June 13, 2016 – Wolters Kluwer’s Legal Education group and iLawVentures today announced the launch of Aspen-iLaw Distance Education, a collaboration to advance high quality online education for U.S. law schools. The initiative will enable law school students from any part of the country or world to access the highest quality courses and lecturers online as part of their degree programs.
Wolters Kluwer’s Legal Education business, in continuous operation for more than forty years under the Aspen imprint, is a highly regarded publisher of textbooks and other instructional materials in the U.S. law school market. Through its Connected Casebook technology, Wolters Kluwer has in recent years helped shift hundreds of classrooms nationwide into a blended digital/print instructional mode. iLaw, founded in 2012, is the leading provider of high quality online course content for law schools seeking to expand their J.D. course catalog or diversify their portfolio of graduate programs. In bringing together the market leaders in instructional content development and digitally based instructional delivery, this new collaboration will help ensure that all U.S. law schools have access to a tested, scalable method of expanding learning opportunities for their students.
Aspen-iLaw Distance Education will provide solutions for law schools for both J.D. and non-J.D. (LL.M., M.Jur., certificate) courses. Aspen-iLaw Distance Education’s J.D. catalog, currently consisting of 17 classes, including Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Sports Law and Securities Regulation, enables law schools to offer online courses that are not otherwise available to their students. All classes are delivered to students under the management of and in compliance with the academic policies of the law school that secures iLaw’s services.
Aspen-iLaw Distance Education’s LL.M. offering enables law schools to shift existing LL.M. programs from traditional delivery modes to digital approaches that can reach students, both nationally and around the world. The program advances the mission of many schools to expand their base beyond J.D. enrollments and into graduate programs for lawyers and other professionals.
Wolters Kluwer and iLaw will collaborate on several aspects of both the J.D. and non-J.D. programs, including instructor and author recruitment, instructional delivery and promotion.
According to Vikram Savkar, General Manager of Wolters Kluwer Legal Education, “Law schools are actively looking to take advantage of digital modes of instruction in order to expand the range of courses that their students have access to. iLaw has built a successful track record in providing a simple and reliable solution to this need. Wolters Kluwer is delighted to provide expertise and resources that will help to expand the program further, ensuring that law schools will have a robust long-term partner in their innovation efforts.”
Ken Randall, Founder and CEO of iLaw, said, “iLaw is proud to join with Wolters Kluwer Legal Education in expanding opportunities for law schools to complement their existing residential programs with high quality online offerings. iLaw already provides online solutions to nearly 20% of all ABA accredited law schools, and there are invaluable synergies between our two businesses. Excellence is at the core of both enterprises, and this collaboration further strengthens the accessibility of inclusive and cutting-edge legal training.”
About Aspen-iLaw Distance Education
Aspen-iLaw Distance Education is a co-branded program managed by iLaw in conjunction with Wolters Kluwer Legal Education. Law schools interested in exploring the Aspen-iLaw Distance Education program should visit www.ilawventures.com. For more information about Wolters Kluwer’s Legal Education group, visit www.wklegaledu.com. For more information about iLawVentures, visit www.ilawventures.com.
Established by Ken Randall, a former dean of Alabama School of Law, who has nearly 30 years of experience in legal education, iLaw partners with accredited law schools to create, market, deliver, monitor, and operate high quality online programs and courses. iLaw has partnered with nearly 40 public and private law schools and also has delivered academic content to select international markets. iLaw is the market leader in online education solutions for the law school market. For more information about iLaw, including course availability and non/post-J.D. collaboration, visit www.ilawventures.com.
About Wolters Kluwer
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