Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Syracuse Law School Seeks Approval For Nation's Second Hybrid Online J.D. Program

Syracuse Logo (2016)Syracuse University Press Release, College of Law Partners With 2U for Juris Doctor Degree Program:

The College of Law and 2U today announced a partnership to develop a hybrid juris doctor (J.D.) degree program, pending New York State and American Bar Association approval.

“This hybrid program will continue our tradition of innovation and excellence in legal education,” says William Banks, interim dean of the College of Law. “We believe that an outstanding legal education should be as dynamic as the law itself. That’s why Syracuse Law has chosen to partner with 2U to develop a hybrid J.D. degree program developed by our nationally and internationally known faculty that will help us expand upon our mission to provide modern legal training for tomorrow’s lawyers and leaders, including those who cannot easily attend a fully residential program.”

“This partnership will enable the College of Law to reach talented students nationwide and allow us to grant unprecedented access to Syracuse Law’s outstanding legal education,” says Kent Syverud, chancellor and president of Syracuse University.

The J.D. program will feature live, face-to-face online classes and dynamic course content delivered through 2U’s platform. Syracuse Law faculty will create coursework using 2U’s proprietary Bidirectional Learning Tool™, which empowers law professors to teach online using a variety of teaching approaches including the Socratic method, and offers students the chance to learn and receive feedback from classmates and professors in real time. The Syracuse Law hybrid program will also feature traditional in-person learning experiences, including on-campus courses, and applied learning experiences including externships.

Inside Higher Ed, Syracuse University Plans Online J.D. Degree:

Legal education has been slow to move online, as the ABA has taken a conservative stance in its approvals. In 2013 it gave William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) authority to create a part-time hybrid program [85 Students Enroll in Nation's First Hybrid Online J.D. Program at William Mitchell].

In 2012, 2U helped the law school at Washington University in St. Louis create a fully online master's degree in U.S. law. The law dean at WashU at the time, Kent Syverud, is now the chancellor at Syracuse.

EdSurge, 2U Partners With Syracuse University to Build Online J.D. Program

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