Information for Current Students

College of Law Staff Available

As part of the University’s response to COVID-19, NU President Ted Carter and Chancellor Ronnie Green have asked that all staff that are able to work remotely do so beginning on Monday, March 23. Beginning Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m. McCollum Hall and the Schmid Law Library will be closed to student and public access. 

The College of Law staff and administrators will be working vigilantly to ensure that your needs are met and your academic progress can continue. You should feel free to contact any member of the staff, faculty or administration by email. Staff will respond as quickly as possible.

Don’t see the information you need? Email lawstudentsupport@unl.edu and someone will be in touch.

Bar Exam Internships/Experiential Learning  Career Development Office Communications Events Financial Aid  Grading IT Support Law Library Lockers Mental Health Resources Study Abroad Summer Courses University Health Services Wifi and Internet Access


Bar Exam

The National Conference of Bar Examiners is collecting announcements regarding the July 2020 bar exam as they are made available by jurisdictions. The page is updated as new information is received: http://www.ncbex.org/ncbe-covid-19-updates/july-2020-bar-exam-jurisdiction-information.

Internships/Experiential Learning

Due to the continued outbreak of COVID-19 in most areas of the world, including the state of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska discourages students from participating in in-person experiential learning activities during the summer of 2020. Students who choose to participate in in-person activities this summer are aware of the potential risks that exposure to the novel virus poses to their health and safety, that the University of Nebraska is unable to mitigate those risks, and that participation in those in-person activities does not create any liability on behalf of the University of Nebraska. The University encourages students to work directly with any non-University organizations through which the student will be completing in-person experiential learning activities to explore methods of completing those activities through remote or other non in-person means. The University encourages all students to know, understand, and follow the guidance from local governments and local health departments in the area where students may be participating in in-person activities, particularly since that guidance can change rapidly.

Career Development Office

The Career Development Office will continue to be available to students. They will send updates and announcements through StoryVita, including relevant job information, tips on making the most of your time at home, etc.

The Career Development Office is working to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks, from being available to answer your questions, to posting jobs on ROSCOE, to setting up virtual interviews, and more.  They are working to develop an experience that replicates, as closely as possible, meeting with them in the CDO Office. 

You can contact anyone on the Career Development team:

Communications

Emails from Chancellor Green and other university officials go to your @huskers.unl.edu email. You should be checking this email regularly for any and all official University communications.

Group emails from the College of Law are sent to the email address that you provided for listserv use. This can be verified by checking with Professor Placzek.

You should also make sure your contact information in our directory is current (available on Canvas). This is the email address Vicki Lill will use to distribute exam information. If your information is not correct in the directory, send the correct information to Vicki.

You may receive emails from the MyRed system, and should ensure that information is correct.

You should also check your notification settings in Canvas as many of your professors will now be using that as a communication tool in addition to email.

Take this opportunity to check all of your contact information and make sure it is accurate.

 

Events

Out of an abundance of caution, the College of Law has made the decision to cancel all events, effective immediately, and through May 1. Decisions regarading future events will follow University and state guidelines and directives.  

Financial Aid

The College of Law and Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) are available to support students and families and will make every effort to mitigate financial burdens created by this extraordinary situation. If you have incurred—or will incur—additional expenses or severe financial hardship, please contact Dean Pearce and Darice Cecil. They can work with you to try to increase your access to student loans. The College of Law's emergency fund is also still accessible to help with COVID-19 related emergency expenses.

AccessLex Institute is offering free webinars on managing your money during the COVID-19 pandemic. The description is below. For a full schedule of available money-management webinars, visit: https://www.accesslex.org/onlineevents

Managing Your Money During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a harsh reminder of our financial fragility. During times of uncertainty, it becomes especially crucial to focus on what’s within our control. In this free webinar, we will walk you through four steps of navigating this and any financial crisis. Topics include organizing financial accounts and debt, bridging unemployment and income uncertainty, prioritizing outflows, and constructing credible support systems. The CARES Act and what to do with your stimulus check will also be discussed.

  

Grading

For the Spring 2020 semester, the College will award Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grades as follows:

  1. For 1Ls, this P/NP policy will be mandatory.
  2. For 2L, 3L, and LL.M. students, this P/NP policy will be the default. After these students receive notice of their grades under the 9-point system, they may elect to receive those traditional grades in all of their classes instead of a Pass or No Pass for their classes. This choice will apply for all courses governed by the policy. Students will not be allowed to choose course by course.
  3. Finally, all clinical courses will be graded under the traditional 9-point grading system.

Additional information regarding the Spring 2020 grading system is available at: https://law.unl.edu/spring-2020-grading/ 

IT support

Your primary support contact for Canvas, Zoom, UNL account or email issues, installing Office programs, etc. is the Huskertech Help Center.

You can also contact Law College IT support with questions - Just send an email to lawstudentsupport@unl.edu, or contact us by phone or email as you normally would.
Law College arrangements to provide remote support for Exam4 will be announced soon.

More information about getting setup for remote learning is available on the University’s COVID-19 response page.

 

Law Library

The Schmid Law Library is temporarily closed. The library will continue to provide excellent reference assistance and research support via email at lawref@unl.edu. To keep abreast of any changes or updates to services, please check the library’s website.
The Schmid Law Library also has a new and growing number of online resources available. West Academic, Carolina Press and Wolters Kluwer have offered to provide free digital access to all their casebooks, hornbooks and study aids through end of the semester. Please check out our LibGuide for information about these resources. Be sure to check back frequently to keep up to speed about new resources as the become available. 

 

Lockers

You should make sure that you have everything you need for your courses prior to the building closure at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20. McCollum Hall will be unavailable to students and you will not have access to your locker.

Current 1L and 2L students will keep their assigned lockers for the 2020-2021 academic year. 3L students who will be graduating in May should plan to have their lockers cleaned out no later than July 31st. If locks have not been removed by this time, they will be cut and contents removed.

 

Mental Health Resources

University Counseling & Psychological Services is now taking remote/distance appointments: https://caps.unl.edu/. If you would like a remote (i.e., Zoom, phone) appointment or if you are in crisis, please call CAPS at (402) 472-7450 between 8am-5pm for assistance.

AFTER BUSINESS HOURS: If you need to speak with our counselor on duty for your urgent needs or you are in crisis, please call (402) 472-7450 and Press 4. If you are in imminent danger to yourself or others, please call 911.

Wellness tips, links, recommended apps for Apple and Android, and other COVID-19 information is available here: https://caps.unl.edu/2019-novel-coronavirus-and-covid-19-response

If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis:

  •     Go to your local hospital emergency department.
  •     Use the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  •     Use the crisis text line: 741741
  •     Or call CAPS at the number above.

Related University resources:

  • The Husker Pantry is temporarily closed. Students seeking assistance should email pantry@unl.edu
  • CARE advocates are still taking appointments remotely during normal office hours: https://care.unl.edu/ or 402-472-3553.  This is the confidential support resource for sexual assault, harassment, and other crimes.
  • The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance is still operating. They can be contacted at https://www.unl.edu/equity/title-ix or 402-472-3417.
  • Services for Students with Disabilities is also still open: https://www.unl.edu/ssd/home

 

 

Study Abroad

All university-sponsored summer study abroad programs scheduled for departure on or before June 30 are canceled. This includes the College of Law's programs at Cambridge, and in Australia and China.

 

Summer Courses

As of right now, summer courses at the College of Law will continue as planned. Summer registration materials are available here.

 

University Health Services

Students concerned about possible exposure should immediately limit interactions with others and contact – by phone or email – the University Health Center or a local health care provider. 

Wifi and Internet Access

With the announcement that campus buildings will close, we understand that some of you may not have sufficient wifi or internet access. If this is the case, think about other locations where you can access your course materials and download them. There are a number of outdoor locations on both City and East Campus that have wifi coverage.

Charter Communications is offering free Spectrum wifi for 60 days to students impacted by changes caused by COVID-19. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Call 1-844-488-8395 for more information. 

ALLO Communications is offering 50mbps internet service free for 60 days to any customers that do not currently have service from Allo or another provider. There is no installation fee. Call 1-866-481-2556 for more information. ALLO has also launched free public wifi in the Railyard. Lincoln residents can hop in the car, head to the Railyard, park, and jump on a buffer-free video call or upload that school report from the comfort of your vehicle with a free fiber connection from ALLO. ALLO is also working to add other safe open wifi spaces across Lincoln. 

 

Additional information and services available to students is available at covid19.unl.edu/students.