Syracuse gets ABA approval to expand online law degree program

Syracuse University College of Law received approval by the American Bar Association to expand its online law degree program that it launched in January 2019. The program is designed to give people who have a full-time job or take care of young children or aging relatives the chance to earn a J.D. It can now enroll up to 100 students in each class, up from 65. 

JDinteractive (JDi) is a fully interactive program that combines live online class sessions with self-paced class sessions, residential courses, and applied learning experiences. 

"The College requested expansion of the JDi program in order to meet increasing demand from strong law degree candidates for a high quality, flexible online law degree program that meets their family, work, and other needs," said Dean Craig Boise. "The ABA's approval is a testament to the successful design of our program, which includes a carefully calibrated mix of live online classes taught by College faculty, self-paced classes, applied learning opportunities, and short residencies."

JDi is designed to meet the needs and demands of well-qualified law students for whom a residential program is not feasible.

“Since its launch, our program has seen remarkable success in terms of the academic credentials of the students enrolled, the quality of instruction and support for students, and their academic performance," said Nina Kohn, Faculty Director of Online Education.

More than half of current JDi students are caregivers for young children or aging relatives; the majority have existing careers; and many are military-connected and thus unable to commit to being in one geographic location for the duration of their legal education. 

By design, JDi is also uniquely positioned to accommodate students with disabilities, which reflects the College’s long history as a leader in disability law and policy.

The law school will begin to accept applications for Fall 2021 in September 2020. 

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