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Harvard Law Classes Online for Fall 2020

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June 10, 2020

Harvard Law School isn’t joining the rush to open up despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Dean John F. Manning circulated a written announcement that classes will be taught remotely during the fall semester. “We have all hoped these past few months that the upcoming academic year could begin, at least in part, on campus,” he wrote, but he cited the continuing health risks of the pandemic, advice from public health experts, and the concern that testing will not yet be available on the scale or frequency needed to adequately monitor COVID-19-related illness at Harvard. He expressed the hope that the public health situation might evolve by the end of August, but stressed that the School needed to announce a decision now in order to give students time to plan. He also announced a new technology assistance fund to help students who have logistical or other problems with remote learning. A June deadline was established for newly-admitted students to apply for a leave of absence if they are not comfortable working remotely.

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