Teaching Law Online: A Guide for Faculty

70 Journal of Legal Education 230 (2021)

22 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2020 Last revised: 23 Nov 2022

See all articles by Nina A. Kohn

Nina A. Kohn

Syracuse University - College of Law; Yale Law School

Date Written: October 1, 2022


As law school classes move online, it is imperative that law faculty understand not only how to teach online, but how to teach well online. This article therefore is designed to help law faculty do their best teaching online. It walks faculty through key choices they must make when designing online courses, and concrete ways that they can prepare themselves and their students to succeed. The article explains why live online teaching should be the default option for most faculty, but also shows how faculty can enhance student learning by incorporating asynchronous lessons into their online classes. It then shows how faculty can set up their virtual teaching space and employ diverse teaching techniques to foster an engaging and rigorous online learning environment. The article concludes by discussing how the move to online education in response to COVID-19 could improve the overall quality of law school teaching.

Suggested Citation

Kohn, Nina A., Teaching Law Online: A Guide for Faculty (October 1, 2022). 70 Journal of Legal Education 230 (2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3648536 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3648536

Nina A. Kohn (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - College of Law ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244-1030
United States
315-443-6565 (Phone)

Yale Law School ( email )

Do you have negative results from your research you’d like to share?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics