Syracuse University’s online juris doctorate program, JDinteractive has the same stringent requirements as the College of Law’s residential JD program. More than half of class time takes place live so that JDi students interact in real time with professors. These online classes can be accessed from anywhere: all you need is a computer, webcam, phone, and Internet connection.

In addition to live online juris doctorate class sessions, JDinteractive includes self-paced online class sessions that students complete on their own schedule. These classes engage students in the material through interactive exercises particularly relevant to the legal concept at hand. Finally, JDinteractive includes in-person learning experiences. Students participate in residential courses (either on campus or another Syracuse University location) and in applied learning experiences, including externships.

The online learning platform enables Syracuse faculty to use both established and innovative teaching and assessment tools. For example, the program’s interactive learning platform empowers professors to teach online using the Socratic method. It also empowers online juris doctorate students to engage with content and receive feedback from classmates and professors in real time.

JDinteractive Leadership

Nina Kohn
Nina A. Kohn
Associate Dean for Research and Online Education
David M. Levy L’48 Professor of Law

As Associate Dean for Online Education, Nina A. Kohn is focused on building an academically outstanding online JD program. In addition to her administrative role, Kohn is a leading elder law scholar and a dedicated teacher who has been recognized with the College’s Res Ipsa award for teaching excellence.

Kathleen O’Connor
Teaching Professor
Executive Director, Online Education

Kathleen O’Connor was appointed Executive Director of Online Education in June of 2016. Before this appointment, she was a Legal Writing Professor for more than 14 years, receiving the Meredith Teaching Recognition Award in 2008 for excellence in classroom teaching.



The Faculty

JDi Introductory Class

College of Law faculty will teach JDinteractive  classes. Like residential JD students, online juris doctorate students are able to engage with faculty for academic support and counseling.

Meet Your Faculty-Mentors
Committed teachers—distinguished scholars—experienced, and exceptional, lawyers
  • The College’s deans and faculty have been educated at some of the most prestigious legal institutions in the world. Their book knowledge is bolstered by years of being in the legal trenches. They bring those real-world experiences to students.
  • The deans and faculty are thought-leaders in a broad range of fields, such as intellectual property law, disability law, and national security law
  • Our faculty are committed teachers and mentors who are dedicated to their students’ success. They get to know students as individuals, and they put students first.