COVID-19 Virus

Cornell University and Cornell Law School COVID-19 Resources and Plans for Reopening

Cornell University has announced plans for the fall semester, which include a hybrid approach to a residential semester (with in-person, online, and hybrid teaching modalities), robust virus testing, and modifications to the academic calendar.

The Law School plans to commence classes as scheduled on Tuesday, August 25. Instruction will then run uninterrupted without a fall break until Thanksgiving. Fall semester exams will be held online after Thanksgiving.

The FAQs on these pages focus on circumstances unique to law students.Please see Cornell University’s FAQs for public health and safety guidance that applies to all Cornell students regardless of degree program.

International students should always refer and utilize the guidance from Global Cornell: International Services office. They have prepared a detailed FAQ for international students for the upcoming fall semester. If your question is not answered in the FAQ, you should direct your question to

Information for Students:

Information for Faculty and Staff

2020–21 Academic Calendar
Monday, August 10 ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION for new LL.M students and mandatory Graduate Program instruction begins (Introduction to the American Legal System) [one-year Master’s program]
Monday, August 17 ORIENTATION & REGISTRATION for all new J.D. students
[three-year J.D. program]
Monday, August 25 Fall term instruction begins (First day of classes will follow a
Monday schedule)