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:  July 7 at 8:20 a.m.

General updates

  • Seattle University's main COVID-19 information page
  • Alert:  Effective immediately, all individuals on campus are asked to wear face coverings over their noses and mouths in indoor settings where others are present and in outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible. 
  • Dean Annette Clark's letter to students from March 25, 2020.

Sullivan Hall

  • Sullivan Hall remains closed to all law students, staff, and faculty through July.

Grading

  • Letter grading will resume for summer 2020 classes.

Bar Exam and Rule 9

  • The 2020 bar exam will be offered in July and September at multiple testing sites across Washington that will comply with all current social distancing and public health mandates. Special consideration will be given to all needs for testing accommodations.
  • Diploma privilege is available for people who were scheduled to take the July or September 2020 bar exam in Washington state. Read more here.
  • The Washington Supreme Court is committed to making emergency modifications to Rule 9 to allow recent graduates the fullest opportunity for legal work during the time they are awaiting bar exam results.
  • Unfortunately, Sullivan Hall will not be a site for the July administration of the bar exam.

Academics

  • Summer 2020: Upper division courses, which begin the week of June 1, will be online for the entire summer term.
  • The summer abroad program in Madrid, Spain, has been canceled.
  • Alaska Pacific University, which hosts our summer courses in Anchorage, is closed for the summer. Students who have already arranged internships or externships with employers in Alaska should continue to work with their site supervisors to determine the feasibility of their summer placements in light of the closure orders in place across the state.
  • Fall registration has been delayed until June 22.
  • Fall semester classes will begin as scheduled on Monday, Aug. 24, but we will not hold on-campus classes after Thanksgiving. Instead, professors will either hold online synchronous classes for the week of Nov. 30 or they will make up that final week of classes earlier in the semester or asynchronously. Fall semester final exams will be offered remotely using proctoring software on the dates/times that will be listed in the exam schedule (or as take-home exams).

Law Library

In addition to access to Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg, the law library provides numerous electronic resources. Start from this list of our databases (including online study aids Quimbee and CALI) or search for ebooks through the library catalog. Reference services are available via email and Zoom; email lawreference@seattleu.edu to a reach a librarian. For circulation questions, email lawcirc@seattleu.edu. See also the law library homepage.

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.
  • Internships will also be provided virtually. Students can find more information here and employers can find more information here.
  • 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. Administrators and staff are available to set up individual Zoom meetings or phone calls.

Financial and other help

  • Our Student Financial Services Office will work with you remotely to review your financial aid options and provide financial counseling.
  • Emergency funding: Law students may apply for emergency financial support from the Student Emergency Fund, administered by the law school
  • The SU Students for Economic Justice have organized "Mutual Aid for Students" to both request and offer assistance.
  • Seattle U Food Pantry

Graduation/commencement

  • The rescheduled Commencement Ceremony is tentatively slated for Sunday, Nov. 8. Please hold the date, but with the understanding that much depends on COVID-19 developments over the coming months.

Physical health

  • Students, faculty, and staff, who have been diagnosed, tested, or suspected to have COVID-19 are asked to please notify Seattle University Public Safety as soon as possible by sending an email to covid-19-report@seattleu.edu or by calling at 206-296-5990.
  • The Student Health Center is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm. Please call the SHC before going into the clinic.
  • Seattle University Recreation: The UREC facilities will remain closed until further notice. The UREC team continues to work remotely to create virtual ways for you to connect to us and each other. We are offering virtual personal training, free 15-30 minute Spark sessions, and opportunities to participate in e-Sports tournaments. For at-home workouts and ways to stay engaged and motivated, follow UREC on Instagram @su_rec.
  • Free fitness classes online
  • DownDog Yoga App (free for students/staff until July 1, 2020)

Emotional and mental health

General support

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is transitioning to tele-counseling options for students who currently reside in Washington State. Please note that CAPS staff are licensed to practice in Washington State only. For students who reside outside of Washington, CAPS can assist you with tele-counseling referrals in your area. Please contact CAPS to inquire about tele-counseling options & referrals. CAPS can be reached by phone at (206) 296-6090 or by email at caps@seattleu.edu.
Mental Health Screenings
Recommendations from the CDC
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - PDF

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)

Spirituality

• All Masses at the Chapel of St. Ignatius are suspended until further notice.  Read daily scripture reflections from the Campus Ministry team, posted Sunday-Friday while Masses are suspended.

Campus Ministry is offering a faith and justice conversation cohort, an interfaith immersion cohort, a retreat in daily life, religious student group gatherings and holidays, personal spiritual accompaniment, and more.

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)