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Missouri Law School Taking Online Master's Degree for Foreign Lawyers Online

Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, MO, will make its Master of Laws in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers (LLM) available online through a new program called @WashULaw. The program, which is intended for foreign lawyers who want to practice in the United States, will allow them to complete their master's degree from their home countries taught by Washington University School of Law professors. The curriculum and the program requirements will be the same as the on-campus version of the course and will qualify students to take states' bar examinations. Students must already have a law degree from their home countries to qualify for the program. @WashULaw also offers a summer immersion program as an option to its students.

The school has selected 2tor to provide the Web platform for the 15-student @WashULaw classes, as well as marketing and technical support.

"We aim to produce extraordinary graduates who benefit from the highest caliber online education available--and to ensure that the quality equals or exceeds the quality of the best LL.M. programs in the world," said Kent Syverud, dean of the law school.

2tor will provide the technology to power:

  • Scheduled real-time classroom sessions, including the use of streaming video, for interaction through discussions, one-on-one virtual meetings with professors, and study groups;
  • Course content, which is entirely self-paced, and includes the use of multimedia; and
  • A social media platform to communicate with other students individually or through communities and the professor.

Andrew Puzder, an advisory council member to the program, said he thinks the technology implementation is important.

"I have been extremely supportive of this program since day one. I manage our company by the maxim that to survive and prosper, companies must take advantage of current technology and innovate. I am proud that my law school is embracing technology, without sacrificing quality, to expand its presence in global legal education," he said.

@WashULaw is currently accepting applications.

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