Seattle University attempting to add Flex JD to program offerings in 2021

Seattle University School of Law is looking to offer a hybrid JD program in the fall 2021 if it gets American Bar Association approval.  

The so-called Flex JD would require students to attend some live online classes and meet on campus occasionally, but most of the coursework would be done on a student’s own time and online. 

“We’re taking this bold step because we think this is the future of part-time legal education,” said Dean Annette E. Clark. “We believe this format will be particularly attractive to busy working professionals and parents who might not otherwise be able to attend law school.”

Only a limited number of schools offer such programs, but the number is growing. 

The online aspect builds on the law school’s experience with the Online Master of Legal Studies in Compliance and Risk Management program, which launched in the fall of 2019 and is quickly growing, as well as the faculty’s experience offering legal education remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Our innovative professors have developed a values-based curriculum integrating social justice concepts, which cultivates future lawyers who are committed to justice, dignity, and equity,” the Seattle Law website said.  

This course is designed for students who are working toward their law degrees part-time. With Seattle U Law's proposed Flex JD Program, students will need just three and a half years to complete their degree.

Seattle U Law is now accepting applications for admission. Learn more by visiting the Flex JD program website

 

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