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 Academic Services at 312.427.2737 ext. 776 or [email protected].


Choose from Today's Hottest Practice Areas & Bar-Tested Courses

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

  • Cyber Crime, Information Warfare & Economic Espionage (JD 848W, 3 Credits)
    Covering cyber-bullying, child pornography/sexting, denial of service attacks, identity theft, drone surveillance, and the Patriot Act
  • Cyberspace Law (JD 214W, 3 Credits)
    Covering regulation of trademarks, domain names, virtual property, and virtual copyright
  • Employee Benefits Law (JD 216W, 3 Credits)
    Covering the labor, employment, and tax rules affecting employee pension and profit sharing plans; retirement plans and participants' rights; Social Security solvency; problems of aging and health care, retirement security and women, and changing retirement patterns; health and welfare plans and executive compensation plans
  • 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 II (EPL 412W/TX 373W, 2 Credits)
    Covering adult guardianship, elder abuse and financial exploitation, legal aspects of long-term care services, and endowments and annuities in retirement
  • 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
  • Illinois Civil Procedure (JD 117W, 3 Credits)
    Covering the structure of the Illinois court system, personal jurisdictions, venues, statutes of limitation, parties, pleadings, motion practices, discovery, relief from judgments, appeals from the standpoint of the trial court, res judicata, and civility in the practice of law; court decisions, the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, and Supreme and Circuit Court Rules
  • 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
  • Law & New Technology (JD 816W, 3 Credits)
    Covering the legal ramifications of homeland security, drones, smart phones, geolocation, 3D printing, data analytics, and wearable technology
  • Leasing, Ownership & Management (JD 605W, 2 Credits)
    Covering the legal and business issues involved in the leasing, ownership, and management of various commercial real estate properties, with emphasis on negotiation and drafting of commercial leases
  • Taxation of Intellectual Property (IP 412W/TX 329W, 2 Credits)
    Covering federal tax law as it applies to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and "know-how"; federal tax treatment of development and acquisition expenditures; proceeds from licensing and transfers; litigation expenses/recoveries and evaluations

*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.

View All Online Courses