Online law grads: older, no slackers

Midcareer move — with less debt.

, The National Law Journal

A growing number of people are working toward law degrees over the Internet, through what are known as "distance education" programs. Short of a desire to learn the law, most online law students have little in common with their 20-something counterparts who flood into lecture halls at prestigious brick-and-mortar schools each year in hopes of landing a job at a top firm. Typical online students are older, midway through their career, work part time or full time, and have family or financial commitments that prevent them from devoting three years of their life and upwards of $100,000 to attend traditional law school. Most aren't gunning for jobs at prestigious firms or other highly competitive law positions, either.

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