The University of Law (ULaw) and City Law School have moved to completely online learning in resonse to the coronavirus outbreak, with all face-to face teaching suspended.

In a statement, ULaw said: “In the interests of the health, wellbeing and safety of all members of the University Community, the University has made the decision to temporarily suspend face to face teaching from Monday 23 March to Monday 20 April.”

It added: “During this period, wherever possible we will move learning and teaching online. Assessments scheduled during this period will be rearranged. With the exception of face to face teaching, the University will remain fully open and operational in line with current Government advice, apart from the planned University closure days around Easter.”

“We understand that some students may elect not to attend face to face classes in the week commencing 16 March. Wherever possible we will ensure that materials are made available online to cover this period. There may be some delay as we focus on preparations for the transition to online learning and teaching in the week commencing 23 March.”

City University too has shut down face-to-face classes for the time being, but is looking at its options for holding forthcoming exams, stating: “Alternative forms of assessment for City Law School students will be made available wherever possible; however, there are additional considerations for students on programmes of professional study. The School is working with professional bodies in order to agree the requirements for these assessments and will confirm arrangements as soon as possible.”

University of Law and its rival BPP are in some respects well set up to handle the outbreak of the virus; both have invested heavily in online learning tools in the past decade.