Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

As The Pandemic Drags On, Law Professors Are Making Changes

ABA Journal, As the Pandemic Drags On, Law Professors Are Making Changes:

[L]aw professors say the pandemic changed how they interact with students, and many find themselves sharing personal information they may not have previously shared. That’s partially due to the chaos of COVID-19, but it’s also a way for faculty to convince students they are there to help.

And despite the various problems law schools face during the pandemic, students’ overall satisfaction rates have only slightly dropped between 2019 and 2021, according to the results from the most recent Law School Survey of Student Engagement. In 2019, 82% of the law students rated their education experiences as “good,” compared to 78% in 2021.

“I think a large part of that is faculty efforts to really connect with them,” says Meera Deo, a Southwestern Law School professor, who also serves as director of the LSSSE.

She’s seen more law professors sharing non-work phone numbers with students, so they can check in, and shifting office hours from in-person to Zoom. Other professors say they’re polling students on how they feel at the start of class, which can influence how they teach that day. Deadline rules are changing, too.

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