Gonzaga Law COVID-19 Updates

Updated 5/22/2020 at 1:00 PM

Answers to Faculty, Staff & Student Questions

Dean Rooksby will hold weekly Q&A sessions with students regarding the changing situation due to COVID-19. Please drop in with your questions every other Tuesday from 12:00-1:00pm PDT (starting June 2).

Second Edition - Posted 3/27/20

First Edition - Posted 3/17/20

Washington State Supreme Court Communications

Dean Rooksby, in cooperation with colleagues at Seattle U. and the University of Washington, submitted the following letter regarding the July administration of the bar exam to the Washington State Supreme Court.

Letter to the Washington State Supreme Court

*Updated 5/13* Response Letter from Washington State Supreme Court

*Updated 5/21* Order for Temporarily Modifying Washington’s Admission and Practice Rule - Letter from the Washington State Supreme Court

Bar Exams 2020 Information

Bar Exam Status by Jurisdiction Map and Announcement Details
NCBE COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Academic Affairs Update

A letter from Dean Rooksby to students regarding academic policies through the remainder of the semester can be found here. (Posted 4/1)

Clinics & Center Updates

General Clinic Updates

We strive to have a safe and welcoming environment for all members of our community. Unfortunately, due to reduced operations and staff, University Legal Services is unable to taking new clients. Those who are seeking services are welcome to contact the center to be placed on a list to be notified when services resume.


A full document with information and updates regarding externships can be found here.  

C.E.A.L. Division

The C.E.A.L. Division has been and will continue to be fully operational during the transition to online learning. 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 cealdivision@gonzaga.edu.


As the extent of impact the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, 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

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 still 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 Mr. Ritter at ritter@gonzaga.eduWe will be providing career and professional development programming via Zoom, and some pre-recorded content, in the near future.  For now, we are supporting the university in prioritizing your academic needs. 


At this time, no employer has indicated that they will be changing their summer employment offers. Ms. Gill has sent emails to students for upcoming job deadlines on ZagLAW.  We will continue to post job opportunities so please regularly check ZagLAW for new postings. Asst. Dean Powers is in conversation with several employers who are getting their postings ready. Set up your ZagLAW “new posting” notifications as described in Ms. Gill’s email. Please email Ms. Gill at GillJ@gonzaga.edu if you have any issues with ZagLAW.


Online Learning Resources

  • A full guide of online learning resources, assembled by Professor Patrick Charles, can be found here
  • The National Jurist website has a comprehensive guide for law students transitioning to online education. Read the guide here


Health, Wellness & Prevention

We encourage you to continue to take appropriate health and safety measures, including frequently washing your hands, practicing social distancing, and limiting travel. The Gonzaga University (GU) Emergency Management Team is monitoring the outbreak in coordination with state and local health departments. Please refer to the main Gonzaga University Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)website for more detailed information regarding health, wellness and prevention. You can also visit the Chastek Library's COVID-19 Resources for Students LibGuide for CDC information. 

If you or someone you know experiences a personal crisis or needs support, all of the university support resources are currently still operating. Please consider completing a refer form at www.gonzaga.edu/refer if you or someone you know are experiencing a personal crisis. The University Health and Counseling Center is available for medical and emotional support services to local students. Remote options are being explored. 


Facility Information

Law School Building & Chastek Library

Per Governor Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order on March 23, the Chastek Library will be open Tuesday, March 24 8 am - 3 pm. Library doors are locked. You must bring your Gonzaga University ID card to scan in. After Tuesday March 24 at 3:00 pm the Chastek Library and Law School Building will be CLOSED to the Law Students, UW Medical School Students, and Affiliate Attorneys. This will last at least for two weeks. Future hours to be determined. Listed hours are subject to change.

Other Campus Services

Please continue to check your email for updates or refer to the main Gonzaga University Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) website for more detailed information regarding services.


Events & Activities 

We have decided to cancel all co-curricular and extra-curricular events with in-person attendance through the end of April. Where feasible, we are working to offer online alternatives and to reschedule certain events. More information from event organizers will be forthcoming as it becomes available.


A Message from the Dean - Posted 3/17