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A Review of the Development of an Internet Delivered LL.M Program in the United States

Posted by William Byrnes on August 27, 2013


This entire article may be downloaded at > William Byrnes’ SSRN academic page <

This article reviews the development of the first Internet delivered LL.M program (i.e. LL.M. of International Tax and Offshore Financial Centers, the ‘Program’) in the United States.

The paper comprises four sections: In Part 1 the economics reasons for, and logistics considerations of, the Internet delivered Program are addressed. Part 2 reviews the pedagogical approach to legal education employed in the United States, criticisms thereof, and finally examines an emerging pedagogical trend in the United Kingdom. Part 3 reviews the teaching tools employed in the Program International Tax and Offshore Financial Centers, and Part 4 reviews the practical aspects of developing the Program, obtaining ABA acquiescence, and reviews the Internet delivered law courses that came before it. Finally, the article concludes with some personal observations.

In Part 1 the economics reasons for, and logistics considerations of, the Internet delivered Program are addressed.

Part 2 reviews the pedagogical approach to legal education employed in the United States, criticisms thereof, and finally examines an emerging pedagogical trend in the United Kingdom. In particular, this part concludes that the grounding of a LL.M (Masters) level legal education program exclusively using the Socratic method (case study) roots of traditional Juris Doctorate (graduate) legal education may neither meet the goals, nor produce the skills sought by this Program. By example, some legal education writers have negatively critiqued the primary use of the Socratic method in even graduate legal education’s pedagogy. The scope of the negative critiques are presented from the perspective of economic efficiency over educational quality, as well as the perspective of professional development, and also from the perspective of a feministic approach.  These critiques are followed by a review of suggested alternatives. This part ends with an examination of the emerging United Kingdom literature supporting a pedagogy based upon ‘student-centered learning’.

Part 3 reviews the teaching tools employed in the International Tax Program. Part 4 reviews the practical aspects of developing the Program, obtaining ABA acquiescence, and it reviews the Internet delivered law courses that came before it. Finally, the article concludes with some personal observations.

Keywords: LL.M Program, Legal Education in the US, Legal Education in the UK, Internet Delivered Law Courses, C&IT in Legal Education, CAL, CBL, Socratic Teaching Method, Alternatives to Socratic Teaching.

This entire article may be downloaded at > William Byrnes’ SSRN academic page <

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Business Transactions and Contract Drafting courses for Brazilians

Posted by William Byrnes on May 8, 2012


Business Transactions and Contract Drafting courses for Brazilians
11 – 27 June (3 weeks, about 90 classroom training hours) in San Diego on campus

Partners include OAB, AGU, UNAFE, and APAMAGIS

– (International) Contract Drafting
– Business Transactional Law
– US Legal Research and Writing
– Intro to US Law

Individualized and group practical case studies with feedback

Contact William Byrnes wbyrnes@tjsl.edu
Or see the law school website for more information http://www.tjsl.edu/graduate/leep

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information session webinar – graduate online degrees

Posted by William Byrnes on December 23, 2010


archive recording of our 15 December information session webinar

  • International Tax
  • Financial Services
  • Wealth Management
  • Compliance & Anti-Money Laundering

Request an application or a continuing education enrollment form.  If you have any curricular questions, I can discuss via Skype or telephone.

While the program will be online video-conference, if you should have the opportunity to visit our new campus it is considered one of the best for collaborative technology and research.

Regards – William Byrnes, Assoc. Dean – Graduate Programs & Distance Learning

Thomas Jefferson School of Law,  1155 Island Avenue, San Diego California 92101

Tel: +1 (619) 374-6955  skype: professorbyrnes

New 178,000 sq ft academic building: http://www.tjsl.edu/about-tjsl/our-new-campus

New 46,000 sq ft lifestyle spa & gym http://www.fitathletic.com/sandiego/home.php

New 178 unit student-residence http://www.entrada453.com/

New central library directly behind our new campus http://granicus.sandiego.gov/ASX.php?publish_id=897&sn=granicus.sandiego.gov (view the architectural rendering videos of the library of the future)

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