Keep Distance Education for Law Schools: Online Education, the Pandemic, and Access to Justice

22 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2021 Last revised: 24 Nov 2021

Date Written: July 27, 2021

Abstract

While distance education made inroads throughout higher education, law schools kept their distance—until a global pandemic forced them all online for a time. Then the gatekeepers to the profession at the American Bar Association and state bars temporarily dropped their limits on distance learning. Now as American law schools prepare to return to normalcy, should distance learning remain an option? This essay argues that it should because it has potential to improve access to justice: distance education can reduce the costs of law school, increasing the supply of lawyers who can afford to provide less expensive legal services. Now is the time for legal regulators to make permanent what they allowed temporarily during the pandemic: distance-education-friendly accreditation and bar admission standards.

Keywords: Legal education, distance education, pandemic, accreditation standards, bar associations

Suggested Citation

Weinberger, Lael Daniel, Keep Distance Education for Law Schools: Online Education, the Pandemic, and Access to Justice (July 27, 2021). 53 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 211 (2021). , Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 21-27, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3894382 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3894382

Lael Daniel Weinberger (Contact Author)

Harvard Law School ( email )

Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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