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Important Information for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Protocols for Accessing Campus

All students, faculty, and staff who plan to be on campus must complete the campus protocol, which includes the following steps: 

  1. Upload vaccine documentation
  2. Sign the Columbia Community Health Compact
  3. Complete the Safety Training
  4. Get Tested for COVID-19
  5. Download the ReopenCU App and complete the Daily Symptom Attestation

To access all Law School buildings, entrants must:

  • Be a Law School student, faculty, or staff member
  • Complete the daily symptom self-check and obtain a Green Pass via the ReopenCU App
  • Present and/or tap a valid CUID card at the Public Safety desk upon entry

Individuals who are not members of the Law School community (including individuals affiliated with other units at Columbia) must comply with the terms set forth in the visitor policy and obtain a guest pass from the Dean’s Office.

Students wear masks and practice social distancing outside Jerome Greene Hall

Law School Events and Visitors Policy

Law School is committed to fostering a vibrant academic and co-curricular environment this fall, while continuing to take appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of our community. 

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Columbia COVID-19 Monitoring Plan

The Columbia University Framework for COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Management is developed to provide standardized guidance for fall 2021 operations. 

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Stay Healthy. Keep the Compact. 

All of us have a role to play in keeping our community healthy. That’s why each of us must to do our part and uphold the public health and safety commitments outlined in the Columbia Community Health Compact

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Law School Communications

August 12, 2021

What to Expect: Health and Safety on Campus this Fall

Dean Lester provides the community with an update on what to expect at the Law School in Fall 2021, particularly as it relates to public health. Read more

April 1, 2021

Update on Plans for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Dean Lester shares preliminary information about the Law School's return to campus in Fall 2021. Read more.

December 22, 2020

Spring 2021—Important Information

As the Fall 2020 semester wraps up, Dean Lester calls the community's attention to a number of important items relating to the start of Spring 2020. Read more

November 19, 2020

Important Reminders: Concluding the Fall Semester and Planning for Spring

Dean Lester shares important information and reminders to conclude the Fall 2020 semester and plan for Spring 2021. Read more

October 21, 2020

Planning for Spring 2021

With nearly half the academic term now safely behind us, Dean Lester provides important updates and information as we look ahead to completing the fall semester and preparing for the spring. Read more

September 7, 2020

What to Expect on Campus

Dean Lester shares some specific details about how the Law School has adjusted our campus environment to ensure your health and safety, and to reinforce the responsibility we share as a community to uphold the values set forth in the Columbia Health Compact. Read more.

August 21, 2020

Fall Semester Updates for Students

With the start of the Fall 2020 semester rapidly approaching, Dean Lester shares some updates on the protocols for returning to campus, as well as information about events and programming; fall semester grades; and more. Read more

August 14, 2020

Proceeding with Hybrid Instruction

The Law School continues to plan to offer a mix of online and hybrid classes this fall. Read more. 

July 16, 2020

September NY Bar Exam Canceled

The Court of Appeals announced that it has canceled the September 9-10, 2020 administration of the New York bar exam, citing concerns about health and safety in reaching its decision. Read more.

July 14, 2020

ICE Rescinds Restrictions for International Students

U.S. government rescinds order requiring international students to attend on-campus or hybrid classes in Fall 2020. Read more.

July 7, 2020

Instructional Format for the Fall Semester

Dean Lester provides an update to the community regarding the Law School’s planning process for Fall 2020 and answers a number of key questions. Read more

June 22, 2020

2020–2021 Academic Calendar and Other Updates

This message also contains important information regarding the 2020-2021 academic calendar, as well as ongoing contingency planning efforts, including hybrid instruction, New York Bar examination eligibility, and campus operations. Read more.

May 18, 2020

Planning for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Important information about the academic calendar for AY 2020-2021, plans for instruction, and health and safety measures. Read more.


May 11, 2020

Research Activities at Columbia Law School

Information about the University's resumption of laboratory research as it applies to Columbia Law School. Read more

April 14, 2020

Update on Fees, Graduation, Employment, and more

We know that “normal” means something different now, but it remains our commitment to ensure that students are able to advance unimpeded through law school and into the profession. Read more

April 3, 2020

Two Enduring Truths

Our society needs lawyers, and what’s happening in the world right now makes that need all the more urgent. And we have an extraordinary will to adapt. Read more