Online legal studies program is being defended by the cream of the crop. Top-tier Washington University broke ranks with the critics and joined the criticized when it offered a master’s in law (LLM) completely online in 2013.
I think if we can deliver legal instruction online to people at a level of quality that mimics what we’re able to do in the classroom, it’s going to be an agent of change over the coming years, even if people don’t want it to be. And the best schools are going to face that, and are going to make what they do better in all their degree programs and instruction, and everybody else is going to be left behind.”
— Kent Syverud, Washington Law School Dean, from Inside Higher Education
Other traditional law schools to break into the online market are:
- New York Law School
- Loyola University
- University of Alabama
- Vermont Law School
Most of the pioneers of distance law school are in California, where laxer rules allow online law grads to take the bar, widely considered the toughest in the nation.
The Founding Fathers were trying to set up a society that was based on the theory that they did not want a tyrant.” — Lecturer on sample constitutional class at Abraham Lincoln University, one of the many law schools in online market today.
Online legal studies programs stand up under fire
Online legal studies program have been criticized for lacking in interaction with fellow students and face-to-face encounters with professors, deemed important for the traditional Socratic approach to law school. The American Bar Association has allowed only 12 units of online studies for accredited law schools, which rules on the total online legal studies program. Since most states require you to attend an ABA-accredited school to even take the bar, your options are uphill. Ironically the state with the toughest bar exam, California, is the only state that allows all comers to take the test. A number of online legal studies program students have passed the California bar.
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