Online Learning Update

February 24, 2018

Law School Accreditor Proposes Easing Limits on Online Education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed

The American Bar Association panel that accredits law schools has proposed loosening its restrictions on online education.¬†Currently, the rules of the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar say that no more than 15 of an ABA-accredited law school’s required credits can be completed in distance learning courses, defined as those in which at least a third of the course work is done online. Most law school programs include between 83 and 90 credits over all. The ABA has in recent years granted (and rejected) several law schools’ requests for variances from the restriction on online courses.¬†Under the proposal initially approved by the ABA council last week, students could earn up to a third of their credits (between 28 and 30) in distance courses. The ABA proposal would also allow first-year law students to take up to 10 credits online; law schools are now barred from offering distance education to first-year students.

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