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COVID-19 Update

May 01, 2020

May 22, 2020 - Update

Summer Session I classes are all online to comply with the Governor’s orders. Following reopening plans from the Governor and Oregon Health Authority, Summer Session II classes may be delivered by a combination of remote and in-person classes. We expect to be able to offer Fall 2020 classes in-person, with the option to attend remotely for those that wish to do so.

We will keep this page updated with information as we know it.

For more information, institution-wide, visit COVID-19 FAQ

The following are emails from Dean Jennifer Johnson, describing the shift to online and remote instruction, remote admissions and remote library access:

Notes from the Dean: The Inside Story #4 (Holy Boley! The Law Library Rocks!)

In this message, I want to share the laudable work of the Boley Law Library team in response to COVID-19

Notes from the Dean: The Inside Story #3 (Law Students Navigate the Abrupt Changes)

In this third chapter of The Inside Story, I am focusing on our courageous law students. COVID-19 and the shift to completely remote online instruction has impacted students in a number of ways.

Notes from the Dean: The Inside Story #2 (Virtual Law Admissions)

Last week, I shared the law school’s swift journey to online instruction. This week, I would like to tell you the story of our law admissions team and their remarkable transformation of spring recruitment efforts.

Notes from the Dean: The Inside Story #1 (The Shift to Online Instruction)

Today, I am sharing with awe and gratitude the remarkable story of how our faculty, staff, and students made the shift from in-person to remote online education in record time…

Notes from the Dean - March 23, 2020

Dear Friends,

Our faculty, students and staff have been supportive and flexible as we work through these turbulent times together. We have taken a number of actions to keep our students, faculty and staff safe and at the same time, ensure that we maintain our high standard of legal education.

Professors are now teaching their classes remotely and will continue to do so through the rest of the semester. Our clinical programs are operating remotely as well. All exams will be administered online. We are applying many of the best practices from our recently developed distance learning LLM program to all of our other law programs.

Whenever possible, staff are working remotely.

The Boley library is closed but our resourceful librarians are available via internet chat, phone and email, and have made many research programs accessible remotely.

We have postponed or cancelled all of our spring events including Commencement. Our admissions preview day has been re-imagined as a preview week, all online.

The law school campus buildings are not open to the public in accordance with Oregon Governor Brown’s executive order. Visitors to campus may explore the outside areas around our buildings, and our beautiful backyard, Tryon Creek State Park. Here is a self-explore guide.

I am proud of our community in these trying times! I hope this finds you well, and that you take all precautions to stay well.

Best regards,

Dean Jennifer Johnson

For more information, institution-wide, visit COVID-19 FAQ

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