Elizabeth Boals, Assistant Dean for Part-Time and Online Education said, “My students have let me know in no uncertain terms that there is nothing part-time about the work they put into their studies and activities here at the law school. We are focusing our efforts on ensuring that this amazing group of hard-working individuals have the same exceptional courses and experiences as their full-time counterparts. We have had a positive response to providing part-time students non-traditional course offerings on weekends, in intensive short courses, and online to answer the demands of their hectic schedules.”
The AUWCL part-time program strives to provide our students with the same courses, services, activities, and experiences as their full time counterparts. In collaboration, with the Registrar’s Offices we have created a multi-year strategic plan for offering courses at night and on weekends that provide part-time students with a breathe and depth of curricular offerings. We reached out to our part-time students for input through surveys and town hall meeting to determine the courses that they are interested in taking while at AUWCL. We have taken care to provide sections of those courses, and in particular, experiential courses such as clinical offerings, in the evenings to provide part-time students with the necessary opportunities to develop their skills in a learning-by-doing format.
Dean Boals also pointed out the challenges for the future. “We must adapt to the changing J.D. educational landscape, which will include more demand for distance learning and experiential learning opportunities. One key challenge will be not sacrificing quality for quantity in the distance learning context. Creating online offerings that are of the highest quality and are engaging and dynamic will be one of our priorities moving forward.”