COVID-19 resources for law students

The School of Law is committed to our students' physical and mental health and general well-being during the coronavirus pandemic. We also remain committed to providing a high-quality, personalized legal education.

UPDATED:  April 3 at 1:37 p.m.

General updates

Sullivan Hall

  • Sullivan Hall is closed to all law students until at least May 4 to comply with Gov. Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. It's possible that this closure will be extended past this date.
  • Access cannot be granted under any circumstances.

Grading

  • Grading for the spring semester will be pass/fail. This is mandatory. This will not impact our students' ability to take the Uniform Bar Exam in Washington. For more detail, please see the full letter (PDF) from Dean Annette Clark.

Academics

  • Remote teaching will continue for the rest of the semester. Please reach out to your professors if you are struggling in any way. You are also welcome to contact Dean Annette Clark, Dean Andrew Siegel, Dean Donna Deming, or Dean Rick Bird.
  • All exams this semester will be open book and administered electronically.

Calendar

  • Classes remain canceled on Good Friday, April 10, which is a University holiday.
  • Morning classes remain canceled until 1:30 p.m. on April 16 for what would have been Mission Day, unless faculty communicate alternative plans with their students.

Online study aids

The Law Library has negotiated with a number of vendors for free access to a wide range of digital resources for the rest of the semester. Available resources include study aids (such as outlines, the Acing Series, Examples and Explanations, Nutshells etc.), self-assessment tools (multiple choice quizzes, short answer and essay questions), video lectures, and access to some textbooks. Please see this complete list of all the resources and directions on how to access them.

Student services

  • All student and administrative services will be provided via phone, email, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or other online platforms. This includes career counseling, academic support, financial aid, technology services, and registrar's office services.
  • All library services, including reference and research services, will be offered online and via email. You can find the links for these services on the Law Library homepage.
  • Please stay in touch. Dean Siegel and Colin Watrin will be hold separate weekly Zoom office hours. Dean Clark will join these Zoom sessions when possible but is also available to set up individual Zoom meetings or phone calls.

Financial and other help

  • The SU Students for Economic Justice have organized "Mutual Aid for Students" to both request and offer assistance.
  • Our Student Financial Services Office will work with you remotely to review your financial aid options and provide financial counseling.
  • The Dean's Emergency Fund is available for students as recommended by the financial aid staff.
  • Seattle U Food Pantry

Graduation/commencement

  • May Commencement is canceled. We are currently exploring alternatives, including a virtual graduation or holding the ceremony in August. We will make sure to involve the graduates in these decisions.

Physical health

Emotional and mental health

Mindfulness

Sanvello (stress- and anxiety-reduction app, free premium access during the COVID-19 crisis)
Mindfulness in Law Society (starter kit, guided meditations, and other instructions)

General support

Hotlines

King County Crisis Line: 866-427-4747
• Pierce County Crisis Line: 1-800-576-7764
 TEXT Crisis Line: Text "HOME" to 741-741
• Trevor Project (LQBTQIA+) Crisis Line: 1-866-488-7386
• Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1 or text to 838255

Domestic violence, child abuse, recovery

• Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline to be directed to a local resource at 1-800-799-7233
WA Recovery Helpline: 1-866-789-1511 Help (for substance abuse, mental health, and problem gambling)
Childhelp Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 (an anonymous hotline where parents can call to ask for support in a moment of crisis with their child)