“This gives lawyers and professionals opportunities for learning that they otherwise may not have,” said Professor Robert J. Nye.
Chicago (PRWEB) February 16, 2012
The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is using the latest in academic technology to develop traditional law courses into online advanced law degrees for those with a growing interest in learning outside the traditional classroom. John Marshall is expanding its online MS and LLM degree programs in Employee Benefits, Intellectual Property Law, Information Technology and Privacy Law, and Estate Planning. The masters in law or advanced online degree programs offer practicing attorneys and non-attorney professionals an opportunity to specialize in specific areas of law. John Marshall’s online education platform, eCourses, offers flexibility to take law courses anytime, anywhere.
“This gives lawyers and professionals opportunities for learning that they otherwise may not have,” said Professor Robert J. Nye, director of distance education, who has been studying various teaching formats for a decade. “We’ve seen that students don’t always have to be in a classroom to learn. I think it’s an exciting model,” he said.
Both the online MS and LLM in Employee Benefits, allow lawyers and human resource professionals to obtain a further understanding of ERISA law. The John Marshall Employee Benefits Program is the only online degree of its kind in the country, and it is led by Professor Kathryn Kennedy, associate dean of Advanced Studies & Research.
The online MS and LLM in Intellectual Property Law offer a range of copyright, trademark and patent courses. The John Marshall Intellectual Property program is ranked 20th in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
The MS and LLM in Information Technology and Privacy Law covers a wide range of topics that deal with the intersection of law and privacy rights and law and all facets of technology. Select law courses are offered online.
In the fall 2012 semester, John Marshall will offer attorneys an online LLM degree in Estate Planning. It is the first law degree to be offered only online. Graduates of the Estate Planning law program will be able to protect clients’ wealth and assets for future generations.
John Marshall’s “eCourses” are offered on an asynchronous basis. Graduate students sign onto their online class websites to interact with their professor and fellow classmates using chat, discussion boards and email.
Students enjoy several advantages, including: added assessment during the semester (unlike traditional law courses that tend to depend on one final exam); classes that can be watched several times to help students absorb the material; and individual and group assignments, quizzes, downloadable lectures and weekly chats that allow the professor to engage the students in their law course material on their own schedule.
Visit ecourses.jmls.edu for additional information about the fall schedule.
About The John Marshall Law School
The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago’s legal, financial and commercial districts. U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools 2012 ranks John Marshall in the top tier of law schools. Its Legal Writing Program is ranked sixth in the nation; Trial Advocacy is 13thth and Intellectual Property Law is 20thth. John Marshall offers the nation’s only graduate Employee Benefits Program. Its program in Information Technology and Privacy Law remains the only graduate law program in the country that emphasizes privacy as part of its core curriculum.
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