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Academics and Remote Learning

  • Instruction for the fall semester will be completed by Nov. 24, prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Exams, which will be conducted remotely, will take place Dec. 1-16.

    Key fall semester dates are:

    • Aug. 17, 2020: First Day of Instruction
    • Sept. 7, 2020: Labor Day, no classes
    • Sept. 28: Yom Kippur observed, no classes
    • Nov. 3: Election Day observed, no classes
    • Nov. 24, 2020: Last Day of Instruction
    • Dec. 1-16, 2020: Exams

    For spring 2021, we are planning a 13-week semester beginning Jan. 11. Given that on-campus, classroom instruction may not be permitted, or only permitted with such significant constraints that virtual instruction would be more effective, most courses will be taught virtually for the Spring 2021 semester. 

     

    For further details about the 2020-21 academic year, please visit the LLS Registrar’s academic calendar section.

  • All Fall 2020 courses are being delivered remotely. The law school invested last summer to prepare for robust virtual instruction, including faculty training and guidance from the university’s Center for Teaching Excellence and other instructional-design experts. LLS’ pre-COVID development of two virtual programs – the LLX Executive Education Program and the Online Graduate Tax Program – demonstrates the law school’s teaching excellence in the virtual space. LLS is also exploring additional ways to support students encountering technology challenges with accessing remote instruction. Additionally, all Intersession courses in January 2021 will be virtual. 

    For the Spring 2021 semester, most courses will be taught virtually.  most courses will be taught virtually for the Spring 2021 semester.  To the extent permitted and feasible, we will offer some upper-level courses on campus, such as courses with smaller enrollments or lawyering skills courses that benefit from specific classrooms (e.g., courtrooms). Any on-campus course component will have an equivalent virtual option. On Monday, October 19, the Spring 2021 Course Schedule will be updated to denote possible rooms for those courses that might have an in-person component, should we be able to offer them on campus instead of virtually. Courses that have the word “ONLINE” in the Room column will be taught virtually. 

    If public health authorities permit us to open campus, even on a limited basis, we will prioritize making study space available for students. We had hoped to be able to do so during the fall semester, but as of today, we have not been authorized to reopen campus. Subject to public health protocols, making campus available for studying is a top priority. Offering most of the spring semester’s classes virtually may provide an opportunity to increase study space.

    To the extent possible and consistent with public health protocols, we will use our campus’ outdoor spaces to offer co-curricular enrichment on campus. These could include in-person professor office hours, small discussion groups, student organization meetings, and other small gatherings with all participants wearing masks and physically distanced. Public health protocols will dictate whether and when we can do this, and there will be virtual options for any class-related on-campus opportunities.

  • Recognizing students’ concerns about taking their exams from home, disruptions and distractions beyond their control, and various details of remote proctoring, the LLS faculty has voted to suspend for Fall 2020 the usual policy of requiring closed-book, in-person, proctored exams for all “bar exam” courses and require open-book, take-home, unproctored exams instead. Courses in the Online Graduate Tax Program will be proctored online for all students in those courses (including JD students), as they have been since the program began in fall 2019.

     

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    All exams for the Spring 2021 semester will be open-book, take-home, unproctored exams, except for exams in courses in the Online Tax LLM Program, which will be proctored online, as they have been since the Program began in Fall 2019. (Those courses have section numbers beginning with “OB.”) We need to prepare for the circumstance that any return to campus will limit in-person gatherings to small groups of people who are on campus for short periods of time, while physically distanced and wearing masks. Those limits preclude administering proctored exams on campus, which require a far greater density of people, on campus for a longer period of time. We cannot assume we will be able to administer exams safely on campus this spring. We also recognize students’ concerns about taking their exams from home, disruptions and distractions beyond their control, and various details of remote proctoring. As a result, our faculty has voted to extend through Spring 2021 the suspension of the policy requiring closed-book, in-person, proctored exams for all “bar exam” courses. Instead, exams will be open-book, take-home, and unproctored, as they will be in the fall. The length of the exam and time allowed for the exam will be determined for each course by the professor, and grades will be issued in accordance with our normal grading policy.

     

     

  • Student Accessibility Services, in the Office of Student Affairs, is continuing to work in support of our current and prospective students. Please visit the Student Accessibility webpage or email accessibility@lls.edu.

  • The William M. Rains Library building is currently closed. Many of its collections and services are accessible online. A special digital library is available with a number of study guides, including the Q&A, Understanding and Nutshell series. Additionally, students have access to CALI (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) for supplementary class materials, including a full list of lessons. The student authorization code is: LOYLLAstu115. Please visit the Library's COVID-19 Resources pagefor more information.

    Librarians are available for research or reference assistance. Students may contact reference@lls.edu with any questions or set up a virtual research appointment. Please visit the Library's COVID-19 Resources page for further details.

     

    Plans are underway to launch a reservation system for available seats on campus for student study space that would allow for cleaning in between use and contact tracing, as needed. The goal is to be ready to offer this to LLS students as soon as possible, assuming the public health authorities authorize us to reopen and that we can do so consistent with final public health protocols.

  • Please visit the law school Registrar’s section.

  • Thanks to the generosity of Richard Stack '73 and The Hugh & Hazel Darling Foundation, the AccessLex Institute, the DSBA, ESBA, and entire student body, the Loyola Law School Board of Governors, as well as alumni, staff, faculty, and friends of Loyola Law School, the LMU Loyola Law School Student Emergency Fund provides emergency relief for currently enrolled students who are experiencing unexpected hardships as a result of COVID-19. Students who are suddenly unable to pay for basic necessities such as food, medical care, and housing, or who are faced with unanticipated costs as a result of shifting to a virtual learning environment, may apply for a grant of up to $500.

Campus and Dining

  • The law school campus is currently closed. Anyone essential staff approved to access campus must wear a face covering at all times and prior to entering campus entrances. Loyola Law School administrators and staff remain available to assist members of the campus community remotely -- by phone, email and/or Zoom. Please consult the LLS Directories for contact information. If you don't know whom to contact, email media@lls.edu and your query will be forwarded to the appropriate party.

    Certain curbside services are available, such as library-book dropoff and mail pickup. Students who need to access printing at the law school may do so by emailing a file to graphics@lls.edu observing the following instructions:

    1. Address an email to graphics@lls.edu
    2. Attach the file to be printed with the REQUIRED file naming format that includes the student's last name and first name and the number of pages in the attachment.

    Print requests received by 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, will be available for pick up the same day. A confirmation email will be sent once a print job has been completed and is ready for pick-up. Students may pick up their print requests at the entrance to the LLS parking structure after checking in with Security. Please respect physical-distancing guidelines, especially if someone else is also waiting to retrieve a print job. If you have any questions, please direct them to studentaffairs@lls.edu.

    The university continues to receive guidance from public health authorities that inform our implementation of workspace safety protocols and the phased reopening of our campuses. The university will continue to share more information as appropriate.

  • LLS Campus Planning will implement new sanitation measures ahead of the fall 2020 semester, including but not limited to the following:

    • All high-touch areas (including elevator buttons, main door entrances, etc.) will be cleaned with EPA-approved disinfectants three times per day.
    • Housekeeping will continue to dust, remove trash, and clean the floor, door handles and light switches in personal offices. Cleaning supplies will be provided to departments for faculty and staff to regularly self-clean and sanitize their personal work spaces. 
    • Water fountains will be disinfected three times per day. All fountains are filtered, have been maintained within the past year, and are primarily used as refill stations. All water fountains will have hand sanitizer nearby.
    • Ventilation filters will be replaced every 3-4 months in line with guidance from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
    • Classrooms will be cleaned between courses, and deep cleaned every night.
    • Public study areas will be deep cleaned every night.
  • Sonia's Café is closed until further notice.

  • At the start of the semester, we expect public health authorities to limit attendance at any gatherings or events, subject to physical distancing requirements -- to the extent such gatherings or events are even possible. The university will continue to follow changing city and county mandates surrounding social gatherings, and update the community as these orders evolve.

  • Students deciding to relocate to Los Angeles should carefully consider how COVID-19 may impact their decision on when or whether to renew an existing lease or rent a new apartment. LLS Student Affairs recommends that students carefully review and negotiate their lease terms. Many rental agreements/leases may not provide prorated charges or the ability to cancel/terminate early. We encourage students to engage their landlords related to COVID-19 circumstances. Some questions to ask and understand are:

    • Can you rent for a shorter term (10 months) or month-to-month?
    • What will you owe if you must terminate the lease early?
    • What If move out for summer, can you sublet, terminate early? How?  
    • Are you allowed to add roommates to your lease?

COVID-19 Safety and Testing

  • Law school administrators are working around the clock to finalize guidelines for fall 2020 that are aligned with directives from the Department of Public Health. Our administrators are in close communication with local and regional health authorities, as well as colleagues at the Westchester campus, to ensure we can welcome students back to campus safely and securely, and no decision is made without consulting public health officials.

  • At this time, campus remains closed in accordance with L.A. County's Safer At Home order. Once the university receives approval to reopen from the Department of Public Health, we will share further details regarding necessary requirements prior to an individual's return.

  • The law school continues to refine comprehensive strategies for infection control ahead of the fall semester and is addressing every facet of campus life. In all instances, we will follow directives from public health authorities. We will continue to communicate with you during the summer, but here is a preview of what you can expect to see on campus this August:

    • All spaces (including classrooms and common areas) will observe adjusted maximum capacities, in accordance with the 6-foot distancing requirement
    • We will not convene large lecture classes
    • Learning spaces will be cleaned regularly with EPA-approved materials
    • To the extent that it is possible, academic buildings will have designated entry and exit doors
    • We will have a comprehensive plan to proactively respond to any individual who is symptomatic, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive
    • At the start of the semester, we expect public health authorities to limit attendance at events subject to physical distancing requirements -- to the extent they are possible

    We anticipate further guidance specific to higher education institutions, with measures tailored to our unique environment.

  • University administrators are finalizing comprehensive testing procedures for the LMU community ahead of the fall campus return. This will include mandatory self-check assessments submitted every 24 hours, as well as thorough testing and tracing strategies for any student who feels unwell. Self-assessments will be conducted via a mobile phone app, at no cost to the user. We will continue to share more information as we get closer to the fall semester.

  • All university community members must abide by existing L.A. County face covering guidelines while on campus. You can view the most up-to-date mandates at the LA County Department of Public Health's Coronavirus website.

  • Please follow all guidelines recommended by the LA County Department of Public Health. Please notify your supervisor, and stay home until cleared to return to campus.

  • LLS Campus Planning will implement new sanitation measures ahead of the fall 2020 semester, including but not limited to the following:

    • All high-touch areas (including elevator buttons, main door entrances, etc.) will be cleaned with EPA-approved disinfectants three times per day.
    • Housekeeping will continue to dust, remove trash, and clean the floor, door handles and light switches in personal offices. Cleaning supplies will be provided to departments for faculty and staff to regularly self-clean and sanitize their personal work spaces. 
    • Water fountains will be disinfected three times per day. All fountains are filtered, have been maintained within the past year, and are primarily used as refill stations. All water fountains will have hand sanitizer nearby.
    • Classrooms will be cleaned between courses, and deep cleaned every night.
    • Public study areas will be deep cleaned every night.
  • Ventilation filters will be replaced every 3-4 months in alignment with guidance from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

    • Hand sanitizer stations will be installed near entrances to campus buildings, offices, classrooms, library study areas, dining areas, elevator lobbies, breakrooms, large open spaces and other areas.
    • Restrooms will have extra soap dispensers installed and will be deep cleaned every night.
  • The law school will provide face coverings for all returning students, faculty and staff.

  • Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have had close contact with an individual with COVID-19, or have been tested for COVID-19 should self-isolate and call their healthcare provider or Student Health Services on the Westchester Campus at 310.338.2881 immediately. Call your doctor for further instructions before visiting their office. Please follow up by notifying Campus Security at 213.736.1121 and Student Affairs at 213.736-8151 for further assistance.

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Loyola Law School students may meet with our on-campus psychologist, Dr. Michael Douglas free of charge for up to three sessions each semester. Until further notice, all sessions will be offered via phone and/or video communication. To make an appointment please call 213.736.1122. Law students may also access services through Student Psychological Services (SPS). SPS will be offering therapy sessions to students via phone and/or video communication until further notice. SPS will not conduct sessions in-person at this time, as your safety and well-being remain our highest priority. SPS therapists are licensed in California and can only provide teletherapy for students who are physically in California. If you have returned to a permanent residence that is out of state, please call your SPS therapist at 310.338.2868 to notify them of your status and ask for referral information if needed.

    For more information, please visit the Loyola Law School student Wellness page.