There won’t be any networking in the lobby or gathering for happy hour at the hotel bar for law professors in January.

The Association of American Law Schools on Monday officially announced that its annual meeting, which was to be held Jan. 5 to 9 in San Francisco, will be virtual instead of in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was not unexpected—association executive director Judith Areen told law deans as much earlier this month and many legal education entities have moved their events online since March. But the decision means that the single-largest annual law school event will be dramatically different next year. The AALS’ annual meeting typically draws about 2,000 attendees to an extensive series of panels, keynotes and networking events. It will be the first time since World War II that the meeting will not happen in person.