Online law program has a bright a future. Among the about 200 traditional law schools nationwide, only four this year have seen an increase in admission applications. The rest are coming up short. In 2004, there were 100,000 applications, this year only 54,000 are projected, according to the Law School Admissions Council, as cited in a New York Times article Jan. 30, 2013.
“We are going through a revolution in law with a time bomb on our admissions books,” William D. Henderson, a professor of law at Indiana University, told the Times. Legal education has been among the slowest to adapt to the technological revolution, treating its classroom cash cows as holy cows. From 2001 to the present, traditional law schools have nearly doubled their tuition.
Online law program bursting on scene
Erupting on the scene has the been the online law program. “Despite the majority of professors believing online classes have resulted in inferior education, 40 percent of full-time professors reported that online courses have the potential to match in-class instruction for learning outcomes,” says Kevin O’Keefe on his blog Real Lawyers Have Blogs.
The online law program is substantially cheaper and convenient. California accepts online law program students outright into its bar exam, and other states are currently re-examining their own policies to reflect the new realities of the legal profession. A law degree can greatly enhance your career opportunities. Research options today.
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