Lael Daniel Weinberger (Harvard), Keep Distance Education for Law Schools: Online Education, the Pandemic, and Access to Justice, 53 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. __ (2021):
Whereas distance schooling made inroads all through increased schooling, regulation colleges saved their distance—till a worldwide pandemic compelled all of them on-line for a time. Then the gatekeepers to the occupation at the American Bar Affiliation and state bars quickly dropped their limits on distance studying. Now as American regulation colleges put together to return to normalcy, ought to distance studying stay an choice?
This essay argues that it ought to as a result of it has potential to enhance entry to justice: distance schooling can scale back the prices of regulation faculty, rising the provide of legal professionals who can afford to present cheaper authorized providers. Now’s the time for authorized regulators to make everlasting what they allowed quickly throughout the pandemic: distance-education-friendly accreditation and bar admission requirements.