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.

Career Development Office Communications Events Exams Exam Numbers  Grading IT Support Law Library Lockers Mental Health Resources Spring Commencement Study Abroad Summer Courses University Health Services Wifi and Internet Access


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.


Exams

All exams will be administered as take-home exams this spring. We anticipate that all exams will be made available beginning on April 27. For all May graduates and 1L students in the 3-3 program, exams must be completed by noon on Monday, May 4. All other students have until noon on Wednesday, May 6, to complete exams. This means that you will be able to space out your exams, eliminate conflicts that would have affected you under the prior on-campus exam schedule that was posted for spring finals, and help you begin planning now about how to sequence your preparation/study strategies. Note that professors will set the length of time that you are allotted to complete your exams after you obtain the exam questions—so you must start exams early enough to leave yourself time to complete them before noon on the appropriate deadline date. To be clear, you will decide when to start a given exam, but once you download the questions your “clock” begins to run, and you will have to submit your answers in Exam4 before the time designated by your professors elapses.

Your professors will also determine the exam format (essay, multiple choice, paper, etc.). If your professor instructs you to write a paper instead of assigning a final exam, the professor will give you instructions about where to email the paper for grading (e.g., to the professor directly or to the professor’s assistant).

 If illness or other emergencies affect your ability to take exams, please contact Marc Pearce or Vicki Lill just as you would normally, and we will assist you.

There are other exam procedures that are still under consideration. These include procedures for you to request technical support, if needed, during an exam, and whether there will be any modifications to grading systems. So, there will be more information forthcoming about these and other exam-related procedures as we move into April.

These new procedures offer us some advantages, including especially flexibility, that will help us navigate this difficult time. But they also place a great deal of responsibility on you.

You will have to do some planning and scheduling to find suitable times and venues to complete exams. You will need to test your equipment, resources, and proficiencies related to Exam4. You will need to follow instructions from us and from your professors carefully. And, most importantly, you must respect the letter and spirit of the Honor Code. Do not discuss any of your exams – online, in-person, or otherwise – at any point during the exam period, take special care to use only authorized materials, and ensure that you complete your exams within the allotted time.

As noted above, more information is forthcoming. But, if you have questions about the foregoing information, please contact Dean Pearce.

  

Exam Numbers

Exam numbers will be available by emailing Patty Cavanagh.

  

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

Support for Canvas, Zoom, account issues, installing Office programs, accessing email, etc. will primary come from Huskertech. A plan for College of Law IT to support Exam 4 is still in progress. 

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. If you need UNL internet access, please consult the following map to find Wi-Fi access available at selected locations on campus  Adele Learning Commons and East Campus Union are among the locations available.
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

 

Spring Commencement

The May 2020 graduation celebration will be an all-university digital experience on May 9 to include undergraduate, masters, professional, doctoral and law students.

Although there will not be an in-person ceremony in May due to COVID-19, we hope you'll join us on May 9 to celebrate together via livestream with guest speaker John Cook where we'll confer degrees.

 

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.

The Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons, located on the first floor of Love Library North, will be accessible to anyone with a valid NCard from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. The Computer Lab in the East Campus Union is accessible 24/7 to anyone with a valid NCard via the west entrance. A limited amount of study space and wifi access is available 24/7 for all current students on the 2nd floor of the East Campus Union via NCard access at the south entrance.

There are also 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.

 

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