Stay home, get boosted, law schools tell students during new tyre

Stay home, get boosted, law schools tell students during new tyre ...

- For law schools, it's back to remote learning, at least temporarily.

A growing number of universities have announced their return to online classes for the first few weeks of January, in hopes of reducing the spread of COVID-19, which has rapidly increased by a rise in popularity of the highly infectious amicron variant in many places.

Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, New York University School of Law, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Illinois College of Law, University of Illinois University Pritzker School of Law and University of California, Irvine School of Law are among those that will start the semester online, and plans to shift to in-person instruction later in January or at the beginning of February.

In addition, some universities including NYU, Northwestern and UCLA require all eligible students to have received a COVID-19 booster shot before coming back to campus.

In a Monday email to students, Northwestern law dean Hari Osofsky informed students that they should be required to go out to campus and make the students an at-home COVID-19 test before returning to campus.

Under Harvard Law, there won't be any organized or grouped activity during the January remote period, said dean John Manning in a Dec. 18 message to students.

Especially since our community and us reconnected in person during a splendid fall semester, we knew that returning to remote learning, even so briefly, will be a disappointment for many and will be disrupted by our future," writes Manning.

Mike Spivey, consultant for law schools, predicted this week that more colleges and universities will move online for the spring semester starting.

In regards to law schools, every law school is not just monitoring the data, but also looking at the other law schools. So if one law school decides to go remote for a period of time, we should expect a lot of others to follow.

Even in March 2020, when law schools abruptly shifted to online classes in response to the first wave of the pandemic, schools now have a lot of experience in remote teaching. At least three law schools quickly purged this month because of COVID-19 surges on campus.

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