Touro moving more online, offering online courses for prospective students

Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center has taken another step further into the world of online education with the appointment of Jack Graves as  director of digital legal education.

Graves, a professor at the Long Island school, will oversee development of Touro Law’s new digital lawyering curriculum, while simultaneously working with faculty to expand and improve the ability to deliver educational content online through a virtual classroom experience.

Touro Law Center already offers a number of "virtual" or online courses in its JD program, as well as its new online Portal to Law School program to begin this spring. The Portal to Law School program is a series of mini courses previewing typical first-year law school courses. The courses are intended to introduce prospective law students to the substance and methodology of law school.

“Jack is dedicated to legal education and passionate about finding ways to ensure that today’s educational experience uses cutting-edge technology to enhance the delivery of information and the student experience,” said Patricia Salkin, dean of the school. "He is also working on new curricular content in the rapidly developing world of technology-leveraged lawyering. These combined interests coupled with his commitment to Touro Law will benefit the entire Touro community.”

Graves teaches Contracts, Business Organizations, Arbitration and International Sales Law & Arbitration, as well as new courses in basic business principles for law students and 21st Century lawyering.

Graves is teaching the Law Center's first "digital lawyering" course online this spring — "21st Century Law Practice by Design: Leveraging Legal Expertise with Technology for More Cost-Effective Delivery of Legal Services." This survey course will be offered online this summer as well, and additional offerings are planned for next fall and spring.