Maurer School of Law advisories on the coronavirus and related fall scheduling

This page contains links to all advisories sent to the Indiana Law community concerning the coronavirus pandemic and news about the fall schedule for upper-division students. The advisories supplement those sent by Indiana University, which can be found at

Information for faculty and staff can be found on this page.

Information for incoming 1L students can be found on this page.

Update from Dean Orenstein for returning students on COVID-19 testing and other topics
July 19, 2020, 9:34 a.m.

Important information as you prepare for the fall semester.

Read the update.

Invitation to Town Hall with Dean Parrish
July 21, 2020, 5:30 p.m. EDT

Read the invitation.

Update from Dean Orenstein for 2L and 3L students on fall start dates, courses, and health and safety
June 20, 2020, 11:50 a.m.

A report on course schedules, start dates, and other important information.

Read the update.

Update from Dean Parrish on fall start dates, courses, and health and safety
May 28, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

A report on planning for the fall semester.

Read the update.

Update from Dean Orenstein and Dean Davis on graduation, post-graduation matters, and the Indiana bar exam
May 7, 2020, 5:01 p.m.

Final details as the semester closes, plus good news about the Indiana bar exam.

Read the update.

Order from the Indiana Supreme Court on the abbreviated, virtual July bar exam
May 7, 2020, 4:40 p.m.

The Indiana Supreme Court has announced that it will be administering an abbreviated, virtual Bar Exam on July 28. It will include a half-day of essay questions on Indiana topics, as usual. The second half of the day will be short answer questions on the topics usually covered by the Multi-State Bar Exam. The Court issued an order to this effect today. Indiana’s Office of Admissions and Continuing Education will be in contact with the law schools, the Bar applicants, and study programs with further information on the means by which the exam will be administered and proctored.

Read the order.

Message from Dean Davis to graduate and exchange students on exams, graduation, and other matters
April 23, 2020, 11:52 a.m.

Updates for the graduate and exchange students as the year ends.

Read Dean Davis's message.

Reminder to 3L class from Dean Orenstein on exams, graduation, and other matters
April 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m.

Updates for the Class of 2020 as the year ends.

Read Dean Orenstein's message.

Important information from Dean Davis for graduate and exchange students about exam procedures and upcoming Zoom session
April 15, 2020, 9:51 p.m.

Graduate and exchange students should review these important procedures.

Read Dean Davis's message.

Update from Dean McFadden on job market, with Q&A from SBA
April 13, 2020, 1:44 p.m.

Dean McFadden updates the activities of CSO and responds to recent questions from SBA about the job market.

Read her update.

Letter to 3L students from Chief Justice Rush
April 9, 2020, 1:44 p.m.

The Chief Justice shares two new developments regarding the Indiana bar exam.

Read her letter.

Message to students from Dean Orenstein about exam procedures
April 9, 2020, 9:32 a.m.

Dean Orenstein sends best wishes, along with details on the procedures for this semester's final exams.

Read her message.

Message from Dean Parrish to all alumni
April 8, 2020, 11:15 a.m.

Dean Parrish asks alumni to contact CSO with job leads for the summer, for Bridge to Practice, and for full-time post-graduation employment.

Read his message.

Invitation from Dean Parrish to Town Hall meetings
March 31, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Join the dean for updates.

Read the invitation and get login information.

Message to the 2L class from Dean Orenstein
March 30, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

Important information on registration, career planning, and taking care of yourselves.

Read the message.

Message to the 3L class from Indiana Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush
March 30, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

Encouragement and an update from the state's Chief Justice.

Read her letter.

Message to the 3L class from Dean Orenstein
March 28, 2020, 1:34 p.m.

Important information on the bar exam, graduation, and other current developments.

Read the message. 

Video of Dean Parrish's March 25 Town Hall meeting
March 27, 2020, 4:32 p.m.

Watch the video here.

Law School to close at 3:00 p.m. on Fri., Mar. 27
March 26, 2020, 3:03 p.m.

In view of Governor Holcomb’s executive order, all Law School buildings, including Baier Hall, will be closed until further notice beginning at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, March 27. If you have essential items that you need to retrieve, please take advantage of the next 24 hours to retrieve them. If they are not essential, please leave them in the building: The governor’s order requires that you stay at home.

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Spring 2020 grading and exam policies
March 26, 2020, 9:33 a.m.

Attached are a summary of two policies for spring 2020—one related to grading and one related to final exams—that were adopted by the law school’s faculty yesterday, March 25, 2020. Both were enacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana’s declaration of a state of emergency (including the Governor’s recent stay-at-home order), and the necessity of moving to remote instruction.

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Agenda for Town Hall meeting, March 23, 4:00 p.m.
March 23, 2020, 8:00 a.m.

We have our first virtual Town Hall this afternoon from 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT. The Zoom meeting will open approximately at 3:50 pm.

Read more . . .

Jerome Hall Law Library closing Wednesday, March 25
March 20, 2020, 4:24 p.m.

The library will close for the semester at 3:00 p.m., and access to the building will be restricted to the north entrance.

Read more . . .

Invitation to students to attend Zoom Town Hall meetings beginning March 23
March 19, 2020, 1:40 p.m.

To help keep everyone in our community informed, next week I will be holding open Zoom Town Halls on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 4:00 p.m.

Read more . . .

March issue of ergo, alumni newsletter, with COVID–19 related news from Dean Parrish
March 18, 2020, 4:15 p.m.

The past few weeks have brought about unimaginable changes for all of us here in Bloomington, and I suspect the same has been true for you, in both your professional and personal lives. The COVID–19 pandemic has required us to move quickly to protect the health and well-being of the Indiana Law community while trying to complete the academic year on schedule.

Read more . . .

Update from Dean Parrish
March 17, 2020, 12:05 p.m.

This email provides you with additional information related to the COVID–19 pandemic. To begin, thank you for your understanding and patience in the face of the anxiety and uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

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Update from Dean Davis for graduate and exchange students
March 16, 2020, 2:27 p.m.

As you have now all read, the university will host classes and final exams entirely online for the rest of the semester. IU is doing this, like many other universities, in an effort to slow the spreading of the coronavirus. This decision means that you are free to leave Bloomington if you wish, but you are also free to stay.

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Update from Dean Turchi
March 15, 2020, 10:42 p.m

We know that President McRobbie’s message from this evening raises questions, even as it answers others. We recognize that you have questions about having online courses for the rest of the semester, final exams, graduation, and what the extension of spring break will mean, to list just a few.

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Update from Dean Orenstein
March 11, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

We hope you are doing OK. We are striving to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak efficiently and with concern and compassion for you. Our current goals are to focus on the well–being of our community, support our students, and teach classes remotely for the two weeks after spring break.

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Update from Dean Parrish
March 7, 2020, 12:49 p.m.

This email updates our preparations related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), and also relays information from Wednesday’s Town Hall for those who were not able to attend.

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Update from Dean Parrish
February 26, 2020, 11:27 a.m.

I am writing to provide a quick update concerning IU’s actions and plans regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). The university continues to monitor the outbreak closely and is sending out periodic email updates in IU Public Safety Advisory notices from the Office of Public Safety.

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