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.


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.


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.


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 …


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.'”


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.”


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.”


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.


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.


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.”