COVID-19 Updates for Law School

COVID-19 Updates



This guide compiles information issued by the Law School; see also the University's COVID-19 information page.


Returning to Drake Law: Student Guide (8-24-20 PDF)

LATEST NEWS (1-12-2021 update)

Welcome, Spring Start 1Ls 

We are thrilled to welcome the first Spring Start 1L class in the history of Drake Law School.  These students will be joining the Fall Start 1L class in Constitutional Law and Property class.  


Remote Classes 

Dean Lee Schneider sent emails to all 2Ls and 3Ls that she understands are participating in in-person classes remotely.  If you have a COVID-19 related reason for participating in your in-person classes remotely, please reach out to Dean Lee Schneider ASAP.  


So you finished your Fall 1L Semester... Now What 

1Ls, congratulations on finishing your fall semester!   Though getting to this point is quite an accomplishment and you should be proud, you may feel disappointed by your performance or your final grades.  If you are interested in making changes to your study or exam habits or you are curious about what lower-than-expected grades may mean for your job prospects please join this session.  Dean Lee Schneider, Katie Overberg, and a panel of students will host a useful session on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. Watch your email on Thursday for a TEAMS calendar invite for this session. 


Drake Law Help 

Winter got you down? Looking for support for your 2021 goals? Need someone to talk to?  Please check out the Drake Law Help libguide for support, resources, and guidance.  


Supreme Court Day Competition  

Reminder that the Supreme Court Day competition is OPEN to any 2L or 3L student who wants to participate this year, including students who are not enrolled in the Appellate Advocacy course.  Any student who participates or is in the course will be eligible to win the awards that are associated with the competition.  Students can compete three ways – written brief only, oral argument only or with both a written brief and oral argument.   


For those students not enrolled in the Appellate Advocacy course for Spring 2021 and who want to participate in this Supreme Court Day competition, contact Professor Louie Sloven via e-mail, at  Please refer to the attached email sent on January 5th for more details. 


Opperman Room Renovation – Input Needed  

As plans are made for a return to “normal” sometime later this year, the library is looking at how best to renovate space that once had been computer labs.  The first room being assessed is Opperman 262 (just south of the elevator on the second floor).  The initial plans call for dividing the space into two rooms.   


The library would appreciate feedback on what the priorities should be for the two rooms and others.   A short survey is here and asks you to rank your choices for renovating Opperman 262 (as well as comments) as to:  


1) Collaboration space  

2) Flexible space  

3) Lounge space  

4) Quiet space  


Details on the proposals are in the survey at  


Thanks for your help in this redesign of library spaces.    


Starbucks on Campus 

On Monday, January 25th, Sodexo will re-open Starbucks in Olmsted with limited hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  On Monday, February 1st, they will return to their regular hours: 

Monday-Thursday:  7:30AM - 10:30PM  

Friday:  7:30AM - 7:30PM  

Saturday-Sunday:  9:00AM - 7:30PM 


Free Environmental Law CLE 

The prestigious American Law Institute is offering law students free attendance at the live webcast of their annual Environmental Law CLE, scheduled over three half days on February 24-26, 2021. For a PDF file of the announcement describing this course, please click on the following link  More information can also be found at  Please note that while the conference is advanced in scope, students who have attended indicate that they find it extremely beneficial. 


If you would like to attend, please send your name, address, phone number and email to Sara Hughes ( in the deans’ office, no later than Thursday, February 4. so that Dean Anderson can submit your registration. Recommended for 2L/3L students only.  

COVID Exposure and Testing 

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or you believe you have had close contact with someone who has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 please reach out to Dean Lee Schneider or the University Dean of Students Office at

COVID Information Compilation for Students 

For compiled information on coronavirus and law school operations see

Local, State, National, and World-Wide Resources

February 2021 Iowa Bar Exam - Remote Administration

The February 2021 Iowa Bar Exam will be administered remotely. Applicants who have questions about this process should visit and review the FAQs link, located in the shaded box at the top of the page.

For those needing to reserve a space in the Law Library to take the exam, please reserve a room via the signup sheet below by Monday, February 15th at 4:30 pm. (Alumni who graduated prior to December 2020 may also reserve space via the signup sheet.)

If you require a room with a computer and webcam, please contact Emily Fleming or Dorie Knight prior to reserving a room. We have a limited number of computers with webcams, and we will do our best to accommodate your requests.

When filling out the signup sheet, be sure to pick a room for each date you would like to reserve space. 

To access the signup page, click HERE

To locate your reserved room, refer to the maps of the library. 

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