@WashULaw programs feature live classes hosted on a state-of-the-art online platform with course work designed and led by the same faculty who teach on campus. Faculty conduct class using the Socratic method, a teaching style in which professors encourage discussion and debate to help students reach their own conclusions and truly engage with the material.
Holding courses live via webcam allows students and faculty to participate in this rich conversation, bringing the best of the traditional law school classroom to an online experience.
Small Classes: Experience an 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Recorded Sessions: Access sessions online 24/7.
Personalized Learning: Collaborate face-to-face with your classmates and faculty.
Immersive Course Work
@WashULaw’s high-quality, rigorous course work is designed by our School of Law faculty to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of U.S. law without having to pursue a full J.D. degree in the U.S. Course topics include the U.S. legal system, intellectual property and legal responsibility. Additionally, we offer a wide range of electives so that students can customize their learning to their career goals.
Courses are organized so that students can learn asynchronously, accessing course material from a smartphone or computer 24/7. The course work completed outside of class prepares students for the weekly live class sessions, where they are challenged to apply what they have learned and engage with classmates. To inform their legal writing and research, students also have access to the legal research databases LexisNexis and Westlaw. These databases, which are used by lawyers and law firms, allow students to view legal resources such as cases, state and federal statutes, administrative codes, public records, law journals, law reviews, and legal forms.
Multi-Platform Accessiblity: Log on to our online classroom via a computer, tablet or mobile device.
Rigorous Course Work: Complete work designed by distinguished School of Law faculty.
Interactive Learning: Learn through videos, real-time quizzes and Q&A sessions.
On-Campus Weekend Learning Experience
Students have the opportunity to attend an optional weekend immersion in St. Louis, Missouri. During the trip, students will get a real-world glimpse into the inner workings of the U.S. legal system by visiting courthouses and historic legal landmarks around the city. They will also enhance their curriculum by completing a one-credit elective course on campus at Washington University School of Law and be able to network with classmates, professors and practicing lawyers in person. Learn more about the immersion.
Networking Opportunities: Meet and cultivate connections with professionals in your field.
Courthouse Tour: Visit courthouses and historic landmarks in St. Louis.
One-Credit Elective: Take a course on campus with JD students.
Our online platform allows students to create virtual study groups where they can collaborate and network with diverse classmates from around the world. Students are able to create profiles, as they do with other social networking tools, and keep in touch about assignments, class discussions and personal and professional achievements.
@WashULaw’s mobile application gives students the chance to access our innovative online learning platform from their iPhone, iPad or Android device. The app allows students to access course content at any time, interact directly with professors and classmates, submit projects and assignments, and set reminders for upcoming due dates and events.
Seamless Communication: Interact directly with professors and classmates.
24/7 Availability: Submit assignments and access course content at any time.
Easy Organization: Set reminders for upcoming due dates and events.
Dedicated support begins the moment candidates inquire about one of our programs and lasts a lifetime. Our Admissions Counselors are available throughout the application process to answer questions. Once enrolled, students work with our student support team, which includes technical support. Upon completion of the program, online students can join their peers in the residential programs and walk across the stage to be honored during the School of Law commencement ceremony. After graduation, @WashULaw students become full members of the Washington University alumni community. Learn more about student support.