Law School COVID-19 updates


The in-person Law School Commencement ceremony has been suspended due to the uncertainty of the current situation. The Law School will host a virtual ceremony on July 30 at


Online classes

Wayne Law shifted to online instruction on Monday, March 16. Classes and exams will remain online through the summer semester. Updates about the fall will be sent to all students as they become available. Most professors are using Zoom. If you are having issues with Zoom or have a question about the application, please email

Administrative offices

All administrative offices remain open remotely, and meetings can be arranged to take place on the phone or via Zoom. You can contact all offices using the information listed on this online directory.

COVID-19 Townhall series

Wayne Law hosted a series of virtual town halls. View the recordings here

Faculty expert on COVID-19 (for the media)

Associate Professor Lance Gable

Damon J. Keith Summer Pre-Law Institute

The Damon J. Keith Pre-Law Summer Institute has been postponed until 2021. We will post additional details and application instructions in the fall.

Parking reimbursement and cancelation

To be issued a refund for your semester parking pass, please complete the online cancelation form. The most recent information we’ve received indicates that refunds will take at least four to six weeks to process.

Wayne State resources

General University resources are available at Please note that University information related to exams, classes, grades, etc., generally does NOT apply to the Law School or to Law School students. Students should wait to hear from the Law School administration or reach out with questions.

General questions:

Message from the dean (03-17-20)

Dear Law Students,

We are all experiencing something that is unprecedented in this country in most of our lifetimes. The COVID-19 outbreak is frightening and is upending our most basic routines and practices. I know how difficult the past week in particular has been for each of you as we have suddenly and rapidly shifted our entire community online.

I want to take a moment to thank every single one of you for everything you’re doing to make this new normal work. You’re juggling online classes, coursework, clinics, externships, jobs, and research; supporting family and friends; and, for many of you, helping your children stay busy or adapt to online learning themselves, all while grappling with the feeling that what’s true today may not be true tomorrow. And you’re doing it with extraordinary patience, understanding, and goodwill toward each other and our shared academic enterprise. I am so proud to be a member of this community. You are all doing the best you can in incredibly trying and unsettling circumstances, and because of that, you are making an enormous difference in our ability to weather this together.

As we work through the weeks ahead, remember to take care of yourselves and each other. Stay connected, stay positive, and above all, stay healthy. We’ll continue to send out important updates as things develop. But don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help.


Richard A. Bierschbach
Dean and Professor of Law

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