August 29 for more information on factors influencing this decision.

Is there a chance that classes could move back to fully remote?

Yes, there is a chance that classes could move back to fully remote given that the University’s ability to reopen depends on city and state officials. For example, under the state’s Restore Illinois plan, universities may hold in-person classes only in Phase 4. If Chicago is required to move back to Phase 3 due to changes in positivity rates or other public health criteria, we would be required, along with every other university in Chicago, to return to fully remote instruction.

What if I have to miss the first day or week of in-person classes due to quarantine or because of a job?

We understand that some students may not be in Chicago the week of September 21 when classes begin because of work plans made before we finalized the start date. For students in this situation, you should a) notify your faculty and the Dean of Students office, and b) participate in your classes remotely when possible. Once you are back in Chicago (and accounting for any quarantine period due to Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order) you may then continue with any in-person courses.

Some students may need to miss the first week or two of in-person classes due to Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order. Students in this situation should a) notify your faculty and the Dean of Students office, and b) participate in your classes remotely until the period of quarantine has ended.

Whether you are impacted either by work plans or by quarantine, you will not be dropped from your in-person classes if you need to participate remotely as described by the two situations above.

Did the due date for Spring Quarter papers change when the start date for Autumn quarter changed?

No, Spring Quarter papers are still due on Tuesday, September 29 as originally scheduled.

Will the Law School operate on the hybrid model for Winter and Spring Quarters?

The Law School’s goal is to return to a fully on-campus program as soon as it is feasible while ensuring the safety of every member of our community. Given the uncertainty of the course of the pandemic, as well as the need to follow recommendations from government officials and UChicago Medicine experts, we will make our decisions about the mode of instruction for Winter and Spring Quarter later this year. We will share those decisions as soon as they are made, and will continue to update our FAQ page with information relevant to these decisions.

Can I participate in a class during the first week if I am on the waitlist?

Yes, for the first class session you may join remotely only if you are waitlisted. All students on a waitlist will be added as temporary auditors to the Canvas page for that particular course in advance of the first session. You will receive an auditing invitation via email that you should accept to gain access to the Zoom link and syllabus for that class through Canvas. Unless we receive instructor’s consent to officially add waitlisted student(s) to the class, we will remove Canvas access for students who do not receive a seat. Only waitlisted students who become officially enrolled in a class by consent of the instructor will be able to attend additional class sessions, and get credit for the class.  If you are on the waitlist and are attempting to get into the class, we recommend that you attend the first session (remotely only).

How long will waitlists run?

The Registrar’s Office will run waitlists up until the day before your class and then provide the waitlist to the instructors. 

Should I remove myself from waitlists of classes that I am no longer interested in?

Yes! Please take a moment now to remove yourself from any waitlists! This will help streamline processes, and most importantly will help advance your fellow classmates on the waitlists. Thank you!

How will “shopping” for classes work during the first week?

If you are considering a class and want to attend the first session for “shopping” purposes, there are two things you can do.

First, if it is a class that has a waitlist, you should add yourself to the waitlist. All students on the waitlist for a class will be given access to the relevant Canvas page as a temporary auditor so that you can remotely attend and shop during the first class session. Please do this as soon as possible, and at least 48 hours in advance of the first class. If you add yourself to a waitlist after that, it may not be enough time to grant you access to the Canvas page. If you add to a waitlist after the first class session, you cannot be added to the Canvas page.

Second, if the class does not have a waitlist but has open seats, just add the class through the regular online add process. Adding a class will give you access to the Canvas page and the links for Zoom.

Have class sizes been finalized or will any enrollment caps be lifted in the coming days? 

Faculty were already given the option to increase enrollment caps and many of them have done so. Additional decisions will be made on an individual basis during the first week and second week of classes. 

How long will online add/drop continue?

Your ability to add/drop classes yourself online will run through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25. After that, you will need faculty consent to add/drop any class. Faculty consent can be emailed to registrar@law.uchicago.edu

When is the add/drop deadline for biddable and non-biddable classes? 

We have extended the deadline to drop biddable classes without a “W”, so it now aligns with the drop deadline for non-biddable classes. The deadline to drop any class without a “W” will be 5:00 p.m. on October 2. 

If I’m enrolled in a class that has an-in person component and will rotate students between remote and in-person attendance, when will I find out which days I am to attend in-person? 

We are working with faculty to set up rotations, and students will be notified prior to the start of in-person classes. 

Will in-person classes have seating charts?

To facilitate healthy social distancing protocols, faculty have been encouraged to create seating charts in advance of in-person classes. We anticipate that those will be shared on Canvas next week prior to the start of in-person classes. 

What time zone are my classes scheduled in?

All classes are scheduled for Central Daylight Time, United States.

Do I have to attend my classes synchronously?

Yes, all students are expected to attend all classes during the scheduled meeting period whether attending remotely or in-person. However, students in very different time zones who are taking classes that would place real time participation between the hours of 9:00 PM and 7:00 AM local time may complete a petition for a Waiver of Synchronous Attendance. Students must complete the petition no later than 5:00 PM CDT.

Can I take two classes that meet at the same time?

No, our class schedule is still going to follow the day/time meeting schedule as printed in coursesearch.uchicago.edu. You are expected to actively participate and be prepared for faculty to call on you or engage in discussion. You may not enroll in overlapping classes. Please make sure none of your classes overlap, including non-law classes, and remove any conflicts from your schedule.

Can I audit a class?

Yes, the processes and policies for auditing a class have not changed. Visit our Petitions page to see the guidelines and complete a petition to audit. Instructor consent is required for the auditing petition. Auditors must attend classes remotely.  

Can I audit a class that overlaps with another class in which I am enrolled?

No, overlapping enrollments are not allowed, even for classes you are auditing. The expectations for Autumn Quarter 2020 are for students to attend live Zoom class sessions, including for students who wish to audit a class.

What is the best way for me to see my progress towards my degree?

Check out your online degree audit at:  https://lawdegree.uchicago.edu.  

I need help with course selection and advising. Who can I can contact? 

Click here to schedule an appointment with Jesse Landstrom (Office of the Dean of Students), Associate Director of Student Affairs and Academic Services, or a member of the Registrar team. 

What options will I have for accessing the reserves collection, including course reserves?

Due to safety concerns, the Reserves Collections Room will be closed and the D’Angelo Law Library will be unable to circulate physical course reserve items, including casebooks in the Autumn Quarter. However, the library staff will investigate options for access to electronic versions of course reserve items. In the event that we are unable to purchase electronic access, we will make the first two weeks readings for your class available on the Canvas page for the class when feasible. Information about course reserves is available on the Course Readings webpage.

Will I be able to use spaces in the library tower, floors 2 through 6?

Students will be able to reserve a seat to study on floors 2 and 3. Seats will be available Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. The D’Angelo Law Library website will have information on how to reserve study space. 

Study rooms, carrels, and other study spaces on floors 4 – 6 will not be available for use. We also ask that you not retrieve books from the book stacks yourself.

We will continue to evaluate need and safety throughout the quarter.

How do I borrow books?

The D’Angelo Law Library is expanding its paging service. Library staff will obtain books and other Library materials upon request, check them out and make them available to you for contactless pick up. We will post updates about this service, including how to request items, on the Paging Services webpage of the D’Angelo Law Library website. Please note that contactless pick up of materials will not be available until September 28, 2020 when the Law School is open to students.

Will the circulation desk be open for service?

The circulation desk will not be open for walk up service. However, you can direct all questions to the Ask a Law Librarian service and a reference librarian will assist you.  Circulation staff will also be available via telephone and email. Please check the D’Angelo Law Library website for updates. 

Can I use my library carrel?

Unfortunately, for Autumn Quarter, the D'Angelo Law Library will not be assigning carrels to students for the quarter, including use of the carrel spaces that traditionally have been reserved to students on journals. Population density limitations and the need to ensure access to the library equitably to students, and to staff who need to perform their work to on the upper floors where collections reside, necessitates a suspension in our carrel assignment practice.

Do I need a reservation to use the library at all? Will reservation time slots be limited?

You will need to reserve a seat in order to study in the D’Angelo Law Library during the autumn quarter. Space is available only on the second and third floors, Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm. These spaces are available for studying only. If you need a space to participate in a remote class, seats in the Auditorium will be available also by reservation. 

What onsite equipment will be available in the library? Can I use the printers, scanners, copiers, computer lab?

Printers, scanners and computers will not be available for use in the D’Angelo Law Library. 
Law School IT will have printers and a scanner available in room VI for student use.  
 

What services will be available?

All D’Angelo Law Library services and access to books and other Library materials will be provided remotely through the web site and our online resources. Reference librarians will be available to answer reference questions and provide research consultations remotely. You can also check-out books and other materials through our paging service, and we will continue to provide scanning through our Scan and Deliver service. Study space in the D’Angelo Law Library will be available by reservation. Please continue to visit the D’Angelo Law Library website for updates about other services.  

What steps are being taken to promote the health and safety of those attending in-person?

If you have not already watched the Autumn Quarter Updates for Graduate Students from July 14, we would encourage you to do so. In this video, Dr. Emily Landon shares some important health and safety information about the return to campus.

Some steps include:

  • Requirement to wear a mask in any University building.
  • Requirement to wear a mast outside on campus grounds if sitting or standing within 6' of another person.
  • Requirement to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others while sitting or talking, or 8 feet of distance if eating.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection, especially in high-traffic areas and on high-touch surfaces, including elevators, bathrooms, and stairwells.
  • Reduced capacity in our shared spaces (classrooms, Green Lounge, etc.) to ensure those on campus maintain physical distance.
  • Placement of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes throughout classrooms and the building.
  • Enhancements to air filtration in the building.

Additionally, everyone who comes to campus will be required to complete a safety training before they are allowed to return. Everyone is asked to protect the safety of our community by adhering to the UChicago Health Pact

For more information on safety protocols, please visit the University’s website https://goforward.uchicago.edu/.

What do I need to do before I am permitted to come to campus?

In order to enter to the Law School building, ever person will be required to complete COVID-19 General Safety training and to sign an attestation form affirming that you will comply with safety precautions. We recommend that you do the training and sign the form well before your planned return to campus. Please review and commit to uphold the UChicago Health Pact

Will there be a mandatory quarantine at the start of classes for those attending in-person?

Some students may be required to quarantine for two weeks upon returning to Chicago before they are allowed onto campus generally or into the Law School. The City of Chicago has put in place an Emergency Travel Order requiring those returning from certain states to enter a mandatory quarantine period. This list is updated every week and continues to change as infection rates change, so you should be prepared for a possible quarantine if you are traveling or living elsewhere this summer.

In order to facilitate quarantine for those coming from those certain states or for anyone else who needs to quarantine , we will also hold all classes remotely for the first week of classes, regardless of the format that will be used for the remainder of the quarter.

Can I have something to eat or drink in the classroom?

Food will not be allowed in the classrooms or anything that requires removing your mask. Masks must remain on in the classroom at all times. Students may drink in the classroom if they have a bottle or container with a straw. Liquid may be consumed by sliding the straw under your mask. 

When and in what format is Orientation 2020 taking place?

Orientation for all entering students will take place from September 11 to September 18. Orientation for the JD Class of 2023 will take place partially in person and partially virtually. Orientation for the LLM Class of 2021 will take place entirely virtually. Students who wish to participate remotely in Pre-Orientation or Orientation may do so.

Will there be in-person lunch talks in Autumn Quarter?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to have any in-person lunch talks or events in the Law School during Autumn Quarter. Our priority for Autumn is safely resuming in-person classes. For that reason, we will limit activities in classroom spaces to instruction only. This will also help keep the cleaning of spaces manageable and limit the amount of contact time individuals have within the building. All events for Autumn will need to take place remotely. Some students who have class in the building both before and after lunch may wish to join lunch events remotely while they sit in the Green Lounge or other approved places provided there is space.

However, we also encourage LSSOs to think about alternative times for holding student org events, such as starting at 6:00 PM or later. Having later events will allow students who need to travel over lunch to or from campus to still be able to participate live in Law School activities.

Since we will not have in-person lunch talks, can an LSSO hold an off-campus event?

For the start of Autumn Quarter we will not be able to accommodate off-campus LSSO sponsored events or lunch talks. We will continue to monitor the situation and revisit throughout the quarter.

Will I be able to travel in Autumn for a conference or as part of an off-site LSSO event?

The University is continuing the suspension of university-sponsored international and domestic travel until further notice.

Will the University athletic facilities or other spaces be open?

At the moment, we do not have information on which campus spaces may be open. As that information becomes available we will share it with you.

Will there be a change to tuition for the coming year?

The President and Provost have described in a series of messages that the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the University has been severe. The Law School planned for an increase in tuition for 2020-21, and to meet our scholarly and pedagogical goals, we are unable to step back from that planned increase. During the pandemic, we expect that as in recent years, a larger fraction of our students will receive some form of scholarship aid than at any other peer law school. Our Loan Repayment Assistance Program, which we revised and expanded last year, remains available to graduates who work in public interest for ten years.

What options are available for emergency aid?

The Law School works with the Bursar’s Office and several other campus offices to provide access to multiple emergency aid programs. Please reach out to Michelle Wortel should you need emergency financial assistance.

The University has received CARES Act funding and has committed to using the entirety of the grant to support students. The University is administering the distribution of those funds centrally. Eligible students who filled out a FAFSA form last year have already been notified. If you did not fill out a FAFSA for this past year and believe you may be eligible, please visit the Campus and Student Life web page and follow the instructions.

Will the same options for online textbooks be available for Autumn Quarter as for Spring?

For Spring Quarter 2020, some academic book publishers made their materials available for free or at reduced rates due to the rapid onset of the pandemic. The D’Angelo Law Library librarians collected and disseminated information to you and advocated with publishers on your behalf. Our research tells us that it is likely that most publishers will return to normal for Autumn Quarter. The Law School is continuing to advocate with legal publishers that the expanded access they provided during the Spring continue. The D’Angelo team will continue to disseminate information to students as we receive it.

I am not sure if I should go ahead and sign a lease in Chicago. What do I do?

We understand that many of you have held off signing a lease in Chicago due to the uncertainty of the situation. Like you, we have been following the changing case numbers in Illinois and around the country. This is a difficult decision and one that will be based on a variety of personal factors. Some things to keep in mind:

  1. Mode of class participation. If you plan to participate in Autumn classes fully remotely, then whether you return to Chicago for Autumn is up to you. You should keep in mind that the University has not yet made any announcement about the mode of instruction for Winter and Spring quarters.
  2. Campus activities. Access to campus buildings for study and events will be limited.
  3. Mid-year leases. Should the University be able to return to all in-person classes in Winter or Spring, or should your desire to be on campus for some classes change, you will want to consider the possibility of getting a mid-year lease. At the moment, UChicagoGRAD has indicated that there is a large supply of available units in Hyde Park. We do not have information about what the mid-year rental supply will look like.
  4. Flexible lease options. Some rental companies are willing to consider deferred leases or early termination, particularly if the situation should change. We would encourage you to talk with your rental company or landlord about their options if Illinois moves back to Phase 3 or some other reason causes the University to return to remote instruction.

What happens if I am unable to get a visa to come to the United States for the start of Autumn Quarter?

For those students that are not able to arrive to Chicago in time, for whatever reason, you will be able to start your academic year completely remote.  You will still have a full slate of courses to choose from, including coursework that you may need for the NY Bar.  The full curriculum of courses will be available for review in August and registration will take place in September.

What accommodations are being made for international students coming to Chicago?

International students coming to Chicago from abroad, like all other students, may be required to quarantine for two weeks before they may come onto campus. Students in that situation should let their professor and Dean of Students office know and should also make plans to participate in their classes remotely for that period.

For students facing delays coming to Chicago due to visa issues, we support those students in starting in-person whenever they are able to arrive. Any student experiencing issues coming to the U.S. should be in touch with the Dean of Students Office and should also work with the Office of International Affairs.

What if I am an in a significantly different time zone than Chicago?

ABA and Law School policy requires class attendance. However, for Autumn Quarter, students who are taking classes that would place real time participation between the hours of 9:00 PM and 7:00 AM local time may petition for a Waiver of Synchronous Attendance.

Students should complete this petition no later than Friday, September 25 at 5:00 PM CDT. Once your petition has been reviewed and approved you will receive a confirmation.

Students who are approved will need to watch the Zoom recording for any and all classes. In such cases, for purposes of ABA compliance faculty will ordinarily require participation to be made up in some other way. 

Students with questions or concerns should contact the Dean of Students for the Law School.

As an entering student, may I defer my admission for Autumn 2020?

Entering JD students may be in touch with Associate Dean Ann Perry to discuss the possibility of a deferral.

Entering LLM students may be in touch with Justin Swinsick to discuss deferrals. 

 

As a returning student, may I take a leave of absence?

For any current student who wishes to take time away for health or personal reasons, we encourage you to reach out to Dean of Students Charles Todd to discuss the process for taking a leave of absence.

Has the Law School received a variance from the American Bar Association for hybrid and/or remote learning for Autumn Quarter 2020?

At its July 15, 2020, meeting, the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association granted the Law School an Emergency Variance from the credit limitations of Standard 306(e) for the 2020-2021 academic year. We hope that it will not be necessary to take advantage of it for that long. 

Has the Law School received a variance from the Bar of the State of New York for hybrid and/or remote learning for 2020-2021?

On September 15, 2020, the Court of Appeals for the State of New York issued a ruling waiving their distance education provisions through the Spring of 2021 for JD and LLM students at any ABA-accredited Law School. For JD students, courses converted to remote learning due to the pandemic do not need to be counted toward the credit hour limitation on distance education courses and do not count as distance education for purposes of the prohibiting distance education for students who have not yet completed 28 credits. For LLM students, the requirement that all coursework be completed in-person and prohibiting distance learning is waived.