Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Law Technology News: Taste Law School Before You Buy!:
William & Mary Law School's Center for Legal and Court Technology is launching a new "blended" e-learning professional development certification course, targeting professionals whose jobs intersect with the United States' judicial system. The program will include both online learning as well as a three-day on-campus component. The goal, says Fredric Lederer, is to help non-lawyers obtain a basic knowledge of law and the U.S. legal system, without enrolling in law school. ... The course, Introduction to the U.S. Legal System, is designed "for people who work with or in organizations such as courts, legislatures, administrative agencies, and law firms," says Lederer. ...
The inaugural program will begin on Friday, August 9, 2013. Students will spend three days on campus, with housing at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, in Williamsburg ($96/night plus taxes). The in-residence portion of the program provides a chance to interact with faculty and classmates, enhancing the interactive online discussions that follow. The class meets twice weekly, ending on November 25. In addition to the interactive education online, students will be have the opportunity to conduct basic legal research and writing.
The course also can serve a purpose for individuals who are contemplating law school, says Lederer. "This program can help people decide whether law school is right for them. If they do go to law school, it should give them a major leg up in their first year," said Lederer, who was involved with W&M's Legal Skills Program, which helped prepare law students for practice. [The one-semester course costs $2,799.] According to the website, attendees can opt to take only the residential segment ($1,049), or the residential segment and Part 1 of the online component ($2,049).
(Hat Tip: Phil Bohl.)