This page is intended to serve as a resource for updates at the University of Colorado Law School related to COVID-19. This page does not address changes happening in other units of campus.

If you know of a law school-specific update that is not listed here, please email law-communications@colorado.edu to have it added to this page.


Law School Building Access

Last Updated: March 23, 2020 11:44 a.m.

Effective Wednesday, March 18, only critical services employees should be working on campus. Given this development, the law school building is closed until further notice. The building will continue to be accessible to those with a Buff OneCard, in accordance with the earlier-established protocol. The university continues to evaluate access to buildings. Students are encouraged to pick up personal items in the event of a campus closure.

Mail: Effective March 18, all mail and packages, including UPS packages, will be staged and sorted by UCB number at the Distribution Center, 3300 Walnut St., Unit B, with some exceptions. The law school has designated staff to pick up mail and packages. Please visit the Distribution Center's webpage for more information.

William A. Wise Law Library

Effective March 18, 2020, the law library is closed until further notice and will not be accessible by Buff OneCard.

Law School Admissions Office

All student tours and class observations are canceled for the remainder of the semester. The Colorado Law Admissions Office is available to respond to your inquiries and questions Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. via email: law.admissions@colorado.edu.


Classes: Faculty Information

As of Monday, March 16, there will be no face-to-face instruction or office hours.

  • Virtual classrooms: Each physical Wolf Law Classroom has a corresponding virtual Zoom Room to enable faculty to teach and students to attend class remotely when in-person attendance is not possible. Law school-specific information on using Zoom is available on MyLaw (log in using your IdentiKey@colorado.edu). Immediate on-call support is available at https://cu.law/help
  • Office hours and meetings: As you know, you may not hold in-person office hours. You can, however, have a virtual meeting through your Zoom personal meeting room. Learn how to set up your personal meeting room. Zoom Personal Meeting Rooms can also be used to host online meetings with students or colleagues. A Zoom Personal Meeting Room can host up to 500 people.
  • Faculty accommodation resources for remote learning: Disability Services’ Accommodation Resources for Remote Learning page contains information about academic accommodations and how they show up in the remote classroom environment. Please contact dsinfo@colorado.edu or 303-492-8671 with any questions or to schedule a phone call or Zoom appointment with an Access Coordinators.
  • See Dean Anaya’s email to faculty on March 13 with additional guidance on remote teaching.

Information for Staff

As of March 18, 2020, employees who are not performing critical services on campus are asked to work from home. Employees should continue to follow the direction of their supervisors. Supervisors are asked to provide as much information as possible to employees about how to work from home and what projects and resources are available for working from home. More information can be found on the COVID-19 HR Guidance Page


Technology Resources

Law School IT staff are ready to help with the unique challenges posed by working remotely. Law school-specific information and resources, including resources for personal computers, remote computing, student employees, phone forwarding, and access to voicemail, are available on MyLaw at https://cu.law/goRemote.

Faculty, students, and staff should use Personal Meeting Rooms for virtual office hours or to host online meetings with students or colleagues. Personal Meeting Rooms leverage Zoom's videoconferencing technology to allow people to meet online with video and audio similar to Facetime or Skype. A Zoom Personal Meeting Room can host up to 500 people. To access your Personal Zoom Meeting Room, go to https://cu.law/myZoom (login required using your IdentiKey@colorado.edu).

Contact lawit@colorado.edu with any questions, support needs, or requests. Immediate Zoom support is available at https://cu.law/help (select ZoomRoom from the list of available classrooms).


Information for Law Students

Resources for Students

Last Updated: April 3, 2020 11:04 a.m.

  • Law Student Emergency Needs Fund: Thanks to the support of alumni and other donors, this fund is available to provide financial support to law students who have a financial need relating to their legal education or their preparation to transition to the legal profession following law school. Types of expenses that may be covered include unforeseeable financial hardships that interfere with completing the Juris Doctor, LLM, or Master of Studies in Law degree, or applying for admission to practice law or studying for/taking the bar exam. Examples include individual personal needs such as essential living expenses, transportation issues that directly impact education, essential academic expenses, health-related costs, or other sudden, unexpected financial needs. Learn more.
  • Colorado Law Cares: As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we know that it is impacting members of our Colorado Law community. In an effort to assist those in need, Dean Anaya has launched Colorado Law Cares, a community exchange that pairs volunteers in our community with those in need of assistance. This contactless volunteer network will help provide for those in need of assistance. If you are in need of assistance or would like to volunteer, please reach out to Colorado Law Cares (coloradolawcares@colorado.edu). Learn more.

Student Affairs and Registrar's Office

Last Updated: March 30, 2020 12:55 p.m.

The Student Affairs and Registrar’s Office will continue services to students remotely starting Monday, March 16. The team will continue to work normal hours during their physical absence from the building and will ensure that student services are not impacted. Student services will be offered in-person on an as-needed, by-request basis.

Questions and Meetings

The Student Affairs and Registrar’s Office team is still here to answer your questions.

  • Dean Dimock: Email: Whiting.Dimock@colorado.edu, schedule via office hours signup here or via email. Dean Dimock’s Thursday office hours (typically in the Schaden Commons) will be via Zoom until further notice.
  • Shannon Foley (for registration, bidding, courses, scheduling, or transcript questions): Email: Lawreg@colorado.edu
  • Jake Moore: Email: Jake.Moore@colorado.edu

Meetings will be via Zoom or phone unless otherwise communicated.

Zach Johnson has moved on to pursue an opportunity at his alma mater, Oregon State. Anyone who would like to keep in touch or send well wishes can reach Zach at Zach.L.Johnson@colorado.edu (he will have access to this address for a year).

Graduation

  • Commencement ceremony: Colorado Law is working on plans for a virtual, livestreamed ceremony that will best celebrate the Class of 2020 while respecting current constraints. More information about the virtual ceremony will be shared as soon as it is available. We are also exploring alternative methods of celebrating our graduates. If you have questions or thoughts on commencement, email whiting.dimock@colorado.edu.
  • Regalia questions: Email Jake.Moore@colorado.edu or make a Zoom appointment with them.

Bar Applications and Bar Exam

  • Application questions: Email whiting.dimock@colorado.edu; for complex questions, please make an appointment (see above). Dean Dimock also will host drop-in bar application question sessions via Zoom on the following days from 12:00-1:00pm: March 30 and March 31.
  • Bar App notarizations: Colorado and other states have waived the notarization requirement. We can no longer offer in-person notary services at the law school. Typically, UPS stores, banks, and city/county governments offer notary services; however, we recommend calling before making a trip.
  • Colorado Bar Application and Exam: For those of you applying for admission to practice law in Colorado, the Office of Attorney Admissions has indicated that there is some flexibility in document requirements. They will post updates on this page. As a reminder, the deadline is April 1 and the late deadline (with $200 penalty) is May 1. They are proceeding with plans for the July exam, with revised procedures for physical distancing.

Exams

More details about final exams will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Forms, Paperwork, and Transcripts

Students who have a form that needs to be completed by the Registrar should send that to lawreg@colorado.edu. We will process your form and let you know when it is complete. Questions about forms may also be directed to Jake.Moore@colorado.edu.

  • Student Practice Act Forms: These should be sent to lawreg@colorado.edu. For 2L students, we hold onto these until the end of your 2L year and process them after final exams.
  • Student Volunteer Forms: These may be sent to the lawreg@colorado.edu. Shannon will review them and pass them along to Emily Horowitz who will process and return this form to you.
  • All other forms: Please scan/email all other forms to Lawreg@colorado.edu and we will work with you. If you have a deadline please indicate so in your request.

CAPS and Other Services

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) is continuing to operate; if you are new to CAPS or would like to speak with a counselor immediately, please call 303-492-2277. Dr. Schwarz is seeing clients via TeleHealth until further notice (you need to be in Colorado to utilize this service); please contact her through the secure messaging system or by email if you do not have access. Counseling appointment information, including links to TeleHealth sessions, will continue to be sent to students' Colorado.edu email. CAPS will update information on services on its website.

Career Development Office

Last Updated: March 17, 2020 2:02 p.m.

The Colorado Law Career Development Office (CDO) is committed to providing robust student services as we all adjust to fully remote learning. The CDO team will continue to work full-time during their physical absence from the building and will limit the impact of our absence on you as much as possible. Note: If you need a recommendation letter sent by the CDO for a judicial clerkship, do not worry about providing stamps. The CDO will continue to mail letters and will absorb mailing costs for the remainder of the semester. We have also asked various courts that normally require paper applications if they would switch to email, and are awaiting replies.

Appointments and Walk-In Hours

Beginning Monday, March 16, we will not be conducting in-person student appointments in the Wolf Law Building for the remainder of the semester. However, you can find detailed contact information (phone, email, and Zoom) for each CDO team member on MyLaw, and we welcome and encourage you to contact the appropriate CDO contact for any questions that you would normally pose in person. Also beginning March 16, we will suspend walk-in hours through the end of the semester but you can continue to schedule appointments with CDO counselors at mutually convenient days/times.

Events

All CDO-sponsored on-campus spring semester events have been canceled. The Fall OCI Intro Session, originally scheduled for Monday, April 6, will be held in a different format such as a webinar. Details from Nicole Netkin-Collins to follow.

Spring semester off-campus events that we host or co-host are also canceled. We are working to move the Fall OCI Info Session Networking Reception for 1Ls, originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, in Schaden Commons, to a later date and location.

Plans for other off-campus events that help prepare 1Ls for OCI interviews (currently scheduled for June 23 at Otten Johnson, and July 17 or 21 at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell) are being discussed. Details from Nicole to follow. The April 16 event at Husch Blackwell has converted to a virtual networking event, as explained by Nicole in an email you should have received on March 18.

Please continue to check your email and MyLaw for the most up-to-date list of CDO event changes, cancellations, and postponements.

Interviews

While we will not be hosting further on-campus interviews this spring, employers are likely to invite you to their offices for in-person interviews, or will organize remote interviews. This is true for programs like the Fall 2020 Public Interest Diversity Internship (MixDIP) and individual employers like Setter Roche and Tuthill & Hughes, scheduled to be on campus on April 8.

To help facilitate remote interviewing, you can access your Personal Zoom Meeting Room at https://cu.law/myZoom. Additional law school-specific information and resources, including resources for personal computers and remote computing are available on MyLaw at https://cu.law/goRemote. Contact lawit@colorado.edu with any questions or requests.

An Evolving Situation for Employers

As employers make decisions about their response to COVID-19, the possibility exists that employers from whom you have already accepted summer employment may cancel their internship program and be forced to rescind offers. If this happens, please reach out to the CDO so that we can help you in crafting a new plan for your summer employment.

CDOnline Job Postings

Our practice of regularly posting summer, fall/spring, and post-graduate job opportunities on CDOnline will continue without interruption.

Summer Fellowship Program

We are still accepting applications for Colorado Law’s Summer Fellowship Program. Applications for a stipend through the Summer Fellowship Program must be submitted through CDOnline by 11:59 pm on March 20, 2020. Detailed information, including the posting numbers, can be found in MyLaw. The slides from the CDO Summer Fellowship presentation are in both CDOnline’s Document Library and on the CDO MyLaw homepage.

Remember, students who are actively seeking, but have not obtained a public service opportunity by March 20 should still apply for fellowship funding by that date and include information about the status of their job search and any outstanding applications. You can upload a “placeholder” document to CDOnline in place of the required employer letter/email if you have not secured a position when you submit your summer funding application. Contact Alexia McCaskill if you have any questions after reviewing the Summer Fellowship page and the presentation slides.

Student Travel/Bar Association

In light of the campus suspension of all university-funded travel, we are suspending the CDO Travel Reimbursement Program for the remainder of the semester. You may still apply for out-of-state professional organization membership reimbursement through the CDO, which may help you in building your out-of-state connections. If you would like to discuss your out-of-state job search strategy, please reach out to Marci Fulton.

Mentor Program

2Ls and 3Ls participating in the current cycle of our Attorney Mentor Program should maintain contact with their mentors for the duration of the formal mentoring program cycle. If meeting in-person is not feasible, phone calls and electronic platforms (Zoom, Skype, Google Hangout/Chat) are also options. It is the CDO's goal for the next cycle of the mentoring program to happen without interruption. In the near future, the CDO will begin mentor recruitment, begin accepting student applications to be mentees sign-up, and provide more information about the program.

Summer Employment Transition Program

Similar to the Attorney Mentor Program, the CDO intends to move forward with the Summer Employment Transition (SET) Program. This program features one-on-one meetings between participating students to help students gain confidence with legal work and attorney interaction prior to starting their summer jobs and internships. Zoom, Skype or Google Hangout, along with phone calls would be completely acceptable options for meeting with the paired-SET attorney if an in-person meeting is not workable. We will be sharing information about and allowing students to sign-up for that program soon.


Travel

Last Updated: March 16, 2020 9:12 a.m.

The campus has suspended all university-funded travel, foreign or domestic. The current suspension of travel applies both to travel that has not yet been booked or planned and to travel that was previously booked prior to the restrictions, whatever the mode of transportation. 

Travel sponsors can apply for exceptions to this restriction. Permission will be granted only when the travel serves a significant need of the university and the risks of travel can be mitigated. Note also that all multi-day events or those with more than 50 attendees are suspended, with limited exceptions that must be approved.

Please follow the below instructions to request travel approval. Please note, this is an evolving situation and procurement processes may change in the future.

  • For travel that has been previously booked prior to the restrictions OR for new requests for domestic travel without airfare, please email Dean Anaya requesting an exception to the suspension. If the Dean approves the exception, the request will be routed to the Provost for a final decision. 
  • For all new travel that involves airfare, a request must be placed through the Concur system. When you log onto the system, you will be prompted to follow the steps to request approval. This system serves as a way to make a request for an exception to the travel suspension. Again, however, approval will be granted only on rare occasions.
  • All airfare must be purchased through Christopherson Business Travel (CBT). External internet airfare purchases are not allowable during the coronavirus health crisis. You will not be reimbursed for non-CBT flights March 13 through the end of the coronavirus travel restriction period.

 Please contact Amanda Rochette, assistant director of operations & finance, with questions.


Events Guidance & Cancellations

  • Last Updated: March 26, 2020 11:28 a.m.

Check the campus Events Guidance webpage for campus event cancellation questions and for guidance on event hosting exceptions.

  • Multi-day university-sponsored gatherings or those with more than 50 attendees are suspended until further guidance is issued. 
  • Sponsors may consider offering their events in a different format, such as online. 
  • Event sponsors may request their events still be held and can request exemptions via the campus events exception form. 

Please visit MyLaw for the most up-to-date list of law school event changes, cancellations, and postponements.

Key Law School Event Updates:

  • Alumni Awards Banquet: The Colorado Law Alumni Awards Banquet, originally scheduled for March 12, has been rescheduled for Sept. 23.
  • Rothgerber Conference: The April 3 Rothgerber Conference has been moved to a remote format. See the conference webpage for more details.
  • Colorado Law Talks: The Colorado Law Talk "Wrongful Convictions" on April 9 has been moved to a remote format. See the event webpage for more details.
  • Coen Lecture: The Coen Lecture, scheduled for April 14, has been postponed until fall 2020.
  • Admitted Student Open House: The Admitted Student Open House scheduled for Friday, April 17 has been canceled.
  • Executive Education: All in-person Executive Education courses scheduled for June 2020 have been rescheduled for summer 2021. See the event webpage for more details.

Please visit MyLaw for the most up-to-date list of law school event changes, cancellations, and postponements.