Message from the Dean in response to COVID-19
Dear Stetson Law Alumni,
During this unprecedented time, please know that everyone here at Stetson Law hopes you and your loved ones are healthy and well. I write to provide you with an update on the steps we have taken to adjust to this new challenge, as well as our plan for the future.
Stetson Law has planned for these circumstances. To prepare for the changing landscape, we moved our curriculum online before spring break. To comply with health guidelines and governments’ mandates, our law school is now operating remotely. Online learning and remote operations will continue at the College of Law for the remainder of the spring semester, and in this remote landscape, we are committed to delivering the exceptional education that distinguishes us.
It has been a seamless and successful transition thanks to our talented and technologically-adept staff, faculty, and students, as well as the tremendous support of our IT and Media Services staff. Serving our students and making sure they have all of the necessary tools remain our top priority. Our faculty members have risen to the occasion magnificently by adjusting their office hours and availability to students for questions and advice. Our staff – from the offices of Student Affairs, Career Development, Clinical Education, Financial Aid, Business Office, Registrar, and mental health counselor – are using virtual tools to continue to work with and meet the needs of students. Those of us in administration have started weekly virtual town hall meetings to address any questions and concerns.
We are thrilled to continue specific advocacy programming and competitions remotely. These various online programs provide continuous experience to our students and disseminate the good news about the excellent work taking place at our law school.
The following campus events have moved online: Our 20th Annual International Wildlife Conference is now virtual April 1-2; the last Foreman Biodiversity Lecture of the year switched to a webinar format on April 1; the 24th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition International Finals will feature 18 teams from 11 countries competing online, April 2-4, on Stetson-hosted platforms; and our Vis International Arbitration Moot team, though unable to travel to Vienna for the finals, will still compete virtually against 250 other teams starting April 4!
In lieu of our Admitted Students Open House on April 4, our Admissions team will host a virtual session on “How to Get the Most Out of Law School” by Professor Louis Virelli. Additional online sessions with Professor Kristen Adams and a panel with representatives from Clinical Programs, Career and Professional Development, Advocacy Center, and Legal Writing Program are planned prior to our April 15, 2020 Seat Deposit Deadline.
As you know, the much-anticipated Alumni Weekend on April 4 has been canceled, but we still plan to bring you great CLE opportunities virtually in the future and look forward to celebrating the College of Law’s 120th anniversary with you later this year.
At this time, graduation is not canceled, but only postponed. We are working hard to determine the best date for a later graduation, consistent with health guidelines and evolving events.
Last, and certainly not least, it is my pleasure to share with you some good news: U.S. News & World Report once again ranked us No. 1 for Trial Advocacy – making it the 22nd time in 26 years we have claimed the top spot – and No. 3 for Legal Writing. I think it is significant that we continue to distinguish ourselves in these areas that are so critical to the successful practice of law. We are incredibly proud to be recognized by our peers around the country for these leading programs that stand head and shoulders above the rest, thanks to the dedication of our faculty and staff, and the hard work of our students.
We look forward to continued communication. Particularly, we enthusiastically await the chance to meet with you again in person as the Stetson Law community.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dean and Professor of Law