The Law School administration, working in close partnership with the University, is closely monitoring the unfolding situation relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus). As you know, the situation is rapidly developing so it is critical that you regularly check back to this page and Yale COVID-19 website for further updates.

Below are the most urgent updates as of 3/25/20. Please also see the announcements page for an archive of messages from Dean Heather K. Gerken.



  • On March 25, 2020 the University announced that May's Commencement ceremonies will not be held due to the public health and safety restrictions from COVID-19. Read more from President Salovey and Dean Gerken on our commencement page.

Classes and Events

  • Classes will be online starting March 23 until the end of the academic year, including final examinations.
  • All Yale Law School events are also canceled until the end of the academic year.
  • ITS has posted a page about online learning and working remotely for faculty and students. Please visit this page for helpful resources.


  • Members of the Yale community have tested positive for COVID-19. Please respect their privacy and allow them to rest and recover. Now more than ever, we need to treat one another with care, understanding, and respect. Visit the University's emergency page for the latest information on COVID-19 on campus.
  • Anyone in the Yale community, including non-members of Yale Health, can call the Yale Health COVID-19 Hotline at 203-432-6604 to seek more information about symptoms or preventive measures. We strongly advise that you contact Yale Health if you have been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient. Please reference the University email and the COVID-19 website for important information about monitoring your health and the steps to take if you feel sick.
  • Those who must return to campus after traveling to a designated Level 3 country or who believes they may have been exposed to the virus must follow the CDC reporting and self- quarantine recommendations and should follow the guidelines for reporting this to Yale Health and the University.

Building Access and Housing

  • All Law School facilities are only open to the Law School community and can only be accessed by key tag. Everyone in our community should refrain from entering the Law School buildings unless you are deemed critical staff or your visit is absolutely necessary and your manager or the dean has approved the visit. This policy is essential to minimize the spread on campus and protect our community. All public spaces in Sterling Law Building and Baker Hall are closed.
  • Baker Hall remains open to residents at this time. However, the University has urged students in the graduate and professional schools to remain off campus — and away from graduate housing — if at all possible. If your current plan is to return to graduate housing, it is imperative that you reach out to us by contacting
  • The law library is currently providing remote library services Monday through Friday 9am through 5pm.  Please read about continuity of library services.
  • The Law School custodial team has stepped up disinfection protocols in frequently used areas and on commonly touched surfaces in all facilities in partnership with Environmental Health & Safety.


Staff and Law School Visitors

  • Most Yale Law School staff are working remotely from home. Staff who are approved to come into the building must practice social distancing per public health guidelines.
  • Visiting faculty, lecturers, and any guests to a class who are not local to the New Haven area should remain off campus and teach remotely.


Below are important resources on for remote learning and working from home, FAQs for students, a quick link to the University COVID-19 page, and an archive of messaging from Dean Gerken to the community. These resources will continue to be expanded as the situation evolves.