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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.

Dean's Message

Dear Hofstra Law Community,

Following last week’s email outlining the University’s Safe Start reopening plan, I write to provide additional details regarding the Law School’s fall semester. 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.

I will continue to update you with the latest information as we prepare for the first day of classes on August 11. Class schedules will be available to you in the next few days. I also encourage you to visit our dedicated webpage on reopening for up-to-date information; important links, like our new fall academic calendar; and frequently asked questions. The health and safety of our Hofstra Law community remains our highest priority as we prepare for another exciting, engaging, and collaborative semester.

I look forward to seeing you this fall!

Warmest regards,

Judge Gail Prudenti

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

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.

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.

Fall 2020 FAQ