Above the Law: Always Around the Corner: Online Education in the Legal Academy

Always Around the Corner: Online Education in the Legal Academy

Some thoughts on the shift from brick-and-mortar teaching approaches to online instruction within the law school space. via Above the Law

A rapid transition from brick-and-mortar teaching approaches to online instruction has been spoken of for years within the EdTech community as if it were “just around the corner.” But the shift has been slower to take root than commentators have imagined it would or should be.  From my observation, the tipping point to online education has been just three years away . . . for twenty years now. Will it continue to be like this for the foreseeable future? Or has its time finally come?

For one thing, there are now multiple OPM (online program management) companies that are dedicating meaningful effort to helping law schools move into the online space. These include Barbri’s iLaw, which delivers a catalog of online courses to more than 40 law schools, and 2U, which recently announced the extension of its partnership with the Washington University School of Law to power its online L.L.M. degrees. For deans who are considering a move in this direction, the decision is made easier by knowing that there are companies with solutions ready-to-hand.

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