More USA Law Schools Affected By Coronavirus

Above the Law reports

In Seattle, Washington, a coronavirus hot spot, Washington Law has been forced to move all of its classes to an online format for the rest of the quarter. In New York alone, the second person in the state who tested positive for the illness was a lawyer, and that diagnosis reverberated throughout the city. Thus far, a student at Cardozo Law went into self-quarantine after contact with the lawyer’s firm and New York Law School closed its doors for extensive cleaning due to another student’s contact with that lawyer’s firm. Most recently, Quinn Emanuel shuttered its New York office and moved to a work-from-home structure after one of its partner tested positive for coronavirus.

Today, three more New York-area law schools have decided to close their doors.

The following message can be found on Columbia Law’s website homepage:


Hofstra Law’s posted the following message on its website homepage:

In an abundance of caution, Hofstra University is cancelling in-person classes for the upcoming week, beginning on Monday 3/9, with Spring Break for main campus undergraduate and graduate classes beginning as scheduled on Saturday, March 14. All class work will be made up and a new schedule will be announced soon.

UPDATE (12:25 p.m.): Minutes after this story was published, Fordham Law announced that its campus would be closing due to coronafirus fears. Like Columbia, Fordham will suspend in-person classes after 1 p.m. today through March 10, and then will carry on with online classes for an indefinite period of time until further notice. A student at the law school reports that they “haven’t heard anything about how classes are going to be conducted yet.”


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