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Law Students Say Yes to Remote Learning

It appears distance learning in law school is here to stay.

A new study finds that almost 70 percent of third-year law students want more remote course choices than their schools even offer.  

The survey was conducted by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.  More than 60 law schools and close to 1,400 students participated.

From the ABA Journal: “Standard 311 of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools states that distance education should not exceed 20 percent of required credit hours for graduation. Schools can make substantive change requests with the council, and a resolution, which seeks to clarify distance education definitions and requirements, has been submitted for review to the ABA House of Delegates, ahead of the ABA Annual Meeting in August.”

See the results of the study here.

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ABA Law School Distance Learning Survey

Among the key survey findings:

  • Seventy-four (74) percent of respondents said the 2020-2021 academic year was the first time their schools offered distance education courses.
  • Fifty-two (52) percent said they would prefer to take a virtual course via Zoom or another platform (so long as it was synchronous and attended by all students at the same time) while 48 percent preferred in-person courses exclusively.
  • Fifty-nine (59) percent preferred in-person classes to asynchronous online courses that are prerecorded and self-paced, while 42 percent preferred asynchronous courses.
  • Seventy-six (76) percent did not think that accreditation standards should differ between prerecorded asynchronous courses and synchronous courses.

Source: Law students want more distance education classes, according to ABA findings (


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About the Author

Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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