John Marshall Law School’s Military Law MOOC Tailored to Servicemembers and Family

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Servicemembers, veterans and their family and friends will gain a comprehensive understanding of military and civilian law through a free online course offered by The John Marshall Law School.

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, a leader in online legal education, will offer its first massive open online course (MOOC) focusing on military law beginning August 15, 2013.

John Marshall continues its distance education mission by being the first Illinois law school to offer a MOOC, which will allow users around the globe to access quality education.

The MOOC, “Military Service and Civilian Law,” will be taught by Thomas White, Jr., clinical director of the Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC) at John Marshall; Brian Clauss, executive director of the VLSC; Michael Schag of Heyl Royster’s Edwardsville; and Lyndsey Kimber-Olson, general counsel and Active Guard Reserve state judge advocate for the Minnesota National Guard.

A MOOC is a free online course available to anyone who has Internet access. As one of the newer innovations in online learning, the MOOC gives the public the opportunity to learn specific topics at a college level without enrolling, seeking a degree or paying tuition.

Information in the MOOC will be valuable not just to servicemembers and veterans, but also to their friends and family.

“There is always someone you know that has been in the military,” White said. “Their service to our nation should not be taken for granted, and there should be an overall understanding of our military system of justice.”

The topics in the covered in the MOOC are introduction to military justice, where military and civilian laws intersect, clarification of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, family law issues, uniform code of military justice, and employment and reemployment rights for National Guard members. Each topic segment will be approximately 20 minutes long.

With “Military Service and Civilian Law,” access to the law school’s legal professionals is available to any online user, anywhere.

“The flexibility of being online and free makes the MOOC a great option for anyone interested in gathering knowledge on a subject or learning a skill in an engaging way,” said Christopher Bevard, head of Educational Technology at John Marshall. “It provides a valuable service not just to students and academics, but to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity for or access to higher education.”

John Marshall leads the way in online legal education, offering three LLM degrees and two MS degrees that can be completed entirely online, and offers law students select MS and JD courses.

“Military Service and Civilian Law” will be hosted by Canvas Network, and will be available to the public on August 15, 2013. Find more information on this MOOC at

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.

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