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ASU Law statement regarding Spring 2020 Grade Accommodation Process

We want to thank all the students, faculty, and members of the community who shared feedback on our Spring 2020 Grade Accommodation Process (“Accommodation Policy” or “Policy”). Taking into account all the feedback we received, and circumstances as we know them today (April 3, 2020), we have determined that this Accommodation Process remains the right policy for our community. While no policy is perfect, we believe the Accommodation Policy provides more and better options and protections for our students while leaving the determination of what is best for you in your hands.

This policy is specifically for the Spring 2020 semester only and solely for JD Students. We will inform all students if this policy will be extended to future semesters.

As more questions are raised, or as specific guidance is altered, we will inform students via email.

Although the Accommodation Policy is unique to ASU Law students, it is worth reproducing, immediately below, Arizona State University’s statement on grading.

By April 26th, ALL JD students must fill out the Semester Grading Accommodation Request Form. The reason for this is solely because we want to ensure that every student is aware of this Policy.

View Policy | Semester Grading Accommodation Request Form

Arizona State University statement on pass/fail grading

As ASU continues to monitor COVID-19, the university has transitioned from in-person teaching and learning to remote options. The university’s primary goal is the continuation of classes and the commitment to high-quality delivery of learning, so that all students can progress toward their academic goals uninterrupted.

The topic of grades has come up at ASU as well as other universities across the country. Learning at many other institutions may not have the technology ASU deploys nor the large number of faculty experienced in teaching online. ASU has the capacity to teach in multiple modalities and maintain a high-quality delivery of learning environments through modern technologies and technological platforms. As a result, this is not a cause to change the grading system.

Read more, for the remainder of the University statement on grading.

Latest updates

May 15, 2020 - Updates: Post-Grade Accommodation section

May 8, 2020 - Updates: Summer Courses, Career Services/Employment, 2020 Spring Graduation sections

April 24, 2020 - Update: Examinations section

April 17, 2020 - Update: Spring Graduation

April 10, 2020 - Updates: Career Services/Employment, Examinations, Graduation Dinner sections

April 3, 2020 - FAQ created

FAQs

ASU Law Grading Policy

After hearing from students, faculty, and members of the community, we determined that there was no single grading policy or approach that could satisfy everyone’s concerns. Therefore, we adopted the Accommodation Policy that enables students to make individual requests based on their specific situations.

ASU Law has always had a process for students to seek accommodations when circumstances warranted. While COVID-19 has had a widespread impact, it has affected different members of our community in unique ways. Rather than implement a one-size-fits-all solution, we determined that an expanded accommodation process was the best way to address individual student concerns.

Our Policy, which may not be what everyone wanted, focuses on student mental health and success. It does so individually—allowing individuals to make a choice about what is best for their mental or physical health. Importantly, it does not require that students face the consequences for those decisions should they be made under circumstances or pressures that change over time.

The Policy took into account, among many others, three consistent concerns raised by our students and the broader community.

  • First, that many were so severely affected by the current crisis that they could not reasonably succeed in their studies.
  • Second, that many were focusing on their studies, under myriad circumstances, and wanted nothing more than the opportunity to continue with normal grading,
  • And, third, that all were concerned that, whatever path we chose, employers would look at Spring 2020 transcripts with suspicion.

We are confident that the Accommodation Policy we have created does a better job than other schemes of addressing these three concerns.

Because the Policy was created to allow individuals to choose what is best for their personal circumstances, we understand that this can seem like a complicated Policy. Therefore, we wanted to lay it out here in the context of those concerns. First, this is not a faculty grade policy change (and, in that way, differs from many other law school choices). This Policy is an administrative process that allows students to be granted accommodations in many circumstances. Faculty do not change how they grade. All classroom requirements remain unchanged. Students complete all assignments and assessments and are assigned a grade by the faculty member.

In ordinary semesters, the grades a student receives are recorded and final with very limited, and rarely granted, avenues for appeal. One appeal is to seek an accommodation from the Dean based on personal circumstances. The standard by which such accommodations are ordinarily granted in “rare and unusual cases and for compelling reasons.”

The current crisis meets the standard of “rare and unusual” and students suffering from this crisis have very compelling reasons to seek an accommodation. The difference was that the scope and scale of those students that might request an accommodation under these circumstances required a new, easier, process for seeking, administering, and granting these accommodation requests.

As a result, we created a form that students could use to seek these accommodations. As we have noted, that form is not intrusive, does not require details, and takes mere seconds to submit. In addition, we are not questioning the reasons given or judging whether they are sufficient reasons to grant the accommodation. We trust that our students are seeking this accommodation because they know best how they are being affected by this crisis.

For some, their personal circumstances mean they should seek an accommodation now and worry less about their grades. For others, circumstances or desire leads them to believe they can be successful this semester and do not want an accommodation. Finally, for some, normal grading may have seemed like the right course, but ultimately means their grades do not reflect their normal abilities.

Our Policy provides options to protect students in all those circumstances. In particular, we have three (3) different ways that students can complete their studies this semester. (1) Pre-Grade Accommodation; (2) Normal Grading; and (3) Post-Grade Accommodation. Each are addressed in their specific sections of the FAQ.

As noted above, a consistent concern raised by our students was that employers would look at pass/fail grades as a student’s choice to “opt-out” of grading because they, somehow, had performed worse than peers who opted for normal grading.

In our Accommodation Policy, students do not choose. Every semester students are granted accommodations for many reasons—including reasons protected by federal law. It may be illegal for employers to inquire about the reasons for such accommodations or to penalize a student for them having been granted.

Although not every student will be granted an accommodation for a federally protected purpose, employers ask or penalize students for these accommodations at their peril. In addition, should employers brazenly inquire, students can clarify that they did not choose pass/fail. Rather, the Dean of ASU Law determined that student’s circumstances warranted an accommodation and have that employer call us.

Pre-Grade Accommodation

For many, we recognize that their personal circumstances lead them to conclude they will not be as successful this semester in their academic work as they would in more normal circumstances. In addition, many are so overwhelmed by this crisis that, for their own personal health, they need to release themselves from the pressures of being graded this semester.

No matter your reasons, if you feel that either of the above statements apply to you, you should strongly consider seeking our Pre-Grading Accommodation process. A Pre-Grade Accommodation means that once grades are submitted by your professors, the Administration will convert all of your Spring 2020 semester grades to either Pass/Fail. Your professors will not know you were granted an accommodation and nobody will ever be told the reasons why.

No. If you are granted a Pre-Grade Accommodation it is for all credits earned in Spring 2020 semester.

If you decide that a Pre-Grade Accommodation is something you want, you may apply for one by filling out this form. As we have noted in prior sections of this FAQ, we are not evaluating or judging the reasons you list. Indeed, if you are concerned about clicking any of the boxes, feel free to click “Other” and put in the text box “I prefer not to disclose.”

Students granted a Pre-Grade Accommodation, who have not revoked that request as of April 26, will be assigned pass or fail grades as appropriate.

We trust that you know best whether a Pre-Grade Accommodation is for you and why the current crisis prevents you from completing the Spring 2020 semester under normal grading conditions. We take you at your word.

Your form will be reviewed by only two people, Assistant Dean Tom Williams and Senior Director of Academic Services, Loni Burnette. Dean Sylvester does not review the forms but is available as a potential appeal on any denials. No other member of ASU Law will see your form and all information on that form will be considered confidential.

Within minutes, hours, or a few days, depending on when you submit, you will receive an email informing you that your request for an accommodation is granted or denied. If after several days you have not received an email about your request, please do email Loni.Burnette@asu.edu.

Every student will have until April 26 to make a final decision whether to seek or not seek, a Pre-Grade Accommodation. You can change your mind as many times as you like during this period. On April 27, the decision will be irrevocable. If you have been granted a Pre-Grade Accommodation, all of your Spring 2020 semester grades will be converted to Pass/Fail. You will not be permitted to see raw scores or the grades that would have been assigned. If you elect Normal Grading, please read the FAQ on that process.

Normal Grading

For some students, they are confident that their personal circumstances will not interfere with their ability to succeed this semester. Students may make this determination for many reasons best determined by their individual circumstances.

For those students, Normal Grading means they will complete their academic work according to grading procedures outlined in the course syllabus or according to the Statement on Student Polices.

Students who pursue this option do not need to do anything other than to fill out the initial form and select the button for “normal grading.” If you do not change that selection, your professors will grade your work, submit those grades to the registrar and, within a reasonable time after grades are due, you will be notified of your Spring 2020 semester GPA.

If your Spring 2020 semester GPA is higher than your cumulative GPA, we can expect you will want to retain those grades and, by June 30, 2020, those grades will be recorded and you will no longer have the ability to seek any accommodation.

If your Spring 2020 semester GPA is lower than your cumulative GPA, you have the option of filing a Post-Grade Accommodation request to have those grades converted to Pass/Fail.

No. Whether you elect Normal Grading or are granted an Accommodation, they will apply to all credits earned in the Spring 2020 semester.

Post-Grade Accommodation

A Post-Grade Accommodation is only available to those students who, after April 26, have remained with Normal Grading. As noted in the Normal Grading section, after your grades are submitted to the registrar, you will receive your Spring 2020 semester GPA. If your Spring 2020 semester GPA is lower than your cumulative GPA, you may seek a Post-Grade Accommodation. You should only seek a Post-Grade Accommodation if you believe that the current crisis was the cause of your lowered GPA and not the result of normal grade fluctuations.

All requests must be submitted by June 25.

No. If you are granted a Post-Grade Accommodation it is for all credits earned in Spring 2020 semester.

You will need to fill out the Post-Grad Accommodation Form. You will need to describe the circumstances that affected your academic performance in Spring 2020 semester if the difference between your term GPA and your cumulative GPA is less than .25. You are not required to provide documentation; however, we will take into consideration anything you want to share with us. Your request will be reviewed by a faculty committee. Your information will not be shared beyond the review committee.

All requests must be submitted by June 25.

If the difference between your spring term GPA and your cumulative GPA is more than .25, you may simply check a box that you are requesting a post-grade accommodation and attach your unofficial transcript (found on MyASU).

Your request will be reviewed by a faculty committee and will not be shared beyond the review committee.

If the difference between your term GPA and your cumulative GPA is less than .25, please describe the circumstances that affected your academic performance in Spring 2020. You are not required to provide documentation; however, we will take into consideration anything you want to share with us. Your request will be reviewed by a faculty committee. Your information will not be shared beyond the review committee.

Your request will be reviewed by a faculty committee and will not be shared beyond the review committee.

We look at your cumulative GPA prior to Spring 2020 semester and compare it to just your Spring 2020 semester term GPA.

All post-grade accommodation requests must be submitted by June 25, when all grades have been submitted and posted. We hope to provide a decision for everyone by July 10. Your request will be reviewed by a faculty committee. If you were a student in that faculty’s class, they will recuse themselves from reviewing your submission.

Grading General

Students participating in the pass/fail grading system must still complete all coursework and demonstrate through normal assessments sufficient understanding of course material to obtain a pass. Students must earn the equivalent of a “C” grade or higher to obtain a pass in the course.

Students that do not complete coursework, or do not demonstrate through normal assessments, that they have earned at least the equivalent of a “C” grade or higher, will be assigned a “Fail” grade.

These Accommodations only apply to courses started and counted in Spring 2020 semester.

For journal notes and comments that you registered for in the fall, you will be graded as you originally selected when signing up for the credit.

For courses started in Spring 2020 semester where the credits will be applied to Spring 2020, the Accommodation Policy applies.

No. Any credits earned in Spring 2020 semester to a student who was granted an Accommodation under the Accommodation Policy will be counted as graded credits for purposes of the Statement of Student Policies. Although they will be counted as graded, they will not affect your GPA.

No. Students must complete all coursework and demonstrate through normal assessments sufficient understanding of course material to obtain a pass. Students must earn the equivalent of a “C” grade or higher to obtain a pass in the course.

Grading/Curves

Normal grade curves will apply to all classes. Student work will be graded by faculty without regard for accommodations, and the normal grade curve will be applied where required. Classes will not be re-curved when students with Accommodations are converted to pass/fail.

Some have noted that applying the curve in a semester where a large number of students will be graded pass/fail may significantly affect distribution of raw scores, which could affect the curve. As is true every semester, if instructors believe that the raw scores do not match up well to the curve, they may request a waiver.

In addition, we will review all grading after the semester has ended. If there are significant anomalies, we reserve the right to make amendments to these policies to prevent substantial injustice or injury to our students.

Rankings/Honors

Rankings are based on cumulative GPA.

As referenced in the J.D. Statement of Student Policies, section VII, H, “students will be ranked at the end of each semester if the students’ grades are in the top half of the class and the students have completed all the required first semester coursework (after 1 semester), all the required first and second semester coursework (after 2 semesters), 42 credits (after 3 semesters), 54 credits (after 4 semesters), 66 credits (after 5 semesters), or 88 credits (after 6 semesters). Transfer students will not be ranked. ASU Law will release class rank information only with student authorization.”

ASU Law calculates cumulative GPA by multiplying the number of credits in each grades class by the number of points for the grade (see below) and then dividing by the total number of graded credits. We then order the students from highest GPA to lowest GPA. Students that are in the top 50% will receive a rank. Where there are ties in GPA all students tied will receive the highest rank, while the next student below will receive a rank that includes the students (e.g. Student A and Student B both have a 3.69 and are tied for 30th they are both ranked 30 while student C with a 3.68 will be ranked 32).

After Spring 2020 semester grades are registered, we will calculate a new cumulative GPA for all students who elected Normal Grading. Using established procedures outlined above, we will prepare an “Unofficial Rank” for all students who are ranked (“Spring 2020 Rank”). Students will be notified of this unofficial rank. For some, their unofficial rank will be higher than it was at the end of Fall 2019. For some, it will be lower. Students may use the higher of their Fall 2019 semester or Spring 2020 semester rank for all external and internal communications.

ASU Law will provide a letter to be included in all external communications explaining why a student is free to select either their Fall 2019 semester or Spring 2020 semester rank. As of April 3, 2020, the exact language of this letter has not yet been created. When it is, we will add it to this FAQ or provide a link to view it.

ASU Law will calculate an official class rank following the Fall 2020 semester. At that time, all students must report their official class rank.

As noted above, if student performance and class ranks after Spring 2020 semester are aberrational, we reserve the right to adapt this policy. We will inform all students of that intention and the process we will use to calculate official class ranks if such an event arises.

Current 3L students will be ranked at the end of the Spring 2020 Semester under normal rules.

3L students who qualify for Latin honors as of the end of the Fall 2019 Semester and who receive an accommodation to go P/F will earn those honors, regardless of how students earning letter grades do. Students who qualify for honors as of the end of the Fall 2019 semester and who do not seek or receive an accommodation will at a minimum receive the honors for which they currently qualify. If their grades elevate them to the next level, e.g., from cum laude to magna cum laude, they will receive the higher honors. As a result, no 3L student will be worse off than their current status after the Fall 2019 semester.

As in every normal semester, CALI will be awarded to the highest grade in an eligible class. Students who are granted Accommodations are eligible for CALI awards. However, students who were granted an Accommodation and earn a CALI award will not be able to convert that grade to Normal Grading and will not see their raw scores.

Order of the Coif is an honor granted by an external organization based on their rules. Order of the Coif requires that 75% of all classes a student has taken must be graded for that student to be eligible for the Order of the Coif. Although we are counting Spring 2020 classes that are pass/fail as part of an Accommodation as graded, the Order of the Coif will not. As a result, we have been told that for 3L students, this provision is waived. Students who are in the top 10% of the class after Fall 2019 will be submitted for the Order of the Coif. We will determine how to handle Spring 2020 grades if a student’s performance moves them into the top 10%.

Grade Appeal

Students who wish to appeal their grades may do so under the normal appeal process, which is set forth in the J.D. Statement of Student Policies. Generally, appeals may be made where there is an error in computation or recording, where the student believes the instructor erroneously lowered the grade for alleged honor code violations, or where the instructor lacked good faith.

Examinations and Assessments: Procedures

Final exams will begin on Monday, April 27. The final exam schedule can be found here: Final Exam Schedule.

Your exam templates will be available for download several days prior to each exam. Please download the template prior to the day of the exam. You will need your ExamSoft ID and password to download the template. If you don’t remember this information, it can be found at Law Interactive.

Except in extraordinarily rare and exceptional circumstances, all examinations will be administered remotely. Students who believe they require an in-person exam should fill out a Student Concern Form to request an in-person examination and the reason for the accommodation.

Although we have looked long and hard at ways to broaden the times when examinations may be taken, we cannot provide substantial departures from the current examination schedule. As a result, all exams will be administered remotely on the same date and time at which the exams were originally scheduled (but, see response to question below).

We have always allowed accommodations, under normal process, for students with examination or personal conflicts. We will continue to use that process this semester. The examination schedule has been released—please look it over as soon as possible and do all you can to ensure you will be able to take each examination during its scheduled time. If you have a conflict or believe that you need to defer an exam, please fill out the deferral request form.

As per the Statement of Student Policies:
"Students with (1) more than one examination scheduled on the same day, (2) one examination scheduled in the afternoon and another the following morning, or (3) three or more examinations on successive days, may arrange a change in the schedule. To qualify, the student must complete and submit a deferment form to the registrar for approval by the dean’s designee, no later than the last regular day of the semester. The dean’s designee will determine which exam(s) to move and will move them as minimally as possible to comply with these rules."

If your spring final exam schedule qualifies for an exam deferment, and you haven’t already submitted a deferment request, please complete the on-line deferment form at Request for Deferment of a Final Exam and contact Tammy Vavra at tammy.vavra@asu.edu.

In addition, if you have an extenuating or compelling circumstance that requires an exam deferment this semester, please complete the form listing all of your exams, and entering your request in the note field.

We recognize that many have personal circumstances and situations that may make it more difficult to be able to take examinations during a strict 3-hour (or other length) period. We are working with faculty, and expect all will concur, to provide one-hour windows both before and after the examination when a student may start or may finish the examination. Students will still be limited to the same total time.

  • For example, an examination is scheduled to be between 9-12 p.m. with a 3-hour time limit to complete the examination. Students can start the examination as early as 8 a.m. Students must finish the examination by 1 p.m. Conversely, a student who starts the exam at 11 a.m. will only have 2 hours to complete the exam.
  • NOTE: Once you start, you have only 3 hours or until 1pm, whichever comes sooner, to finish. You cannot start and stop.

The exam software tracks when the exam is accessed and finished.

You may expect that for every examination you will need a laptop and have downloaded Examplify. You will need an internet connection to download and upload examinations taken on Examplify. If an examination is conducted solely through Examplify, you will not need a constant internet connection. You will only need an internet connection to upload the final examination when completed.

Please take a practice exam to make sure that your software is functioning properly and you have the latest version. If you do not have the most current version of Examplify, you will be prompted to update when you open Examplify from your desktop. Please do this prior to your first exam.

  • Students using ExamSoft for the first time in the Spring semester will need to download and register Examplify. Download instructions can be found at: Law Interactive by clicking on “Examplify Agreement and Password”.
  • Transfer and visiting students who used ExamSoft through their previous law school must first uninstall that version of ExamSoft, then follow the instructions at: Law Interactive by clicking on “Examplify Agreement and Password”.

Problems with exams:

  1. Prior to your exam:
    You should download your exams ahead of time and complete the test template. If you have Exemplify issues during these steps or at any point prior to your exam please reach out to Exemplify Support at (866) 429-8889 or (954) 429-8889. You can also contact them via live chat at www.examsoft.com/support.
  2. During your exam:
    If your power goes out or you have any other issues during your exam please call the ASU Law Exam Help Line at 480-965-8181.

Please write down these numbers on a piece of paper so you can still have access if you lose power or have connectivity issues during your exam.

Yes. The vast majority of students have already done so. If you have not, please download and take a practice exam to make sure that your software is functioning properly and you have the latest version. If you do not have the most current version of Examplify, you will be prompted to update when you open Examplify from your desktop. Please do this prior to your first exam.

  • Students using ExamSoft for the first time in the Spring semester will need to download and register Examplify. Download instructions can be found at: Law Interactive by clicking on “Examplify Agreement and Password”.
  • Transfer and visiting students who used ExamSoft through their previous law school must first uninstall that version of ExamSoft, then follow the instructions at: Law Interactive by clicking on “Examplify Agreement and Password”.

Problems with exams:

  1. Prior to your exam:
    You should download your exams ahead of time and complete the test template. If you have Exemplify issues during these steps or at any point prior to your exam please reach out to Exemplify Support at (866) 429-8889 or (954) 429-8889. You can also contact them via live chat at www.examsoft.com/support.
  2. During your exam:
    If your power goes out or you have any other issues during your exam please call the ASU Law Exam Help Line at 480-965-8181.

Please write down these numbers on a piece of paper so you can still have access if you lose power or have connectivity issues during your exam.

For open book exams, Exemplify will be set to open mode, which will allow you access to your hard drive so that you can access notes or electronic textbooks if you cannot print them.

Note: Although the computer will be set in open mode, you must still follow the exam instructions. Thus, if it is closed book exam, you should not look at other material. If it is open note, but no internet, you should not go out to the internet.

We are strongly encouraging professors to change to an open book exam. Any changes to what was set forth in the syllabus will be communicated to students well in advance of the exam. If any professor insists on a closed book exam, we are working to determine whether and how that might be possible and will communicate with students about it.

Professors are aware that testing conditions are not ideal. We have suggested that they add additional grace time to their exams to account for this. However, it is up to the individual professor whether to do so.

Internet connectivity:
One of the benefits of using Exemplify to administer exams is that it does not require you have continuous access to the internet. All you need to do is download your exams in advance. Exams are stored on your computer in encrypted files and can be uploaded to Exemplify when you are done.

Problems with Exams:

  1. Prior to your exam:
    You should download your exams ahead of time and complete the test template. If you have Exemplify issues during these steps or at any point prior to your exam please reach out to Exemplify Support at (866) 429-8889 or (954) 429-8889. You can also contact them via live chat at www.examsoft.com/support.
  2. During your exam:
    If your power goes out or you have any other issues during your exam please call the ASU Law Exam Help Line at 480-965-8181.

Please write down these numbers on a piece of paper so you can still have access if you lose power or have connectivity issues during your exam.

Many students have let us know that noise-cancelling headphones are an essential tool for home-study. We have a rule that forbids wearing of headphones. That rule will be waived for Spring 2020 semester examinations.

In rare cases, we may be able to help. Please fill out a Student Concern Form and explain your situation.

As a basic matter, we do not believe ASU Law students will engage in widespread cheating. We believe, strongly, that our students are individuals of high integrity and, with very rare exceptions, do not engage in activities that violate our Honor Code or threaten their ability to be admitted to the Bar. We fully expect that these traditions of honor and integrity will hold true this semester. Indeed, our students have shown that this crisis brings the best out of them, not the worst. Students have donated to help other students. People in crisis have still been willing to share outlines and support other students they barely know. We are confident that students will continue to show their true natures as tomorrow’s leaders and members of the Bar.

However, we recognize that part of what has raised these concerns is a more generalized anxiety that others may cheat. This idea that remote administration will make cheating easier is the issue. As a result, we will take certain steps to deter people from viewing the system as too easily circumvented.

First, we have asked all instructors to consider designing exams that make cheating difficult or less likely and to make it easy to determine whether students have engaged in collaborative work outside of the rules. Examination design can not only make cheating less likely, but it can also help identify those who might circumvent the rules. We also have technologies in place that we can employ, should a faculty member request, to help identify inappropriate conduct, including proctoring exams by video.

Second, as noted, all students remain subject to the ASU Law Code of Honor. We fully expect all students to abide by the honor code. Honesty is a core feature for attorneys, and any cheating on the exams will be punished. Perhaps more important, any honor code proceedings will become subject to disclosure for purposes of character and fitness review for all state bars. Thus, the consequences of cheating could well mean that graduates will not be admitted to the bar and will be unable to practice law.

If your exam is closed, and is only accessible through Exemplify, you will not be able to print the exam. If your exam is open, giving you access to the hard drive and/or the internet, you will be able to print the essay portion of your exam only. Once the exam is over, you must destroy the exam. Failure to do so is a violation of the honor code and you will be disciplined accordingly.

If your exam is closed, that is you only have access to Exemplify, you will not be able to print the exam.

If your exam is open, giving you access to the hard drive and/or the internet, you will be able to print the essay portion of your exam. You will see a PDF of the exam attached within Exemplify. Click on it to open and print as you would normally print a PDF. The exam will not print exactly as is shown on the screen. Among other things, the instructions are entered into Question 1, so the numbering for the questions will be off.

You will not be able to print the multiple choice portion of your exam, if any. These questions will appear in Exemplify only.

Once the exam is over, you must destroy the exam. Failure to do so is a violation of the honor code and will be punished appropriately. Please remember that honor code violations may affect your ability to practice law.

Also, please remember that students receive deferments for a variety of reasons, and you should not discuss an exam with a fellow student unless you are certain that the student has also taken the exam.

The easiest answer is for you to purchase a printer. If you need financial assistance to accomplish this, we can provide Pay it Forward funding through the Student Concern Form.

However, if that does not prove possible, you can email lawprintrequest@asu.edu, and we will print copies, up to 300 copy pages. Please submit your request one full business day or at least 24 business hours prior to requested pick-up. We will reply with a time to pick-up Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in 15 minute increments. You will come to the first floor plaza where a staff member will have your print job ready for pick-up.

It has come to our attention that some of you are answering the exam questions in Word or some other word processor and then cutting and pasting those answers into Exemplify. We strongly encourage you NOT to do this.

Here are the reasons we discourage cutting and pasting from another application:

  • We will consider only answers contained in Exemplify. If you fail to copy your answers into Exemplify by the deadline, for whatever reason, you will be deemed not to have answered the question.
  • Going over the time limit, even by a minute, is an honor code violation, and it is very difficult to know if you worked beyond the allotted time if you submit your answers in a word document. We will make no accommodations for students whose answers are not contained in Exemplify when the time expires.
  • Many exam instructions prohibit copying and pasting, and copying from a word processor into Exemplify might create an inadvertent honor code violation.
  • Exemplify backs up your answers every 30 seconds or so. That means that your work will be saved if there is a power outage or some other problem. We cannot make that same claim for your word processing program.
  • It is easy to mess up the copy and paste process, especially if you are doing it toward the end of the allotted time and under pressure. This could lead to the wrong answer being pasted to a given question.
  • The formatting from your word processing program cannot be cut and pasted into Exemplify.

BCLS

Access to BCLS statement

The University has determined that for the continued health and safety of our community, we must close physical facilities as soon as possible. To avoid undue disruption to all of you, we will keep the building open as it has been until Friday, April 3 at 5 p.m. After Friday, all Sun Cards will be disabled and you will not have access to the facility.

We will try and accommodate everyone as much as we can. Please fill out this Student Concern Form to send us your request.

We will try and accommodate everyone as much as we can. Please fill out this Student Concern Form to send us your request. Please also review the Examinations and Assessments: Procedures section for additional information.

We will try and accommodate everyone as much as we can. Please fill out this Student Concern Form to send us your request. Please also review the Examinations and Assessments: Procedures section for additional information.

2020 Spring Graduation

Arizona State University 2020 Spring Graduation Ceremonies Statement

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the public health recommendations that come with it, Arizona State University will be celebrating with its graduates in the 2020 Spring commencement in a virtual, online ceremony. The format may be different, but our enthusiasm for celebration has never been more inspired and we encourage you to join us in honoring ASU graduate and undergraduate students the week of May 11. Planning is underway. For more details, please check back here for updates and additional information about online activities. Commencement FAQ page.

See below for more information about ASU Law’s virtual and in-person convocations.

For general information regarding graduation, please contact Austin Prutch at (480) 965-8425 or via email at austin.prutch@asu.edu.

For convocation and student specific questions or details, please contact Carolyn Landry at (480) 965-4862 or via email at Carolyn.Landry@asu.edu.

Virtual Convocation

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the public health recommendations that come with it, Arizona State University moved Spring 2020 commencement and all college convocation ceremonies to a virtual environment.

ASU Law’s virtual convocation will take place via an online ceremony on May 11 at 9 a.m. All Spring 2020 ASU Law candidates are invited to view the virtual convocation. In addition to our virtual convocation. Link to access the video will be posted to this page beginning at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Monday, May 11.

In addition to our virtual convocation, ASU Law will also be holding an in-person convocation for Spring 2020 ASU Law candidates at a later date, more details are below under the in-person convocation FAQ.

Monday, May 11, 2020 starting at 9 a.m. via YouTube Premiere. Link to access the video will be posted to this page beginning at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Monday, May 11.

If you would like to participate in the May 11 virtual convocation, we need you to RSVP and submit a brief quote and a photo of yourself to be used in the virtual ceremony. An email has been sent to your official ASU email address on April 6 with details on how to access the submission portal and RSVP. If you have not received this email, first check your spam folder. If you still can't find the email, visit this website. Once there, submit your ASU email address, this will trigger a second password email to your ASU email. To ensure your photo and quote are included, please submit by April 20.

No, you do not need regalia for the virtual convocation.

Typically, ASU Law provides regalia for our graduates on a rented basis. We are unable to accommodate this service for our virtual convocation. If you still wish to obtain regalia, you may purchase regalia for the virtual graduation ceremony by April 27, and your order will be shipped in time for the virtual ceremony on May 11. To purchase graduation regalia, visit the Herff Jones website.

ASU Law will not be able to accommodate requests for rental regalia for the virtual graduation, however you will be able to rent the higher quality regalia as normal for the in-person convocation with the cost being covered by ASU Law.

The virtual convocation ceremony will debut online via YouTube Premiere and will be available for viewing at any time beginning Monday, May 11, at 9 a.m. (PDT) on this page.

Yes, the link will be shared via email, on social media, on the graduation page and on the ASU Law homepage as a YouTube Premiere video and will be available for viewing at any time beginning Monday, May 11, at 9 a.m. (PDT)

No. If students choose not to take part in any ceremony and their university academic requirements are met, similar to prior years, students will receive their diplomas in the mail six to eight weeks after the degree conferral date. Graduates will receive an email notification via their ASU email account when their diploma has been mailed. Diplomas are mailed to the student's diploma mailing address, which can be viewed and updated from My ASU. For more information, visit this website.

The safety of our community is extremely important as COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the Phoenix metropolitan area and throughout Arizona. To help reduce the number of people becoming infected with COVID-19 virus, ASU encourages everyone to follow current state guidance to stay home and practice physical distancing as much as possible. The university is working on virtual imagery of iconic settings and locations on campus to help graduates celebrate their achievements. By using this alternate visual imagery, students can create mementos to commemorate this special occasion.

The specific date for the ASU Law in-person convocation is still being determined. Spring 2020 graduates are able to walk and be hooded during ASU Law’s in-person convocation tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2020. Please note that the August 1 date is still pending and will be moved to a later date depending on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Governor’s office. ASU Law will update everyone on June 1 if we will proceed with the August 1 date or move it to a later date. We advise that you do not book hotel accommodations or purchase airfare (that is not refundable) until after hearing from us on June 1.

In-person Convocation

The specific date for the ASU Law in-person convocation is still being determined. Currently, Saturday, August 1 is the tentative date but may be moved to a later date depending on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Governor’s office. ASU Law will update everyone on June 1 if we will proceed with the August 1 date or move it to a later date. We advise that you do not book hotel accommodations or purchase airfare (that is not refundable) until after hearing from us on June 1.

The in-person convocation will be held at the Arizona Federal Theatre (formerly Comerica Theatre) located in downtown Phoenix at 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003. Time is still to be determined, but we anticipate early afternoon. Details are forthcoming.

ASU Law is proud of your academic achievements and we understand that graduation is a special milestone in your lives. We recognize that some students may not be able to join us later this year for our rescheduled in-person convocation. Therefore, ASU Law administration has made a commitment to travel to your home in your city with regalia to personally hood you and take a photo with you. Alternatively, if we cannot come to your hometown, we will ship a set of regalia for you to wear and be photographed in, at our expense. If you would like to request this option, please email Loni Burnette, loni.burnette@asu.edu.

When you RSVP for the event you can make a request for additional tickets. There will be a max limit of 50 per graduating student.

An online form will be emailed to you to RSVP for the in-person convocation.

All Spring 2020 ASU Law candidates are invited to join us to participate in the in-person convocation. All degrees will be recognized during this ceremony: LLM, JD, MLS, and MSLB.

Yes, similar to previous convocation ceremonies, we will livestream the ceremony.

ASU Law provides rented regalia for our graduates. A link will be provided for the graduates to order the regalia in their size and will be made available when the confirmed date and time of the in-person convocation is announced.

Graduation Dinner

Yes, but virtually. On Tuesday, April 21, ASU Law will be hosting a Virtual Graduation Dinner and Awards Banquet. The theme is quarantine chic and each graduating student will have the opportunity to sign up to sit at a virtual table with their favorite professor and enjoy a meal together on us!* You’ll also get to hear remarks from the faculty and student of the year, voted on by you. Most importantly, this event will give you the opportunity to reminisce and celebrate all of your academic achievements.

Students that RSVP’d for this event will receive an email from Grubhub on Monday, April 20th to place an order on us for your meal. Please click the link to register your user access and place an order.

There will be two virtual graduation dinners both on April 21 with different start times.
5:00 p.m. (PST): MLS/MSLB
5:30 p.m. (PST): JD/LLM

Career Services/Employment

Career Services and Employment statement

ASU Law is committed to giving our students a personalized legal education that will help you become great lawyers. While the current circumstances create uncertainty for employment opportunities, we are already taking steps to help you navigate an uncertain landscape. In addition to working with employers to reimagine how recruiting and job searches will work in the current environment, we are developing experiential summer opportunities with faculty and other paid project work in a variety of practice areas.

Our intention is to find every student an experiential opportunity for this summer that will enhance your skills and your resume. This will be a team effort, starting with our Career Services office, with the help of faculty and law school staff. We will do everything we can to secure you an employment opportunity, but we need you to reach out.

If you are a 1L or 2L, tell us where you are and what you need by filling out the below Career Services Form. This form can also be used for all your employment concerns and questions.

If you are a 3L, we encourage you to focus on graduating and preparing for the bar exam. After the bar exam, contact Career Services for more guidance based on your particular situation. In the meantime, please fill out the below 3L exit survey form (mandatory) so we can understand your circumstances better.

Let us know if you have any questions that we may have missed in this FAQ. ASU Law stands with you, ready to help you find opportunities for summer work and beyond.

Career Services Form
Employer Letter
3L Exit Survey Form

3L Exit Survey Form:(MANDATORY) Please download the writable PDF and send the completed form to Pamela Hoh, Pamela.hoh@asu.edu.


Employment – Grading Policy and OCI

The ASU Law grading policy should have no impact on employment, regardless of the option granted. Employers are aware that over 75% of law schools have adopted some form of a pass/fail grading policy. ASU Law’s grading policy is based on an existing accommodation policy, where you are granted a pass/fail accommodation.

Every semester students are granted accommodations for many reasons—including reasons protected by federal law. Employers who ask or penalize students for these accommodations may be in violation of federal law. In addition, all employers participating in recruitment at ASU Law will be required to affirm that they will not penalize students who have been granted the pass/fail option. Should an employer inquire, you can clarify that you did not choose pass/fail. Rather, the dean determined that your circumstance warranted an accommodation.

Also find above a link to a letter written by Dean Sylvester that you can provide to employers, along with your transcript, that will explain ASU Law’s Spring 2020 semester grading policy.

Please find above a letter written by Dean Sylvester that you can provide to employers, along with your transcript, that will explain ASU Law’s Spring 2020 semester grading policy.

We know that externships are a valuable part of your experience at ASU Law and that you put a lot of energy and dedication towards your externship placement. Many of you have notified us that you are facing some personal issues (such as increased costs for child-care or other expenses) caused by COVID-19, while others have shared that your externship placements can no longer support you or will need to cut your hours.

To support you through this difficult time, the administration has decided to only require the ABA mandated minimum of 42.5 hours per externship credit, rather than 55 hours per externship credit ASU Law requires. This should help many of you hit your externship credit hours for the semester. However, if you think that you will have difficulty meeting the hours requirement, please let us know and we will work with you to find a solution. We have already notified your supervisors of this change.

If you are a 3L and even with this reduction will not have enough credits to graduate, or if you still think you will have difficulty meeting the hours requirement, please let Career Services know and they will work with you to find a solution.

The school is committed to ensuring that students are able to successfully meet all academic requirements during the COVID 19 crisis. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust academic requirements if necessary.

Yes, we have made the decision to move fall OCI to the week of January 25, 2021. Career Services has been in contact with over 75 employers who recruit at ASU Law during the fall regarding these intentions. While we understand there is a lot of angst about the employment market, we hopeful that the employment situation will be much better than anticipated.

Summer Employment Opportunities:

There are three things you need to do:

  1. Schedule an appointment by filling out the Career Services Form or email: lawcareerservices@asu.edu.
  2. Continue to check the job board on Atlas.
  3. Apply for the SHARP position in Atlas. Career Services is seeking paid project work for students and will be pulling candidates from those who have applied.

This is also a fabulous time to network! We know you can’t meet anyone in person given the social distancing requirements, but that doesn't mean you can't network. Many people are looking for social interaction with individuals outside their household. Remember, networking always starts with the people you already know and the relationships you already have. This time of social isolation provides a great opportunity to reach out through email, a phone call or Zoom meeting with friends whom you have not spoken to in a while. Check-in on them, ask how they are doing, use this opportunity to reconnect with old friends and colleagues. Reestablishing old friendships may organically lead to new connections once the shelter in place requirements are eased.

Based on the feedback we have heard from current students, we understand many of you have lost or had your summer employment opportunities canceled because of COVID-19 disruptions. ASU Law has worked with faculty and staff, as well as other entities, to provide experiential opportunities in the wake of the uncertainty of the COVID 19 summer job market and to help those that have lost their summer employment.

These opportunities include paid externship opportunities at the Arizona Legal Center, research positions with faculty, Arizona Commerce Authority, Belmont Project, Walton Sustainability Solutions Service and The Connective. Check out the complete listing in Atlas. If you are interested in one of these opportunities, you must apply through the OCI tab in Atlas by May 11, 2020, 11:45 p.m.

We have been notified that several firms and corporations are cancelling summer programs or shortening them. The great majority of firms we have contacted are, at present, intending to keep their summer programs. If, however, you are informed of any changes, please fill out the Career Services Form. ASU Law is aggressively pursuing alternative summer opportunities for students in the event a firm cancels their summer program.

If your summer offer is rescinded, it is possible for the position to be moved to a fall externship, but please fill out the Career Services Form and we will assist you with navigating this discussion.

All first and second year law students are eligible to participate.

Yes. Students will receive either a $1,500 or $3,000 stipend. If the position requires a student to work 15 or fewer hours per week, they will receive a $1,500 stipend. If the position requires a student to work more than 15 hours per week, the student will receive a $3,000 stipend. The program will run for nine weeks, June 1 - July 31, 2020. You will work with you supervisor to determine your work schedule.

Students will have the option to apply for externship credits, in addition to the stipend they receive. Please contact Carolyn Landry at carolyn.landray@asu.edu if you are interested in receiving externship credit. All fees for summer credits will apply.

Students may apply for any position by going to the OCI tab in Atlas and clicking on 2020 Summer Opportunities. You will also receive an email with instructions after you apply.

According to the conversations we’ve had with local organizations and law firms, no one is planning to cancel their fall externship programs at this time. Obviously, if the crisis continues into July or August, the situation may change. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you of any changes.

Career Services has been keeping in close contact with fall externship placements, and as of now no placement has altered their fall plans. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify students of any changes.

Yes, currently the D.C. program will continue as usual. We do advise students to contact Career Services if they intend to pursue an externship in D.C. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify students of any changes.

Currently, no placement in the 3L residency externship program has been canceled. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify students of any changes.

Current information from judges, both federal and state, indicate that the judicial clerkship application process will continue to operate as usual at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify students of any changes.

3L Students

Career Services is monitoring the situation and continually communicating with employers regarding the situation. At this time, it is unclear what impact, if any, the crisis will have on post bar employment. The Career Services team will host its annual job fair for recent graduates in early November. We have averaged 28 participating employers, and we expect to exceed that average this year. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify you if there are any changes.

The next active employment phase occurs during the fall, which is the same time Career Services hosts its annual job fair for recent graduates. For now, focus on graduation and preparing for the bar exam. After the bar exam, please contact Career Service for more guidance based on your particular situation.

We are in contact with local firms and monitoring the situation. At this point in time, no local firm has plans to rescind offers. Obviously, if the crisis continues into August, the situation may change. We will continue to monitor the situation. ASU Law is working on plans on how to support graduates in the event a graduate’s offer for post-graduate employment is terminated.

Currently, the Arizona Supreme Court has indicated that the bar exam will occur in July. They have also indicated that if the bar exam is canceled in July, it will be rescheduled for September or October. If you still have concerns, please contact the Career Services office for further guidance. We anticipate that many government agencies will adjust their hiring schedules, if a majority of states postpone bar exams.

You will need to attend a mandatory 3L graduation meeting and fill out the Graduate Employment Exit Survey.

We have created several dates and times in Atlas under the “Events” tab for you to select from. A maximum of 30 students can attend each meeting, so make sure to sign up ASAP to get the date/time that works best for you.

Sign up in Atlas to RSVP for available date and times:

Friday April 17, 2020

  • 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Monday April 20, 2020

  • 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
  • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday April 21, 2020

  • 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday April 22, 2020

  • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Summer Courses:

No. It is not too late to register for a summer class. There are seats available in several courses and a course in Secured Transactions was recently added to the schedule.

Professors can choose whether to offer their classes as graded or pass/fail. All ASU Law summer classes will be graded according to the normal grading policies in the Statement of Student Policies.

This only applies to JD courses and not the masters (MLS, MSLB) courses.

No. Any pass/fail credits earned in summer 2020 will not count towards your pass/fail credit limit for purposes of the Statement of Student Policies. Although they will be counted as graded, they will not affect your GPA.

Yes. All ASU Law summer classes are online. There are no in-person classes.

If there are no summer class openings when you go to register, please schedule a meeting with Loni Burnette to discuss your options. You can schedule a meeting here.

We know that externships are a valuable part of your experience at ASU Law and that you put a lot of energy and dedication towards your externship placement. Many of you have notified us that you are facing some personal issues (such as increased costs for child-care or other expenses) caused by COVID-19, while others have shared that your externship placements can no longer support you or will need to cut your hours.

To support you through this difficult time, the administration has decided to only require the ABA mandated minimum of 42.5 hours per externship credit, rather than 55 hours per externship credit ASU Law requires. This should help many of you hit your externship credit hours for the semester. However, if you think that you will have difficulty meeting the hours requirement, please let us know and we will work with you to find a solution. We have already notified your supervisors of this change.