Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Current Students:

Please regularly check Canvas and your email for important updates. Please check the contact information listed for you in BearWeb. If your current cell phone number is different from the student local number in the system, either update BearWeb with your current cell phone or send it to If currently you are not staying at the local address as listed in BearWeb, please send to the address (or addresses) where you will be staying for the rest of the quarter.

Baylor University has created an informative website dedicated to the University's response to COVID-19. The website includes information from the CDC, the Baylor University COVID-19 Task Force, FAQs, tips on staying healthy, and updates on the University-wide response. The website is located at



The fall quarter hours for the Law Library will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Law Library will be closed Saturday and Sunday with no student or visitor access. More information on the reopening of the Law Library can be found here.


Important Updates

Update, October 9, 10:00am

Updated Information on Baylor University Policies

Please note the updated links and information from the University:

Interim Face Covering Policy

Baylor Notification Procedures for Individuals Presumptively Positive or with Positive Tests for COVID-19

Interim Policy on COVID-19 Testing for Students


Update, August 20, 2020, 2:45pm

Face Masks: Gaiters, Bandanas, Other Coverings Not Allowed

On August 20, 2020, Baylor University President Linda Livingstone updated information on permitted face masks at Baylor University (including the Law Center) in her Presidential Perspectives newsletter:

Based on new research out of Duke University and guidance from the CDC, neck gaiters, bandanas, scarves and valve masks have been found not effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and as a result, we have updated our face coverings policy to exclude them from campus buildings. Gaiters are only permitted for outdoor use. We encourage you to wear one of the two Baylor-branded masks that have been provided to you, or face coverings of similar style and materials. This is an example of how Baylor’s COVID-19 policies and practices may change throughout the semester based on the latest scientific information and health guidance."


Update, August 18, 2020, 4:30pm

Baylor Law Fall 2020 Return to Campus Reopening Plan

Detailed information specific to the policies and procedures of Baylor Law's return to campus reopening plan can be found at


Update, June 21, 2020, 8:00am

Face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals (faculty, staff, students, and visitors) in all buildings on the Baylor campus.

Additional information and specific details an be found here.


Update, April, 2020, 8:00am

A Message to Baylor Lawyers From Dean Brad Toben

Update, March 19, 2020, 8:30am

Spring Quarter Exams
We will administer all Spring quarter exams online. Students will receive additional information via email.
Spring Quarter Commencement

The Spring quarter commencement, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2, will not be held. We are formulating alternate ceremony plans for the Spring quarter graduates. May 2 will remain the official graduation date for Spring graduates, with only the ceremony delayed. From Dean Brad Toben: “I am saddened by this necessity. You have achieved remarkably in your journey through Baylor Law and we are going to appropriately celebrate and honor you – be fully assured that we will!”

The Academy of the Advocate in St Andrews

The Academy of the Advocate in St Andrews is canceled for Summer 2020. We are currently looking into ways to offer similar instruction in the July / August time frame to offer instruction in the matters with which the Academy deals (e.g., theme, theory, story, specific courtroom and jury skills, etc.). More information will be forthcoming.


Update, March 18, 2020, 3:45pm

Library Items / Checked Out Items

If you currently have a library book checked out, but cannot return to the Law Library, all Law Library fines will be forgiven

a. If you have a Law General Collection item(s) checked out, the library software will automatically renew these items for you through August 31, 2020. If you receive a library fine message in error, please contact Lela Lam at

b. If you have Law Reserve OR Law Circulation Desk items checked out, the library software is unable to automatically renew these items at this time. To extend due date(s) and/or contest a library fine, contact Lela Lam at


Update, March 17, 2020, 7:15pm

Remote course instruction to continue through the remainder of the 2020 Spring quarter.

West Academic and Wolters Kluwer books are now available online at no cost. Instructions for access can be found here.


Update, March 17, 2020, 10:00am

Additional Baylor Law Alumni & CLE Event Updates:
  • April 7, 2020: Fort Worth Baylor Lawyer Network Reception at Blaies & Hightower - Postponed Until Fall 2020
  • April 16, 2020: Dallas Baylor Lawyer Network Reception at Munck Wilson Mandala LLP - Postponed Until Fall 2020
  • April 21, 2020: Odessa/Midland Baylor Lawyer Network Reception - Postponed Until Fall 2020
  • April 22, 2020: Lubbock Baylor Lawyer Network Reception - Postponed Until Fall 2020
  • April 22, 2020: Amarillo Baylor Lawyer Network Reception - Postponed Until Fall 2020

There will be no other Baylor Law Alumni events planned on- or off-campus until after May 1.


Update, March 16, 2020, 10:00am

Baylor Law Alumni & CLE Event Updates:
  • March 24, 2020: Houston Baylor Lawyer Network Reception at BoyarMiller - Postponed Until Fall 2020
  • March 26-27, 2020: Vision for Leadership Conference - Postponed Until Fall 2020
  • March 30, 2020: Awful Beautiful Life - Postponed Until Fall 2020
  • April 3, 2020: Baylor Law Easter Fest - Canceled

There will be no other Baylor Law Alumni events planned on- or off-campus until after April 3.

We place a high priority on the safety and wellbeing of the entire Baylor Law Family, and we are grateful for your partnership in this effort. Baylor Law will continue to monitor guidance from health officials as it relates to events that are scheduled after April 3.


Update, March 16, 2020, 9:00am

Law Library

Until further notice, the Law Library will have reduced hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed Saturdays & Sundays.


Update, March 15, 2020, 5:00pm

Veterans Legal Advice Clinic

The legal advice clinic scheduled for Friday, March 20 at the Heart of Texas Veterans One Stop is canceled. We plan to reschedule the appointments for telephonic legal advice sessions in the coming weeks.


March 12, 2020, 9:30am

March Naturalization Clinic

The Immigration/Naturalization Clinic originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28th Clinic has been canceled.


March 11, 2020,5:15pm

Faegre Drinker Spring Moot Court Competition

Given that no classes will be meeting next week (the week of March 16), we have concluded that we have to cancel all the post-break rounds in the moot court competition. If you were scheduled to serve as a bailiff or a barrister in the post-break rounds, or if your team advanced from the preliminary rounds, you are not required to return to campus next week. If your team advanced, you will be awarded barrister status. We will announce the top ten speakers from the preliminary rounds at a later time. The LARC 3 professors will be in touch with LARC 3 students about the schedule for turning in briefs.

Field Placements, Criminal Law Boot Camp and Clinics

We are working on further instructions that will be sent by email to those of you involved in field placements, the Criminal Law Boot Camp and upcoming clinics.

Clarification about studying in the Law School building

The building and the library will be open for you to study here as long as you are not experiencing any symptoms of illness. We are not certain about the hours for the library at this time. Look for further information soon.

Student Award Ceremony (Scheduled for April 1)

The Student Awards Ceremony has been canceled. Awards will be distributed separately.

Amid COVID-19 Precaution, Baylor Law Implements Remote Course Instruction

March 11, 2020, 3:30pm

As a precaution amid the COVID-19 virus, Baylor Law implements remote course instruction. We anticipate some classes will be taught remotely as soon as Monday, March 16, 2020. Most, if not all, classes will be taught remotely by Monday, March 23. More information will be provided via email and this webpage as soon as possible. Please visit: for additional instructions and tutorials on using the technology.