Online Law degrees have been increasingly attractive in the US, where tuition fees, accommodation, learning materials and other expenses can result in a degree from Harvard Law School reaching $90,000 per year. Even in other less prestigious schools, costs can still run at $40,000 per year.
In order to provide more affordable education programs, Syracuse University College of Law from 2018 (pending American Bar Association approval) will take classes online. The aim is to encourage more students to attend Law programmes nationwide, which have seen a decline of a fifth of applications compared to a decade ago. Moreover, this enables students who cannot study in the US due to visa or other reasons would now be able to attend the courses.
Although online courses may not necessarily be cheaper to deliver due to the legal materials taught which must be regularly updated, there can be a significant reduction in cost of living expenses. Moreover, they enable great flexibility for those who are unwilling or unable to leave their job and family to pursue full-time studies and can take place from the comfort of one’s own home.
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