March 25, 2020

Rutgers Law School sends wishes for good health and safety for all of its alumni and is working to protect the health of its current faculty, staff and students. 

Following last week’s spring break, the law school moved to remote instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. Professors are teaching their courses online using a variety of group software applications.  These classes are either a-synchronous, meaning the professor has video-recorded the lecture and the student can download at any time, or synchronous, meaning that the program is live, and in most cases, students can raise questions or comments in the simultaneous chat room that accompanies the professor’s video.  During the classes, professors can share visual materials, such as PowerPoint presentations. All classes are recorded for later access.  

The co-deans and faculty have decided that grading for this semester will be pass/fail.  Exams will be open book, as students will take them remotely without ability for proctorship. 

Some services and facilities may not be operating or are operating on limited schedules; however many of our services and administrators are available through email. Building entry is allowed only with a Rutgers ID.

Our library services are available online. The Law Library has also transitioned to operate fully online, and to support remote teaching.  Reference service for faculty and students will be by e-mail, to refdesk@law.rutgers.edu, or by going to the WebEx conference of the reference librarian on duty.  The schedule of librarians on duty will be published shortly with links to their WebEx conference rooms.

The law library's research webpage will guide students and faculty to all our online resources, and our rich set of guides for special subject-matter research.

Our Center for Career Development continues to work with legal employers and current students to to coordinate summer internships and postgraduate employment. They are also available to support alumni through counseling appointments, resume and cover letter review, and acces to our job bank. 

Many of our alumni events have been postponed. For a full list of schedule changes, please see this updated list

CLE programs for this spring have been postponed or canceled. Please check rutgerscle.com for updates and rescheduled programs. 

Changes to CLE Requirements:

The New Jersey Supreme Court suspended the attorneys' requirement of live classroom instruction for continuing legal education. Until further order of the Court, all twenty-four credit hours for the compliance period may be fulfilled through approved courses offered via live webcasts, webinars, and other alternative verifiable learning formats.

The New York State CLE Board changed newly admitted attorneys Skills CLE format requirements and permits participation by webconference, teleconference, and videoconference through June 30, 2020

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania extended the April 30 CLE compliance deadline to August 31. 
 

Rutgers Law Media Contacts:
Mike Sepanic (Camden); Elizabeth Moore (Newark)

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