Before the Bar, ABA Law Student Division blog, has collected COVID-19 resources and information for law students including online learning tips, financial assistance available to students, and mental health resources. Selected entries are included below.
Online Learning Tips
A Student Remote Learning Toolkit outlines tips for students who "suddenly need to learn online." Modules include:
Another guide written by a student offers practical tips in a streamlined, conversational approach.
The ABA Scholarships and Financial Aid for Law Students section provides regular updates on scholarships in a variety of areas.
The CARES Act has earmarked federal dollars to be distributed to universities across the US to help students adversely impacted by COVID-19. Funds will be distributed based on a formula specified by Congress, which factored in a variety of data points, including the number of full-time students eligible for PELL grants and total student population. The Department of Education has mandated that institutions determine for themselves how to best allocate these funds across their student bodies, but require that funds be prioritized for those who have demonstrated need based on their FAFSA or COVID-19 related emergency. These funds are limited and will only be able to help students with the greatest need and fewest resources. The funds must be distributed by September 30, 2021. If Howard receives the funds from DOE in time, the plan is to distribute funds before the end of April.
In response to university and library closures around the world, some vendors have made their online resources accessible at no cost. The resources listed below include information about how to access this content while it's available. Please note that these resources have only been made available on a temporary basis and are subject to change without notice.
If you have any questions about access generally, please email email@example.com.
LexisNexis is providing temporary access to its LexisNexis Digital Library at no cost, which includes study guides, casebooks, treatises, and practice guides in eBook format. Titles include the Questions & Answers, Understanding, Mastering, and Skills & Values study guides.
Access is available to students by navigating to the virtual library and entering your HUSL email address as the Username.
If you need assistance navigating these resources online, basic training guides and additional instructional materials are available on the LexisNexis Digital Library Support & Training page in addition to a Getting Started Guide. As always, you can reach a librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
The West Academic suite of study guides and other online materials is temporarily available to all current HUSL students. Students will be automatically approved after they verify their HUSL email address. West Academic is different from Westlaw, and requires separate credentials. Some students conflate West Academic with Westlaw because their names are similar, but the platforms are unrelated and each one provides unique content.
To set up your West Academic account:
To learn more about how to use the assessment feature for students, West Academic has made information available here.
These materials are available to all HUSL students through June 1. Additional extensions may be available to select students.
Students who purchase directly through the West Academic web store will receive a 15% discount on all print and electronic casebooks with a HUSL discount code. Please reach out to email@example.com for the code.
Graduating 3Ls: West Academic Study Aids access for new graduates will be available through October 1st to cover delayed bar administration.
Access to the Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library is available to all current law students through July 1, 2020. Access includes 38 of the popular Examples & Explanations Series, Emanuel Outline and CrunchTime series, Glannon Guides, Casenote Legal Briefs, Academic Success and Insides series. Students will also find access to over 200 videos with coverage of 21 course areas. Each video covers a fundamental legal concept and is written and presented by a law professor or legal practitioner. For more information about how to access content through the WK platform, consult this short video. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for the HUSL login.
Hotshot is free to law students for the next few months to help students transition into a remote learning environment. This resource offers simple explanations to complex legal concepts. The platform includes interactive quizzes, exercises, and outlines. Students can sign up for a free trial using their HUSL email address and will be upgraded to full access.
All materials on the NCLC Digital Library are temporarily accessible using a dedicated username/password for the HUSL community. Coverage includes Consumer Arbitration Agreements, Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Class Actions, Fair Debt Collection, Mortgage Lending, and Student Loan Law. Reach out to email@example.com for the login. To expedite processing and verification, use your HUSL email address when requesting the login. Tips and tricks to navigate the Digital Library can be found online.