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Emory Law Forward

As of 02/15/20201:

Based on the current COVID-19 conditions in Atlanta, and in consultation with public health experts on and off campus, Emory University has developed guidelines and resources for a continued safe learning environment this spring.

The law school will continue to provide first year JD students with the option of in-person instruction; upper-level JD and graduate program students will have access to online courses. 

Important spring term dates

  • Monday, January 4 – Sunday, January 10: On-campus interviews (OCI)
  • Week of January 11: Virtual events/ networking (details to come from Career Center/ Public Service)
  • Tuesday, January 19: First day of classes, a week prior to the university semester start date
  • There will be no spring break, due to the longer winter break.
  • Monday, April 26: Last day of classes
  • Wednesday, April 28–Friday, May 7: Exam period

Spring student life and support

We continue to offer a comprehensive program of support that includes access to career services, academic advising, library resources, student life resources, and support for bar preparation. A full list of student resources provides helpful links on resources at the University and the law school, including how to reach various departments. We will continue to distribute On the Docket on Mondays to communicate the week’s activities and provide important reminders. In addition, academic-related information will be posted on Canvas. 

We also understand the importance of in-person connections to the Emory Law community. We plan to offer optional small gatherings during the spring semester for those of you who reside in the Atlanta area. Events—such as running groups, guided campus walks, and other safe options—will follow the latest gathering guidelines issued by the university, will be held outside as weather permits, and will require students to complete the university onboarding process in advance of participation.

In response to the pandemic, the university last year established the $5 million EmoryTogether Fund to support undergraduate, graduate, and professional students facing financial hardships as a result of COVID-19. More than 2,400 students have received awards through the fund so far. Please visit Emory Forward for more COVID-19 information for the Emory community. Students may apply to the fund between February 1 and April 2.

Stress and wellness support

Both Emory Law and the University expanded support services for your wellbeing. This includes resources such as Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Health Services, and Anytime Health Services, available to students in Georgia, out of state or in another country. CAPS also provides a weekly drop-in consultation service specifically for law students called “Let’s Talk,” and we have recently launched a partnership with AwareHealth–a mobile app focused on law student wellbeing. Refer to the law school’s wellness webpage for more information.

Health Concerns and Practices

The Emory Forward website includes comprehensive information about Emory’s return to campus, including important health and safety plans. You can view information specific to Emory Law here.

We count on our entire community to uphold the norms and practices of hygiene, distancing, health testing and reporting of conditions, and mutual care necessary to build the safe educational community that we need.

Members of the Emory community should use this form to request intervention by Campus Life staff if another community member is out of compliance with the health and safety protocols of the Emory Community Compact.

Visitor Policy during COVID-19

To mitigate the risks of transmission of COVID-19, Emory is committed to maintaining a reduced density with minimal population on campus, and now will permit a few essential visitors under the revised Visitor Policy.


Testing information has been sent to Emory Law students who have chosen to attend in-person/online hybrid classes in Fall 2020. Full details for student testing are here.

Fall Academic Calendar and Teaching Schedule

  • First day of fall term and ADD/DROP begins  : Monday, August 17
  • ADD/DROP ends: This is the last day to make a complete withdrawal and receive a 100% adjustment (Complete withdrawals are subject to the Fall 2020 Emory Tuition Adjustment Schedule with refunds being prorated on a weekly basis until September 17. After that date, there are no tuition adjustments.)   
  • No Labor Day break: Classes will be held Monday, September 7
  • Grading Basis Change Deadline (Pass/Fail Selection in OPUS): September 9
  • Fall 2020 Degree Application Deadline: September 11  
  • Last day of classes for fall term: all classes will end by Friday, November 13
  • 1L exam period: Monday, November 16 – Tuesday, November 24
  • Upper-level exam period: Wednesday, December 2 – Friday, December 11 (These dates apply to scheduled timed exams; some assessments may take place prior to these dates.)
  • Trial Techniques for 3L students: Saturday, December 12 – Friday, December 18 

Full Academic Calendar

Assessments, Exams, and Grading

For the fall, some exams may be given prior to Thanksgiving; others will be given online following the Thanksgiving holiday. We will provide information about exams and other types of assessment as soon as it becomes available. The law school and university will be implementing measures to safeguard the integrity of the examination process, whether exams take place in person or online. As indicated in earlier university announcements, our regular grading system will be employed for fall semester courses.


We have confirmed that most externship sites will permit remote work. You will be contacted if your externship site requires in-person participation, and we will work with you to identify alternative options, if needed. If you do not plan to be in Atlanta, and would like to arrange an externship in another city or would like to inquire about postponing your externship, please contact the Office of Externships at to discuss parameters for credit approval. All externship classes will be held online.

Library Resources

MacMillan Law Library is open to law students at this time and all outside visitors are prohibited from entering the library. In-person access to the library is by reservation only. You must complete the onboarding process to gain access to the law library or any campus facility for any amount of time during the fall term.

Per CDC and University guidelines, the law library can safely accommodate up to 77 students at any given time during phase one of our opening. Students can now book up to 5 hours across 2 floors:

  • Printing and study aids for 2 hours on the 2nd floor
  • Silent study with no access to printing for 3 hours in the Granger Hansell Room
Reservations are available on the law library’s website at Reserve A Seat. All individual study spaces must be reserved before you enter the law library. 
  • To help you choose a seat, each space includes a photo of the space in the reservation system.
  • Spaces are for individual use only, there is no collaboration space in the library due to social distancing requirements.
  • Before entering the library, students must have:
    • a mask
    • their Emory ID, and
    • a seat reservation.

To request a physical book from the law library stacks, follow these instructions and we will email you when it is ready to pick up at the library’s Service Desk.

  • If you are coming to the library for printing, scanning, or to check out a study aid, you still must reserve a study space before entering the library.

For more information about using the library this semester, see our guide Using the Library. The Virtual Reference Desk is open and available. Join us in Zoom from our website at Virtual Reference Desk or at Meeting ID: 930 5184 4067 during reference hours to talk to our Research Librarians. 

Student Technology Assistance

The IT Student Help Desk will continue to have both an onsite and online presence. The onsite help desk will continue to be housed on the entry level floor of MacMillan Library. In addition, there will be online Zoom rooms available with help desk coordinators to troubleshoot typical computer and IT issues.


The Office of Parking and Transportation will provide updates on shuttle availability and parking deck registration, as needed.