Online classes have made it possible for students to pursue careers they never thought possible. What started off as a few online classes in only a few select schools has now evolved into a common and very popular thing, with more degrees offered every day. There are even some law degrees you can earn online. Read more to see is this is something that may interest you.
What to Look for in an Online Law Degree Program
When you’re pursuing a law degree, whether it be online or at a campus, one of the most important things to look for is that the school is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA). This is very important if you hope to have any type of career in the legal profession. Currently, there are only 203 ABA-accredited schools in the United States. You can check out the schools by visiting their website.
Why is Accreditation So Important?
Accreditation is important not only because it’s a measurement of what type of education you’re getting, but also because it can make a difference if you want to become a lawyer. According to U.S. News & World Report, wholly online J.D. (juris doctor) programs are not accredited by the ABA and, therefore, graduates can’t take the bar exam in any states other than California. So, it’s extremely important that you research any online law degree you’re thinking of pursuing.
What Degrees are Necessary to Practice Law?
The shortest program needed to practice law in the U.S. and Canada is called a Juris Doctor, a degree that requires a bachelor’s degree and LSAT testing in order to be eligible for admission. A Juris Doctor degree typically takes three years’ worth of intense courses at an ABA accredited school. Beyond a J.D., students can earn additional degrees such as a one-year Masters of Law (LLM) that allows you to specialize in a field of law, or a Doctor of Juridical Studies that is equivalent to a Ph.D.
What Type of Law Degrees Can I Earn Online?
I bet you never thought the time would come where you could actually earn a law degree online. Yet, here we are and it can be done. While there may not be a lot of schools that offer online law degrees, they do exist. The kind of law degree program offered depends on the school. For instance, the Shepard Broad Law Center, which is part of Nova Southeastern University, offers a Master of Science Law online program with concentrations offered in health law, employment law and educational law. Additionally, Shepard Broad Law Center is an ABA-accredited school.
What are Online Programs Like?
When we hear the words “online program”, we generally assume that every course is one that can be taken at home if you have a computer with Internet access. This is not always the case. Some programs that advertise as online are not 100% online, which can make a difference in the curriculum and in what type of legal careers you can achieve. Some online programs are actually hybrid in nature and offer most classes online with a couple of on-campus visits required.
If the idea of becoming part of the legal profession and online schools are your only option, at least you now know it’s possible for you to reach your career aspirations. Start researching schools and get the ball rolling!