COVID-19 RESPONSE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH S.J. QUINNEY COLLEGE OF LAW

Starting on Wednesday, March 18 all in-person classes at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law for the remainder of the semester will be held online.

Read the latest information on campus changes due to COVID-19 on the University of Utah’s central information portal.

Law students should watch their email for additional information about accessing remote courses and remote student resources at the College of Law. Faculty will be reaching out to students with specific instructions about their respective courses. Contact Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Leilani Marshall directly with additional questions and concerns.

The College of Law is cancelling, postponing and adjusting several events as a result of the evolving nature of COVID-19.  Here’s a round-up of the latest changes.  Check back at a later date to find out more about when events will be rescheduled.

  • The 54th Annual William H. Leary Lecture scheduled for March 24 with Pamela Karlan is postponed. Check back for details on a new event date at a later time.
  • The Washington D.C. swearing-in ceremony for alumni scheduled for May is cancelled. Alumni relations director Lori Nelson will be reaching out to currently registered participants for information on an alternative travel date and opportunity.
  • Admitted Students Day sponsored by the Office of Admissions for prospective students scheduled in March may be held virtually. Participants will be notified closer to the date.
  • The annual alumni dinner scheduled for April 23 is cancelled.
  • College of Law commencement has been postponed, in conjunction with the rest of the University of Utah. Read the announcement here.
  • All legal sites connected to the College of Law’s Pro Bono Initiative will be closed in March and April.  This includes:  CLC-Ogden, Rainbow Law, Veterans Law, Street Law, Debtor’s Law & Family Law.
  • The law school’s cafe will be closed for the remainder of the spring semester.
  • A reminder that the College of Law offers CLE credit through our video archive on the S.J. Quinney College of Law YouTube channel » This may be a helpful resource in the wake of the cancellation of the Utah State Bar convention.

Got a question related to the College of Law’s COVID-19 response? We will try to find an answer, if we can. The nature of this pandemic is moving quickly and we are adjusting information and responses accordingly. Email: communications@law.utah.edu.

Please also review our FAQs below.

  • Will the College of Law building remain open during the pandemic?
    • The College of Law building is closed. If law students have no other option but to come to the law school to study and/or participate in online classes, they may do so as long as they practice responsible social distancing, hand-washing and hygiene practices. In all instances, if students feel even a little unwell, please stay home and avoid the building. Students will be limited to a small section of the building.

  • What are the hours of the Faust Law Library in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak?
    • The Law Library is closed. We encourage you to submit any reference questions via email to reference@law.utah.edu or use the Library ‘chat’ feature on the Library website during business hours. No reference phone calls will be answered at this time.

 

  • How do I access databases off campus? (For current law students and faculty)

    • To access databases from off-campus, go to the Law Library webpage at http://law.utah.edu/library/ and use either the Database Quick Links menu, or go to the A-Z database list. Clicking on Heinonline, Nexis Uni, or any of the databases in the A-Z list with a “U” next to it will take you to your campus login page. Once you’re logged in, you should be able to access the database.Continue to use your own individual logins for Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, and Lexis  for access to those databases when you’re off-campus.
    • If you need assistance with your database accounts, contact Suzanne Darais.
      For login technical support, contact Valeri Craigle.

 

  • Can I access textbooks on course reserve?
    • The answer is no BUT….we have contacted the publishers for the books that are currently on Course Reserve in order to get electronic copies at no cost.West Academic and Wolters Kluwer/Aspen are the publishers for the majority of the spring semester books. West Acadmemic has made electronic versions of their casebooks available at no cost to our students. You can make arrangements for access to these materials by calling them at 877-888-1330.Wolters Kluwer/Aspen will also make electronic versions of their casebooks available for free as well, but we do not have specific information on how to provide access at this time.  We hope to have more information in the next few days and will let you know as soon as we do.We have also contacted various other publishers whose books have been assigned as required for a course and are waiting to hear back from them. Again, we will update you with more information as we receive it.  Thank you for your patience!Here is a link to a spreadsheet showing each course, the required books and the applicable publisher: https://app.box.com/s/l97lyphh9fg90q82eopnny7ph4ooj28m 
  • I have a spring event booked at the College of Law. What do I do?

 

  • Can I get a refund back on any event deposits if it was canceled because of COVID-19-related issues?
    • Yes.

 

  • I’m a law student and don’t know how the campus changes affect extra-curricular activities related to externships, CDO activities, student organizations and other law school happenings. Who can I talk to if I’m a student and I don’t know whether I should attend something or not because of COVID-19?
    • The situation is changing regularly.  You will likely hear from advisors and faculty with more information. Contact Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Leilani Marshall directly with additional questions and concerns (leilani.marshall@law.utah.edu).