Oregon Law 2020-21

Safety Measures | Classroom Space | Instruction | Student OrganizationsStudying Options | Law Library | Recreation

These FAQs will be updated as the public health situation and our plans evolve. Please check back periodically for updated information.

Oregon Law is committed to helping our incoming class, and all our students, launch their legal careers, make progress toward their law degree, and take one big step toward their future professional goals. Our incoming class is part of a group of incoming law students across the country who are starting their legal educations at a truly historic time. When this generation of lawyers graduate, they will enter the profession resilient and creative, capable of working anywhere and with proven strategies for dealing with complexities.

With that in mind, here are the steps we are taking as a law school to ensure our students' health and safety and to deliver an outstanding educational experience in the academic year 2020-21 for all of our students during the pandemic.

Safety Measures

The UO is developing strategies and plans to reduce the likelihood of illness spreading on campus.

We will have increased cleaning protocols.
Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available throughout the building.
There will be signage designating traffic flow.
Classrooms and meeting spaces will be adjusted to meet physical distancing requirements.
Face coverings are now required in all campus buildings, as well as outdoors on UO property even if physical distancing expectations can be met.
The university will be providing two cloth masks to every student, faculty member, and staff member.
Students, faculty, and staff are expected to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and not come to the law school if they have symptoms.

Classroom space

Given physical distancing requirements, our 1L instruction will be different this year compared to past years.

►   Due to the continuing severity of the pandemic, and with health, safety, and your education in mind, most 1L instruction in the law school will be remote for the academic year 2020-21.
Access to the William W. Knight Law Center will be prioritized for 1L students. 
►   Our facilities managers have developed spatial configuration guidelines for each classroom on campus.

Instruction Methods


Remote Instruction

Given the COVID-19 crisis, and in order to best protect the health and safety of all community members, almost all of our classes will be remote.

      ►         Even though instruction will be given via an online platform, 1L students can be in a physical classroom, in the Knight Law Center, watching and participating in class sessions with their classmates. 

Student Organizations

We have a number of vibrant student organizations that will welcome your interest and participation.

We are encouraging all student organizations to plan their meetings remotely. 
As needed, we will work on accommodating requests by student organizations to use the building in accordance with all applicable health and safety guidelines.

Studying Options


at the School

Students with a suitable place to work remotely this fall—somewhere safe and quiet, with good connectivity—are asked to limit their use of the law building.
The library will be open to students, faculty, and staff. See the Law Library FAQs page.
Capacity will be determined by physical distancing requirements
We post available classroom space for studying outside of class hours on the doors of the Knight Law Center. 

at home


We recommend that all students prioritize securing high-speed internet at their home and prepare a space to study and attend courses remotely.

► We have outstanding tech support at the law school, and we will help students work through the various applications and learning platforms that they will need.
The Law Library offers remote services and curbside pick-up

Law Library



Library Fall Hours:

9 am – 7 pm

9 am – 5 pm

You must wear a mask at all times in the library. Please contact Assistant Dean Sandy Weintraub if you need an accommodation.

The Law Library will continue to offer remote services and curbside pick-up

View the Law Library FAQs for more information. 


Student Recreation



Consistent with state guidance, the Student Recreation Center will be closed until at least Sunday, January 3. Please visit the Rec for more information.

Expected Facility Hours when it re-opens:

Monday–Friday: 6:00 am–8:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday: 10:00 am–6:00 pm

Things to Remember:

  • Individuals are required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth at all times within the Student Rec Center and all PE and Rec facilities, as well as outdoors when six foot distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Bring your own water bottle. Water bottle fill stations are available throughout the facility, but drinking fountains will remain closed.
  • PE and Rec has temporarily halted cash transactions, but we are still accepting credit cards, UO charge, and payroll deduction. Most of PE and Rec’s offerings are also available for purchase online.
  • PE and Rec is taking extra measures to keep the Rec clean, including frequently disinfecting high touch points. You can help maintain a healthy space for yourself and others by wiping down and disinfecting equipment before and after use.
Visit Return to the Rec for more information.

Last updated: November 24, 2020