COVID-19 Updates for Law School

Free Environmental Law CLE

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 http://files.ali-cle.org/pdf/FY21-P07-ELAW-scholarship-v4.pdf.  More information can also be found at https://www.ali-cle.org/VCCX0223.  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 (sara.hughes@drake.edu) in the deans’ office, no later than Thursday, February 4. so that Dean Anderson can submit your registration. Recommended for 2L/3L students only. 

Spring 2021 Schedule

Spring Calendar Change

The Spring Semester calendar was modified by moving spring break week to the end of the semester.  The law school calendar is different than the calendar referenced in the Provost’s fall 2020 email about spring semester adjustments. Thus, our classes will begin on January 19, as currently scheduled, but will end a week earlier, on April 23.  We are currently scheduling the majority of our classes to be held in-person for spring semester, but expect that many more classes could move to remote depending on the prevailing circumstances.  Students with COVID-related reasons will also be able to select remote learning. Commencement will remain, as scheduled, on May 14.

Spring Break: As you know, the University decided to cancel spring break due to the persistent pandemic.  We elected to put that time at the end of the semester, so that you will have a longer summer break and those of you who are graduating can begin to study for the bar exam sooner. We recognize, however, that going without a break during the spring semester is not optimal.  We listened to student comments on this issue and considered a variety of suggestions to ameliorate the impact.  After consideration and discussion with University officials, we have decided to do two things:

  • Declare Friday, March 19th a no-class day so at least you will have a long weekend in the middle of the semester.  Because those classes will need to be made-up, the semester will end on Friday, April 23, and the study day will be Monday, April 26, with finals beginning on Tuesday, April 27.  This will provide the same number of study days before finals as the current schedule and will allow finals to end by Friday, May 7 (makeup exams will be on May 10).
  • Professors will be asked to consider other ways, consistent with their course objectives, of addressing pandemic stress and Zoom fatigue.  We discussed a menu of ideas with the faculty, including some suggestions from students, but will leave the ultimate decision to each professor.

We hope that these measures strike the appropriate balance between a number of competing concerns and desires. 

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 on how to access this Blackboard Org.  

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 https://www.iowacourts.gov/opr/attorneys/admissions/ 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. 

Supreme Court Week

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 louis.sloven@drake.edu.  Please refer to the attached email sent on January 5th for more details. 

Instagram Takeover

Law Student Instagram Takeovers – Volunteers welcome!

How would you like to take over the Law School Instagram for a day?! We are looking for volunteers to share their stories about life as a law student, a cool internship, an awesome professor or mentor, etc. You can be a guide for a full day, or simply share a short story about an experience that has made a difference in your law school and/or future career. Stories will be saved as highlights. We hope that prospective students will check them out to learn more about the real life of Drake Law student. We’ve already posted a few highlights. Check them out here: www.instagram.com/drakelawschool/. If you are interested, contact Terri Howard at theresa.howard@drake.edu.

Student Events

Student organizations planning to hold events need to fill out an informational/approval form at least three business days* before the event is scheduled in order to ensure that COVID-19 guidelines can be met.  Contact Emily Fleming with any questions.

For events held inside, food and drink will not be permitted.  You can have food and drink at outside events, if you can follow the social distancing and face covering requirements.

*If your event is outside and you are serving food, you need to complete the form at least one week prior to the event so that your Sodexo order doesn’t incur late fees.

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