JD Law Courses Online

Take JD Credits Online—Anytime. Anywhere.

We offer more online JD courses than any other ABA-accredited law school in the nation. Choose from more than 50 dynamic courses, covering a wide variety of legal topics, to apply to your JD degree.* Taking law courses online has never been easier. The ABA currently allows second- and third-year JD students to take up to 15 credits online at the JD level. We offer high-quality, unique courses taught by talented and recognized faculty, and more classes are being added each semester.

How to Get Started

  1. Contact your institution for transfer credit approval.
  2. Request a Letter of Good Standing.
  3. Submit your Letter of Good Standing and a completed visiting student application.

Apply as a Visiting Student

For more information, contact Assistant Dean Teresa Do at 312.427.2737 ext. 775.

Choose from JD Law Courses in Today's Hottest Practice Areas

The following course listings represent a few of the courses available online. To view course descriptions, click each course listing.

  • Business Law Mini Course: Secured Transactions & Mortgages (JD 513W, 1 Credit)
    Covering the rules and concepts about liens against personal property (secured transactions) and liens against real property (mortgages), focus on the different kinds of liens, the different kinds of collateral and collateral automatically drawn into existing liens, the two-step creation/completion process for consensual liens, default, third-party possessors of property, priorities, and remedies
  • Climate Change Law (JD 626CC, 2 Credits)
    Covering the law and politics of climate change both nationally and internationally, scientific data and measurements, projected short-term and long-term impact of climate change, responses to climate change claims, likely cost and effectiveness of strategies to mitigate effects, economic impact of change management strategies, managing human costs, climate change and energy law, land use policy, administrative law, and real estate law
  • Computer Crime, Information Warfare & Economic Espionage (ITP 848, 3 Credits)
    Covering cyber-bullying, child pornography/sexting, denial of service attacks, identity theft, drone surveillance, and the Patriot Act
  • Constitutional & Military Law
    (JD 287CM, 2 Credits)

    Covering military context of First Amendment rights, unlawful command influence, military search and seizure, and review of the Law of Armed Conflict and Rules of Engagement, unlawful combatants, effect on citizens and non-citizens
  • Cyberspace Law (JD 214, 3 Credits)
    Covering regulation of trademarks, domain names, virtual property, and virtual copyright
  • Estates & Trusts (JD 131W, 3 Credits)
    Covering classification of devisees; mental and procedural requirements of wills; drafting, amending and revoking a will; discretionary trusts; and procedures for adopted children
  • Estate Planning I (EPL 411W/TX 371W, 2 Credits)
    Covering adult guardianship, elder abuse and financial exploitation, legal aspects of long-term care services, and endowments and annuities in retirement
  • eDiscovery, Digital Evidence & Computer Forensics (JD 270W, 2 Credits)
    Covering eDiscovery rules, requests, responses; evidentiary foundations, admissibility, storing and retrieving electronic records; its use in everyday corporate and legal practice, its costs, the role of computer forensics in investigating and litigating issues, Federal Rules, digital evidence, and traps for the wary and unwary
  • First Amendment Issues in the Digital Age
    (ITP 841W, 2 Credits)

    Covering First Amendment issues involving the internet, social media, and new media technologies, including defamation, invasion of privacy, prior restraints, offensive and threatening messages, regulation of pornography, sexting, commercial speech, fantasy sports sites, gambling, fraud, right to state-held information, and use of potentially unlawfully obtained information
  • Health Care Reform under the Affordable Care Act (EB 364W, 3 Credits)
    Covering the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act, including employer group health plans, individual mandates, state and federal exchanges, plan design and administrative reform, rules against discrimination, compliance issues, excessive benefits, Cadillac plans, grandfathered plans, persons who are not insured
  • Homeland Security (JD 717W, 2 Credits)
    Government efforts to defend against terrorism, including Department of Homeland Security measures; border security and immigration laws; the 9/11 Commission Report; the impact of such efforts on citizens and non-citizens, and on travel; the collection and use of data for national security; State Secrets Doctrine; FISA Courts; the Patriot Act; the reach and limits of government powers
  • International & Comparative Sports Law
    (IBT 799XA-W, 1 Credit)

    Covering regulation and governance of sports, exploitation and protection of commercial rights, discrimination issues, match-fixing and corruption, doping issues, safety of competitors (CTE), competitors rights in use of images of their performance
  • IP in a Digital Environment (JD 178W, 3 Credits)
    Covering the impact of digitization on copyright, trademark, and other IP laws in the US and abroad, including issues of domain registration ownership and rights to use of digitized material, federal and international IP rights on the internet, IP and privacy rights in photos and in databases, camera phones, database protection, cybersquatting, and enforcing rights against cyber pirates
  • IP Issues in Start-Ups (JD 495W, 2 Credits)
    Covering establishing a business model, venture capital and other financing, leveraging IP through outbound licensing, and creating and administering IP asset portfolios, “Shark Tank” and other development options

*LLM courses may require additional approvals for JD credit. Applicants should consult with their home institutions before applying. Specific courses may only be available during specific times.

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