Stetson launches online LL.M. and online journal

Stetson University College of Law is introducing two new online ventures.

Home to one of the top-ranked trial advocacy programs in the country, the Gulfport, Fla.-based school is launching an online LL.M. in Advocacy, starting in August 2013. It will also launch an online version of the Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law in May. This is the second known law review designed to be read entirely online. 

The goal of the Stetson’s Master of Laws in Advocacy program is to meet the needs of busy legal practitioners who wish to learn the Stetson method of advocacy. Students enrolled in the program will complete courses online with some limited in-person participation. Applicants for admission to the LL.M. program must have a law degree from a U.S. law school or a law school approved by the appropriate authority outside the U.S.

The new online LL.M. program is offered through Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Advocacy, home to advocacy teams who have won four international titles, 60 national championships, 40 state titles, 38 best brief awards, and 96 best oralist/advocate awards.

The deadline for applications for the new program  is June 1. Application fees for the new program have been waived. 

When it comes to the online version of the Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law, the school can thank students Jamie Combee and Erik Johanson for the work. They are the founding editors of the journal, which will include a range of articles related to trial work and practical advocacy skills. Both students are members of Stetson’s award-winning Moot Court Board.

The students explained that the journal will have shorter format articles than can be easily viewed on mobile devices. Members of the judiciary, legal practitioners, as well as academics and law students, are invited to submit short articles on the subject of practicing advocacy.

“Articles do not need to conform to one topic or case,” Combee said.

Fellow student Johanson said, “Articles can focus on any practice area that involves advocating for clients.”

The University of Oklahoma's Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology was the first online-only journal when it launched in 1998.