December 20, 2018 | Dean Paul L. Caron is quoted in the Wall Street Journal article, “Law Schools Find a Way to Fill Seats (No Lawyers Required).” The article examines the various new courses offered by law schools, including master’s programs for working professionals and courses for foreign lawyers.
Excerpt from “Law Schools Find a Way to Fill Seats”
Back when he was a full-time tax law professor, Paul Caron publicly questioned the value of some LLMs. Now, as dean of Pepperdine University School of Law, Mr. Caron oversees seven LLM programs, a master of dispute resolution, an online master of legal studies and several certificates. Around 38% of Pepperdine’s 780 students are enrolled in non-J.D. programs.
The courses were “designed as a strategic response when the school was looking to secure a sounder financial foundation,” Mr. Caron said. But he says they weren’t done hastily. The school partnered with online education company 2U Inc. to translate its existing teaching strengths into online courses and launched its master of legal studies in 2017.
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