Oklahoma online law degrees are now available. The latest university to jump into the market is the University Oklahoma School of Law which is offering a master’s of legal studies focusing indigenous people’s law. Classes start fall of 2013.
The degree will not lead you to the bar or becoming a practicing attorney but is for experts who work with indigenous people and want an out-of-the-ordinary comprehension of the complex interrelation of federal and state law with tribes. The two-year program will include 30 hours of coursework online so that you can learn in the comfort of your own home, at the hour of your convenience. Virginia St. John signed up because her company, Upper Mohawk, works with tribes, American-Indian-owned companies and the U.S. Dept. of Interior.
Oklahoma online law degrees against the Old Guard
So far, Oklahoma won’t let you take the bar if you attend a non ABA-accredited school. And since the old guard at the American Bar Assn. has resisted the wholly online option (SO FAR), you’d have to take the bar exam in California (which welcomes non-ABA-accredited schools to its bar) and practice in California or explore options of transferring to Oklahoma .
Inch by inch, Oklahoma online law degrees are moving towards greater acceptance in the law education community and one day will be an easy means to becoming a practicing courtroom attorney.
If because of flexibility and cost you decide on the Oklahoma online law degrees option to become a lawyer, then make sure you find out:
- Total costs (should be one-third or less the cost of traditional law schools)
- Length of program
- Name of the degree (typically you need a JD to take the bar, but many other degrees are offered)
- Options for taking the bar or transferring to Oklahoma with an out-of-state bar admittance
- Credentials of the staff teaching
- Type of classes (synchronous at an established hour, asynchronous recorded and viewed at your convenience with pausing and replaying options).
- Interaction with professors and students via email, chat and videoconference.
The video from the 2004 CALI Conference for Law School Computing Audience talks about doing legal research on the web. Increasingly, research, learning and teaching transpires on the internet, outmoding the pure classroom model of law education.