Paul L. Caron

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Omicron Forces Law Schools To Change Spring Semester Plans: Stay Home, Get Booster Shot

Reuters, Stay Home, Get Boosted, Law Schools Tell Students During New Virus Phase:

COVID-19It’s back to remote learning for some law schools—at least temporarily.

A growing number of universities in recent days have announced they're reverting to online classes for the first several weeks of January in hopes of minimizing the spread of COVID-19, which has surged in many places with the arrival of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Harvard Law School; Stanford Law School; New York University School of Law; the University of California at Los Angeles; the University of Illinois College of Law; Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; and the University of California, Irvine School of Law are among those that will begin the semester online, with plans to shift to in-person instruction later in January or at the start of February.

In addition some universities, including NYU, Northwestern and UCLA, are requiring all eligible students to have received a COVID-19 booster shot before coming back on campus.

The Chronicle of Higher Education maintains an updated list of additional law schools that will begin the spring semester online:

  • Columbia
  • DePaul
  • Duke
  • UC-Davis
  • UC-Irvine
  • UCLA
  • University of Washington

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