Northwestern California University School of Law (NWCULaw®) was founded 32 years ago. It began as an external degree granting law school and is now the oldest continuously operating degree-granting online law school in the country offering online correspondence-based distance education. Its programs were developed so that economic obstacles, family commitments, remoteness of location, and other hardships would not prevent deserving individuals from studying law.
The School currently has approximately 700 enrolled students, and over the last thirty-one years of the School's history, a large number of its graduates have gone on to successfully practice law. Graduates of the school have transitioned to jobs as private practice lawyers and litigators, deputy public defenders, deputy district attorneys, administrative court judge, and staff attorneys working for private corporations, organizations and governmental agencies.
NWCULaw has a proven record of success for online law schools and distance learning, and was the first such school to offer Internet based instruction to its students by means of videoconferencing technology. It offers entirely online correspondence programs leading to the presentation of the Bachelor of Science in Law (B.S.L.) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees. Students who successfully complete two years of the four-year law study program are eligible for conferment of the B.S.L. degree. Those who continue on to successfully complete the entire program are eligible for conferment of the J.D. degree.
The School's high quality, very affordable online programs are offered over the Internet through a course management system and technology platform featuring Online Discussion Boards, Online Audio/Video Lectures and a Virtual Classroom to provide dynamic collaboration and communication between students and faculty members.
The faculty consists of law professors who are available to all students for course-specific questions, discussions and reviews via the School's Online Discussion Boards and through Cyber-Mail. Students have access to an electronic law library, through LexisNexis, and can network with the professors and each other, and participate in online "real-time" chats, through the online law school's Internet campus. The School's faculty members conduct instructional sessions with students over the Internet by means of online Text Chat and modern interactive Videoconferencing technology.
The law study program at Northwestern California University is environmentally progressive at a time when being GREEN is increasingly important. The innovative eco-friendly feature of the NWCULaw program is that the School's faculty members and students do not travel to meet with one another. Instead they meet "virtually" on their computers at specified times for discussions of study materials, to see and hear pre-recorded lectures, and to download coursework. The savings in energy and facility resources that result are good for the School, its students and the environment.
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