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Fall Law School classes to begin August 11 with Orientation for first-year students to begin on August 10. View the Academic Calendar.

Working with the University and Northwell Health, our partner in the medical and nursing schools, we have developed protocols that align with local, state and federal health and safety guidelines.

We have also invested in new technologies to keep classes flexible and accessible. Students who need to attend classes remotely due to health concerns (such as underlying conditions), illness, isolation requirements or travel restrictions, will be able to continue to participate in classes.

Our plans and policies are adaptable, and may change as the public health situation continues to evolve. Please review the latest details on our fall 2020 reopening plan outlined below.

Hofstra Law’s Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

The Basics

  • You must wear a mask in all campus buildings, including residence halls, except for your own room, suite, or office. Masks will also be required outdoors when six feet of physical distance is not possible.
  • Keep at least six feet between you and other people whenever possible. Classrooms and public spaces will be reconfigured to ensure distancing.
  • All students and employees must answer a three-question screening via portal or smartphone app before coming to campus or attending class.

Visit Hofstra’s Safe Start website for more information on the University’s reopening plan.

Hofstra Safe Start

Health and Wellness

  • Daily Health Screenings: Students and employees will have to answer three questions before coming to campus or attending class. The online screening will be available via portal and a smartphone app.
  • Testing and Tracing: Working with Northwell Health, our partner in the Zucker School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, the University has built an extensive COVID-19 testing program that goes beyond what the CDC has recommended for college campuses. Learn more about testing and tracing protocols.
  • Student Health and Counseling services will be mostly by appointment only. Students seeking health services should call 516-463-6745 for telemedicine triage, during which they will be given further instructions and an appointment for in-person services if necessary. Appointments can also be made through the Hofstra portal.

In the Classroom

  • All classes will be conducted under physical distancing guidelines. This means that all students must sit at least six feet apart, in every direction, and all students and faculty must wear face masks while in the Law School building.
  • We have redesigned the course calendar so that all first-year courses will be delivered in-person with small sections of 40-45 students. Students will take all of their classes with the same section for the entire semester, which will help develop stronger connections with their fellow students and faculty. It will also limit their exposure to other students during class time.
  • All first-year classes will be staggered in their start and end times so that no first-year class will start or end at the same time. This is intended to lessen hallway crowding and help students maintain social distancing outside of class.
  • Upper-level classes will be a mixture of in-person and online classes, with classes of 25 students or less meeting in-person in most cases. This was determined based on room availability, as well as safety and physical distancing guidelines.
  • If a student has an illness or health concerns that prevent them from attending a class in-person — including first-year classes — they will be permitted to attend class "remotely" via new lecture capture technology being installed in all of our Law School classrooms.

Hofstra Law Attendance Policy
and Final Exams

Please note that the Law School requires attendance for all classes as outlined in our policy in the Student Handbook. You are required to attend classes regularly whether you are participating in-person or remotely. Attendance credit will not be given for students who fail to attend the live class session (either remotely or in-person), even if that student reviews a recording of that class session. 

Please also keep in mind that remote attendance of a class does not allow you to take the exam for that class remotely as well. All exams will be administered in person between November 12-25.

Law Library

  • The law library will only be open to members of the Hofstra community.
  • Study spaces will be reconfigured to comply with physical distancing guidelines
  • We are also working on creating space in the library for students who need to take their online classes in the Law School.
  • The University will be building an outdoor tent close to the Law School that can be used for studying and taking classes online.
  • The law library will be closed every night from 3-7 a.m. for cleaning.

Safety and Cleaning

  • The Law School classrooms and building spaces will be reconfigured to comply with physical distancing guidelines.
  • The building, including classrooms, will be cleaned each night from midnight-8 a.m. using electro-static disinfectant sprayers.
  • Custodial staff will clean high-touch areas throughout the day. The Custodial Operations staff uses disinfectant wipes and sprays that are approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill the COVID-19 virus.
  • Each classroom will have disinfectant wipes available so that individuals can clean their area.
  • Plexiglass barriers to separate faculty and students will be available for the classroom.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be added throughout the Law School building, and at each building entrance.
  • Ventilation units will be running 24/7 and will circulate air from the outside. Ventilation has also been upgraded with MERV 13 filters, which are used in hospitals.

Learn more about Hofstra’s enhanced cleaning protocols on the Safe Start website.

New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory

If you have traveled from within one of the designated states listed on the website, New York law requires you to quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days. The site also includes guidance on how to travel and quarantine safely. All students must comply with these guidelines for your own safety and for the safety of everyone in our Hofstra Law community.

You will be able to attend classes remotely if you need to comply with the travel advisory.

Learn more about the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory.


Fall 2020 FAQ