Touro Law is launching a FlexTime JD (Juris Doctor) program to accommodate students who might typically enter a part-time law program, but need even more flexibility for work or family obligations. Admissions requirements are the same as those for Touro’s existing four and five year part-time programs.
Touro Law — the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center — is based in Central Islip near the federal courthouse.
“This will provide students with maximum flexibility while maintaining a rigorous course of study that will prepare them for the realities of law practice,” said Dean Harry Ballan.
“We have a long tradition of offering user-friendly educational opportunities that meet the academic and lifestyle needs of our diverse student body,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, president of the Touro College & University System. “Using the latest technology, this forward-thinking program will help law students pursue high level studies in a flexible way that works for their needs.”
FlexTime students will be able to complete the requirements for their JD in just under four years, allowing successful members of the inaugural class to sit for the bar exam in July 2022.
During the first two years of the program, students attend for 3 semesters — fall, spring and summer — completing 24 credits per year. The remaining 40 credits are completed during the third and fourth years and do not require on-campus summer attendance.
Generally, the program requires on-campus classes every other Sunday during the first two years. Subsequently, FlexTime students will be able to take many courses entirely online, thus reducing the number of on-campus classes and providing even greater flexibility.
“The FlexTime JD will take advantage of a wide variety of in-person interactions, discussion boards, online peer assessment tools, videoconferencing, and social media platforms to build a vibrant community of teachers and learners, including a rich array of opportunities to interact with and participate in the broader Touro Law Center community,” explained Professor Jack Graves, director of digital learning at Touro Law.“It’s truly exciting and should open doors for many non-traditional law students.” —Source: Touro Law