Questions & Answers About JDinteractive
What classes do JDi Students take?
The majority of JDinteractive courses are online classes that combine self-paced class sessions with live class sessions. A list of courses can be found here.
JDinteractive students also take six residential courses. These short, intensive courses provide an opportunity to build key lawyering skills.
In addition to online coursework and in-person residential courses, students are expected to complete an externship as part of the JDi program. Externships offer students opportunities to earn academic credit while gaining real-world legal experience under the supervision of a practicing attorney. Students are able to explore various areas of the law and potential career paths while engaging with alumni and building professional networks. Read more about the externship program.
How do online courses work?
Each online course consists of both self-paced class sessions and live class sessions. Self-paced sessions are taught by College of Law faculty and combine lectures, demonstrations, case studies, and a wide variety of interactive exercises. Live class sessions are also taught by College of Law faculty. Live class sessions take advantage of videoconferencing technology to allow professors and students to teach and learn in real time just as they do on campus. Many professors conduct live sessions using the Socratic dialogue method, or a modified version of the method, just as in the College of Law’s residential program.
Where are the residential courses held?
The first four residential courses are held on the Syracuse University campus located in Syracuse, NY. At this time, students will attend the first residency online, due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19. The last two residential courses will be held on campus or another Syracuse University location such as New York City, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles.
How do externships work?
Each JDinteractive student will have the opportunity to complete an externship before graduation. Externships are designed to prepare students for the practice of law by giving them a hands-on opportunity to build lawyering skills and apply their knowledge in a legal practice setting. College of Law staff will work closely with each JDinteractive student to help identify an appropriate externship that students can complete from their current location, should they wish not to relocate.
Externships consist of a placement in a legal practice setting and an accompanying seminar. Students placed in cities in which the College of Law has in-person seminars (including Syracuse, Washington, DC, New York City) will have the option of participating in the in-person seminar alongside students in the College’s residential J.D. program. Students working in other cities (as well as students for whose schedules cannot accommodate the in-person seminar) will instead enroll in an online seminar led by a College of Law faculty member.
Who are the JDinteractive faculty?
All courses are taught by Syracuse University College of Law Faculty.
- Browse the list of the College of Law’s faculty.
- Read the list of faculty teaching in the JDinteractive program sorted by the class they teach.
What degree do students earn?
Students earn a juris doctorate (JD) degree upon successful completion of the program. This is the same degree earned by graduates of our residential program.
How much time should students expect to spend preparing for classes?
Each professor has different expectations for their class, but students should expect to spend an average of two hours of preparation and study time for each hour of class.
Do JDinteractive students participate in student organizations?
JDinteractive students are full members of the College of Law community and are encouraged to participate in student organizations, including the student government and Syracuse Law Review.
Can JDinteractive students take experiential courses?
Residential courses are heavily focused on experiential learning. In addition, JDinteractive students participate in the College’s externship program.
Can online students earn joint degrees or certificates of advanced study (CAS)?
JDinteractive does not offer CAS at this time.
Do applicants have to take the LSAT? Do you accept GRE results in lieu of the LSAT?
Admissions standards and requirements are equivalent to those in our residential program, including the testing requirements, which generally include the LSAT. For applicants who have not yet taken an admission test, the LSAT is highly recommended.
Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the GRE is now accepted in lieu of the LSAT. If an applicant chooses to apply with the GRE, please read the detailed instructions contained within the application.
Do students apply through LSAC?
Yes. JDinteractive students apply for admission using Law School Admission Council (LSAC) services.
Can a law student from another law school transfer to the online program?
We will consider qualified transfer students beginning in August 2020.
Can Syracuse law students transfer between the online and residential J.D. programs?
Students are eligible to apply to transfer from JDinteractive to the residential law program at Syracuse, although students’ financial arrangements may be different. Requests to switch from the residential program to the online law degree program will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Are online classes available to residential JD students studying on campus?
We anticipate that upper-level students in our residential program will have the option of taking certain classes online starting in 2020.
What academic support services are available to JDinteractive students?
JDinteractive students have access to extensive programming and academic services, including academic and student counseling, student support, virtual tutors, study groups, bar exam preparation, and professional development. Like residential JD students, JDinteractive students can engage with faculty for academic support and counseling. Faculty hold online office hours to answer questions and counsel students regularly. See information provided by Student Affairs.
What information technology (IT) support is provided?
JDinteractive students are provided technical help via the University and Information Technology Services (SU ITS). Tech support help is offered via phone, email, and online chat.
How do JDinteractive graduates prepare for the bar exam?
Our JD curriculum is designed to, among other things, prepare all students to take the bar exam. In order to graduate, all students must successfully complete our rigorous required courses, as well as other courses designed to both expand their doctrinal knowledge and develop their writing and reasoning skills. A course on foundational skills for attorney licensing is also available. However, we expect that graduates of our JDinteractive program, like graduates of our residential program, will also opt into private review classes routinely used by law students nationwide (such as BarBri, Kaplan, Pieper, and Themis).
Does the College of Law support JDinteractive students and graduates in finding employment?
The College of Law is committed to providing all of our students with personalized career and professional development services. Students in JDinteractive have access to the College’s career support services, including instruction related to drafting resumes, cover letters, and other job application materials, résumé review, mock job interviews, job search assistance and guidance related to networking and professionalism.
How does the cost of the Syracuse online JD program compare to that of the residential JD program?
Tuition for both the residential and online law degree programs is the same, but the JDinteractive tuition is currently charged on a per credit basis ($1,925 per credit). JDinteractive students will take between 7 and 11 credits per semester.
The “opportunity cost” of attending the Syracuse online law degree program may be lower for many students as compared to attending a residential program. For example, students can continue working while completing their degree, and online students do not have to move their families or leave their existing support systems.
Are financial aid, loans, or scholarships available?
- FAFSA—Law students may be eligible for federal student loans. To apply for federal aid, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include Syracuse University’s Federal School Code (002882).
- Financial Aid—The College of Law operates its own Financial Aid Office, which is separate from the University’s Financial Aid Office. This allows us to provide for personal, individualized service to our students. We are dedicated to providing outstanding service to our students and invite you to contact us if you have any questions about financial aid opportunities at Syracuse University College of Law. The Financial Aid Office will be in contact throughout the application process to the College. Communications will be sent to students providing instructions to take if the student is applying for financial aid.
- Loan Programs—The William D. Ford Direct Loan program allows eligible students to borrow fixed interest rate student loans and defer both interest and principal payments while in school. A variety of repayment options are available once students leave school, allowing everyone to develop a successful repayment strategy. Other federal loan/aid resources available to law students include: Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, federal veterans benefits.
- Scholarships—Limited merit-based scholarships will be awarded to selected incoming JDi student during the admission application process. The College of Law also maintains an outside scholarship database that students can use to apply for other scholarship opportunities.
What is the anticipated cost for the residential portion of the online program?
Students must travel for the residential portions of the program to our Syracuse campus or to one of Syracuse University’s off-campus facilities, in New York City, Washington, DC, or Los Angeles.
During in-person residencies, JDinteractive students may choose where to stay. Students generally choose to stay in a local hotel, such as the on-campus Sheraton Syracuse University, for which The College of Law reserves rooms using a block rate. In addition to the tuition charge and residency fee, students are responsible for paying for their rooms and transportation to and from the residency.
Can Syracuse online JD program students sit for the bar in all states?
Each jurisdiction sets its own criteria for admission to the bar and to sit for its bar examination, including an applicant’s legal education. As graduates of an ABA accredited law school and approved program, it appears that JDinteractive graduates will satisfy most jurisdictions’ current legal education requirements and thus be eligible for admission to the bar in most states. However, the College of Law has identified two jurisdictions that do not currently recognize an online J.D. program as meeting their legal education requisites: New York and New Hampshire. In addition, it is presently unclear whether the JDi program will satisfy the legal education requirements for admission to the bar in Alabama. However, we are optimistic that in coming years these jurisdictions will acknowledge the rigor and quality of our program and allow graduates to take their respective bar exam.
Applicants should be aware that bar eligibility, admission rules and rule interpretations can change. The College of Law encourages applicants to confirm the legal education requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission to the bar by contacting the state bar admission agencies of the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
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