The National Jurist - Spring 2017 - 11
Under this business plan, a person
could be teaching as an adjunct professor
at several law schools at once.
Randall said he expects the need for
online courses to increase as law becomes
more specialized and law schools look for
better economies of scale.
Catherine Carpenter, a law professor at
Southwestern Law School and a leading
authority on curricula, has suggested law
schools should focus on their core specialties and leave other specialty areas to other
"It would be wonderful if individual
schools did not feel the need to provide
courses in all specialties, but allowed students to take courses at other schools," she
said at the Association of American Law
Schools conference in 2015.
She said law schools could then cut
back on staffing and be more efficient.
William Byrnes, another pioneer in
online legal education, said it provides
great benefits for students.
"For one thing, it means a lot for those
in Middle America or in Montana who
have lived too far away from a law school
to make a J.D. practical," said Byrnes, the
"We are at the forefront
now, but due to increasing
competition, schools will
find ways to increase
access to education
to help students who
otherwise could not go to
- Greg Duhl, associate dean for strategic
initiatives, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
associate dean for special projects at Texas
A&M University School of Law. "It's also
possible, for example, that in the second
year of law school, a student can use his
or her distance credits by going to Brazil
or Paris for a spring term of online study
while that student has a deep immersion
experience in another culture. After spending the summer abroad - while possibly
having an externship as well - a student
can return for the last year at a U.S. law
school. If you do that, you can participate
in whatever type of bar review that your
school will offer. None of that flexibility
was possible before."
Duhl said online courses allow students
to accept externships anywhere in the
world and still take a full course load.
"For a lot of students, this is more convenient," Duhl said. "And the learning
outcomes are just as good."
In addition to the 30 schools that work
with iLawVentures, several other schools
have expanded their online offerings in
The John Marshall Law School in
Chicago and Loyola University Chicago
School of Law are both at the forefront,
offering dozens of online classes. Loyola
University Chicago will offer more than
30 health law courses online this summer.
Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland,
Ore., is offering distance education for
courses in environmental and animal law.
"[Summer courses] help students get
ahead, and it provides incremental revenue
for law schools in the summer, because it is
a downtime otherwise," Randall said.
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