Will It Soon Cost Nothing To Become a Lawyer?

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By Alex Aldridge on

Thanks to the trebling of undergraduate fees, the cost of legal education has reached new highs this year – with the fees for a three-year LLB, plus an LPC or BPTC, now approaching a combined £50,000. But growing numbers believe this will prove to be a blip as academics begin to offer ‘massive open online courses’ (MOOCs) for free.

A few days ago I met up with Apple’s former head of education, Alan Greenberg, who recently moved to direct MediaCore’s education team, and asked him about his views on MOOCs in respect of law school.

Will it soon cost nothing to qualify as a solicitor or barrister via the internet, with advocacy taught by YouTube tutorials, and Inns of Court dinners replaced with ready meals and webcams? Or will the traditional model prove more resilient than many expect?

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Further reading

Law professor creates first massive open online course (MOOC) to teach business acquisition skills [Drexel Now]

The Year of the MOOC [New York Times]

Do online courses spell the end for the traditional university? [The Guardian]

The Stanford education experiment could change higher learning forever [Wired]

With $1M in new funding, video platform MediaCore refocuses on education, hires former Apple education exec Alan Greenberg [Tech Crunch]