Planning for the Summer of 2021 as a Law Student
While there is some cause for optimism based on the present distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, despite the bureaucratic pitfalls that accompany it, law students may still wonder about what future changes await their academic journeys, which once seemed so predictable and fit a common scheme. Unfortunately, planning for the summer of 2021 as the pandemic continues necessitates dealing with this umbrella of uncertainty. Nonetheless, as any law student would under normal circumstances, it requires a reasonable amount of planning well in advance.
While there is no way of knowing the extent to which the effects of the pandemic and any resulting public health measures will allow us to return to some semblance of the “normalcy” that was present before 2020, law students should plan on doing what they normally would do in any summer between school years while planning for a range of contingencies, just as they did in 2020. Having, at least, two or three backup plans is an excellent course of action.
Law students all over the country are moving to their contingency plans as they are required to deal with canceled bar exams, postponed internships, and evolving extracurricular programs. While most law schools have attempted to increase the number of online resources that they offer, the CDTA already has in place a well-established, comprehensive online learning platform. CDTA students have the present ability to take full advantage of the benefits provided by distance learning.
It is important for every law student to not make any assumptions about their health as vaccinations start to occur. It is still important to practice social distancing and wear a mask. At least, until being vaccinated. As this may take a while for younger law students to realize, it remains important for everyone to do their part in stifling the spread of the coronavirus. Getting sick will only force any law student into a course of conduct that relies on an entirely novel plan of action that most law students may not have considered in any contingency plan.
Employers have also been forced to adopt and implement contingency plans for addressing summer internships. While many reduced their internship programs in 2020, this experience, as well as the optimism of having a vaccine available, have made these employers in a better position to offer law students the opportunity to work this summer.
Students must be especially aware of how the pandemic has nevertheless affected present internships. For example, they must know and understand how they will be trained and receive virtual work assignments. Prospective interns must strongly consider these questions and adapt as necessary.
The California Desert Trial Academy utilizes an extensive distance learning platform for students studying online. The CDTA focuses on providing a cutting-edge academic experience that takes advantage of many effective, easy-to-use online tools. At CDTA, we train, educate, and develop students to be exceptional attorneys and trial advocates. Call us today at (760) 342-0900 or find out more online here.