Fall 2020 Information and Resources
Updated on November 30 at 8:35 a.m.
Whether you are attending classes in Green Hall or taking courses remotely, we are glad to have you as part of our KU Law community this fall.
Information about law school operations will be posted on this page, including a Green Hall Building Guide, resources for students and resources for faculty. Please visit protect.ku.edu for the latest information about KU's response to COVID-19.
- The Wheat Law Library will be open and available to students who want space to study and complete exams. Please check the library schedule for current building and law library hours.
- The law school plans to offer in the spring semester the same remote participation option as in the fall for students who cannot attend in-person classes due to health and safety concerns. To request remote participation, students are asked to complete the form included in that email by Dec. 1 (extended deadline).
- Law school administration announced that the minimum GPA requirement for 2L and 3L students to retain scholarships has been suspended until the end of the spring 2021 semester.
- KU also plans to mandate COVID-19 testing for those who plan to be on campus for the spring semester. Find more information in the Chancellor's Nov. 10 message.
- Provost Bichelmeyer announced plans for the spring semester in an Oct. 16 message. Campus safety protocols – mandatory masks, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning, CVKey app and more – will continue this spring. The law school's remote participation option eliminates the need outlined in the Provost's email for law students to request online course adaptations.
- Law classes will begin on Jan. 25 for the spring semester. The last day of law classes will be April 23, followed by a study week from April 26-30. Final exams will be May 3-14. Learn more: law.ku.edu/academic-calendar.
- All faculty, staff, students, affiliates, visitors, vendors and volunteers must wear a face mask over one's mouth and nose when in common areas anywhere on campus.
- KU students, faculty and staff must use the CVKey symptom checker app for entry into campus buildings. You need to scan the QR code every time you enter the building.
- Green Hall is open in accordance with the posted Wheat Law Library hours. In-person access to the law library is restricted to KU students, faculty and staff.
Resources for the law school
Many KU Law services will operate remotely this fall, with some offices remaining open in-person during business hours. Here’s how you can reach us. This list will be updated as needed.
Dean's Office and Law School Administration
The Dean’s Office and Law School Administration Office (202) will remain open and partially staffed 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to limit in-person visits. All individuals entering the main office (202) should remain in front of the counter. The director of finance and faculty support staff will operate remotely.
For inquiries, requests for office supplies, or other general law school matters, please call 785-864-4550 or email the specific contact listed below.
For more information, contact our office:
- Crystal Mai, associate dean for administration: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Michele Rutledge, dean’s assistant: email@example.com
- Jessica Brown, director of finance: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Amy Galliher, administrative assistant: email@example.com
- Yolanda Huggins, faculty support: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Janette Roundy, faculty support: email@example.com
Wheat Law Library
In-person access to the Wheat Law Library will be restricted to KU faculty, students and staff during the fall semester.
To maximize the health and safety of our community, in-person services for KU faculty, students, and staff will be available subject to several policy adjustments. Be advised that socially distanced in-person consultations will often require advance notice. Virtual service requests are encouraged whenever possible. Inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or assigned primary library contacts.
We look forward to providing in-person services to members of the bench and bar, KU alumni and the general public again when safety protocols permit. In the interim, we request that members of the bench and bar, KU alumni and the general public submit inquiries virtually to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the About the Library page for more information about available services and policy adjustments.
The Wheat Law Library faculty and staff remain committed to providing the highest levels of service while also protecting the health and safety of our community.
For more information, contact our office:
- Chris Steadham, director: email@example.com
- Pam Crawford, assistant director for public & technical services: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Blake Wilson, assistant director for instructional & faculty services: email@example.com
Academic & Student Affairs and the Registrar's Office
The Office of Academic & Student Affairs along with the Registrar’s Office will operate remotely during the fall semester. During this time, our goal will be, as it always is, to support and counsel our students, connect them with resources, and offer academic advising and enrollment assistance. Further information about wellness resources, emergency assistance, and additional social and academic supports will be shared on the law school's website.
We will be available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact us by email.
- Leah Terranova, assistant dean for academic and student affairs: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vicki Palmer, registrar: email@example.com
- Jen Kent, assistant to registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of Admissions will operate remotely during the fall semester. During this time our goal will be as it always is, to educate prospective students about the programs and opportunities available here at KU Law, to evaluate applications in a timely manner, and to welcome admitted students into the next class.
If you’d like to schedule a virtual appointment with an admissions professional, email email@example.com or call at 785-864-9210. We will be available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you’d like to view a virtual tour of Green Hall and view other videos featuring our students, professors and alumni, visit the KU Law Video Series webpage.
You may also contact us directly by email:
- Steven Freedman, assistant dean of admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bryanna Hanschu, director of recruiting and prelaw programming: email@example.com
- Mallory Baker, admissions coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Career Services Office will operate remotely during the fall semester. During this time, our goals will not change: we strive to help students develop and execute career strategies, and to connect employers to our fantastic candidates.
For Students: Extensive Career Services programming will be available virtually. Check Symplicity, Dean Mai’s KU Law Weekly Updates emails and the KU Law Career Services Facebook page for more information.
For Employers: The CSO we will not be able to host employers on site for interviews or presentations. On Campus Interviews (OCIs) will not be taking place during Fall 2020. Instead we will be hosting a robust OCI program for Spring 2021 beginning in February. If you would still like to move forward with advertising positions this fall, please send us the job description so we can post and circulate it appropriately.
To schedule a virtual meeting or for additional information, please contact our office:
- Heather Spielmaker, assistant dean of career services: email@example.com
- Stacey Blakeman, director of career services: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Meredith Wiggins, assistant director of career services: email@example.com
Kris Koenig, IT coordinator, is available by email or phone: firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-9267. To report a problem or to make an IT-related request, email email@example.com with a description of the issue or your request.
Communications and Events
The Office of Communications will operate remotely during the fall semester. If you’d like to work with the office on a new project – such as a brochure, website update, news release, virtual event or photo assignment – use our Project Request Form.
If you’re planning a virtual event and would like support, share your event information on the Project Request Form. No in-person KU Law events are planned for the fall semester. Contact Associate Dean Crystal Mai at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about law school events policies.
To schedule a virtual meeting or share a news item with the office, use the contact information below.
- Margaret Hair, director of external affairs: email@example.com
- Ashley Golledge, communications specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rebecca Clayton, events coordinator: email@example.com
Read the Weekly Updates email for the latest news, announcements and events from the law school.
- November 2020: Nov. 2 | Nov. 9 | Nov. 16 | Nov. 23 | Nov. 30
- October 2020: Oct. 5 | Oct. 12 | Oct. 19 | Oct. 26
- September 2020: Sept. 7 | Sept. 14 | Sept. 21 | Sept. 28
- August 2020: Aug. 3 | Aug. 10 | Aug. 17 | Aug. 24 | Aug. 31
- July 2020: July 6 | July 13 | July 20 | July 27
- June 2020: June 1 | June 8 | June 17 | June 22 | June 29
- May 2020: May 4 | May 11 | May 18
- April 2020: April 20 | April 27
Past announcements from KU Law
See below for communications and information specific to the KU School of Law's response to COVID-19. For the most current information, visit the Recent News section of this page or the Resources for Fall 2020 links above.
- Notice of contingency plans for distance learning (7/29/20)
- KU law school launches legal research corps (6/10/20)
- KU Law pop-up clinic to offer free legal services to health care workers (4/27/20)
- Law school adapts course offerings, policies in response to COVID-19 (4/10/20)
- Message from the Dean: Spring 2020 Grade Policy Update - School of Law (3/30/20)
- Blog post: Tips for successful remote learning and stress management (3/25/20)
- Message for alumni: COVID-19 response at the KU School of Law (3/18/20)
- KU Law update: Preparing for online instruction, library and building availability, and other news (3/17/20)
- Additional updates concerning KU Law classes and events (3/13/20)
- Message from the Dean: KU Law response to COVID-19 (3/12/20)