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Continuity at Emory Law for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest Coronavirus Updates

Emory University transitioned to remote learning for graduate and undergraduate classes on Monday, March 23, 2020. 

March 11 Statement from Emory University

March 18 Statement from Emory University regarding Commencement


Continuity Resources

Resources for Teaching Remotely

Information for Faculty and Staff

Resources for Learning Remotely

Information for Students

Law Student Support

Resources available to the Emory Law community

Grading

After careful discussion and debate, the law school faculty voted to adopt a mandatory pass/fail grading policy for courses this term. The law school is conscious of the need to ensure that our students are well-prepared to succeed in seeking admission to practice and in serving clients in a range of different employment settings. Pass/fail grading will not affect eligibility for bar admissions for J.D. or LL.M. students in Georgia, New York, or any other state brought to our attention. This is the first step among many in developing policies and procedures to address our changed and changing circumstances.  There are additional issues that must be studied and resolved in the weeks ahead. We will keep you informed about developments in this and other areas as we meet the challenges ahead together, as one Emory Law community.

For details and frequently asked questions regarding the grading policy, visit the Grades section on The Fourth Floor in Canvas.

Exams

Exam guidance and details are now available in the Exams section on on The Fourth Floor in Canvas. The exam period will run from Wednesday, April 22, through Tuesday, May 5

Classes

You have received detailed communications regarding remote instruction, which will be conducted via Zoom in conjunction with Canvas, and require access to the internet and a computer. Please click the Resources For Learning Remotely link below to make sure you have the resources to begin.

Events

All in-person student events and programs are canceled for the remainder of the spring semester. According to best practices, meetings should be held virtually via phone or Zoom; they should not be held in person. Faculty will continue with office hours, though they will be held virtually, not in faculty offices.

Building Access

(subject to change)

Gambrell Hall will close on Monday, March 23, and remain closed until further notice. For students wishing to retrieve belongings from the building, Gambrell Hall will offer restricted access to students via the surface lot entrance at the following times:

  • Saturday and Sunday, March 21 -22, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday and Tuesday, March 23 – 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

 We will have security posted at the entrance to admit you. On Monday and Tuesday, you may also call 404-727-6816 to alert staff so they can admit you. After Tuesday, March 24, should you need to access Gambrell Hall for urgent and unexpected reasons, please contact Amish Mody, Director of Operations, at lawoperations@emory.edu to make necessary arrangements

The MacMillan Law Library building will close on Friday, March 20, at 6 p.m. and will remain closed, locked, and alarmed until further notice (as will all other Emory libraries). Journal students and Moot Court board will have Emory card access through Tuesday, March 24, at 2 p.m. to retrieve needed items. These students can access this space through the Gambrell Hall first floor connector (no access to the rest of the building). 

Starting Monday, March 23, MacMillan’s new service hours will be Mondays – Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed weekends). MacMillan staff are willing to assist you remotely during these hours. Students who have inquiries or needs for services may reach library staff electronically by referencing the resources listed here. 


FAQs 

(updated 3.20.2020)

Q: Since the university has canceled the traditional May Commencement Ceremony, can I get a refund for my regalia?

A: The May Commencement Ceremony has been canceled and, thereby, the law school’s May Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony is canceled, as well. Find info for processing regalia refunds below. Note: Opened regalia cannot be refunded. 

JD/LLM, PhD, Thd/DMin Students and Faculty who rented regalia:

Heather LeFleur of Barnes and Noble will submit a bulk request to Oak Hall to refund the card each renter used online. You will receive more information on the status of this request in the coming weeks.

 JD/LLM, PhD, ThD/DMin Students and Faculty who purchased regalia:

Custom orders that have been shipped cannot be refunded, as these garments are cut specifically for those individuals. If you have any other questions, please contact sm757@bncollege.com.

Bachelors, Masters, and MD Students (purchases only):

  • Order Purchased online for Home Delivery: Students should reach out to Oak Hall to initiate their refund process. Regalia must be unopened. They may contact Oak Hall for further instructions at 1-800-456-7623, or by email at webdept@oakhalli.com
  • Order Purchased online for Bookstore Pickup:  All orders placed online for bookstore pickup will be automatically cancelled and refunds will be issued for those orders. No action needs to be taken on the student’s part to initiate this process. 
  • Order purchased in the bookstore, now out of town: Students no longer in the Atlanta area who bought in-store may ship their unopened regalia back to the bookstore at the address shown below. They will receive a B&N gift card shipped back to them as a refund (we are unable to refund to credit cards remotely).

Barnes and Noble at Emory
Attn: Heather (regalia returns)
1390 Oxford Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30322

For more information and/or questions please contact Barnes & Noble at sm757@bncollege.com.

Q: Should we return to school after the semester is over to participate in the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques?

A: We are actively reaching out to graduating students who have not yet completed Trial Techniques and working to create a virtual Trial Techniques experience for them. For 2Ls who are looking to do Trial Techniques in May, we have not yet made a determination about how we will proceed. Please check emails for further guidance in the coming days.

Q: Does registration begin March 16 or March 23?

A: The decision has been made to delay the registration period to mid-May (specific dates to be determined). We have made this decision so that our resources and attention can be focused on the transition to remote course delivery, while also providing time to work through possible internet connectivity concerns that could impact the registration experience.

Students who have already applied for seminars through the pre-selection process will not be impacted by this date change; the data has already been shared with the professors. Students in the transactional law program should continue to complete the required capstone pre-selection forms and submit those by the deadline specified (5 p.m. Eastern on Monday, March 23.  Students seeking course selection advisement may still do so, and should refer to the Academic Advising and Assistance web page for resources.

The online registration training for March 18 has been cancelled but will be recorded and posted to the law registrar website. Additional information on the registration dates and process will be sent out in a few weeks.

Q: Will I be charged late fees for my library books?

A: Effective immediately, all due dates for materials currently on loan from any Emory library will be extended through May, 11, 2020. Patrons are asked to keep any items now in their possession until further notice. All fines and late fees incurred between March 11 and May 11 will be waived. Please contact lawcirc@emory.edu for additional assistance.