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Law School Response to Coronavirus

Coronavirus illustration courtesy of the CDC

March 20, 2020

Even with campus closed, the Kline School of Law is committed to providing regular services for students. Find out how departments will continue to meet student needs while working remotely.

Office of Student Affairs

The Main Law Building (3320 Market St.)

The main law building is closed and will not be staffed until further notice. No students may access the building.

For future event planning email Liv Hackett olivia.a.hackett@drexel.edu.

Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy

The Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy is closed until further notice. No students may access the building. For future event planning, such as: conferences, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs, receptions, etc., email Mary McGovern mkm35@drexel.edu.

Lawtech

Technical support will still be made available to all faculty, staff, and students on a remote basis. Please send any technical support requests to lawtech@drexel.edu. Joe Walker or Martin Durst will be in touch on scheduling a call or remote session for assistance.

Blackboard Collaborate Support

For any issues you encounter in Blackboard or during your Collaborate class sessions, contact the Instructional Technology Group at 215-895-1224 or itg@drexel.edu for 24/7 support. Please use the course code (example: LAW-123S-001) in the subject line of any emails to the helpdesk. Help videos and tutorials are also available on the Blackboard and Drexel help sites.

Faculty Administrative Support

For questions you would usually ask in person to a faculty administrative assistant, please email questions to Donna Strunk donna.a.strunk@drexel.edu or Kathleen Cronin kathleen.cronin@drexel.edu.

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Legal Research Center

The Legal Research Center is closed and will not be staffed until further notice. No students may access the building.

The LRC is committed to continuing to provide core academic and research support to faculty, staff, and students during the COVID-19 social distancing period.

  • Research assistance will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via our online chat service. You can also contact the online reference desk via text message at 267.310.2754.
  • LRC staff will be available via email to assist you with accessing library resources. You can direct general inquiries to lawlib@drexel.edu. If you have a question for a particular staff member, please see our staff directory.
  • Lending of physical items will temporarily cease, including interlibrary loan for print materials. Lending of articles will continue. If you have questions about an ILL item you have checked out or would like to obtain, please contact Margaret at mpd86@drexel.edu
  • Patrons will still have remote access to our databases and electronic materials available through our catalog. For listings of library resources, please see the LRC website at https://drexel.edu/law/library. For general information on off-campus access to electronic materials, please see this eResource Access page.  
  • If you need access to study aids, you can access Wolters Kluwers ebook study aids electronically. West Study Aids has also given us temporary access so that you can access all West Study Aid resources (including many career resources) electronically.  
  • If you need access to your textbooks and do not have them physically with you, the LRC is working with vendors to make them accessible electronically to you.  Information on this will be posted to the LRC’s webpage on Monday and an e-mail will go out as well. Faculty and students may reach out to Joan Mazuchowski (jgm26@drexel.edu), if they need individual assistance.
  • Patrons will not be charged for overdue fines that accrue during any time that the LRC’s physical facilities are closed. Please contact lawlib@drexel.edu if your account is charged for fines during a closure. 
  • Online Bluebook codes are available that are good for 60 days, if needed. Contact Joan (jgm26@drexel.edu) for access.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. If you have any questions or concerns regarding access to library resources, please feel free to contact me.

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Academic Skills & Support

Email requests to Professor Kraybill at nck26@drexel.edu. In your email, explain the nature of your request for assistance and include your cell phone number. Professor Kraybill will get back in touch with you either by email or phone.

Dean’s Scholar Program

Email questions to Professor Kraybill at nck26@drexel.edu. In your email, include your cell phone number. Professor Kraybill will get back in touch with you either by email or phone.

ADR Competition Team (Co-Curricular)

Email questions about Fall 2020 competitions (ABA Arbitration and ABA Negotiation) to Professor Kraybill at nck26@drexel.edu. In your email, include your cell phone number. Professor Kraybill will get back in touch with you either by email or phone.

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Writing Specialist

1L Memo, Writing Samples, Upper-Class Writing 

Email a request to Professor Clare Coleman (ckc32@drexel.edu). She will send you a Zoom meeting invitation. Email your document to Professor Coleman before the meeting.

Bar Support Services

Email questions regarding the bar application and Bar Excel (summer bar support) to Professor Yolanda Ingram at ydi24@drexel.edu.

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Career Strategies Office

The CSO continues to operate during regular business hours. 

Advising can take place over the telephone, though Skype or ZOOM. Group programs will be conducted via ZOOM. We will continue to review and revise cover letters and resumes. We will continue posting jobs, answering the phones and staying focused on our mission to serve you. Symplicity is available 24/7 and we encourage you to log in regularly for up-to-the-minute resources and announcements. Reminder: Your log in is your LONG Drexel email address (ruth.b.ginsburg@drexel.edu).

Schedule an appointment via Symplicity or email us directly with your questions and concerns:

Connect with us on Facebook.

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Experiential Education

For general questions about Experiential Learning, contact: Susan Brooks, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, at susan.brooks@drexel.edu.

For administrative questions about Experiential Learning, contact: Donna Duggan, Program Coordinator for Experiential Learning, at: donna.duggan@drexel.edu.

Co-op

For questions about the Co-op Program, contact: Reena Parambath, Director of Co-op Program, at reena.e.parambath@drexel.edu.

Co-op Faculty

Pro Bono

For questions about Pro Bono, contact: Rashida West, Director of Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs, at: rtw27@drexel.edu.

Clinical Programs

For questions about the Clinical Program, contact: Susan Brooks, at susan.brooks@drexel.edu.

Clinic Faculty

Trial Advocacy

  • For questions about Trial Advocacy, contact Gwen Stern, Director of Trial Advocacy, at: grs29@drexel.edu.
  • For questions about the Mock Trial Team, contact: Abbie Heller, Assistant Director of Trial Advocacy, at: aeh98@drexel.edu.

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Admissions

Phone Calls & Email

  • All staff will have their phones forwarded to their personal phones or check VMs remotely daily.
  • The main phone line message will send people to lawadmissions@drexel.edu.
  • Ina and Eleanora will both be reviewing and answering lawadmissions@drexel.edu email regularly.

Tours

All face-to-face tours are cancelled until further notice. LSAs and staff will hold virtual sessions during standing tour times. The tours webpage has been updated to communicate this change, and we contacted individuals who had already scheduled tours with instructions.

Pass-Fail Grades

We are fully aware of and understand that virtually all students enrolled during the COVID-19 pandemic experienced significant disruption in their living and learning arrangements. We are also aware that many schools changed their grading systems to allow or require Pass/Fail grades in lieu of their traditional grading systems and will not penalize any applicant for presenting Pass/Fail grades. LSAC will place a letter in the CAS report of every applicant enrolled during spring 2020, reminding all law schools of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the population and on higher education.

LSAT-Flex

In light of COVID-19, the LSAT is offering an online, remotely-proctored version of the LSAT — called the LSAT-Flex — in May 2020 for test takers who were registered for the March and April 2020 test. The Kline School of Law will accept this score and review it in the same way we review the live exam.

Please email lawadmissions@drexel.edu with any questions.

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Diversity & Inclusion

There are several wellness resources available for students to explore.

Mindfulness with Professor Cimino  

Professor Chapin Cimino will host online mediation weekly via Zoom.

    • Meditation drop-ins on Wednesdays, 12 - 12:15 p.m.  
    • Intro to Mindfulness on Fridays, 12 - 12:30 p.m.

    Additional Resources  

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    Communications

    News

    Please continue to send news about faculty scholarship and student achievement to lawcomm@drexel.edu. We’ll rely on phone calls, email and video chat for reporting and follow-up.

    The Brief (Newsletter)

    Continue to send announcements to lawnewsletter@drexel.edu. Blog updates and emails resume Monday, March 23.

    If you would like to make an update or addition to this page, please contact Purnell Cropper (ptc44@drexel.edu) and Kevin Oates (kevin.p.oates@drexel.edu).

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