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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 dean.
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 real time.
The Syracuse Law hybrid program will
also include traditional, in-person, on-campus 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
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
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
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 online education.
Lawyers play a unique and vital role.
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