Online Legal Education : An Experience

Pros and cons of online legal education.

This is the era of digitalization , everyone even everything is getting digitalize now-a-days . The Apex Court of country is delivering justice in digital mode .As a law student who has given 15 hours of my life a week for the past several years to sitting in a classroom, I’m a little biased when it comes to evaluating online law schools. I can’t help but feel that actually being face-to-face with other students and professors is essential for the study of law, and moreover, for preparation to practice.

I had the misfortune of needing to take some online classes to graduate from college on time, and I have to say, the experience of analyzing law alone and not discussing it with anyone didn’t teach me well, anything, about law. I find it difficult to believe that studying the law solo would yield different results. Below, I list some of the pros and (the many) cons to learning the law over the Internet.

Pros

  • More flexibility

On-line education is very flexible to reach everyone . As in now a days every one has internet access. And the social media is also helping to produce online education .

  • Cost

On-line education is more fiscal friendly , we do not need pay the higher amounts as we pay in our tutions and coachings . There are so many channels on YouTube which provides legal education free of cost.


Cons

  • No Accreditation

Accreditationis the act of granting credit or recognition, especially to an educational institution that maintains suitable standards. Accreditation is necessary to any person or institution in education that needs to prove that they meet a general standard of quality. So there is no real value for same.

  • No “fear factor

Something about being asked to explain the Statute of Frauds in contracts made me physically ill, but it also made me actually read and take notes. The possibility of being called on in class made me a very active participant in my learning. Had I been held accountable through a screen or just “on my honor”, I would not have taken my studies as seriously. Though many online law students have to sit for the “Baby Bar” that measures their first-year knowledge of the law, I think the online system promotes procrastination on the students’ part, especially if they are busy with jobs and families.

  • No practical experience

Is there an online legal clinic where you help virtual clients? Or Alternative Dispute Resolution and Negotiations over the Internet? The practice of law is about sitting with other humans face-to-face and helping them work out their problems. If you don’t get to do this as a law student, how good are you going to be at it as a lawyer? I’m pretty glad I get to make my mistakes in a classroom now, instead of taking my first stab at mediation with real people who are actually paying me. It seems that if someone wants to get a J.D. just to further his or her knowledge of the law, not to actually practice, online coursework might not be a bad call. But for those who want to be actual lawyers, interacting with professors, students and building practical skills at a traditional law school would serve them well.  Solution  - The cons may be removed by making the things practical . - There must mutual interaction between the faculty and students. - Also some fear must be there because without it nothing is possible.   By-  Satish Chauhan   Research Scholar at   ARDEN UNIVERSITY




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