Online Learning Update

August 31, 2018

Can law schools increase enrollment with online learning?

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

by Halona Black, Education Dive
The American Bar Association (ABA) recently adopted a resolution stating that law schools can now grant students permission to take up to one-third of the credit hours needed to complete a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree via distance education. This equates to about 30 credit hours at most U.S. law schools, National Jurist reports. Previously, law students could take up to 15 credits online. The ABA defines a distance education course as “one in which students are separated from the faculty member or each other for more than one-third of the instruction” and uses technology to support interactions among students and instructors. Credit for a distance education course is only awarded if the academic content, course delivery method and student performance evaluation method pass the institution’s regular curriculum approval process. The new resolution is a plus for prospective students who do not live near institutions that offer in-person law degrees.

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