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Information about Online JD Courses

Expectations

Online JD courses at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law are generally asynchronous but highly interactive courses where great weight is placed on weekly participation in online activities. Although the courses offer a great deal of flexibility in that students may log in and participate at any time during the day, the courses are not self-paced. Students are expected to participate regularly and continually throughout each learning Module in the course, such that contributions only at the beginning or only at the end of a Module will not suffice.

Platform

Online courses at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law are delivered through the Blackboard Learn system. Students should access Bb Learn directly from this URL; do not access it through DrexelOne. Students are enrolled in a course’s Bb Learn site automatically upon registering for the course; however, the course’s dates of availability are determined by the instructor. To allow students to become familiar with the functionality in the Bb Learn environment, online courses may be accessible up to a week earlier than other semester courses. Students will be notified by the professor of the accessibility date for the course, if it differs from the term start date, via their Drexel email.

Maximum Credits

Current ABA Standards state that students may not apply more than 15 credits of online coursework toward their JD degree (Standard 306).

New York Bar Information

There are important differences between the New York State bar exam eligibility requirements and other states' requirements. For example, students must take Professional Responsibility in a live format. Additionally, New York’s recently adopted rules do not recognize credit from online asynchronous courses. Students who are considering taking the New York Bar exam should review NY Ct. Rule 520.3 and then consult with Dean Oates before registering for an online course.