Currently, ABA-accredited law schools can only offer up to one-third of their credits online.
But a recent rule change by the State Bar of California means that state-accredited law schools there can teach JD programs entirely online. Trinity Law School and John F. Kennedy University College of Law, both accredited by the state but not by the ABA, have filed major change applications to offer 100 percent online JDs.
Meanwhile, three distance-learning law schools that are entirely unaccredited are now seeking California accreditation.
The ABA Journal looks at this new development and its ramifications in detail.