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.

Drake University Awareness Training for Returning to Campus During COVID-19 (Aug. 2020 PDF with clickable links. Provided for reference only; please take the course through Blackboard to watch video and document your completion.)

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

LATEST NEWS (9-10-2020 update)

Coffee with Dean Lee Schneider 

Every Thursday, Dean Lee Schneider will be available to students from 9:30-10 am for virtual drop in chats. The students can access these sessions via the Coffee with Dean Lee Schneider Blackboard Organization, no appointments required.  Please see the attached instructions at the bottom of this information box on how to access this Blackboard Org.

Constitution Day Lecture -- September 17th 

Next week we have the great opportunity to celebrate Constitution Day at Drake University.  Our Constitutional Law Center is one of only four such centers established by Congress and funded by the federal government.   

Professor Stephen Gardbaum, Stephen Yeazell Endowed Chair in Law at UCLA School of Law will be speaking from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th.  His lecture is entitled “The Counter-Playbook:  Resisting the Populist Assault on Separation of Powers”. 

This lecture is free, but you do need to sign up in Eventbrite in order to receive the Zoom link to participate in the lecture.   

Registration Link: 

If you have any issues signing up for this lecture, please contact Sara Hughes at   


ADA Accommodations  

ADA Accommodation documentation from University Disability Services must be provided to Dean Lee Schneider or Lori Richman two weeks prior to exams.  Midterm exams are coming up in late September/early October.  Please reach out to Michelle Laughlin to schedule an accommodations appointment. If you have questions, please reach out to Dean Lee Schneider.  


Study Spaces 

Students are welcome to study in the Law Library and in Cartwright Hall.  Students may go to the library’s Information Desk to check out a study room key to use an individual study room on the library’s third floor for up to five hours.  The key checkout may be renewed as long as other study rooms are still available for others.   

Students are free to use any open conference rooms or library tables for studying. Students should first check to see if the rooms are reserved. A sign outside all the library conference rooms provides the URL that gives instructions on how to check on reservations. You might want to bookmark that page and complete the one-time virtual EMS registration process to expedite checking room reservations at the point of need. Students may also study in the LL19 classroom when not in use.  

Students may study in any unused classroom in Cartwright Hall without reservation.   Please follow social distancing guidelines when selecting a study space.  Note that face coverings must be worn unless you are by yourself behind a closed door. 


Law Library Carrels 

There are many law library STORAGE carrels left. These provide a reserved place to keep items in the library, but you cannot sit and study at these carrels. Note that items stored in library carrels are not secured, as they would be in a law school locker. 

All students who would like a storage carrel can now request one at the Information Desk during staffed library hours. Please note that for 1Ls these reservations will expire at the end of the semester in which socially-distanced seating is no longer required in the library. If you have questions, please email Karen Wallace. Complete carrel policies and procedures available at  


Is it time to set up an appointment with a mental health provider? 

Please remember that the Student Assistance Program through EFR is here for you.  Scarlett Lunning our EFR counselor offers telehealth sessions by appointment.  Students can set up telehealth sessions by calling 515-471-2357 or by emailing DrakeLawScheduling@efr.orgStudents can reach also a masters-level clinician through the hotline, 24 hours a day/7 days a week by calling 515-244-6090. All law students can participate in up to 6 sessions at no cost. 

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