To quote Marshall McLuhan, the medium is the message. In this case, the medium is “online education.”
According to several sources, online education is superior to face-to-face instruction. See: Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies. Also See the NY Times article Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom.
Ralph Losey in his post entitled, Why Online Education Will Surpass Traditional Face-to-Face Education in the Next 5-10 Years discusses what online education should and will look like in the future and why online education is already better than traditional classroom instruction.
Another article by Mark Kassop from the Technology Source lists 10 ways in which online learing excels over traditional classes. Though it was written in 2003, his arguments are even more valid today.
Consequently, in his blog, Losey calls “upon all schools to embrace this coming change, including law schools and the ABA which accredits them.”
NYU already offers an online program where students can receive online all but two credits of the Master of Laws in Taxation. Albany Law School is currently offering Government Ethics Online.
Will other law schools follow suit?