Caruso School of Law COVID-19 Updates
The Caruso School of Law is implementing plans to address COVID-19 for the spring
2021 semester in coordination with the Pepperdine Restoration Plan. Additional information
will be shared by the school as it becomes available.
What classes will be offered in spring 2021?
The current spring course schedule is here.
Will all classes be offered online?
Spring 2021 courses will be offered online for the entire semester, with the exception of a small number of upper division courses which are tentatively planned to be offered on campus later in the semester and are identified on the spring course schedule with a classroom number (these classes may have to move online).
Will I have access to campus?
While most of our semester-long courses will be online, if public health authorities permit us to open campus, even on a limited basis, our plans for the spring semester are as follows. Our top priority is to make study spaces on campus available to students, pending it is safe and guidance from the county and officials permit us to do so. When campus opens, we hope to use our outdoor spaces for small discussion groups, student organization meetings, on-campus professor office hours, and other small gatherings or events. Online options will be available for all academic on-campus meetings. All operations will be conducted in strict accordance with state, county, and University safety protocols.
How do I access links to my online classes?
- Courses (powered by Sakai) will be how you access Zoom links, so please become familiar with this platform. You access this service using the same credentials you use for your WaveNet and Email access.
- Some courses offered through Straus (but not all) will be taught through Pepperdine's
online program platform 2PEP. Students who are enrolled in classes that will utilize
2PEP will receive instructions regarding how to access that platform one week before
the class begins.
Can I share a Zoom session link with others?
Treat the Zoom session as a private event and share the Zoom meeting link only with
the intended participants. Participants should not share the link publicly or with
others who do not need to be in the meeting. Participants are also advised to not
post the meeting link in social public forums. Faculty are encouraged to post the
meeting link in their institutional learning management system for students to access.
What do I need to know about participating in classes via Zoom?
Please review these policies related to Online Student Etiquette.
Will class attendance be taken?
Yes, attendance will be taken. For online classes, "attendance" means being online
for the duration of the class meeting. Failure to Zoom in for the entire duration
of class counts as an absence for the course. Watching a recording in lieu of attending
an online class by zoom counts as an absence for the course. Please refer to section
5.11 of the Academic Policy for more information.
Will professors hold office hours?
Yes, each professor will be asked to have office hours.
How will spring 2021 final examinations be taken?
- Most spring 2021 final exams will be administered online. However, if campus is open, you will have the option to take final exams on campus (e.g., in the library, seminar rooms, etc.). We are continuously working on programs and policies to ensure the integrity of final examinations.
- Here is the current spring 2021 final examination schedule.
What if I anticipate that I will have technical and/or internet needs during the spring
If you have technological needs for spring 2021, please fill out this form by January 29, 2021. If needs arise after that time, please contact Dean Goodno.
What books do I need for my spring 2021 courses?
You can access course book lists from the Pepperdine bookstore website. You can buy new and used books from many different sources.
What should students with accommodations do?
Students with accommodations should contact the Office of Student Accessibility.
How will courses be graded this academic year?
All courses will be governed by the relevant Academic Policy. That means the grading policies (including the mandatory curve) outlined in the
Academic Policy applies to all classes. Letter grades subject to the curve will be given for all graded courses. Consistent with Section 6.31(E) of the Academic Policy, you may be able to retroactively
opt to pass/fail up to two elective courses.
Are there any changes to school policies or requirements?
- The Academic Policy, Honor Code, and Student Code of Conduct are all in full effect, and there are no changes except that professors may count interim assessment for more than one-third of the final grade which is an exception to sections 6.12 and 6.31 of the Academic Policy.
- Please carefully review the Spring 2021 Course Disclosures and Guidelines for additional information specific to the Spring 2021 semester.
What academic advising resources are available?
- Review this document for numerous academic resources that can help you plan your academic schedule.
- Here is the recording from the July 2020 zoom Q&A academic advising session.
How is the law school prepared to provide the best technology and pedagogy to support course modalities?
Our faculty and staff are being trained on technology and pedagogy throughout the year. Teaching assistants will assist with online classroom management. Our faculty have been provided upgraded technology as well.
How does the law school prepare its students for taking online courses?
- Training videos and documentation are provided for students.
- For training on how to use iClickers, please watch this video.
- Students can access additional resources for online training here.
What is the plan for 2021 law school graduation?
Our tentative plan is to hold graduation ceremonies on campus for the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020, pending it is safe and guidance from the county and officials permit us to do so. We will update you with more information as it becomes available.
Can I take a leave of absence for a semester or academic year?
Yes. Some of you, for any number of reasons, may decide that a semester or year off
from law school is in your best interest. Contact Dean Goodno who can help you with the process.
I am an international student, who should I contact about housing, visas, etc?
International students should contact the Office of International Student Services
to seek further guidance.
How do I stay informed?
- Continually monitor your emails for law school and University communications.
- Live and archived viewing for each of these special briefings are available on the President's Briefing website.
- The University will continue to keep the community informed on COVID-19 developments as new information becomes available. The latest updates can be found on the University's COVID-19 website and Emergency Information Page.
Will tuition remain the same for spring 2021?
The amount will remain $29,640 flat-rate for JD tuition for the fall 2021 semester. The Office of Financial Assistance will provide students with the financial aid resources needed to meet the in educational cost of attending law school.
Do I have to do anything special to use Pepperdine's Zoom?
- Yes. If you are a current Pepperdine University student, faculty, staff member, you are eligible for a Pepperdine Zoom account. You must sign up through pepperdine.zoom.us and use the SSO (single sign-on) option. If you are prompted for a "domain" enter Pepperdine.
- With a Pepperdine Zoom Pro account you will have more features for your own meetings/study groups, etc. and your functional time limit for an online session goes from 40 minutes to 24 hours. You will have access to the same features your professors have when you use this account including breakout rooms, and when hosting your own sessions you will have the ability to manage participant video and audio participation.
- Students, please remember that you will need to access any class Zoom meetings through
If I have technical difficulty logging into class, what do I do?
- Test your computer with Zoom before class. Check out the audio and video settings.
- If you have problems, the first thing to do is to completely shut down your computer and restart. Most computer problems are corrected with this remedy.
- Before you begin your Zoom session, we strongly recommend that you shut down and turn off any and all extraneous applications, especially those using the camera, the microphone, or the speakers. Turn off Facebook and other social media apps. The only thing you should have running is your Chrome browser with minimal tabs open (two or three). Avoid news sites, sites with video, other things that require more bandwidth while using Zoom.
- We recommend that you use a Google Suite app (especially Google Docs) for taking notes as it takes very little computer power to run and backs up automatically to the cloud.
- If your troubleshooting attempts above do not yield results, please see this comprehensive support site from Zoom.
- Note: you may find it valuable to acquire a USB headset for your Zoom classes. That will remove some variables with your computer's audio (mic and speakers).
- Tech Support:
What if I have a bad internet connection? How should I join classes by Zoom? Can I call in?
You must use the Zoom app and connect via the Internet. See our guide for students here. We strongly recommend that students use a computer with a reliable internet connection
for connecting to their Zoom class sessions. Telephone dial-in will not work for attending
classes remotely. It is possible to connect using cell phone data to "tether" the
phone's internet connection to a laptop or desktop computer. Check with your mobile
phone provider for details on this feature. Learn more by reading this Android tether article or iPhone tether article.
More Zoom resources?
Please continue to check the LawTech.pepperdine.edu website for additional information and resources. Search for "Zoom" in the upper right corner search box. The support team will continue to add materials as needed.
What if I anticipate that I will have technical and/or internet needs during the spring
Books by Mail Now Available for Students!
Need a book from the law library? You can now request print books from our main collection, and we'll mail them directly to you! Contact your reference librarians for further details.
Is the law library open?
- While the University campus is closed, the law library will be operating remotely and will be actively staffed from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday to answer any and all research questions and inquiries.
- Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have and a staff member will contact you shortly.
- For reference/research assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310.506.7591.
- For circulation assistance, please email email@example.com or call 310.506.4643.
Are reserve materials available at the law library?
- The law library will not be able to provide our usual reserve textbook service during the Fall 2020 semester. We are advising all students to purchase their own copies of textbooks or coordinate with a group of close friends or roommates.
- While several publishers provided free access to electronic texts during the spring semester, that service has been discontinued by the publishers. Students may contact their respective publishers directly to purchase individual access.
- If you have questions about reserve materials, please contact the reference librarians
Can I still access online resources from off campus?
- Access to all online/electronic resources of the Law Library, University Libraries, and commercial publishers continues as normal.
- The vast majority of the research collections used by faculty and students today are available online. In addition to uninterrupted access to Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law, find links to other important online resources via the Law Library Research Guide, our Law Library Online Databases A-Z list, or the University Libraries Databases list.
- All questions about online/electronic resources, including password issues and off-campus access, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can student groups still meet?
Student groups are important to the Pepperdine Caruso community! We hope that you will continue to hold meetings and take advantage of the flexibility that comes with meeting online. All students have access to Zoom and can create meeting links. If you need assistance in setting up these online meetings, please contact Jamie Domke.
Can student groups still hold events?
- Student groups are encouraged to hold events on Zoom so that they can have events at optimal times and maximize attendance. The events team will be approving no more than THREE online events per day. The full events policy is available here and you can submit an events request form here.
- The events team has put together a Tips and Tricks document to help you with your online events! Please review it as you plan your events. If
you need assistance in setting up online events, please contact Lauren Holm.
Will the law school administrative offices be open and available?
Administrative offices are open online. All of the staff remain available to meet with and support you by email and Zoom.
How does going online impact student health insurance?
- Remote instruction may change students' need for Student Health Insurance. Please remember, all students enrolled in Malibu programs that would typically be on ground will receive and be billed for Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) unless they complete the waiver process, indicating they have other insurance.
- Students covered under a US-based health insurance plan need to log onto the AHP Dashboard to waive this option if they do not plan to enroll in SHIP the Student Health Insurance Program. If you signed a waiver in the fall, you do not need to submit one for the spring.
- The requirement for student health insurance does not apply to international students studying exclusively online in their home country.
- If you have questions about this, please call the Student Health Center 310-506-4316.
Is the Career Development Office (CDO) open and available to students?
- Yes. The CDO will remain open and continue to operate virtually. All planned spring programming is moving forward, including our 1L Mock Interview Program, Big Law OCI Program, Spring Interview Program, as well as various practice area and career planning and strategy workshops. Additionally, your team of CDO counselors are all committed to continuing to provide their students with high-level, individualized career counseling and assistance. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time.
- For more information about the Career Development Office, click here.
- Counseling services are available through the Student Counseling Center.
- The University Office of the Chaplain can provide pastoral care.
- We will be praying for you. Please fill out this prayer and care request for specific requests.
- If you have a financial emergency, you may also apply for assistance through the Student Emergency Fund. Please contact Dean Goodno for more information.
- If you develop flu-like symptoms or are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please seek medical attention. You can also contact the Student Health Center.
- If you need additional student support and care, or have a financial emergency, please contact Dean Richards or Dean Goodno.
- LA County Public Health Dashboard
I am enrolled in the externship course. Am I required to work at my placement in person?
Externs will work at their field placements consistent with their field placements'
policies and protocols for safety and health. If any extern cannot attend their field
placement or externship for good faith reasons of their health, risk to themselves
or their families, or disruptions at their placements, we will work with them creatively
to identify alternatives and options, seeking to avoid changing units for which they
have registered and protecting the best practices and governing standards for externships.
I am enrolled in a clinic course. Will I be required to meet with clients in person?
For clinical practice, we will pursue tech solutions and practical steps to avoid in-person exposure where practices permit it. When practice requires meeting with clients, attending court, or other in person work, we will use best practice to protect student safety. We will require masks and distancing, will be diligent in cleaning spaces, and will reduce time in person as much as we can to sustain a professionally responsible practice.