Distance education law school is the wave of the future. Like it or not, distance education law school is going to disrupt brick and mortar schools. You’ll soon be able to get the best professors’ classes at a cheaper price with a better outcome.
I honestly believe the traditional law school won’t survive,” said the conference speaker at the 2000 CALI Conference for Law School Computing.
The distance education law school option is poised for success because:
- Theory will be given by geniuses in streamed lectures from brand-name universities like Harvard or Yale
- Practical legal skills — thinking like a lawyer — will be drilled by competent legal professors, not today’s over-paid faculty whose salaries and light workload are the envy of other academic departments.
- Growth will explode geographical into areas where traditional law schools have never touched.
- With the potential for greater enrollment, distance education will diversify student bodies.
Even now, law education’s current structures teeters on the brink of self-destruction. Graduates from traditional schools typically owe $100,000 — an unmanageable debt on their average salary of $60,000. For the first time in 30 years, applications in 2013 are down — way down — to these brick and mortar institutions. Departments are freezing tuition (finally!), scaling back expansion plans and feverishly concocting survival strategies.
As an answer to the current crisis, distance education law school rides on the scene as a white knight. But its efforts — however legitimate they might be — have been rebuffed by the stodgy leaders of the ABA who are protecting their colleagues’ professors’ economic interests. Only California allows online law grads to even take the bar exam to become a lawyer (although you can appeal in other states).
Before you enroll in distance education law school, make sure you know:
- bar passage rates
- employment in legal employment percentages nine months after graduation
- total costs and median salary of grads
- number of years of study
- number of hours weekly of study
- access to professors via email, chat or video conferencing
- options for taking the bar in your state