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Law School Updates and Frequently Asked Questions

As our understanding of COVID-19 evolves, Seton Hall works to update our plans and policies appropriately. Reopening the University and Law School is dependent on the progression of the State of New Jersey's phased reopening plan and is subject to the State's approval of our individual restart plan. The following frequently asked questions will be updated as new information becomes available.


Updates and Messages

When will the Fall 2020 semester begin? 

Classes at the law school begin in August. Orientation for 1Ls begins August 14, 2020 with a remote session for all, and continues the week of August 17-21 with in-person sessions held in rotation. Weekend classes begin August 22-23, and Weekday classes begin August 24. The Fall 2020 academic calendar outlines the rest of the semester.

Are Fall 2020 classes being offered on campus?

Yes. The law school will be implementing a HyFlex education plan whereby most classes will be offered in-person at the law school. Students will be socially distanced in the classrooms according to New Jersey state and University guidelines. Read more about the HyFlex options for incoming students and upper class students.

Is the Fall 2020 academic calendar very different than previous years?

The biggest change this semester to the academic calendar is the elimination of Fall Break so classes can conclude before Thanksgiving. This eliminates the need for any students to return to campus after Thanksgiving.

How will Fall 2020 exams be offered and graded?

Fall exams will be administered remotely after the Thanksgiving break. Exams will be graded according to the law school’s normal grading schemas.

Please remember - the law school is still closed to all except necessary employees. Administrative offices continue to operate virtually during regular business hours.

More Information and Resources


The Law School HyFlex and Re-opening Plan

Seton Hall Law has prepared multiple contingency plans for a HyFlex Fall semester with an instruction plan that offers both in-person and remote options. Decisions regarding HyFlex will continue to be made based upon public health and University guidance to ensure the best interest of the Seton Hall Law community.

The New York Court of Appeals has waived its limit on distance education credits for fall 2020; the Law School has applied for a waiver from the ABA for fall and spring.

Seton Hall Law remains steadfast in its mission to provide an outstanding legal education and produce graduates who are prepared to pass the bar.

Overview of Implementation Plan

Academic Calendar and Class Schedule

The Law School fall classes begin on Monday, August 24, 2020; we have made three significant changes to the academic year 2020-21 academic calendar including:

  • Canceling fall break
  • Completing the full-time semester including all instruction before Thanksgiving (the Weekend Schedule remains unaffected except that exams will be remote)
  • Moving fall on-campus Interviewing (OCI) to January 2021

The class schedule has been revised slightly to enable students to enter and exit rooms according to social distancing guidelines, and to enable cleaning between classes in rooms where self-cleaning doesn't make sense. In addition, a handful of classes for which there are no rooms have been converted to wholly remote or online offerings.

Opt in for Remote Learning

The University has approved the Law School providing students with several options for fall 2020 classes. By Friday, June 19, 2020, all students will be made aware of the HyFlex options below and will have the opportunity to opt into a fully remote fall semester by July 15, 2020.

In-Person with Social Distancing

  • Accommodations for remote attendance will be available for those so designated by the Office of Disability Services; those whose current health precludes their attendance under University health and safety guidelines; and those unable to obtain VISAs in time for the start of the semester.
  • Further, we will have the ability to convert entirely to remote if required by public health authorities. The goal is for 1L classes to be substantially in-person with some remote experiences so that if we are required to convert to a remote format for some portion of the semester, the transition will not be jarring as it was for students in the spring 2020 term.

Hybrid

  • 1L classes may be required to employ a rotation system whereby a different 1/3 of the class attends remotely every two weeks. Another hybrid model we could employ for upper-division students would comprise 1/3 online and 2/3 live. We will have a better sense of this once we know class size and the proportion of students who elect remote learning.
  • Faculty teaching courses with a remote component will be asked to adhere to best practices promulgated by the Nimble Pedagogy Committee. Online courses will be asynchronous Quality Matters (QM) compliant and undergo the extant processes for QM review by Dean Foerst or Professor Coleman. Unless sick, remote students will be required to have their cameras activated; the Law School will will provide all students with Seton Hall Law backdrops to protect their privacy.


Student Advising, Formative Assessments, and Community

The ABA has required a certification guaranteeing "regular and substantive interaction between faculty members and students." These will occur by ZOOM, consistent with the guidance of the Nimble Pedagogy Committee. The ABA requires "regular monitoring of student effort by the faculty member through formative assessments or other appropriate means and opportunity for communication about that effort."  We have established a Creating Community Committee to produce a plan to ensure student co- and extra-curricular engagement.

Technology

All in-person courses will have simultaneous remote access for students who have so elected or are precluded for health reasons from attending live. The Nimble Pedagogy Committee is assessing the relative merits of Blackboard vs. Teams. Throughout the summer, all faculty (including adjuncts) will receive additional advanced training on the deployment of the selected learning management systems to enable, if possible, the use of split screens, gallery views of classes, break-out groups, polling, and more sophisticated and varied use of demonstrative tools such as video. As determined, faculty members teaching wholly remote or online may receive additional equipment and training.

Plexiglass will be installed in classrooms on the 200 and 300 levels to enable maximum seating with social distancing in each room. All 1L doctrinal classes will occur in rooms 273 and 373. Pop-up classrooms will be created in the former computer lab, the Rodino reading room, and the faculty library. The use of masks, and, in some instances, plexiglass, may require professors to use microphones. Faculty members assigned to rooms where microphones may be needed will each receive their own microphone mouthpiece.

Each classroom will require a forward-facing camera and room microphones so that students attending class remotely can see and hear what transpires in the room and participate in class discussions.

Attendance

Students will be assigned or select seats they must use for the whole semester. To record attendance, students will utilize the "Shifts" function through Microsoft Teams. The regular attendance policy will apply, except that students who must log in remotely into class because of health issues will still be counted as present; students who are too ill to attend will be counted as absent. As always, any student who exceeds the allowed absences will be withdrawn from the class.

Fall Exams & Grading

For the fall 2020 semester, exams for all required Day (1L, 2L), and Weekend (1WW, 2WW, 3WW) courses, bar courses and other highly enrolled courses for the fall 2020 semester will be done remotely starting on Monday, November 30, 2020. The remote security that will be utilized on these exams will be the Exam ID and Exam Monitor add-ons to the Examplify exam software. All other courses will be either take-home or self-scheduled exams through ExamSoft.

We are returning to regular grades, ranking, and academic policies beginning this summer. The faculty will discuss whether to suspend discretion at its June 26 faculty meeting.The required 1L curve will be extended to Constitutional Law for rising 2L students in the fall. Dismissals, academic probation, and scholarship retention decisions will occur at the conclusion of the fall 2020 semester, with no faculty appeals.

Rodino Center

The Rodino Center will be prioritizing electronic resources for the foreseeable future. Available print resources from the main collection will still be available for patron use, with access subject to increased sanitization procedures. Patrons will be instructed to not re-shelve materials but to return them to a centralized location for sanitizing. Staff will return materials to the collection after the appropriate sanitization period. All requested items will be delivered in a sealed manner. A central drop off location will be available for returned items, which will be subject to sanitization before being returned to the main collection. Patrons checking out items from the collection will be provided with best practice suggestions for quarantining items at home prior to use. Research and reference support will be available to Seton Hall Law School students and faculty as usual throughout the period of social distancing. Librarians will be available via email, chat, video conferencing, phone, and in-person, as needed. Research services will be promoted on each course page on Blackboard and on the redesigned Rodino Center website.

Center for Social Justice (CSJ) Off-Site Operations Including Externships & Pro Bono Service Program

  • CSJ faculty and students will follow all court orders regarding in-person vs. remote appearances before the respective courts. Each case will be evaluated based upon the best interests of the client and the safety of faculty, students, and clients. Similarly, attorneys working in the detention center will evaluate whether to meet with clients in person at the detention center based on safety and the practices of partner organizations.
  • All externship classes will be held via Blackboard. Pending contrary advice from the University, if a placement site permits students to work on-site and the student is comfortable doing so, then the student is permitted to work on-site. However, if a student is not comfortable working on-site, and the placement supervisor agrees to a remote placement, such a placement will be permitted.
  • Pending University advice to the contrary, students will be permitted to do volunteer service on-site if the placement site allows the student to do so. Remote placements are permitted for pro bono service, without the completion of an MOU, given the positions are unpaid and uncredited. Trainings for Pro Bono Service projects will be scheduled online when possible.

Student Services

  • Road to One L will run a remote program starting on June 19, 2020, with iterative summer sessions delivered through Zoom Webinar throughout the summer.
  • Legal Education Opportunity (LEO) Program is scheduled for August 3 – August 14, 2020. The program will be delivered in an entirely remote forum utilizing Zoom and Blackboard.
  • One L Orientation has been scheduled for August 17-21, 2020. The Program will be divided over 5 days, one for each first-year section, with Lawyering Day activities being held concurrently for alternating sections. Daily program length will be shortened. Some components of orientation may be delivered remotely (or undecided) even if the rest is done in-person, such as: President Nyre's welcome, Character & Fitness, Alumni Panel, Creating a Legacy, etc. Any student who opts in for a remote semester will receive orientation in a remote format.
  • All extra-curricular/co-curricular events will move to remote for the fall semester.

Office of Career Services (OCS)

  • On-Campus Recruitment (OCI), has been postponed from July 2020 to January 2021 for the rising 2L class.
  • Strategic Career Services events, including Big Law New York and New Jersey
    "Summer Dinners;" Public Interest Fair/Public Interest Programming; and Workshops will be hosted virtually. A "Public Interest Guidebook" for students, which includes an informational page describing each participating employer along with employer's relevant contact information, will accompany the Public Interest Fair. Certain Workshops will also be available in person, following social distancing guidelines.
  • Applications for judicial clerkships for the 2021-22 term will open on June 15, 2020, and interviewing will begin on June 22, 2020.
  • Students will have access to in-person, remote and telephone counseling appointments.

Admissions

Visits and tours will be by appointment only, allowing for one reservation/registration for each time slot with the prospective student (and limited family members). Walk-ins will only be allowed if there is an open time slot; tours will not be stacked. All visitors, along with staff (or students) conducting the tour/visit, must wear masks and any other necessary PPE as set forth by the University and Law School.

Student Aid

The Financial Aid Office expects to experience an increase to the number of Professional Judgement Requests as a result of COVID-19. These circumstances may be related to a change in housing arrangements, increased cost of technology (including hot spots if inconsistent internet capacity exists at home), printing costs, etc. We will attempt to fund the increased costs in the first instance through the Dean's Emergency Fund or other donor/endowed funds, increasing the discount rate only as a last resort.

Housing and Transportation

For students (especially incoming 1Ls) searching for housing, we are working on updating our information on local apartments and creating a FAQ page on our website to guide students in making a housing decision that is right for them. It is expected that more students will be living at home and fewer will be taking public transportation, thereby increasing the need for parking spaces. We will work with the management team of the garage for flexible billing arrangements. Staggering of classes throughout day will help to ease pressure on the garage if more students are driving. Our van service will continue to operate as usual with adherence to social distance guidelines.

Health Services and Security

During this time of social distancing and HyFlex learning, the Law School building will be open to students and employees, prospective students, graduates studying for the bar, Westlaw and LEXIS representatives, bar prep representatives, vendors who require access, CSJ clients, and delivery personnel (Permitted Entrants). The building, including the Office of Career Services and the Rodino Center, will remain closed to guests or alumni. In addition, we are suspending all building rentals and the usage of the auditorium by friends of the Law School. Our ultimate safety rules will comply with those issued by the University.

Reports of any violations of the mandatory mask policy should be made to security, which will offer the violator a mask, or, if the person declines, evict the person from the building. Reports of violations of any other policy contained herein should be made to Dean DeAlmeida (building, staff, administration) or Dean Foerst (faculty or student).

Facilities

Our Facilities Team will continue to work maintain high levels of cleanliness at the Law School. In order to do so, regular housekeeping practices will be performed in all public areas, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the facility. Cleaning chemicals that are EPA-approved in preventing emerging viral pathogens will be used to disinfect the building. Cleaning personnel schedules will be modified and augmented to accommodate the heightened cleaning timetable. All surfaces, including podiums, computers, remotes, etc. will be disinfected. IT will supply all professors with their own microphone mouthpieces. In the Rodino Center, students will be asked to wear gloves and masks when using computers and equipment. Supplies will be deployed throughout the space for self-serve cleaning. Traffic patterns have been created throughout the building to assist with social distancing guidelines. In addition, depending on the location, furniture is either being added or removed from spaces throughout the building to ensure proper social distancing protocols. 

Chaplain

Resumption of daily Mass in the St. Thomas More Chapel will depend on directives from the Cardinal's office regarding resumption of the public's attendance at Mass. Once Mass resumes, attendance will be limited to members of the Law School community. The chapel and Multi-Faith Prayer Room will remain available for private prayer. Father Nick is working with Facilities to ensure social distancing and placement of hand sanitizer near the Chapel and Multi-Faith Prayer Room doors.

Alumni/Development

We will continue to engage with alumni and friends remotely and through social media until a travel and in person plans can be made.

Compliance Program

We plan to convert both the Global and U.S. Compliance Programs to remote delivery through the end of 2020. The compliance group will continue to assess based on circumstances and guidance, when to hold live events again at the Law School or elsewhere.

Communication Plan

The Law School will continue to work and coordinate with the Health Intervention and Communications Team and Matt Borowick, Interim Vice President of University Advancement.

Human Resources

The Law School will adopt policies promulgated by the University.

Dining / Vending

While students will be encouraged to be in the building solely to attend class, we do anticipate that students will want to eat in the Law School and not leave the building to obtain their meals at local restaurants. The Law School will work with our food vendor, F&B Fine Catering, to ensure it is operating in accordance with food guidelines set by the University.


Frequently Asked Questions


Chaplain's Office

Will Mass continue to be celebrated in the St. Thomas More Chapel and is the chapel open for prayer?

Beginning August 25, Mass will be celebrated in the St. Thomas More Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:40 p.m.  Seating capacity in the chapel has been reduced to allow for appropriate distancing in compliance with the Archdiocesan guidelines. The chapel remains open for prayer when the building is open.

Are individuals not currently part of the law school population (i.e., current students, faculty, administration, staff) welcome to attend Mass or pray in the chapel?

Unfortunately, for the foreseeable future, guests will not be permitted to attend Mass or use the chapel for private prayer. This is in order to minimize the possibility of inadvertently introducing the novel coronavirus into the law school environment.

Will the Chaplain be available to meet with students individually?

Yes. As always, students may reach out to Fr. Nick via email to set up an appointment, or they may contact Sharon Carone, his Administrative Assistant, at her desk on the 3rd floor in Student Services or at (973) 642-8511, or they may stop at Fr. Nick's office, room 113A, in the corridor leading to the Center for Social Justice.

Is the Sacrament of Reconciliation available during the academic year?

Yes. Students, faculty, administration and staff may schedule a time with Fr. Nick for sacramental confession following the same procedures outlined in the previous FAQ. If they are scheduling through Sharon Carone, there is no need to specify their desire for confession if they prefer not to do so.


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Alumni

Are scheduled alumni events taking place as planned?

The Alumni Office has cancelled or postponed all in person events taking place through the end of the fall semester. For the remainder of 2020, many virtual events will be taking place.  Please look for email invitations, our alumni events webpage, and listings in our Sidebar e-newsletter for upcoming events. If you have any other event/alumni related questions, please contact Lori Thimmel at lori.thimmel@shu.edu or (973) 642-8711.


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Student Services

What is happening with student organization events?

Student organization events for the Fall of 2020 may be held remotely or in-person, depending on the size of the event. Students looking to schedule an event or with questions on this should email EB Anastasio (Elizabeth.anastasio@shu.edu).

How do I get involved with the Student Bar Association (SBA)?

Be on the lookout around the start of September for emails from the Student Bar Association’s Election Committee regarding elections to fill open seats on the SBA.  For contact information or more information about the SBA, please refer to the Student Bar Association webpage.

Who can I contact if I need assistance with a housing, medical, academic issue or some other matter in the event of a quarantine?

Student Services questions should be directed to Dean Cascarano at andrea.cascarano@shu.edu or by phone (973) 986-3798.

What is happening with Commencement?

The May 2020 Commencement ceremony and related events were postponed by the University on March 18,2020. Please check the Law School's Commencement webpage for details on a future date.

What are my options for parking?

For a list of parking garages in the area, please consult the Commuting: Transportation and Parking webpage

What should I do if I am/was a monthly parker with the LAZ Parking Garage?

Contact LAZ parking at (973) 621-7466 to restart your monthly parking or complete the application on their webpage to sign up for monthly parking.


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Enrollment Services

How do I view my bill / pay my account online?

If you choose to pay online, you can by logging into Lawnet via the SHU Law website, clicking on the "My info" tab, and selecting view and pay my account within the "my bursar"section. This will direct you to touch net, where you can pay by electronic check (no charge) or by credit/ debit card (2.85% manufacturer’s fee). If you need assistance on how to make a payment online, please feel free to ask. I have also included PowerPoint showing step by step instructions. Any questions about billing, payment plans, late fees, holds or 1098-Ts can be directed to lawbursar@shu.edu.

How can I get an official Transcript, Form Letter, or Letter of Good Standing?

All the forms that students may need can be found here. They can be sent electronically via email to Law_Registrar@shu.edu for processing. We can email unofficial transcripts but can only mail official transcripts.

Where can I send my School Certificate for the BAR?

Please send those forms to Law_Registrar@shu.edu for processing.

What is the current grading scheme for Fall 2020?

Detailed information about Fall semester grades is available here.

When will exams be administered for Fall 2020?

All exams will be administered remotely between November 20, 2020 and December 11, 2020.


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Financial Aid

I want to increase my loan for this academic year, what do I need to do?

Please, fill out a Loan Adjustment Form. If you do not have a graduate PLUS loan, please Apply for the Graduate Plus Loan.

What happens if I run out of money or need extra money for living expenses, but I don't have room in my financial aid budget for additional funds?

Please, fill out a Request for a Budget Increase form and provide your supporting documents.

I have been admitted and I have not received an award letter. What steps do I need to complete to receive aid?

Complete the 2020-21 FAFSA
Log onto LawNet to see if there are any missing documents
Complete a Direct Unsubsidized Loan MPN
Complete Student Loan Entrance Counseling

I have an emergency that requires me to get immediate funding. Who can I contact?

Please contact Dean Sokol at karen.sokol@shu.edu or (973) 642-8738.


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Center for Social Justice

Is the Center for Social Justice open?

Yes, the Center is open, although employees are working remotely most of the time. If you need to reach someone in the Center or have any questions about clinic work, please call the CSJ main number, (973) 642-8700. This number will be answered during regular business hours, M-F, 9-5. You can also email inquiries to Lori Borgen, CSJ Associate Director, at lori.borgen@shu.edu, or send mail to the following address: Seton Hall University School of Law, 833 McCarter Highway, Newark, NJ, 07102.

Are CSJ attorneys and students still going to courts, jails, and detention centers?

CSJ attorneys are closely monitoring all notices and policies posted by courts, detention centers, and jails regarding court appearances, and will follow all safety protocols while continuing to represent our clients and their interests. At this time, most court appearances are remote.

How will I know when operations are back to normal?

We will post any changes to CSJ operations and hours to this website.

I am seeking assistance. Can I go to the CSJ office?

Please call (973) 642-8700 if you are seeking assistance. The CSJ office is not open for visitors. Most client meetings will be held by phone, so you should check with your individual attorney before coming to the Law School. Guests and visitors to Seton Hall Law School, including clients of the Center for Social Justice, must follow the University policy regarding a visit to the Law School. Before entering the building, an individual must complete a health screening form. At some point, the Law School might further limit visitors to the building, so please call for clarification BEFORE you go to the Law School.

I am a client of the CSJ and you have original documents that I need. When can I come get them?

Please call (973) 642-8700 to discuss your request with a staff member. If the document is not needed immediately, we can arrange a time to pick it up once normal operations resume. Should you need an original document urgently, we will work with you to send the document via FedEx or another secure carrier at no cost to you, or arrange a time for you to pick up the document at the Law School security desk, if it is possible to do so.

Is the Center for Social Justice taking new cases?

At this time, the Center for Social Justice is taking very few new cases. If you are seeking legal information or advice, please call (973) 642-8700 and we will let you know if we are able to assist you. If you have a foreclosure-related question, please submit your inquiry online at https://setonhalllaw.formstack.com/forms/legal_assistance_civil_litigation_clinic.

I am a clinic student. Is my clinic still representing our clients?

Yes. During a situation such as the current COVID-19 outbreak, our clients are particularly vulnerable and our professional responsibility to provide zealous representation to them continues. We appreciate our students' commitment to the work of the Center for Social Justice. However, if you are a student and you are ill, or fall into one of the categories where a voluntary quarantine is requested, you should not participate in clinic work unless feel well enough to do it. Please speak to your clinic professor in such a situation.

I am a clinic student. Am I still required to do my office hours at the CSJ?

You are no longer required to be at CSJ for office hours, though you still must do the same amount of clinical work. Keep track of the time you spend on clinic work and input those hours on Clio.


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Career Services

How will remote learning impact my daily interactions with the staff in the Office of Career Services (OCS)?

OCS staff are available – as always – by email and phone.

How do I meet with my counselor?

We recommend that students continue to email their counselor directly to schedule a meeting. Students are encouraged to meet with their counselor over the phone, by Facetime, or using Zoom Meetings during the remote learning period.

If you do not know who your counselor is, please email Maria Capra (Maria.Capra@shu.edu) and she will reach out to your counselor and have her contact you.

Will Symplicity continue to be updated?

Yes, Symplicity will continue to be updated as per our usual process. We recommend that students continue to check the site on a regular basis.

Will mock interviews still be done and, if so, how and where?

We will continue to conduct mock interviews, but during the remote learning period we will likely conduct them via the phone, Facetime or a Zoom Meeting. Please email your counselor to set up a mock interview and check your email for Mock Interview Programming.

How do I get my resume/cover letter reviewed?

If you need your resume/cover letter reviewed, email a draft to your counselor (in Word) and she will provide edits/comments using Track Changes. The counselors are happy to then discuss the edits/comments over the phone, Facetime or through Zoom Meeting.

What is the best way to communicate with OCS?

The best way to communicate with OCS (especially to set up appointments) is via email or phone.

I've emailed my counselor, how long should I wait for a response?

During periods of remote learning, we anticipate that the number of daily emails each counselor receives will increase. Therefore, we ask all students to be patient and give their counselor 48 hours to respond during the school week before sending a follow-up email. If you have an urgent matter, please include URGENT in the subject line of the email so that the counselor knows to address the email as soon as possible.

Where do I look for employment (long and short term positions)?

If you are looking for employment for the semesters of for Summer 2021, as well as for post graduation employment, please email your counselor. We recommend that students continue to check Symplicity on a regular basis for new job postings, participate in each phase of OCI/RR, and review all email job postings from Maria Capra announcing job opportunities.

Where can I go to get a document notarized?

If you need a document notarized, check first with a local bank as many bank branches always have a notary public on hand and some will do it for free. Shipping stores, such as the UPS Store, as well as many libraries also offer notary services. It is best to call ahead to make sure a notary is available and to check to see if there is a fee.

Will there still be interviews conducted in the Career Services Suite for OCI?

Interviews will likely be conducted remotely. Employer preference will dictate how and where an interview is conducted. We will continue to keep you updated as to the locations of the interviews as the employers make our office aware.

Will the employers in the OCI program contact students directly?

The communication for OCI will continue as it has – primarily through OCS, but sometimes through the employer. If you are uncertain of how a particular employer is communicating regarding a specific position, please contact your career counselor and we can let you know how to proceed.

How will OCI change?

Fall OCI has been shifted to January/February 2021.  This is generally for students in the Class of 2022 seeking their Summer 2021 employment, but there certainly are a limited number of opportunities for graduating students.

The Spring OCI timeline will continue as it has in the past, which is generally during the entire spring semester.  It is primarily for the Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 seeking Summer 2021opportunities.

We will accommodate employers who still want to interview in the fall to ensure students are not missing out on any opportunities.  But this emphasizes the importance of checking your emails regularly and using Symplicity as directed.

Who do I contact to cancel an interview?

If you need to cancel an interview more than 24 hours in advance contact Maria Capra and she will guide you as to what your next step would be. If you need to cancel an interview less than 24 hours in advance contact both the employer and Maria Capra.

How will this affect applying for judicial externships?

It will not. Continue to apply directly to Chambers working with your Career Counselor. We are continuing to work with the courts to coordinate submission of materials electronically.  Consult with your Career Counselor for further direction.

Will there still be Research Assistant positions available through SHU Law?

Yes. Watch for postings on Symplicity.

Is a remote interview different from an in-person interview?

Although the manner of the interview is different, you should treat your preparation for the remote interview the same way that you would treat an in-person interview. Be aware of what the interviewer will see behind you-remove unprofessional and personal materials and utilize the backgrounds provided by SHU Law.

For all remote interviews, find a quiet place where you can conduct the interview without interruption. If the remote interview is via video, please wear a suit. Give yourself plenty of time to dial in or connect to the meeting. Do not sit in a swivel chair. Do not lean into the camera too closely. Make sure that you send a thank you note after the interview in the same manner that you would after an in-person interview. Consult with Career Services if you have any questions.

How do I handle not shaking hands during interviews?

It is currently acceptable not to shake someone’s hand. You can simply say hello and politely state that you are following general Coronavirus safety protocols and refraining from shaking hands. The employer will understand.

How can I ask to have a remote interview in lieu of going to an employer's office?

It is perfectly acceptable to ask for a remote interview under these circumstances.  You should contact the employer using the method that they used to contact you. Contact your Career Counselor for help in crafting an email or for help with making the request.

Are Career Services events being canceled?

No; however, all events will be remote until further notice.

How will this affect the PILF and Ackerman process?

The application process for each of these will be done entirely remotely.  Keep an eye on your emails during the semester for further instructions.

Can I still apply for out-of-state externships?

Yes, but please consult with Professor Borgen before you do.

Will I still get credit for my externship if I'm remote?

Please email Professor Borgen at lori.borgen@shu.edu in the Center for Social Justice for questions about externships, and refer to the externship guide for specific policies.

Should I still register for scheduled Career Fairs and meetings hosted by outside organizations (Patent Legal Career Fair, NAWL Conference)?

Yes, and follow all posted deadlines. Additionally, watch for announcements from those organizations as well as OCS regarding rescheduling or cancellations.


Admissions

Is the Admissions office open?

Yes, the Admissions Team continues to be available to assist you in your application process. It is possible that personnel will not be available to answer your call immediately, but if you leave a message, a member of our team will contact you shortly thereafter.

Are tours and class visits still available?

With New Jersey in Phase 2, the Admissions office can only schedule tours for one person or family at a time. You can make arrangements to visit the building on our website, or you may visit the building virtually. 

When will tours, visits, and events return to normal schedule?

While it is impossible to predict when the situation will change, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you posted with any updates and changes in policy.

Do you expect law school classes to begin in the Fall as planned?

Yes. The law school will be implementing a HyFlex education plan whereby most classes will be offered in-person at the law school. Students will be socially distanced in the classrooms according to New Jersey state and University guidelines. Read more about the HyFlex options for incoming students and upper class students.


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Library

Is the Rodino Center open?

Current Seton Hall Law students, faculty, and Class of 2020 students studying for the Bar may visit the Rodino Center while the building is open. Please observe social distancing guidelines and only sit in designated areas. The building is currently closed to all other alumni, attorneys, and visitors.

The Service Desk is staffed from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we monitor our Live Chat throughout the day. For weekend support give us a call at 973-642-8017 or email lawlibref@shu.edu

What study spaces are available?

Tables, chairs, and carrels are available for individual study throughout the Rodino Center. Please only sit in designated places, 6 feet from all other visitors, and do not move the furniture. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Should we need to limit capacity, the individual seat reservation system will be active.

Study rooms are available to individuals using the Study Room Reservation software. Social distancing guidelines will not allow for more than one person in a study room at a time. Reservations are limited to morning and afternoon reservation periods and begin and end at a specified time for all rooms. Time is blocked off between use to allow for cleaning of all rooms. Cleaning supplies are available in each room for students to use in addition to the regular cleaning procedures. This policy will be reevaluated this policy adjusted as needed.

We may need to limit the number of times students can reserve a room each week to help ensure equity and access to as many students as possible.

How can I access textbooks and other research materials?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide copies of most textbooks for checkout this semester, due to cost and quarantine measures. Electronic copies for a limited number of courses are available for student checkout. Information can be found on the Course Reserves page. If you have concerns about affording the cost of textbook rental or purchase, please contact Student Services or Financial Aid. This policy will be updated as circumstances allow. 

For your other research needs, many other ebooks and databases are available electronically.

Can I borrow a print book?

We are currently lending print materials from our collection. Please request your item through the catalog. A staff member will retrieve the item for you, place it for pick up at the entrance to the Rodino Center, and notify you when it is available. Please do not pull your own books from the collection. 

We encourage you to quarantine items at home before use. Information about quarantine procedures will be included with your item. 

Can I borrow something through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

We are currently placing requests for electronic materials, such as articles and book chapters/excerpts. We will attempt to borrow a print book for you, but we may be unable to locate a lending library at this time. Use the “Request Item” button from the catalog record or email your request to lawlibill@shu.edu and we’ll follow up with you shortly.

How can I access study aids and supplements?

You have access to many study aids and supplements on West Academic, including Nutshells, Gilberts, Short & Happy Guides, Sum and Substance audio, hornbooks, and more.

How do I access the lessons on CALI?

CALI offers more than 1,000 interactive lessons on a wide variety of law school classes and topics. If you haven't created your account yet, email lawlibref@shu.edu to request the authorization code and use your SHU email address to create a login. (We can't share the code online, but we'll respond as quickly as we can! You only need the code for initial set up.)

What if I never set up my Westlaw/Lexis/etc., account?

Email lawlibref@shu.edu and we'll help! If you have trouble with an existing account, contact the vendor's customer service team directly.

Where can I access past exams for my class?

Many archived exams are available online. Be sure to also check with your professor for the best review materials available for your class and how to access them.

Who do I contact for research assistance?

Librarians are available to help you remotely. Call (973) 642-8769 or email lawlibref@shu.edu. We also have online research guides on many topics to help you write papers or research many legal topics.

Who do I contact if I can't find the answer to my question here?

Email lawlibref@shu.edu and we'll be in touch!

 

 


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