Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Following up on yesterday's post, ABA Proposes To Double (To 30) The Number Of Credits Law Students Can Earn Online, Including 10 For 1Ls:
National Law Journal, ABA Set to Loosen Restrictions on Online Law Classes:
The [ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar] granted a variance this month to Syracuse University College of Law, which announced plans in 2016 to launch an online J.D. program. The ABA denied the school’s initial request for a variance, but the new approval means Syracuse can move forward with a planned launch in January 2019.
The program will combine live online lectures with self-paced online classes, several weeklong campus sessions and a legal externship, said Nina Kohn, associate dean for research at Syracuse. Students can complete their law degree over the course of 10 semesters.
Southwestern Law School Blog, ABA Grants Southwestern a Rare and Coveted Blended Education Variance:
Southwestern Law School announced today that the American Bar Association (ABA) granted the school a variance to add an ABA-accredited hybrid-online J.D. program to its curriculum.
Only the second ABA-approved program of its kind, Southwestern and Blueprint Learning Systems teamed up to create a sophisticated distance learning platform. Previews reveal that the hybrid curriculum infuses traditional Socratic and case learning methods with state-of-the-art adaptive learning technology. Studies indicate this innovation will produce superior outcomes than either classroom or distance learning on its own.*
This blended instruction model allows students to obtain a Southwestern J.D. from anywhere in the country. Students evenly split course hours between online and on-campus (traveling to Los Angeles once in each of the ten trimesters to participate in “week” long intensive (seven to nine days) as a cohort.)
The school plans to unveil the hybrid-online program for the 2019/2020 school year and will release additional details in 2018.
Other law schools with hybrid online J.D. programs include:
Dayton's request for a variance is pending. The ABA has rejected requests for variances at Rutgers and Utah.