JDinteractive is an ABA approved online law school program that delivers Syracuse’s College of Law juris doctor degree through interactive live and self-paced online classes, residential courses, and a guided externship placement.
A year-round, ABA-approved online law school program, JDi is designed to be completed over three years and three months, with students taking an average of nine credits per semester.
JDinteractive is an online law school program comparable to Syracuse’s residential juris doctorate. Online law degree graduates earn exactly the same degree as residential students. The College of Law therefore expects both cohorts to receive exactly the same learning outcomes. More detail about learning outcomes can be found here. Among other outcomes, all JDinteractive graduates will:
- Develop knowledge of a broad cross-section of constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and common law.
- Competently comprehend, interpret, and analyze constitutions, statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions.
- Speak and write effectively about the law in a manner appropriate to the audience.
- Research law and investigate facts proficiently.
- Approach legal problems practically.
- Appreciate the important roles lawyers play in society and recognize the impact of law on people and institutions.
Core Course & Electives
College of Law Experiential & Advocacy Programs
Each JDinteractive student will have an externship opportunity prior to graduation, which will give them the chance to apply what they are learning in a legal practice setting. Experiential learning opportunities will be incorporated into on-campus courses. For example, the third and fourth residencies will focus on building specific skills today’s lawyers need.
See above for a list of experiential courses that online law school students take during their residencies. These courses satisfy both the ABA graduation requirement and the New York State bar admission requirement for experiential learning.
Externships at the College of Law offer students opportunities to earn academic credit while gaining real-world legal experience. Students are able to explore various areas of the law and potential career paths while engaging with alumni and building professional networks.
The College of Law offers a variety of opportunities to develop students’ advocacy skills throughout their law school experience, and the Moot Court Program is an important part of this legal training. Online students have the opportunity for a Moot Court experience, although because of residential requirements, they are not eligible to join the Moot Court Honor Society.
Online students will have the opportunity to join the Law Review team. By joining a student-run publication team, students build their professional skill-set, expand their scholarship, and deepen their knowledge of practice areas and specialties.