Law Schools Going Online: How Students Can Adapt

By  //  June 15, 2020

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Up until now, online education was overlooked as one of the means to establish their online presence by most American Law Schools. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it became a backup plan.

Up until now, online education was overlooked as one of the means to establish their online presence by most American Law Schools. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it became a backup plan. 

However, by March 2020, nearly 150 law schools in the country had moved their classes online. With in-person classes canceled and campuses shut down, legal education as a whole was less prepared to venture into cyberspace than other graduate programs. 

While the universities and professors have been struggling to adapt to the virtual environment, it raises a different set of concerns for students regarding their education. 

As a law student, here are some thoughts on how you can cope as well as maximize your productivity in this environment. 

1. Staying in Touch with Professors 

Students find the lack of in-person interaction with professors and classmates particularly challenging. Figuring out how to contact your professor is essential in receiving updated information on lectures and assignments. 

The best way to tackle this is to take advantage of video conferencing tools and LMS available at your disposal. Make sure to check your email for any announcements and be ready to accommodate changes. 

2. Managing Course Expectations 

The sudden switch to online learning has left students confused over the course requirements. For instance, whether a group presentation is still happening or how to complete their research without access to campus resources. 

Students have to be proactive in reaching out to the college and professors to better understand the course expectations. It will help you plan your work better, and be better equipped for classes when the university reopens. 

3. Technical Issues and Adapting to Technology 

Though students might seem ahead of professors in this department, unfortunately, not every student has access to high-speed internet connection or the technology required. There are always chances of technical issues interrupting live lessons. 

For students facing any such difficulties, the best way is to reach out to the professor and inform them of your situation. They will understand your situation and be flexible about the lessons. If possible, they would even send you a recorded version of the experiences or extend assignment deadlines. 

4. Managing Time and Distractions 

No student is a stranger to distractions, even while in the classrooms. Being at home could add more to it, along with a lack of motivation. Students should set aside a part of your house dedicated to studying and follow a routine that will help them manage their work.

Colleges have ensured a support system in place to help with your concerns if the responsibilities of remote learning become overwhelming. 

5. Uncertainty About the Future

Another cause of significant concern among law students is the uncertainty over bar exams. The US States have postponed the individual bar exams with no tentative date set for the tests.

On the brighter side, students can take advantage of the extra time and find a reliable online course for the Bar exam to better prepare for the exam. 

Regardless of the challenges that accompany the transition to online classes, students can always find help from professors and colleges. Prepare for lessons and try to balance it with quality time on other activities that will keep you motivated. 

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