Fall 2021

Cornell University has announced plans for the Fall 2021 semester. See President Pollack’s message April 2 message “COVID-19 Vaccination and Fall Instruction.” The University intends to require vaccination for for students returning to Ithaca, Geneva, and Cornell Tech campuses for the fall semester. The University plans that classes normally taught in-person will return to that mode of instruction. Law students should utilize this message, and any further updates from the University, to plan for Fall 2021. University Updates may be found here.

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Cornell University has announced plans for the fall semester, which include a hybrid approach to a residential semester (with in-person, online, and hybrid teaching modalities), robust virus testing, and modifications to the academic calendar.

The Law School plans to commence classes as scheduled on Tuesday, August 25. Instruction will then run uninterrupted without a fall break until Thanksgiving. Fall semester exams will be held online after Thanksgiving.

The FAQs on these pages focus on circumstances unique to law students.Please see Cornell University’s FAQs for public health and safety guidance that applies to all Cornell students regardless of degree program.

International students should always refer and utilize the guidance from Global Cornell: International Services office. They have prepared a detailed FAQ for international students for the upcoming fall semester. If your question is not answered in the FAQ, you should direct your question to international@cornell.edu.