Information for Law Students

Please refer to for comprehensive information and guidance from the University about the impact of COVID-19 on campus.

Specific issues related to law students are addressed below. This page will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.

Building Access

Beginning Monday, March 16, students will be unable to access Lewis Hall. Card access for students will be disabled, and students will not be allowed to come into the building except under limited circumstances, such as for clinical obligations with instructor permission.


After the two-week transition period declared by the University, the Law School will resume classes in a completely virtual format on Monday, March 30. Classes will be conducted at their regularly scheduled time over the following four weeks - from March 30 through April 24. Please note, to create enough time for exams to be offered prior to the scheduled commencement, we will need to conduct one day of classes — those that would have been held on Monday, April 27 — on a Saturday. Right now, those Monday classes are scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 18.

Clinics and Externships

The suspension of classes for the next two weeks does not necessarily extend to clinics or externships. Limited building access may be allowed for clinical students with instructor permission. Please coordinate with your clinic or externship director to determine how to fulfill your obligations in those courses going forward.

Class Registration

Online registration for Fall 2020 classes is currently scheduled for the week of April 13.

Job Searches

OCS is open for business, at least virtually, for the rest of the semester.  For job search questions and advice, you can email a counselor ( or to set up a call.  For questions about SCORE, Natkin Funding, Spring Interview Program or other recruiting activities, contact Taylor Anne (  

Summer Funding Updates

Federal Work Study - The application deadline for the Federal Work Study Program remains March 23rd at 12:00PM. We will try to e-mail decisions to students by the end of that week. If accepted into the Federal Work Study Program, the mandatory meeting with the Financial Aid Office will still happen, likely through a webinar (details TBA).  

Natkin Fund - As of now, the application deadline for the Natkin Fund remains March 31st, at 11:55 PM, although it may be moved to later in the semester.  We will let you know if this changes. We have extended the deadline for the 8 hour community service requirement. We are now asking students to certify that they will complete those 8 hours, and log it on Pulse, by the end of the Fall 2020 semester.


All exams will be conducted in a virtual format. 3Ls and 2Ls will take exams from April 25 to May 2. While there will be no reading days for 2Ls and 3Ls, we will do everything in our power to create an exam schedule that gives students at least 2 days between their last class and their exam. 1L exams will take place from April 27 to May 4. Accordingly, 1Ls will have a 2-day reading period before their exams begin.

We encourage all students to use the upcoming two-week transition period to begin preparing for exams with an eye towards the condensed schedule at the end of the semester.

Student Account Adjustments

The University will refund the full balance of the unused Flex dollars on a student's account. For law students with a traditional meal plan, the University will issue a credit for 30% of the portion of the meal plan that is not Flex dollars (in addition to refunding the unused Flex dollars on the plan).  

Law Commencement

The in-person commencement for the Law Class of 2020 will be held in Lexington on April 3, 2021. The law school held an online conferral of degrees ceremony on May 8. Watch the ceremony.

Special Accommodations

Students requiring an accommodation to the academic schedule or needing to make special arrangements to access the building should contact Dean Mason.

Textbook Information:

Law Spring Term Rentals:

Students with outstanding rental books will receive a reminder email on Wednesday, April 29th listing the titles they rented from the University Store. This email will explain the process for returning these books. In close conjunction with that email, students will also receive an email from UPS Worldship containing a prepaid shipping label that can be used to send their rental book(s) back to us. Students will be responsible for packing their books, affixing the prepaid label, and either dropping at a UPS dropbox/facility or arranging a carrier pickup.

Students remaining on campus or in the Lexington area may return their rentals in person at Mail Services. Please note the limited hours during this period. Current Mail Services hours are Monday through Friday from 11am to noon. They should be packaged with the student's name and ID number included inside the package.

Returned rentals must be physically received by the University Store by Tuesday, May 12th. This means students should plan to mail their returns no later than Tuesday, May 5th to allow for adequate transit time. Rentals will be checked for condition, as always. Students who fail to return their book(s), or whose books are received in unacceptable condition, will have the appropriate costs charged to their student account.

Students who have left the country should reach out to to obtain an accommodation.

Textbook Buyback:

There will be no physical buybacks of textbooks for the remainder of the academic year. However, Washington and Lee does offer an online buyback option that is available to you during this time. Students can check prices and print a pre-paid shipping label to send in their books. Once the books have been received, students will get a check in the mail. The online buyback is available here: