The National Jurist - Spring 2017 - 12
courses that are being offered online.
Syracuse University College of Law
announced last spring that it would offer
a hybrid J.D. program once it receives
approval from the ABA. It is working with
2U Inc., an education technology provider
that has helped major universities offer
online programs outside of law.
Syracuse University hopes to start the
program in January 2018 and feature live,
face-to-face online classes and dynamic
"I want Syracuse Law to be known for
expanding legal education into new areas,
as a laboratory for new teaching methods,
as an incubator for new legal education
programs," said Craig Boise, the school's
Syracuse Law faculty will create coursework using 2U's Bidirectional Learning
Tool, which allows law professors to
teach online using a variety of teaching
approaches, including the Socratic method, and offers students a chance to receive
feedback from classmates and professors in
The Syracuse Law hybrid program will
also include traditional, in-person, oncampus courses and applied learning experiences such as externships.
"This partnership will enable the
College of Law to reach talented students
nationwide and allow us to grant unprecedented access to Syracuse Law's outstanding legal education," said Kent Syverud,
chancellor and president of Syracuse
University, who was formerly dean at
Washington University School of Law and
Vanderbilt University Law School.
Syracuse has planned its hybrid J.D.
as a three-year program, one year shorter
than Mitchell Hamline's.
Duhl said Mitchell Hamline understands that its unique position of having
the only ABA-approved online J.D. program will end soon.
"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 law schools," Duhl said.
Mitchell Hamline is already planning
additional online programs.
"The hybrid J.D. program continues
to draw large numbers of applicants, and
it is evolving and launching related spinoff
efforts, as well," Duhl said.
Mitchell Hamline has added online certificates for non-lawyers in cybersecurity
and human resources.
iLawVentures is working with several
Online ll.M. prOgraMs
33 schools offer 59 distance learning
LL.M. degrees for U.S.-trained attorneys.
Intl. Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
Arizona State University
Biotechnology & Genomics
Atlanta's John Marshall
Intl. Business Law; Taxation
Florida Coastal School of Law
Logistics & Transportation
Florida State University
Business Law; Environmental Law & Policy
Securities & Financial Regulation; Executive LL.M. in Taxation
Hofstra University (Deane)
Health Law & Policy
Intl. Business & Trade Law; Estate Planning; IT & Privacy;
Lewis & Clark Law School
Animal Law; Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy
Loyola University Chicago
Business Law; Health Law; Global Competition Law
Michigan State University
Global Food Law
New York University
Executive LL.M. in Taxation
Seton Hall University
Financial Services Compliance; Health Law;
Intellectual Property Law
St. John's School of Law
Elder Law; Advocacy
Taft Law School
Taxation; Trial Advocacy
Texas Southern University
Immigration & Naturalization
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Intl. Taxation & Financial Services
UConn School of Law
University of Alabama
Business Transactions; Taxation
University of Arkansas
Agricultural & Food Law
University of Denver
University of Miami
Real Property Development
University of Mississippi
Air & Space Law
University of Nebraska
Space, Cyber & Telecommunications Law
University of New Hampshire
Intellectual Property Law; Intl. Criminal Law & Justice
Vermont Law School
Environmental Law; Energy Law; Food & Agriculture Law
West Virginia University
Energy & Sustainable Development Law; Forensic Justice
Western New England University
Elder Law & Estate Planning
Widener Delaware Law School
Intl. & Business Law; Global Compliance; Higher Education
Compliance; Corporate Compliance; Health Compliance
Corporate Law & Finance; Intellectual Property; Insurance;
Homeland & National Security; Taxation
schools to deliver non-J.D. programs.
"It helps law schools diversify their revenue streams," Randall said. "Law schools
are trying to reach a broader audience
with certificates, MSL degrees and LL.M.
Mitchell Hamline is working on an
alternate version of its hybrid J.D. program.
"It will be an alternative to the MBA,"
Duhl said. "It will have a lot of focus on
business and is designed to compete with
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the MBA market."
Duhl said legal education needs to
develop new markets, and this is one
effort to do so. The good news is that
more MBA students are currently enrolled
in distance education than in traditional brick-and-mortar programs. And that
means the future could be very bright
indeed, not just for Mitchell Hamline but
for all law schools that are investing in
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