'I now feel trapped, facing down another semester of struggling to learn remotely': Law school moves classes online

Select classes offered by the UNLV Boyd School of Law have been moved online for the entire spring semester due to COVID concerns.

All classes will also be moved online for the first two weeks, according to an email sent to students.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Boyd School of Law will start the first two weeks of the spring semester online. Select classes will also be taught remotely for the entire semester, according to an email sent to students on Jan. 5.

Classes that have gone permanently remote for the spring include some first-year courses—like all sections of Constitutional Law 1 and LP2—and two upper-division courses, Labor Law and Law & Religion.

The UNLV School of Law referred Campus Reform to its statement on the decision, which explains the policy was due to case numbers reaching “a pandemic high.”

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“COVID-19 case numbers, positivity rates, and hospitalization rates are rising quickly in Clark County and throughout Nevada,” the statement reads.

“In order to protect the Boyd Law School and Las Vegas communities,” the statement continues, “the law school made the decision to move all classes online for the first two weeks of the spring semester, after which time we are optimistic that we will be able to return to mostly in-person classes.”

The school goes on to say that it will “continue to monitor the situation throughout the month and make any necessary adjustments based on public health guidance.”

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UNLV Law student Justin Branum criticized the decision on Twitter, saying that he has always dreamed of law school but is now questioning his decision to attend UNLV.

“To put it frankly, remote learning absolutely sucks. I wouldn’t wish ‘Zoom University’ upon my worst enemy,” he wrote, adding that he feels “trapped” due to another semester of remote courses.

“There is absolutely no scientifically-based reason to be moving classes of a fully vaccinated and mask-mandated population online THROUGH MAY. Not a single prominent medical professional/health expert supports this. Not one,” Branum said.

Campus Reform has recently reported on numerous other instances of universities reinstating highly restrictive mandates due to a perceived threat from COVID, such as Yale’s decision to ban students from eating at local restaurants and enforce a campus-wide quarantine and a Princeton University policy that bars students from traveling outside the county.

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