- We will keep the same start dates as are currently on the calendar.
- 1Ls have a one-day orientation on Jan. 19, everyone else starts regular classes that day; 1Ls start classes on Jan. 20.
- Registration will take place at the beginning of January.
- We will have an extended reading period at the end of the semester. We know many students spend part of spring break preparing for exams and writing papers. Accordingly, we will have an extended reading period at the end of the semester to allow you time to prepare for exams; papers will be due during the reading period rather than the last day of classes.
- We will provide three days off during the semester, allowing for shorter breaks:
- Presidents’ Day on February 15
- March 10, and
- Good Friday on April 2
- For upper-level J.D. students, on-campus interviewing will continue as planned on January 26–29, although this will be all virtual. Upper-level classes will be suspended for those days.
- The Law School diploma ceremony will take place on May 24.
- Details on exam schedules will be forthcoming.
As you know, another significant decision is the format of classes for the spring semester. We are currently planning to offer at least some in-person courses, as we have this semester, but we cannot make a final decision until we see how the public health situation evolves. We will share the spring course offerings in December, although, as always, our ability to offer in-person classes is subject to regulation by New York City and State as well as University policies.
As we plan the spring semester, we want to know about your experiences this semester as well as your anticipated preferences for taking online versus in-person classes this spring. Please note that we are not asking for a firm commitment yet, but it would help our planning to have a sense of your preferences.
Please take this survey by Friday, October 16, to share your input.
Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law