Information for Spring 2021

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  • For information about Duke University’s campus-wide response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit Duke's Coronavirus Response website for the latest updates.
  • For information particularly geared toward students, please visit Duke's Keep Learning website. For tips and strategies specific to the Law School, please visit the Online Learning website.
  • Access to the Law School building is restricted to faculty, staff, and students using their Duke Cards. Effective October 5, the building is open to students on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Students may reserve study or group meeting space or printer access during these times, and the Law School now has some limited space available without reservation. See the FAQ below for more details. Additional information about building access after the end of Fall 2020 semester classes will be shared soon.
  • Dean Kerry Abrams is providing a weekly video update for students, faculty, and staff. The latest video and previous messages can be viewed on the Direct from Dean Abrams page.

  • Zoom is a videoconferencing tool that many classes will be using to create a virtual classroom. Please download and test Zoom now, so that we can help you troubleshoot any problems.
  • Zoom Basics
  • Zoom Start Guide and Additional Information
  • Quick Zoom video tutorial
  • In most cases, you will be accessing Zoom through a link that your faculty sends to you, but if you have not downloaded the web browser client, you can also use
  • You can also find the Zoom app in the App Store for iPhones and iPads and Google Play store for Android. Note: Joining your classes via a laptop, rather than mobile device, is strongly recommended, so that you can follow presentation slides. When using the Zoom app, you should select sign in with SSO, using the company domain “,” which will allow you to log in using NetID.

Your access to Sakai remains the same. You may find that your class relies on Sakai more heavily than it has in the past, or that you need to use features with which you aren’t already familiar. You can find specific tips and information for student users, including how to log in and navigate each course site, through Duke’s Sakai support.

You may already be familiar with Panopto from watching lectures when you had to miss a class. Many classes will use Panopto to give you access to recorded lectures. Look for a link to recordings from your professor or on Sakai.

  • Box is a file-sharing platform, much like Dropbox. In addition to sharing documents, it allows multiple people to edit the same document so that you can collaborate even while working remotely.
  • When you visit the Duke Box site, you’ll see a yellow “Log In” button; use your regular NetID and password (MFA will also be required).
  • Getting Started with Box offers an overview on how to upload content, collaborate on files, and edit documents within Box.

The Library has put together a web page with information on how to access library resources remotely. Textbooks and Bluebook access codes were provided by publishers in the Spring of 2020, but students are expected to purchase books for the Fall 2020 semester. For other questions about access to library resources, contact the Reference Services Desk at