May 18, 2022

Law School in a Pandemic, Year 2 - Moving From Emergency Remote Teaching to Emerging Best Practices in Distance Legal Education

Research and Data
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Executive Summary

For the 2022 follow-up study on law students’ perceptions of online J.D. classes during the COVID-19 pandemic, AccessLex and Gallup reinterviewed 820 students who participated in the initial Spring 2021 study of J.D. students at 147 ABA-accredited law schools. Though most of these students had returned to in-person classes in the Fall 2021 semester, about one in seven were still in hybrid arrangements, split evenly between in-person and online classes in Spring 2022 (6%), or continuing to attend most or all of their classes online (9%). Students in tier-four schools (i.e., lower-ranked law schools according to ratings by U.S. News and World Report) were most likely to still be taking at least half of their classes online, at 32%.