ST. LOUIS, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ –
— @WashULaw is the first and only top-tier online degree of its kind
Washington University School of Law announced it will begin offering its
Master of Laws in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers (LL.M.) in a new and innovative
online format. Called @WashULaw [http://onlinelaw.wustl.edu ], the program is
the first and only top-tier online LL.M. in U.S. law. The online LL.M. builds
on the law school’s internationally recognized postgraduate law degree program,
which is designed for foreign attorneys interested in increasing their
knowledge of U.S. law to more effectively practice in today’s global legal
@WashULaw will allow foreign lawyers to complete an LL.M. degree in U.S.
law without leaving their law practices or relocating to the United States.
Students will receive an excellent grounding in U.S. Law, with a focus on
business issues, without dramatic disruption to their professional and personal
lives or the relocation costs associated with a prolonged stay overseas.
@WashULaw provides foreign lawyers with a flexible option to earn their degree
from a world leader in legal education and research.
"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," says Kent
Syverud, dean of the Law School and Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University
The @WashULaw LL.M. program offers students an online version of Washington
University School of Law’s on-campus LL.M. curriculum, with:
– Courses designed and taught by Washington University law school faculty,
who are renowned legal educators and scholars;
– Classes of students who meet the same selective admissions criteria as the
on-campus graduate law program;
– An LL.M. degree identical to the one received by on-campus graduates
and the option to attend the campus graduation ceremony;
– Intimate classes of no more than 15 students; and
– An optional summer immersion in U.S. law experience offered in the
U.S. and taught by Washington University faculty.
Delivered through state-of-the-art online technologies, @WashULaw courses
will integrate live classroom sessions with streaming video and self-paced
content. In live classroom sessions, Washington University law faculty and
@WashULaw students will "meet" at pre-arranged times for coursework
discussions, study groups and face-to-face office hour meetings. The self-paced
content offers students high-quality faculty-designed coursework, highly
produced video content and an interactive social technology platform that
allows students to chat, study and join communities with classmates and
professors 24 hours a day. During the summer, @WashULaw students will be
offered an intensive U.S. immersion program in St. Louis, Washington D.C. and
other U.S. cities to experience U.S. law from inside U.S. courtrooms and law
@WashULaw is being directed by Melissa Waters, professor of law, and Tomea
Mersmann, associate dean for strategic initiatives and lecturer in law. An
advisory council is being formed to engage the Washington University School of
Law community and thought leaders in education in the development of @WashULaw.
One of the initial advisory council members, Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE
Restaurants, Inc., is enthusiastic about the opportunities and benefits
provided by @WashULaw.
"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," says Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE
Restaurants, Inc. and a member of both the law school’s National Council and
the @WashULaw advisory council. "I am proud that my law school is embracing
technology, without sacrificing quality, to expand its presence in global legal
Washington University School of Law has partnered with the education
technology company 2tor, Inc. to deliver @WashULaw. 2tor partners with leading
higher education institutions to deliver rigorous, selective degree programs
online by providing the technology platform, instructional design, marketing
and infrastructure support.
"We’re honored to add Washington University to the esteemed family of 2tor
partners," says Chip Paucek, co-founder and CEO of 2tor. "We’re thrilled to be
working with a school that is pioneering a law program for the 21st century and
one that is primed for an increasingly globalized world."
Education innovation expert Michael B. Horn is also a member of the
program’s initial advisory council. Horn is the co-founder and executive
director of the education practice of Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think
tank devoted to applying the theories of disruptive innovation to solve
problems in the social sector.
"It’s exciting that a top-tier law school is taking a leadership role in
online learning," says Michael B. Horn, co-founder and executive director of
the education practice of Innosight Institute and @WashULaw advisory board
member. "Washington University’s partnership with 2tor is a clear signal that
the field of online learning is being invigorated and transformed by top-flight
@WashULaw is now accepting applications; classes begin in January 2013.
International applicants must first earn a law degree from their home
jurisdiction. For more information, visit onlinelaw.wustl.edu
[http://onlinelaw.wustl.edu ], email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
About Washington University School of Law
Washington University School of Law [http://law.wustl.edu ] offers students
an outstanding legal education in an intellectually challenging and collegial
environment. With faculty members recognized for excellent teaching and
scholarship, a student body among the most selective in the country, and an
increasingly global and diverse community, we strive to prepare graduates for
the quickly evolving legal and business environment. @WashULaw is an example of
our school’s efforts to innovate using technology and new teaching methods as
we pursue our mission to be the best place in the United States to learn to be
About 2tor, Inc.
2tor, Inc. [http://www.2tor.com ] partners with top-tier universities to
deliver rigorous, selective graduate programs online. Founded in 2008 by a
unique team of education veterans, the company provides universities with the
web technologies, infrastructural support and capital needed to compete in a
space previously dominated by mediocre online programs. 2tor is one of the
highest-funded education technology startups in the United States. The company
has partnered with prestigious research universities to deliver the following
groundbreaking online degree programs:
– USC Rossier Online [http://rossieronline.usc.edu ]: Master of Arts in
Teaching and Master’s of Education in Advanced Instruction from the
University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education
– MSW@USC [http://msw.usc.edu ]: Master of Social Work from the University
of Southern California School of Social Work
– Nursing@Georgetown [http://online.nursing.georgetown.edu ]: Master’s in
Nursing from Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies
– MBA@UNC [http://onlinemba.unc.edu ]: Master of Business Administration
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler
– MPA@UNC [http://onlinempa.unc.edu ]: Master of Public Administration
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of
– @WashULaw [http://onlinelaw.wustl.edu ]: Master of Laws (LL.M.) in U.S.
Law for Foreign Lawyers from Washington University School of Law.
Washington University School of Law
Jessica Martin, Law School News Director
Shirley Chow, Public Relations Manager
SOURCE Washington University in St. Louis