Legal Education in the Time of COVID-19

AALS has organized documents, resources, and information related to legal education and the legal profession to help law faculty, students, and staff plan for classes and operations during the coronavirus pandemic.


The American Bar Association COVID-19 Task Force

ABA Task Force on Legal Needs Arising from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
American Bar Association


Jobs for Students and New Graduates

Pay Cuts, Layoffs, and More: How Law Firms Are Managing the Pandemic (subscription required) Lawyer
April 14, 2020 (page is regularly updated)

Operation Realizing the Dream (ideas to support the Class of 2020)
The Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson Law
April 14, 2020

Summer Associate Programs and COVID-19: How Law Firms Are Responding (subscription required) Lawyer
April 13, 2020


Bar Exams and Licensing

July 2020 Bar Exam: Jurisdiction Information
National Conference of Bar Examiners
July 27, 2020

COVID-19 prompts ABA to urge limited practice for law grads
American Bar Association
April 13, 2020

Bar Admissions During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evaluating Options for the Class of 2020
National Conference of Bar Examiners
April 9, 2020

This NCBE report provide courts and state bar associations with information to advise them as they weigh options for allowing 2020 law school graduates to become licensed to practice law if the traditional bar exam cannot safely be administered.


Legal Education News

Past Legal Education News and Blogs Digests
Association of American Law Schools

Pandemic Worsened Public Higher Ed’s Biggest Challenges
Inside Higher Ed
June 24, 2020

Different States Are Taking Different Approaches to Bar Exams Amid COVID-19
June 22, 2020

Simulating COVID Spread in College Setting
Inside Higher Ed
June 22, 2020

Online Teaching

Faculty Success
Academic Impressions

COVID Adaptation
Harvard Law Today
August 26, 2020

Designing an Inclusive & Supportive Classroom Environment — Preparing for Fall Teaching in Physically Distanced, Hybrid, or Remote Courses
August 21, 2020

A series by Jessica Erickson, University of Richmond School of Law

What happens when a professor is unable to finish teaching a class due to COVID-19?
July 18, 2020

Top 5 Tips for Teaching Law Online
Best Practices for Legal Education
July 17, 2020

Materials for Teaching Online
Legal Writing Institute

Effective Online Instruction Webinars
Association of College and University Educators
April 2-20, 2020

Psychology Today Series on Teaching Online
Part I: Nine Strategies to Optimize Your Online Classroom
Part II: 7 More Strategies to Optimize Online Classrooms
Part III: Final Strategies to Optimize Online Classrooms
April 15-16, 2020

How to Reconnect With Students and Strengthen Your Remote Course
Chronicle of Higher Education
April 9, 2020

8 Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching
Chronicle of Higher Education
April 8, 2020

Teaching Practices for Your Virtual Classroom
Wiley Education Services
April 1, 2020

Tutorial on using Zoom for class instruction
Josh Blackman (South Texas College of Law Houston)
March 18, 2020


Law and COVID-19

Law in the Time of COVID-19
E-Book by Columbia Law School
April 20, 2020


Advice for Law Students in Online Classes

7 things to do after an online class session ends
ABA for Law Students – Before the Bar
March 30, 2020

How to plan for take-home exams
ABA for Law Students – Before the Bar
March 30, 2020

A Student Guide to Best Practices for Online Classrooms
Law School Success
March 18, 2020

Engaging and Learning Online
McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning


Prospective Law Students

Law School Admission in the Time of COVID-19 (LSAC webinar for prospective law students)
Law School Admission Council
April 29, 2020

LSAT-Flex (online LSAT test)
Law School Admission Council
April 24, 2020


Higher Education

COVID-19 Planning Guide and Self-Assessment for Higher Education
Johns Hopkins University
June 15, 2020

List of Colleges’ Plans for Reopening in the Fall
Chronicle of Higher Education
April 23, 2020 (page is regularly updated)

How College Leaders are Planning for the Fall (subscription required)
Chronicle of Higher Education
April 17, 2020

Resources and Assistance for Institutions of Higher Education under the CARES Act
April 3, 2020