FAQs - Meeting Students Where They Are
Will my classes be online or in-person?
As highlighted in the message from our AUWCL deans, nearly all law school courses will be delivered remotely in Spring 2021. Faculty continue to take full advantage of the online environment, and they look forward to supplementing larger courses with smaller and more personal online sessions. Program staff continue to plan engaging virtual panels, meets, and other events, as listed on our event calendar. Law library staff remain committed to supporting your academic success, both through remote reference assistance and through contactless delivery of books from the general collection.
Will the WCL campus be open to students? If so, what activities will take place on campus?
This Spring semester, we hope to gradually “ramp up” in-person student activity on campus. As of Feb. 3, 2021, WCL buildings will be open for access to library materials and reserved study spaces in the Pence Law Library (find out more in the following section). As March/April approaches, we hope to encourage more groups of faculty and students to use our outdoor spaces for meetings, study groups, recreation, and conversation. We will update the community about these initiatives as the time draws closer.
How can I reserve space to study or hold a small group meeting so I know a safe space is available for me when I come to campus?
In accordance with the district’s COVID policy, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3, WCL buildings will be open for access to library materials and reserved study spaces in the Pence Law Library. You must have a study space or library service reservation in order to access any of the WCL buildings (except the Yuma lobby printing station). The reservation link for study space is here. The reservation link for a library service appointment is here. Please contact Khelani Clay or Adeen Postar in the Pence Law Library with questions. Available study reservations are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, including weekends.You will also be able to sign up for one hour library service appointments to copy or scan items or consult print materials.
Library staff are on-site Monday to Friday during regular business hours, to provide copies and scans, and to arrange for contactless delivery of books and materials from the collection. Contact Circulation for assistance.
What is WCL doing to ensure that our community remains welcoming, inclusive, and supportive of students no matter where they are physically located?
Washington College of Law is committed to ensuring that all opportunities that are available on campus are also fully available in the online environment, so students can choose whether coming to campus is right for them.
Our faculty work diligently to design remote courses with the goal of bringing the energy of our classrooms, moot courtrooms, and lunchtime discussions to every member of our community. Our courses will enable all students to: 1) gain the knowledge required within their degree; 2) have access to their courses from wherever they are; and 3) continue to move toward completing their law degree and achieving their academic goals.
Does WCL expect to be remote in the summer as well?
We are planning for a robust set of summer course offerings. Their format will depend on guidance from DC Health experts, but we are hopeful the summer will be exciting as we offer opportunities drawing on the special resources available in Washington, D.C.
Our goal is to resume on-campus operations in the summer, if we are able to do so while ensuring the safety and well-being of all community members. As always, your health and well-being come first, and we make all decisions with the safety of the entire community in mind.
I'm an international student. What will my spring 2021 experience be like at WCL?
WCL will support you where you are this spring, and WCL faculty, administrators, and staff are mindful of the fact that international students are located worldwide and not everyone is in the same time zone as Washington, DC. We therefore will make our best efforts to accommodate the needs of each individual student and to ensure our international students thrive regardless of the challenges of the COVID-19.
We recognize that international students continue to have pressing questions about the Spring semester, and we are committed to you. Please review the FAQs from the International Student and Scholar Services and contact the Office of International and Comparative Legal Studies with additional questions.
What are the current safety-related requirements being mandated by the District of Columbia that I should be aware of?
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced that all those in DC must wear a face covering at all times when leaving home with limited exceptions; this policy had already been adopted by AUWCL as a campus-wide rule. Additionally, anyone coming into DC from a high-risk area (who was not traveling for essential activities) should self-isolate for 14 days. The DC Health Department has published a list of high-risk areas on coronavirus.dc.gov, which is updated every two weeks.