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Online Program is Helping Military Members and Spouses Get Law Degrees

Military.com | June 22, 2019

This Military.com article focuses on JDinteractive’s ability to allow active military, the military-connected, and veterans to pursue a law degree without having to commit to a three-year residential program …

From Okinawa to Germany and bases in the U.S., military spouses and active-duty troops are attending a law school in upstate New York, thanks to the first online program accredited by the American Bar Association.

“You just click on the link,” Michaela Gonzalez, wife of an Army Specialist in Vilseck, Germany, said of how she attends class at Syracuse University’s College of Law …

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/06/22/online-program-helping-military-members-and-spouses-get-law-degrees.html


JDinteractive Named Top Online Law Degree Program by Criminal Justice Degree Hub

criminaljusticedegreehub.com | June 2019

Criminal Justice Degree Hub’s ranking of the best hybrid and online JD degree programs looks at reputable, accredited institutions. “We then ranked them according to their Tuition Cost (current IPEDS data), Student Satisfaction (Niche reviews), and Alumni Salary Expectations (from College Scorecard).”

“Syracuse University stands apart from other programs because it is ABA approved and fully online. As an online program, it is interactive and encourages students to stay engaged in the material. The live online classes offer a chance to interact with peers and discuss topics with professors similar to traditional classes. The university offers the flexibility students need to manage their personal and career obligations while obtaining their degree.


Online Law School Courses Pass the Test

TaxProfBlog | March 26, 2019

The skills for teaching online law school courses are not unlike those needed for the practice of law. Both require concise writing, well-organized outlines and the ability to speak without appearing that you’re reading from a script, says Ellen Murphy, assistant dean of instructional technologies and design at Wake Forest University School of Law.

And despite the stereotypes about online offerings being low-quality, Murphy says that when the courses are done well, students and professors may have a better connection than they would with in-person classes. With online learning, she adds, “you can’t hide in the back row” …

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2019/03/online-law-school-courses-pass-the-test.html


If taught well, online law school courses can pass the test, experts say

ABA Journal | Feb. 6, 2019

And despite the stereotypes about online offerings being low-quality, Murphy says that when the courses are done well, students and professors may have a better connection than they would with in-person classes … Accredited law schools with recent online offerings include Syracuse University College of Law, the University of Dayton School of Law and Southwestern Law School …

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/are-online-law-school-courses-good-that-depends-experts-say


Online Law School is a Win for Syracuse University

The Daily Orange | Feb. 5, 2019

“This program will be incredibly helpful to those who just can’t pursue an on-campus law school education. Whether it be because of jobs, families or any other reason, the commitment of being a full-time student on campus for three years can be taxing.”

View article here.


JDinteractive: Heading to law school was the next step for Kathryn Morris … just not in Oregon

Onondaga County Bar Reporter | February 2019

“I started Googling ‘online law school’ and quickly discovered that there was a new program that would fit my needs,” she said. “This program is quite literally the only way that a legal education is approachable given my professional and family life.”

View PDF here.


Nina Kohn Discusses JDinteractive on Channel 9’s Bridge Street

LocalSyr.com | Jan. 17, 2019


Ahead of the Curve: LRAP Arms Race

Law.com | Jan. 14, 2019

A trio of elite law schools have recently improved their Loan Repayment Assistance Programs for graduates in public interest and other low-paying jobs, and Syracuse University College of Law’s brand new hybrid J.D. program offers a glimpse of legal education’s future …

https://www.law.com/2019/01/14/ahead-of-the-curve-lrap-arms-race/


3 Tips for Choosing an Online Law Program

US News & World Report | Jan. 15, 2019

… Beginning with the January 2019 semester, Syracuse became the first law school to launch an ABA-accredited program featuring these live online classes. Students must still complete 12 credits in-person on Syracuse’s campus – through short, skills-focused intensive residencies held during the first week of the student’s law school education, a second week during the second semester and four long weekends scheduled at the student’s convenience over the remainder of his or her time in law school …

https://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/law-admissions-lowdown/articles/2019-01-15/3-tips-for-choosing-an-online-law-program


First-ever online law program starts at Syracuse University

WSYR News Channel 9 | Jan. 10, 2019

… “I live within two miles of five law schools in Chicago, all of which have part-time programs, but I really am comfortable with this type of learning,” said Ray Scannell, an online law student through SU …

https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/first-ever-online-law-program-starts-at-syracuse-university/1696438243


Law School’s Online Program Attracts Students With Higher LSAT Scores Than Its On-Campus Program

Above the Law | Jan. 10, 2019

Syracuse Law’s JDinteractive program got off to a great start this week, and according to Nina Kohn, the school’s associate dean for online education, the students in the online program had higher LSAT scores than students in the residential program.

https://abovethelaw.com/2019/01/law-schools-online-program-attracts-students-with-higher-lsat-scores-than-its-on-campus-program/


Syracuse’s New Online JD Portends Popularity of Hybrid Programs

Law.com | Jan. 9, 2019

… Syracuse’s hybrid differs from existing offerings in part due to its emphasis on online classes delivered in real-time, alongside the more common self-paced online classes of other programs that allow students to complete them at their convenience. JDinteractive took four years of planning, [Nina] Kohn said, and classes are taught primarily by the school’s regular law faculty.

“I think we have the potential to set the standard for what a quality legal education looks like in this online space,” she said …

https://www.law.com/2019/01/09/syracuses-new-online-j-d-portends-popularity-of-hybrid-programs/


JDinteractive: An Online Law Degree Program Designed to Expand Access to Justice

NYSBA Journal | September 2018

This article describes the program and its implications for the legal profession and those the profession serves. Specifically, it discusses the potential of this rigorous, yet flexible, approach to legal education to reach talented students who cannot reasonably attend a residential law school. It then explores how the approach may help increase diversity within the legal profession, produce lawyers with client-relevant experience, and expand access to justice in underserved communities.

http://www.nysba.org/Journal/2018/Sep/JDinteractive/


The Audacity to Innovate: Pioneering an Online J.D. Program

Inside Higher Ed | June 13, 2018

… One of the immediate advantages of hybrid and online programs is the flexibility they allow, as flexibility begets access. Syracuse … may now become an option for a talented student for whom the opportunity and other costs of a residential program would have been too high even to consider …

https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2018/06/13/importance-online-innovation-legal-education-opinion


Navigating online professional degrees — potential and caution

Education Dive | March 21, 2018

Syracuse University College of Law is pioneering one of the nation’s hybrid J.D. programs, available for enrollment in 2019, and others are looking into the potential advantages of this type of offering, particularly as the post-secondary student body grows in non-traditional, mid-career adults seeking credentials from flexible programs …

https://www.educationdive.com/news/navigating-online-professional-degrees-potential-and-caution/518847/


6 Ways to Study Law Online

U.S. News & World Report | March 26, 2018

… Like Mitchell Hamline, the Syracuse University College of Law was recently approved for an ABA variance allowing its J.D. program to combine live and self-paced online classes with in-person sessions on the school’s campus or satellite locations, says Nina Kohn, associate dean for research and online education at the school. It is expected to launch in January 2019 …

usnews.com/higher-education/online-education/articles/2018-03-26/6-ways-to-study-law-online


SU Law First in Nation to Offer Live Online Law Program

News Channel 9 (Syracuse, NY) | March 12, 2018

“Nina Kohn, Associate Dean of Research and Online Education, SU Law School, says, ‘The legal profession is changing and law schools need to be aware of that and think about how do we prepare students for the legal profession of tomorrow and not the legal profession of yesterday.’

Students in the online program will be taught by College of Law faculty and will be held to the same high admission and academic standards as students in the College’s residential program, and will take all courses required by its residential J.D. program.

Kathleen O’Connor, Executive Director of Online Education for SU Law, says, ‘It is our program that we have in the building and now it will be available to students online.'”

localsyr.com/news/local-news/su-law-first-in-nation-to-offer-live-online-law-program/1034014294


Online JD Program Could Increase Accessibility at the College of Law, Faculty Say

The Daily Orange | Feb. 27, 2018

“I think we will be a pioneer,” said Christian Day, a professor in the College of Law. “I think we have the advantage of being the first (online J.D.) school, a fine law school at a fine university, and if we do it right, there will be other schools that will also do it” …

dailyorange.com/2018/02/online-jd-program-increase-accessibility-college-law-faculty-say/


College of Law’s Nina Kohn Discusses New Online Juris Doctor Program

Syracuse University News | Feb. 26, 2018

“The program is the result of a multi-year process and careful deliberation by our faculty. Multiple faculty committees worked on this program, from the initial deliberation on whether to pursue it in the first place, to the general curricular framework, to specific course content.”

College of Law’s Nina Kohn Discusses New Online Juris Doctor Program


The Ice Is Melting for Hybrid J.D. Programs

eLearning News Online | Feb. 22, 2018

“Syracuse’s will conduct a majority of its coursework via remote online classes. For the remaining third of credits mandated by the ABA, students will travel to campus once per semester for intensive periods of study that will last roughly one week” …

The Ice Is Melting for Hybrid J.D. Programs


Another Law School Launches Hybrid Online Degree

Education Dive | Feb. 16, 2018

“Despite critics’ concerns that legal education requires use of the in-person Socratic method, the ABA’s willingness to give accredited status to distance and blending learning in high-quality programs reflects online education’s staying power” …

educationdive.com/news/another-law-school-launches-hybrid-online-degree/517246/


Syracuse Law Gains Approval for (Mostly) Online J.D.

Inside Higher Ed | Feb. 15, 2018

Syracuse University College of Law has won approval from the American Bar Association’s accreditation division to offer a J.D. program in which roughly two-thirds of the course work will be completed online — although about half of the credits completed at a distance will be conducted live, in real time, school officials note …

insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2018/02/15/syracuse-law-gains-approval-mostly-online-jd


Syracuse Law Announces “Live Online” J.D. Program

National Jurist | Feb. 14, 2018

“By allowing students to engage in real-time online classes from anywhere, the online J.D. will make the College of Law’s high-quality legal education accessible to students who cannot reasonably attend a fully residential program,” says Craig M. Boise, Dean and Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law …

nationaljurist.com/prelaw/syracuse-law-announces-live-online-jd-program


ABA Set to Loosen Restrictions on Online Law Classes

Law.com | Feb. 13, 2018

… “It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to translate what we do as law professors into the online space,” Kohn said. “It’s exciting to think about how we can make the residential program, which has been our hallmark and our strength, accessible to students who can’t get to our campus” …

law.com/2018/02/13/aba-set-to-loosen-restrictions-on-online-law-class