Tuesday, 15 September 2009
From 2010 Edith Cowan University's (ECU) respected Bachelor of Laws program will be available to students irrespective of where they live.
The unconditional approval recently received from the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia makes ECU the first university in Western Australia to deliver an online Bachelor of Laws course.
According to the Head of ECU's School of Law and Justice, Professor Mark Stoney, the new delivery mode has been implemented to increase access to law studies for students who live in regional or remote areas, or those who for work and other commitments are unable to attend lectures on campus.
"The legal profession has recently acknowledged a shortage of lawyers in regional and remote areas, and we hope that by providing access to legal studies to people from these communities, ECU will be contributing to alleviating this issue," he said.
"Technology has made it possible for us to provide off-campus students with learning opportunities that are equal to standard, lecture-based, on-campus studies."
Students will have access to a variety of online tools to enable learning, including interactive learning spaces, recorded lectures, and real-time discussion groups, facilitated by ECU staff with extensive experience in online delivery.
Students commencing their studies in 2010 will be able to complete their entire course online, and students currently undertaking the degree may be able to undertake certain units online as they complete their course.
ECU's Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Arshad Omari, said that the introduction of the online course exemplified ECU's commitment to enhancing access to quality higher education.
"As society changes, students are less able to attend traditional university classes, and the new online Bachelor of Laws program will go a long way towards developing much needed, qualified legal practitioners in Australia," he said.
ECU has offered an on-campus Bachelor of Laws since 2005. For more information about the Bachelor of Laws program visit www.law.ecu.edu.au.
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