Attendance and Accommodations

  • Although the Law School does not expect you to take attendance at each class meeting, students are required by both Law School and bar admissions rules to attend classes regularly and punctually. Regular attendance is generally defined as 80% of class sessions, although you may establish stricter attendance requirements. Students who fail to meet this requirement may be held accountable through a lowered grade or, in extreme cases, through exclusion from the course.
  • Please notify Yadira Ramos-Herbert, Associate Dean of Student and Registration Services, if a student is absent from your class more than a few times. Repeated absence can be a sign of an underlying personal issue; in this case, notifying the administration will both allow the student to get assistance and mitigate the difficulty to you of assessing performance of someone who has missed class repeatedly.
  • Instructors in their discretion may require class participation and/or consider it a factor in grading; this is the norm in seminar classes. It is best practice to notify your students in writing, or through email or your online course description, if you choose to impose such requirements.

All classes will take place in person on campus. Students are expected to attend classes in person, in accordance with the pre-pandemic attendance policy. Students may, as always, request individualized accommodations by contacting the University’s Office of Disability Services. International students facing uncertainty regarding their ability to be present on campus are instructed to contact Student Services.

We are committed to in-person instruction. Per University policy, Zoom and hybrid teaching is not allowed, not even for makeup classes. There are two exceptions: (1) faculty with Covid-19 who feel well enough to teach may teach via Zoom during their 5-day isolation period, and (2) guest speakers may join classes via Zoom. 

For policies on masking, testing, quarantine, hybrid and remote teaching, building access, food and drink, and more, see the August 11, 2022 email from the Law School Senior Operations Team. For policies on managing attendance for students with Covid-19 and other illnesses, see the University's August 2022 rules. 

  • Pursuant to ABA Standard 310, faculty should typically expect to provide one classroom hour (50 minutes) of instruction per week for every point of academic credit offered. In addition, faculty should typically assign to students at least two hours (120 minutes) of out-of-class work per week for every point of academic credit offered. The ABA standard permits variance from this norm, as long as the total expectation is at least three hours of work per week (or 45 hours per semester) for every point of academic credit offered.
  • If you need to cancel a class, fall below the required minimum meetings, and cannot make up the time by extending other class sessions please arrange for a guest lecturer or a makeup class. (When scheduling makeup sessions, it is a good idea to ask your students which of your suggested times might be most convenient for them.  You can also have such sessions taped for the benefit of students who cannot attend). Please email to request a room for a make-up class and to request a recording of your class. If you have questions about meeting times, please contact Yadira Ramos-Herbert.
  • Columbia University is dedicated to facilitating equal access to all educational resources, and to cultivating a campus culture that is sensitive and responsive to students' needs. Please endeavor to be flexible when students request accommodation for religious observance, health or family emergency, or similar circumstances. If you have questions about any specific requests, please contact Yadira Ramos-Herbert, Associate Dean of Student and Registration Services.
  • Columbia Law School is committed to the full inclusion of students with all abilities in the life of the University. The University’s ODS reviews student accommodation requests and informs the Law School of approved accommodations. Registration Services and Student Services then work with you to implement these required accommodations. For questions, please contact and/or
  • It is customary to record classes that are held on major religious holidays so that students are not disadvantaged by absence. If you would like to arrange to record your class please write to If you are unable to attend class for reasons of religious observance, please reschedule the class in consultation with the enrolled students and write to to reserve a classroom.

Optional Syllabus Language. Some professors have found it useful to place language describing our accommodation policy in their syllabus. You can find sample language here. We encourage you to apply the policy flexibly to accommodate students who may have compelling medical and family issues.

Four Simple Ideas to Increase Disability Access. Professor Emens has prepared a guide with (1) four simple ways that we can make the Law School community more welcoming and inclusive for people with disabilities, and (2) Information on how to make events at the Law School more accessible. You can find this guide here.