Online Learning Shapes New Images of Life at UVA Law

Professor Fred Schauer teaches in an empty classroom

After courses moved online, some professors, including Frederick Schauer, continued to teach in classrooms as they recorded their lectures. Photos by Sanjay Suchak/UVA Communications

April 23, 2020

You can almost see the tumbleweeds.

Though it’s common for the University of Virginia School of Law to look a little vacant over the summer when classes are not offered, it’s never as empty as it has been since March 19, when classes moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UVA photographer Sanjay Suchak captured images of the school on a recent April day.

Clay HallClay Hall, at the entrance of the Law School, is usually bustling with students as they move between classes and activities.

Scott CommonsScott Commons, the center of student life — as well as lunchtime — is unusually tidy and silent.

Karsh LobbyThe Karsh Center for Student Services houses the Admissions Office as well as Career Development offices.

Library reading roomThe library, which is closed to the public, has a skeleton crew to deal with work that needs to be done on-site.

Library second floor

Library stacks

CarrelBecause classes moved online over spring break, some carrels still look lived-in. The Office of Student Affairs has been assisting students who need to retrieve their belongings.

Jeffries gardenThe newly planted Jeffries Garden shows the bright green of spring.

Bamzai in classProfessor Aditya Bamzai teaches in an empty classroom.

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