Students practice social distancing during a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 in the Texas Tech School of Law. The school’s staff has implemented multiple changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Law students across the country have faced a variety of challenges from March onward as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The Texas Tech School of Law has seen multiple changes to ensure the education process is effective.
Throughout the United States, different universities implemented certain precautions for their law schools, which involved declaring fall 2020 classes to be all online or utilizing a hybrid method of course delivery, according to the U.S. News and World Report website. Some law school applicants will not be able to visit a campus in which they are interested.
At the Tech law school, students, faculty and staff may see a variety of changes to how they operate.
Wendy-Adele Humphrey, associate dean for academic affairs at the law school, said the transition to distance learning in March was huge for the entire law school community.
People within the law school embraced the situation the pandemic caused as much as they could, Humphrey said. Although, a plan for education delivery during this fall semester was started as soon as possible before the summer.
“We prioritized in-person experience, which is consistent with what the university did as well,” she said.
Hybrid courses and alternating-attendance courses are other options the Tech School of Law have utilized, Humphrey said.
“One thing that we thought was important for our law students was to provide them with a level of flexibility,” she said, “and so, we allowed our students to opt out of attending in-person, and so, our courses are livestreamed.”
The American Bar Association is an accrediting body Humphrey said has standards regarding class attendance, which have not been changed in light of the pandemic.With almost all courses having a live stream option, Humphrey said students displaying COVID-19 symptoms still can participate in class.Education delivery also may depend on different aspects, such as the size of the incoming class.Danielle Saavedra, assistant dean of admissions at the law school, said there were a lot of conversations in March regarding […]