Dear Class of 2021 and Class of 2022,

Congratulations on being more than halfway done with the semester. This is all the more impressive given the hardships and weirdness of this fall. As you may recall, during a normal year, we would be enjoying a well-deserved October break. We are impressed by the hard work, perseverance, and community-mindedness of our students. Please take care of yourselves – eat well, sleep enough, give yourself short breaks. We still have a long way to go.

In this email, we remind you:
  1. How spring semester will look, when to register for classes, and how to schedule academic advising;
  2. How to become a certified legal intern;
  3. To attend an upcoming information session for OH and NY bar takers;
  4. To schedule a composite photograph session if you will graduate any time in the calendar year 2021;
  5. How to access available resources to sustain mind, body, and spirit;
  6. What to do in various COVID-19–related situations;
  7. How you can get the mandatory flu vaccine on campus;
  8. To consider your printing needs while campus is closed in December and January.
Spring semester is a total of 15 weeks: 
  • 4 weeks in January (January 4-28 with exams February 1-3)
  • 11 weeks (February 8 to April 23 with exams April 26 – May 7) 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be observed (no classes on January 18)
  • There will be no spring break (classes will meet March 15-19)
We encourage you to consider taking between 3-5 credits in the January term in order to balance your obligations in the 11-week remainder of the spring semester, as those classes will be taught on a slightly accelerated timeline. Registration will occur on November 3-4. Please refer to emails from Alexis Lanham for details.

Important Notice about Spring Financial Aid Disbursement
If you enroll in at least one concentrated online class beginning on January 4, your financial aid should disburse on December 28. Refunds should be deposited sometime the following week. However, if you do not enroll in a January class, your financial aid will disburse on January 29, with refunds being deposited the following week. Department of Education regulations prohibit the disbursement of financial aid earlier than 10 days prior to a student’s first day of class.

Academic Advising
As always, it’s a great idea to talk through your academic plan and graduation requirements with someone from the Office of Student Affairs. Dean Orenstein, Director Beck, Sarah Portwood, and Alexis Lanham are all happy to meet with you in the coming weeks. Appointments will be conducted over the phone or Zoom. You may also email Ms. Lanham with curriculum/graduation requirement questions.

You can schedule an appointment with:CERTIFIED LEGAL INTERNS
You may be interested undertaking a work or volunteer opportunity that requires you to have certified legal intern status. Students may serve as a legal intern under Admission and Discipline Rule 2.1 of the Supreme Court of Indiana and “interview, advise, negotiate for, and represent parties” as specified under Section 4 of the rule, if they are in good standing, have completed at least 44 credits, and successfully completed the Legal Profession coursework in their 1L year. 

You will find a document detailing the requirements and process for obtaining certification in your “Class of” Canvas page under the “Student Affairs Resources” module. Although he loves to hear from you, please do not approach Dean Parrish about the paperwork. It is all handled by the Leonard D. Fromm Office for Student Affairs.

Dean Orenstein will be hosting an information session for students planning to take the bar exam in Ohio or New York. 2L students are particularly encouraged to attend, as these states have early-bird deadlines during 2L year. We will cover the Ohio bar exam process from 1:30-2:00 p.m., and the New York bar exam process from 2:00-2:30 p.m. Please register in advance for Zoom information and feel free to log in to the portion that is relevant to you. The session will be recorded and shared via the Class of 2021 and Class of 2022 Canvas pages.

A photographer will be in Baier Hall October 26-28 to photograph any student graduating in the 2021 calendar year (January to December) who wishes to be included in the graduation composite photograph. The dress code is business professional, times are available from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m., and you can register for a session at this link.

Please email Director Beck if:
  1. You are not in Bloomington this semester, so she can share information about the spring 2021 make-up photo session date, 
  2. You will not be on campus for the remainder of the year, so she share instructions on how to send in your own photograph, or
  3. You do not wish to have your photograph included in the composite (you prefer your name to be listed as “Not Pictured”).
It is a common misconception that seeking help will somehow jeopardize your bar application. Just the opposite. When students appropriately seek help, they are seen as capable professionals who handle personal problems competently. If you are in need of support during this very challenging time, please take advantage of the following resources.

The Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP) helps law students who are experiencing stress, mental health challenges, substance use issues, relationship problems, or any other issues that affect students’ quality of life or ability to study. JLAP is available remotely – just call 317-833-0370 during business hours to talk to one of their staff or schedule an appointment for a video chat. As always, JLAP services are free and confidential. JLAP also provides peer support groups via zoom and weekly virtual gentle yoga classes. Check out their website

Indiana University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers two free confidential visits per semester for students paying the health fee. CAPS offers one-on-one online therapy sessions to graduate students through private video sessions to students physically located in Indiana or Illinois, and has other options for students elsewhere. CAPS also offers a variety of workshops and support groups, as well as resources specific to graduate students. Schedule a 30-minute virtual visit with a counselor by calling 812-855-5711. The crisis line is available to students 24/7 by calling 812-855-5711 and choosing option 1.

The Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) provides confidential and completely free help from counselors who specialize in working with those who have experienced sexual violence. SACS provides individual and group counseling and assistance with referrals. You can reach this service 24 hours a day at 812-855-8900.

WellTrack is a free Indiana University app that provides a self-guided and interactive way to manage and understand your mental health. The app’s suite of online tools and courses use aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy to help you identify and address issues of stress, resiliency, anxiety and/or depression. Download the WellTrack app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and login with your IU credentials for full, free, confidential access.

Contemplative Practices
A personal contemplative practice can help you stay grounded. Contemplative practices can help you reduce stress and also develop intellectual inquiry, creative approaches to scholarship, analytical skills, empathy for others, and personal insight. You can learn more here about options you might explore, and check out the Mindfulness in Law Society – Indiana Chapter for weekly guided meditations, check-ins, and yoga practices. All are free and open to Indiana law students no matter where you are located physically. 

Recovery Support Services
Collegiate Recovery Community offers law students a safe place and community to recover from dependence on drugs or alcohol and sustain that recovery. It offers counseling, case management, and an opportunity to join a recovery community on campus. 

Leonard D. Fromm Emergency Funds
If you are having financial difficulty, please don’t feel as if you need to tough it out alone.  We have lots of creative ways of helping students, particularly with emergencies, and we don’t want your financial situation impinging on your learning. Please contact Paul Leopold, who can be helpful in securing more loans and let you know how to apply for emergency grants.

Leonard D. Fromm Office of Student Affairs
We are always here to help you however we can – whether it be connecting you to resources, helping you problem solve, or just listening. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Dean Orenstein ( or Director Beck ( to check in. 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS—If you have questions, contact Dean Orenstein
Feeling Sick
  • If you feel sick, stay home. If you have a class in person and you’re feeling up to it, Zoom in synchronously and let the professor know. If you’re not up to it, you can view the class recording at another time. If you are unwell for more than two days in a row, please let me know too. 
  • If you think you have symptoms and it might be COVID-19, obviously, stay home. Please call the Health Center or virtually visit IU Health. Here is the link to arrange a virtual visit 24/7. You can also download the free IU Health Virtual Visits app (Google Play or iTunes) or enroll on your computer. 
Potential Close Contact
  • If you have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, please locate the COVID-19 self-reporting form on You will be contacted by IU Twistle and need to quarantine for 14 days. Please let your in-person professors and me know if you will need to be absent from in-person classes. When you are in quarantine, Zoom in synchronously to class.  
  • NOTE: A close contact means being within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes. It doesn’t matter if masks were worn. If you are unsure whether you had a close contact of the COVID kind, please feel free to reach out to me and I can help you resolve the issue. 
  • At the end of your quarantine period, you will be prompted through the IU Twistle app to contact the IU Health virtual hub to verify your information and, if appropriate, provide a release notification. This is the only way you will be medically cleared to end your quarantine period. Even a negative COVID-19 test before your 14-day quarantine period is complete does NOT allow you to end the quarantine early.  
Phone Call from IU
If you receive a phone call from IU, it may be information that you were a close contact of someone who has COVID-19. Please follow the directions they will give you.

If You Get COVID
  • If you have COVID-19, please locate and complete the self-reporting form on You will have to isolate. You will be contacted by IU Twistle. Although your health status is private, please let your in-person professors and me know of your absence. When you are in isolation, please Zoom in synchronously to class if you are able. If you receive a COVID-19 positive test result, please be sure IU knows. If your test was performed at an outside lab (not through IU Health or through another IU-organized testing site), please complete the self-reporting form.
  • Please cooperate with the contact tracer. 
  • At the end of your isolation period, you will be prompted through the IU Twistle app to contact the IU Health virtual hub. The nurse you speak with will verify your information and, if appropriate, will send you a release notification. This is the only way you will be medically cleared to end your isolation period.  

Mitigation Testing
If you receive an email request to do a mitigation test, please schedule a test as soon as possible. New populations are selected weekly, so it is important that you complete your test during the week you are selected. 
Err on the Side of Safety
If you only have close contacts with people in your household, you are much less likely to need to quarantine. Many people are asymptomatic, so you cannot judge by how you feel or how anyone else feels whether someone in a group has COVID-19. You will never go wrong if you treat everyone outside of your household as if they have an asymptomatic case of COVID-19. 

As part of Indiana University's pandemic response, all staff, faculty and students who are regularly present on campus must get an annual flu vaccine this fall 2020 semester. The deadline is January 15, 2021 for students who are not studying or working on campus after Nov. 20; Dec.1, 2020 for students who will be studying or working on campus after Nov 20, 2020.

If you would like to receive a flu vaccine at a campus clinic, make an appointment through the Student Health Center's online scheduler. If you choose to receive a flu vaccine somewhere other than an IU flu clinic or campus health center, you will need to fill out the Flu Vaccine Reporting Form to let IU know you have received a vaccination. If you're requesting an exemption, the web page with the links to the reporting form also contains a link to an exemption request form.

Please note that the entire Bloomington campus will be closed from November 25, 2020 to February 7, 2021, and you will not have any access to the law school or other campus buildings. For those with post-Thanksgiving printing needs and online courses in January, this means you will not have access to printing services on campus during this time.

We encourage you to plan ahead for your printing needs. You might look into local print service providers near you, or choose to purchase your own printer, which might be especially helpful for a January take-home exam. If you are in need of additional funds to purchase a printer, please reach out to Paul Leopold ( to explore your financial aid options.

Aviva Orenstein
Dean for Students

Katie Beck
Director of Student Affairs

cc: Maurer School of Law Faculty and Staff