COVID-19 Updates at Western Law


Dear Western Law community,

Our world has changed so much since the emergence of COVID-19. We have all experienced significant disruption in our personal, social, and academic lives, and the ground seems to be constantly shifting under our feet. I would like you to know we are here for you during this difficult time, and that we will continue to be over the coming weeks.

On this page, you'll find useful information as it pertains specifically to the Faculty of Law. The situation is evolving rapidly, and new updates will be posted as we go. I kindly ask that you pay close attention to this information, the information on Western's main COVID-19 page, and follow the advice of local health authorities.

We will get through this together. I wish you and your loved ones all the best in these distressing and uncertain times.

Yours truly,

Erika Chamberlain
Dean, Faculty of Law

  • All classes are now being conducted virtually until the end of the term. If you have questions about your courses, please contact your instructors.
  • Final exams will also be held virtually. Details have been emailed to students.
  • All upcoming events have been postponed or canceled, including Spring Convocation.
  • The Law Building is closed, but staff and faculty continue to work remotely. Should you require assistance, please call 519-661-3346 from 10-2 PM on weekdays.
  • Community Legal Services is closed and is unable to accept new clients at this time. If you are an existing client, please call 519-661-3352 to request an appointment with Review Counsel, who will be assisting you going forward.

If you require assistance, please call 519-661-3346 to speak with a member of our reception team during the following hours:

Monday-Friday: 10-2 PM
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Please note: Assistance can only be provided over the phone.

Thursday, March 26 at 7 PM

Dear third-year students,

You will now have received the following message from Western’s President, Alan Shepard. Regrettably, this postponement also applies to the Law Awards Ceremony, which was scheduled to be held on June 26.

This will understandably come as disappointing news; graduating from law school is an important personal and professional milestone. I know that this will leave some of you feeling like you have been shortchanged, and that your academic career is unfinished. 

However, like the university more broadly, Western Law is committed to providing you with a graduation ceremony at a later date, when the restrictions related to the current pandemic are lifted. It is important to all of us that you are able to share your achievements with your classmates, loved ones, and the faculty and staff at Western Law. We all want to celebrate your success.

In the meantime, your degrees will still be conferred this June, allowing you to move forward with the licensing process. Please make sure that you apply to graduate here.

Yours truly,

Erika Chamberlain
Dean, Faculty of Law

Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: We will continue to add questions and answers to this section as the rest of the winter term unfolds.

Can I access the Law Building?

No. The Law Building is closed to JD students until further notice. If there are exceptional reasons that you need access to the building, please contact

Can I still use the Law Library?

The Law Library is physically closed. However, you can still access online resources and get virtual assistance from a law librarian.

How will this affect my final grades?

All remaining courses will be evaluated on a grading scheme of Pass/Fail. This grading scheme applies to all winter term courses and full-year courses, unless the deadline for all required assessments was March 23 or earlier.

I'm feeling overwhelmed. Can I still speak to the faculty's Wellness Counsellor?

Absolutely. We recognize this is a tough time for everyone and are pleased to share that our Wellness Counsellor is now offering phone appointments in place of in-person appointments. Please email to request a quick check-in or a full 1-hour treatment.

If you are experiencing a crisis and need assistance outside of your appointment time, please contact your nearest crisis centre.

I'm a graduate student. How does this affect me?

The most up-to-date information for campus-wide graduate students can be found on the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) website, which includes information about thesis defences, research, etc. If you do not see the answer to your question on the SGPS website, please email

Western Law graduate students need to know the following:

- All thesis defences have been postponed. It's possible for thesis defences to proceed remotely, but this is not ideal. For more information, please contact Andrew Botterell, Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies), at
- Research supervision continues remotely. Particular details should be discussed with supervisors and committees.
- Final presentations for 9003 with Professor David Sandomierksi will be conducted remotely via Zoom.

I'm a future student. How does this affect me?

Our Admissions department continues to operate normally. Should anything change, we will be sure to let you know. More information for individuals with admission offers can be found here.

Page last updated: March 27, 2020