WSYR: First-ever online law program starts at Syracuse University

Posted on Friday 1/11/2019
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(WSYR | Jan. 10, 2019) Law is the chosen field for nearly three dozen people in Syracuse University's newest law school class that started their program this week.

The university is offering a law degree program online-- the first ever full interactive law program approved by the American Bar Association. 

"I live within two miles of five law schools in Chicago, all of which have part-time programs, but I really am comfortable with this type of learning,” said Ray Scannell, an online law student through SU. 

Educators say the program is just as rigorous as if the students came to Dineen Hall everyday.

"We designed this program with the non-traditional student in mind. So this program is designed to make law school accessible to working professionals, caregivers, people who can't commit to being in one place for three years,” said Nina Kohn, the associate dean for online education at SU Law. 

It'll take students just over three years to finish the program and earn their law degree. The first class has 32 students from across the U.S. and three countries-- half are military or from military families.

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