Updated 10/13/2020 at 4:30 PM with information regarding the spring semester academic calendar under Academic Affairs & Course information.
PLEASE NOTE: The information below is specific to Law School operations and does not necessarily encompass all university operations or guidelines. Please continue to check the ZagOn webpage, your email and Morning Mail for updates.
Answers to Faculty, Staff & Student Questions: We will be holding bi-weekly Q&A sessions for students on Mondays at noon during the fall semester.
Sept. 1, 2020 - FAQs regarding Law School COVID-19 protocol
Academic Affairs & Course Information
Spring 2021 Semester
The Law School’s Spring 2021 Academic Calendar will remain the same as previously outlined with classes beginning Monday, January 4, 2021 and Spring Break observed March 8-12, 2021. The full academic calendar can be found here. The only change to the academic programming for the semester will be that all courses will be taught exclusively online for the first two weeks of class, January 4 – January 15, 2021. The building will remain closed during that time. This change, which the faculty approved at a meeting today, is being made out of concern for diminishing the possibility of spreading the coronavirus after travel over the winter break.
Registration for the spring semester is set to begin November 16, 2020. Full details can be found on the registration information page. The spring course schedule will be announced in advance of that date. Students are encouraged to reach out to their faculty advisor with questions regarding course selection.
Please watch for additional information regarding returning to campus and course modalities later this week via email on this webpage.
Fall 2020 Semsester
The Fall term continues with in-person instruction ending on November 20, right before the Thanksgiving break.
Our plan continues to be to offer the majority of our courses in a face-to-face, in-person environment in the Law School, with many upper-level courses being offered online as indicated in the course schedule. We believe that a legal education is most robust and dynamic in a face-to-face, in-person setting with the instructor, when possible. To that end, we have worked hard to alter the schedule and classrooms to allow students to still have this experience to the extent practicable.
Clockify Attendance Tracker
Clockify is an app that tracks attendance and your location during class (face-to-face, remote-synchronous, or remote-a synchronous). In the event a potential COVID case is reported, Clockify can generate a report that is sent to the COVID-19 Action Response Team to aid in faster contact tracing. We are asking all students to track their time daily. A full tutorial for how to use Clockify can be found here: https://libguides.law.gonzaga.edu/clockify/clockifyhowto
Sept. 1, 2020 - Clockify FAQs
Student Arrival & Return to Campus Guide
The Graduate and Law Student Arrival and Return to Gonzaga Guide details the principles, expectations, and responsibilities of all students.
Zag Law Emergency Fund
We understand many students may be experiencing exceptional hardships as a result of the stay-at-home orders and shifts to distance learning. Gonzaga Law has established the Zag Law Emergency Fund to help. For full details, visit the Zag Law Emergency Fund page.
The C.E.A.L. Division
The C.E.A.L. Division will continue to be fully operational. Academic and Bar exam coaching will be available online via Zoom or by phone. There are a host of other resources that the C.E.A.L. Division may be able to connect you with, so please feel free to contact our office if you are experiencing academic or personal difficulties. We are especially concerned about medical, shelter, or food insecurity issues at this time, so please let us know if you need support. To contact us, please email email@example.com.
Center for Professional Development
The Center for Professional Development continues to provide all student services through remote access during regular business hours. Please email or call our staff directly. Counseling appointments with Asst. Dean Powers or Asst. Director Ritter can be made via ZagLAW and conducted over the phone or via Zoom, as requested. We can do mock interviews the same way. When scheduling your phone or Zoom appointment, please include the phone number that we can reach you at. Please send any documents you need reviewed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law School Building
Access to the building will be limited to enrolled students coming in to study or attend courses, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All Law School offices will be open and staff personnel will be in-person in the building, unless a work accommodation has been made for them to work remotely.
The Chastek Law Library will be open to law students only, with limited exceptions, during normal hours
Other Campus Services
Campus dining facilities will be open, as well as most other services on campus, although all facilities will have social distancing protocols in place. Please refer to the ZagOn website at www.gonzaga.edu/zagon for more detailed information regarding other campus services.
Events & Activities
No outside events or speakers will be allowed in the building during this time without prior approval from the Office of the Dean. To request approval for an event, please contact the Office of the Dean at email@example.com.
Health, Wellness & Prevention
We continue to encourage our community to take appropriate health and safety measures, including frequently washing hands, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and limiting travel. Pursuant to the Governor’s order, everyone on the Gonzaga campus is required to wear a cloth face covering, except if they are alone in a private work or study space or in their own private residence. Students will be provided with a cloth face covering.
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms and would like to get tested, visit the Spokane Regional Health district website for more information.
Spring 2020 Information Archive
Spring Academic Affairs UpdateApril 1, 2020 - A letter from Dean Rooksby to students regarding academic policies
Q&A DocumentsMarch 27, 2020 - Second Edition
March 17, 2020 - First Edition
A Message from the Dean
May 21, 2020 - Letter from the Washington State Supreme Court Order for Temporarily Modifying Washington’s Admission and Practice Rule
May 13, 2020 - Response Letter from Washington State Supreme Court
April 28, 2020 - Letter to the Washington State Supreme Court
- A full guide of online learning resources, assembled by Professor Patrick Charles, can be found here
- For faculty, Dean Camesha Little has provided guidance on considering disabilities in course planning. You can read her letter here
- The National Jurist website has a comprehensive guide for law students transitioning to online education. Read the guide here
- You can also visit the Law School Academic Support Blog for online learning tips.