Paul L. Caron

Saturday, July 23, 2022

ABA Survey: Law Students Prefer Online Classes Over In-Person Classes

Following up on yesterday's post, Hybrid JD Programs Are Gaining More Traction At Law Schools:  ABA Press Release, Distance Education Survey: 3L Student Quantitative Responses:

In February 2022, the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s Strategic Review Committee (SRC) gathered responses to a voluntary survey on Distance Education for 3L students. The survey was distributed via the ABA Associate Deans’ Listserv for users to voluntarily distribute to their 3L students.

A total of 1,394 3L students responded to the survey. While it was optional for respondents to provide the name of their law school on the survey, about 85% of the respondents provided the name of their law school. Approximately 60 law schools were named and represented in the survey results.



ABA Journal, Law Students Want More Distance Education Classes, According to ABA Findings:

The results are consistent with other surveys, according to Bill Adams, ABA managing director of accreditation and legal education. “There is a desire amongst a significant group of law students to have distance learning options available to them,” Adams told the ABA Journal in an email.

Standard 311 of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools states that distance education should not exceed 20% of required credit hours for graduation. Schools can make substantive change requests with the council, and a resolution, which seeks to clarify distance education definitions and requirements, has been submitted for review to the ABA House of Delegates, ahead of the ABA Annual Meeting in August.

Reuters, Online Class Options Gaining Popularity Among Law Students, ABA Says

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