COVID-19 Updates for Law School

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

Iowa Lawyers Assistance Program

ILAP wants you to know that they are available to help support you, both now and after you graduate (please see the letter below). Law school and the legal practice are stressful to begin with and we all know that this environment has caused additional stress.  Sometimes people deal with that in unhealthy ways.   These are lawyers who have gone through struggles of their own, and they are genuinely interested in helping.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat with them by visiting their website at

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741 or visit their website at for other connection options and print resources.

University Counseling Center

See contact options at   (Note that you can also schedule telemeeting sessions.)

If you are currently in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call or visit your local emergency room or call 911.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI Greater Des Moines has launched a website with resources geared toward navigating this crisis while maintaining your wellbeing.  These informative and entertaining resources can be found here:

Insurance for Students & Recent Graduates

As the pandemic continues to have disruptive effects on students, we've heard from many law school administrators and students who are wondering whether the ABA has health insurance resources for graduating law students. 

The need for an insurance solution is especially important this year because more students than normal seem unsure of quickly obtaining employer-provided insurance due to the uncertainty surrounding the bar exam and the legal job market.  

The Law Student Division worked with ABA Insurance to come up with these resources: 

1.      ABA Insurance created a new landing page on specifically tailored to law student insurance needs.  

  1. The page includes an FAQ of the most asked student health insurance questions and, probably most importantly, a phone number (1-855-967-0415) they can call to talk to an expert about their insurance needs. 

3.      The Law Student Division and ABA Insurance presented a free webinar intended to help students navigate the complexities of health insurance coverage. 

4.      The Law Student Division aggregated much of this information and published it, along with the webinar video, in a Before the Bar article

Health Services

Student Health Services

See Drake Student Health Center for service options.

Disability Services for Students

Student Disability Services has tips to help you succeed in an online learning environment. If you need any modifications to your accommodations or have a new accommodation based on the new learning environment, please reach out to us at or schedule a virtual meeting via Starfish.

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