Fowler School of Law Provides Support and Engagement as Semester Begins Remote

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The following communication was sent from Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Nidhi Vogt to returning law students on August 4, 2020.  Similar communications were sent to incoming first-year and transfer students as well.

 

Dear Students,

The University has announced that we will begin the fall semester with remote instruction, but will continue to move forward with our CU Safely Back plan to prepare campus for the return of our students, faculty and staff as soon as we are able. I know some of you may be disappointed, but we must put the health and safety of the Chapman Family first. I will miss waving to you in the hallways and hearing about your summers (even from six feet away with masks on), but look forward to returning to Kennedy Hall when we can and are prepared to shift to in-person instruction, as soon as permissible for those who feel comfortable returning to campus. Whether we stay remote for the entire semester or are allowed to return to campus, we are committed to providing you a positive law school experience. Below is a list of some of the resources available and ways you can stay engaged in our community.

 

Academic Experience

Our faculty are committed to providing you with the best educational experience possible. They continue to utilize various remote learning resources and will be accessible inside and outside of the virtual classroom. They are happy to answer questions and discuss the material with you, and they look forward to supporting you. In addition, many classes continue to have academic fellows to help you navigate course material and provide you with extra resources outside of your professor and their office hours.

Professor Sadeghi, the Sam & Ash Director of Academic Achievement, remains available for one-on-one personalized advising to assist you with study techniques, essay writing, skills development, and exam strategies to help you succeed in your classes. She is well-equipped to help students achieve their academic goals in a remote learning environment.

The librarians and staff at the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library are also here to help you learn how to use databases, recommend study aids, find materials, develop research strategies, provide research consultations and access more than 2 million electronic resources to support your research and coursework.

 

Resources and Support

In addition to these academic resources, the Career Services Office (“CSO”), and Student Affairs are also here to support you. Each department will continue to work with you one-on-one via phone, Zoom or Teams to provide you with personalized support to help you meet your goals. It is critical for upper-division students to meet with the CSO in the fall to develop a road-map for post-graduate employment. Appointments can be scheduled via Symplicity.  Be sure to keep an eye on The Classifieds (CSO publication; distributed via email every Tuesday) and The WRIT (Student Affairs publication; distributed via email every Monday) for important announcements, resources, and events.

Students are more successful when they partner with us, so please make sure to reach out.  Our offices will also be doing individual and small group outreach to you.  I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities.

 

Student Organizations

I will be meeting regularly with student organization leaders in the coming weeks to make sure they are supported and empowered to create a robust calendar of virtual events this semester.  Student organization involvement is a great way to get plugged into our community, develop a network of practitioners and classmates and engage in meaningful conversation around important issues.

 

Community Engagement

While we will miss running into you in the hallway or chatting with you over coffee at Donuts with the Dean, we are making every effort to maintain a strong sense of community and engagement among faculty, staff, and students. We are planning both substantive events with dynamic speakers as well as social and community events that will help us stay connected and engaged virtually as a community.

 

Communication

This fall, we will rely heavily on electronic communication to get important news, information, and invitations to you.  Please make sure you are regularly checking your Chapman email and logging onto Canvas for centralized messaging.

The above are just a few initiatives we are planning to make sure you can remain engaged with the Fowler School of Law community. We very much value your input and want to make sure that we are including events that you will find meaningful and fun. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey to let us know what sort of community events you might be interested in for the upcoming semester.  Feel free to email me directly with suggestions as well.

I look forward to collaborating with you all to have a wonderful fall semester.