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:  Nov 2 at 12:48 p.m.

Quick links

General updates

  • Seattle University's main COVID-19 information page
  • 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. 
  • Students who intend to come to campus this semester must get a COVID test 
  • Dean Annette Clark's letter to students from March 25, 2020.

COVID-19 test requirement

  • Students may be barred from entering any campus building, including Sullivan Hall, without a negative test result.
  • Any COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional will be accepted. Submit your test results to the Student Health Center via its online patient portal .
  • Once you get tested and submit your negative result, no additional tests will be required for the duration of the semester.

Spring 2021

  • We hope to offer some in-person teaching components this spring as circumstances allow, but we will still provide virtual access for all students (many of whom aren't in the region or who don't want to take the risk of being in a classroom setting).
  • Additional information about Spring 2021 will be announced soon.

Access to Sullivan Hall

  • Access to Sullivan Hall will be by campus card only; the external doors to the building will remain locked at all times. Use your own card to gain access, and do not allow anyone else to enter the building with you.  
  • The following locations are available for student use:

a.       Law Library:  Study space is available on the 3rd & 4th floors of the Law Library  

b.      Classrooms 109/110

  • You must sign in and out each time you access these spaces.
  • Each study space has limited seating, and you may only sit in designated study spaces to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • These areas are available only for individual study; groups are not permitted to meet anywhere in Sullivan Hall.
  • You are responsible for using the available sanitation stations to thoroughly clean your study space both before and after its use.
  • Lockers will be available for student access. Due to the limited space and close quarters in the locker area, make sure to maintain six feet of distance at all times and minimize your time at your locker.
  • The public spaces on the court level, first and second floors are open, but some furniture has been removed to promote physical distancing. Please do not move the furniture or gather in groups in these areas.
  • Food service

a.      Food and beverages are permitted in Sullivan Hall, but you must maintain physical distancing while eating. 

b.      Face coverings may be removed only when eating/drinking. 

c.       The microwaves and student refrigerator are not available.

d.      The Sidebar will be closed for fall semester.

e.      Campus food service will be available only in the University Student Center.   

Grading and exams

  • We will operate according to our regular letter grading system this fall, and as previously announced, all exams will be administered virtually.
  • In recognition of the ongoing impact of the pandemic on students' ability to devote themselves fully to their studies and to mitigate the potential employment market impact of the grade disparity between our school and other law schools, the faculty has approved a temporary modifcation of the grading curve. This modification applies only to the following periods:  Summer 2020 (retroactively), Fall 2020, and Spring 2021. 

Bar Exam and Rule 9

  • No decisions have been made about the February 2021 bar exam. We will post information as soon as we receive it.
  • 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.

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 assistance

  • 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

  • Virtual graduation videos to celebrate the Class of 2020 (May graduates) will be published on YouTube on Nov. 7, 2020.

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)