St. Francis School of Law Curriculum: Ahead of the Curve

Online Law School Curriculum

At our recent Curriculum Development Committee, discussion abounded regarding one of the more interesting statistics to be included in the ABA’s  first report on law school curriculum to be released in 10 years:  The number of ABA accredited law schools offering online, synchronous (i.e., “real-time”) classes is up thirteen percent since 2002 and the number of  distance education courses offered by ABA approved law schools in an “asynchronous” format is up fourteen percent.  Unfortunately, an ABA approved online law school is not possible given the ABA’s refusal to accredit online law schools, but this is a very positive step in the right direction.

It’s great news for St. Francis law school students that online legal courses are becoming widely incorporated into the curricula of ABA approved law schools and we’re excited to continue to be on the leading edge of legal education.

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About onlinelawdegree

St. Francis was founded in the heart of Silicon Valley, where new start-up companies, young entrepreneurs, and the world’s leading venture capital firms have created some of the world’s most innovative companies. St. Francis began when a group of entrepreneurs began lamenting the state of legal education and the fact that: * When most law students graduate, they are not armed with the skills they actually need to practice law and instead learn how to practice law during the first three years on the job, at the expense of clients. * Clients are beginning to refuse to pay for junior associates to get trained on the job; * Legal jobs and services are quickly being shifted overseas; * There are fewer “big law” jobs available; and * Law students are taking on huge amounts of debt in the hopes of obtaining “big law” jobs. We quickly realized that there is a growing demand for a different type of legal education and our mission is to provide it. At St. Francis, we emphasize the things students need to know to practice law, thereby supplying the legal market with graduates who have already gained exposure to a wide range of skills that most law graduates do not obtain until several years on the job.
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