Distance education law degree under a microscope has its pros and cons.
Is a distance education law degree as good as one from a traditional law school? In this video, experts weigh in on the pros and cons of distance education (not just law degree).
Law education has evolved since its beginnings in Colonial America. Is distance education just part of the growth and change naturally occurring in education. A comparison with how law education has differed abroad could be illustrative.
In England and most of the rest of Europe, a career in law starts in undergraduate studies, unlike the United States which basically christened the Harvard post graduate model for national implementation. But with the crisis of a glut of grads and a diminished job market, the ABA is re-examining its accreditation process which currently excludes online law schools. Expect them to relax policies in the near future.
As you explore the distance education law degree option, make sure to research your school’s:
- first attempt bar passage rate
- total costs of coursing the program
- how many years will it take?
- how many hours of study weekly?
- rates of employment in legal careers 9 months after graduation for previous students
- access to professors and other students through emails and chat
- credentials of professors
Virtually every law school utilizes the same books and curriculum, so what makes a difference is how hard a student works towards learning the law,” said Chuck Katz, an online law degree grad.