(PRWEB) April 15, 2013
Attorneys from across the United States are working toward an LLM degree in Estate Planning through The John Marshall Law School’s online program. The Chicago law school’s specially designed curriculum gives attorneys easy access to courses through flexible scheduling.
The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is offering one of the country’s first online LLM degrees in Estate Planning. The first students enrolled in fall 2012 come from California, New Jersey, Georgia, New Mexico, New Hampshire and Indiana.
“The concept of being online for an LLM works for them because they are all working.” explained Professor Malcolm Morris, associate director of Graduate Tax Programs.
The online convenience, and a five-year window to complete the degree, is appealing to practicing attorneys who “unless they live in a major metropolitan area or a university town don’t have easy options to earn an LLM,”Morris said.
He believes estate planning can prove to be essential to anyone in a private practice who wants to assist clients in writing a will, help set up a trust, plan retirement assets, assist elderly parents, and other topics that are much in the news these days.
The semester classes cover 14 weeks. Morris and Estate Planning Program Adjunct Professors Michael Jonathan and Fred Weber have modules covering specific topics each week. Students get a syllabus or the professor provides notes. Classes are typically audio instruction, although the audio can be augmented with a PowerPoint presentation or slides.
Students must provide weekly written assignments and participate in blog discussions that Morris says can be robust.
For information on John Marshall’s Estate Planning Program and other online options, visit http://www.jmls.edu.
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. Through classes, clinics and special programs, students develop the strategic, analytical and transactional lawyering skills that are so valuable to employers. Its excellent curriculum, coupled with outstanding skills and experiential learning, help make John Marshall graduates practice-ready from day one. For practicing attorneys, John Marshall offers nine LLM degrees, more than any other law school in the Midwest. John Marshall is also a leader in providing distance education options in intellectual property, estate planning and employee benefits at the advanced graduate degree level. John Marshall offers six clinical experiences, including the nationally recognized Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic and the Fair Housing Legal Clinic. U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools 2014 edition ranks John Marshall’s Lawyering Skills Program second and its Intellectual Property Law program 12th in the nation.