Spring Semester Hub

Message from the Dean

Dear MSU Law students,

As your dean, one of my top priorities is providing you with timely, accessible communication, particularly regarding COVID-19 developments and current MSU protocols.

We have updated resources to support you in anticipation of our remote start of the Spring 2022 semester. An overview of that content is below, and even more can be found at our Spring Semester Hub, where we will post relevant information for the Law College community. We look forward to a successful beginning to the semester!

Note that in-person events are suspended until further notice; however, the Law College building (including the Law Library) will remain open for student access. We will continue to prioritize the safety of our fellow Spartans and will strictly enforce President Stanley’s mask requirement within our building.

Our circumstances have changed, but our commitment to you has not. MSU Law administration, faculty, and staff remain dedicated to providing you an excellent legal education and to the protection of your physical and emotional health.

I look forward to seeing you on the first day of classes at the College of Law Community Town Hall, the first of several opportunities that we will create for direct dialogue during the Spring semester.

Sincerely,

Dean Linda Sheryl Greene
Dean, Michigan State University College of Law
MSU Foundation Professor

Submit Your Booster Status

The vaccine verification form will begin accepting booster submissions Jan. 26.

Your Courses:

  • For at least the first three weeks of the semester, your courses will be online. Your professors will be in touch with you directly regarding course meetings.
  • Your courses will have D2L pages, which populate automatically to your D2L homepage.

Your Wellness:

Building Access:

  • The building remains open to our community to provide spaces to study, attend class, work, and access educational resources.
  • Masks must be worn at all times within the Law College building.
  • In-person events are suspended until further notice.

LIBRARY SERVICES

Library and Reference Desk Hours:

We plan to remain open during the remote learning period, please check the library hours page for more information.

The library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4, through Friday, January 7. We plan to remain open during the remote learning period, please check the library hours website for more information. Library hours beginning Monday, January 10, through Sunday, January 30, will be as follows:

Monday – Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If MSU extends the remote learning period, then the library will continue with this schedule.

We will continue to provide onsite reference consultations between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, on a walk-up basis. Students may also submit reference questions via email .

Textbook and Library Resources:

Textbooks and review aids are available for 72-hour checkout from the reserve collection. Unfortunately, we’re unable to ship textbooks to students and the publishers are no longer offering complimentary electronic access to textbooks as they did at the beginning of the pandemic. We suggest that you reach out to your faculty member for guidance if you’re having trouble accessing your course textbook.

Students have electronic access to West Academic’s and Wolters Kluwer’s (Aspen Learning) study aid libraries. These online libraries include popular review aids and series such as Nutshells, Gilbert Law Summaries, Exam Pro practice questions, Examples & Explanations, audio lectures, and more. Links to these resources are posted on the law library website (along with links to other research resources, such as Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, Hein Online, the library catalog, etc.). If you’re accessing the study aid libraries from off campus you’ll be prompted to enter your MSU Net ID & password.

Library Seating & Group Study Rooms:

There are no restrictions on seating in the library, but all individuals are required to wear masks indoors in all campus buildings, including libraries. If you have questions or concerns about mask enforcement, please stop by or email the circulation desk.

The library group study rooms remain open for single users and group study. Rooms may be reserved online at the law library website.

Hand sanitizer is available within the library and the Law College building. Cleaning supplies, such as spray disinfectant and paper towels, are available upon request at the circulation desk.

We have a great group of librarians who are available to support you during this time of transition, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need research assistance or assistance with library resources.

Technology Support:

  • Prepare for online instruction by updating your Zoom software to the latest version before classes begin. These updates are generally not automatic!
  • MSU Law’s Technology Services team will offer support on a walk-in basis during standard business hours, by email , or via phone at (517) 432-9292.
  • For help during non-business hours, MSU tech support is available at (517) 432-6200.

Financial Aid:

Students with financial aid questions can reach the Office of Financial Aid team dedicated to professional students via email or by phone at ( 517) 353-2401.

Given the demand for financial aid services at the beginning of the semester, you may also call Law College Office of Admissions at (517) 432-0222 to schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid team to guarantee a time to connect. Please also visit the Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about commonly-asked topics.

Externships:

Good luck to our students kicking off their Spring 2022 Externships! Students may still participate in in-person activities at their externship site locations.

Please join us for an exciting virtual program open to all students sponsored by the Externship Program on January 18 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Zoom:

Building Power Connections: The 5 Pillars of Purpose-Driven Networking
Preview Video | Program Testimonials
Register to attend!

Experiential Programs: Save-the-Dates – Watch the Spartan Law Docket for details!

  • February 10, 2022 – Virtual Experiential Education Fair
  • February 22, 2022 – Clinic Meeting (currently planned for in-person)
  • March 1, 2022 – Virtual Experiential Informational Meeting
  • March 4, 2022 – Fieger TPI applications due by 5 p.m.
  • April 15, 2022 – Externship applications due for Summer 2022
  • April 20, 2022 – Competitions applications due by 5 p.m.

Academic Success:

Given the shift to online courses for January, all Academic Success Program services and events will shift to a virtual format.

  • 1L ASP Study Groups and Workshops: Please check ASP1L D2L page and look for a message from ASP and your Peer Mentors with additional information and Zoom links to all programs starting January 10.
  • 3L Spartans Pass the Bar Exam D2L page: Please check the D2L page and the Spartan Docket for the list of Spring Workshops and Zoom links starting January 10.
  • Individual Meetings: You can schedule Zoom or phone meetings with Dean Pritchard by scheduling a meeting here starting January 10. If days and times do not work with your schedule, please contact Dean Pritchard directly for alternative options.
  • Workshops: All ASP workshops will be listed in the Spartan Docket.

General Contact Information for the ASP:

Career Services:

The Career Services Office will remain open and available virtually Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All January programs will now be delivered via Zoom. This will include career exploration panels, a resume building workshop, networking strategies, preparation for the Annual Recruitment Fair, and more. Zoom links, additional information, and registration available for all CSO events can be found in the Events tab in CASE.

In addition to our live programming, you can find job search and career development resources and tips in the CASE Resource Library, the Career Development for #Ls courses on D2L, the MSU Law Career Services Office channel on YouTube, as well the MSU Law Career Services Office group on LinkedIn.

For the time being, advising appointments will be conducted via Zoom or phone. Schedule a 1:1 with your assigned adviser via CASE in the Appointments tab . As always, you are encouraged to email your CSO adviser or career@law.msu.edu with any questions you may have.

Diversity and Equity Services Office:

  • Holistically, the DESO is available to support your MSU Law matriculation goals and serve as your law school conduit for diversity, equity and inclusion resources. During the first three weeks of the Spring 2022 semester, DESO will host all support meetings and its department events on Zoom.
    • To schedule a virtual support meeting, please email or call at (517) 490-0678
    • For DESO programs and events, visit the Spartan Law Docket

REMOTE INSTRUCTION OVERVIEW FROM THE DEAN’S SUITE

The Dean’s Suite has compiled anarray of resources to promote high-quality online teaching, including the effective uses of D2L (provided by Assistant Dean Daniel Barnhizer), FERPA basics, MSU resources, and more.

FACULTY SUPPORT

  • Faculty administrative assistants Tammy Deppong and Marie Gordon can help you with the creation of Zoom links and Teams channels.
  • Mail services to the building will continue during the remote instruction period. Mail will be sorted and delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

FACILITIES ISSUES

  • If you experience facility issues (for instance, problems with building access, water quality, waste disposal, or lighting), submit a service request to Infrastructure Planning and Facilities.
    • Account number: GA100708 (no subaccounts or object codes required)

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

  • Prepare for online instruction by updating your Zoom software to the latest version before classes begin. These updates are generally not automatic!
  • MSU Law’s Technology Services team will offer support on a walk-in basis during standard business hours, by email, or via phone at (517) 432-9292.
  • For help during non-business hours, MSU tech support is available at (517) 432-6200.

LIBRARY INFORMATION
We have a great group of librarians who are available to support you during this time of transition, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need research assistance or assistance with library resources.

Library and Reference Desk Hours:
The library is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, through Friday, January 7. The library will remain open during the remote learning period, so please check the library hours website for more information.

We will continue to provide onsite reference consultations between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, on a walk-up basis. See below for information about faculty and staff reference, research, and document delivery requests.

Textbooks, Review Aids and other Library Resources:
Textbooks and review aids are available for 72-hour checkout from the reserve collection. Unfortunately, we’re unable to ship textbooks to students and the publishers are no longer offering complimentary electronic access to textbooks as they did at the beginning of the pandemic. If you’d like to post textbook readings on your D2L or TWEN page, please let us know and we can assist you with scanning and copyright permissions.

Students, faculty, and staff have electronic access to West Academic’s and Wolters Kluwer’s (Aspen Learning) study aid libraries. These online libraries include popular review aids and series such as Nutshells, Gilbert Law Summaries, Exam Pro practice questions, Examples & Explanations, audio lectures, and more. Links to these resources are posted on the law library website (along with links to other research resources, such as Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, Hein Online, the library catalog, etc.). If you or your students are accessing the study aid libraries from off campus you’ll be prompted for your MSU Net ID & password.

Faculty Research and Document Delivery Services:
Faculty and staff research and document delivery services are continuing as usual. We encourage you to submit your requests using the Web Services online forms or send your request via email to the reference desk. Please let us know if you need assistance logging into the Web Services online forms.

Resources & Support for Online Courses:
As you’re thinking about ways to engage your students in the online classroom you might consider adding CALI lessons to your course content. CALI lessons are computer-based, interactive tutorials covering narrow topics of law. The CALI library of lessons includes more than 600 exercises covering a variety of 1L-3L topics and you can link the CALI lessons to your D2L or TWEN course page. For first time users, go to CALI.org and enter the faculty code DETCOLfac58 to create your account. Students who are new to CALI may create an account using the student code: DETCOLstu58.