Applications Open for JDinteractive, the College of Law’s Online Law Degree Program

Posted on Wednesday 4/4/2018
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Syracuse University College of Law is now accepting applications for its groundbreaking online J.D. program through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The deadline for applications for the program's first cohort of students is Nov. 15, 2018, for matriculation in January 2019.  

The new program—called JDinteractive—is the first fully interactive online J.D. program to be accredited by the American Bar Association. The online law degree program is designed to be a flexible option for talented and ambitious students who cannot relocate to a residential program because of work or family commitments. 

"JDinteractive allows the College of Law to make our rigorous juris doctor program accessible to students who cannot reasonably attend a fully residential program," explains Associate Dean for Research and Online Education Nina Kohn, who helped design the program. "The program is designed to prepare students to succeed in a dynamic legal profession, and JDinteractive students will earn the same degree as our residential J.D. students.” 

Taught by College of Law faculty to the same high standards as the residential J.D. program, JDinteractive is a year-round, 10-semester course of study designed to be completed over three years and three months, with students taking an average of nine credits per semester. Online students take the same required courses as residential students, select among elective courses, and are provided hands-on experiential learning and skills-building classes. To accommodate the schedules of students with work or other commitments, evening and weekend classes are offered.

A hallmark of the program is that more than half of JDinteractive class time will take place in “real-time," with online students and professors interacting and engaging with content just as students do in residential classes. Self-paced class sessions with interactive exercises complement these live sessions. Students also attend in-person, short-residency courses on campus and at satellite locations, and they will have the opportunity to participate in student organizations and to complete a guided legal externship—gaining critical practical legal experience—before graduation. 

Admissions standards and requirements for JDinteractive are equivalent to those in the College of Law's residential program. To apply, prospective students should first create a "Future J.D. Student" account at lsac.org. Once the account has been created, applicants may then register to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and complete the application process. Questions about JDinteractive can be directed to onlinejd@law.syr.edu or 315.443.1962. More information about the program can be found at jdinteractive.syr.edu.