Raymond Pierce, dean of the North Carolina Central University School of Law, announces the offering of a new summer certificate program, “Justice in the Practice of Law.” The program is available to law students across the United States. All courses are offered in the evening and run consecutively. Classes will be taught using telepresence and desktop video-conferencing and are fully interactive. The school will provide students with a laptop, mobile broadband and desktop video-conferencing software, enabling them to interact with their professor and other students in real time by audio and video as if they were in a traditional classroom.
“We are one of few law schools in the country with the technology capability to deliver courses in a true synchronous manner to a desktop or laptop using video conferencing and telepresence,” said Greg Clinton, director of information technology for the NCCU School of Law. “This is an awesome opportunity for the law school and university.”
This program adds to NCCU School of Law’s distance education offerings. The law school has been offering synchronous distance education courses for more than two years using a custom-designed virtual classroom. A grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration has made it possible to expand the broadband infrastructure, acquire a Polycom Telepresence Room and position the law school at the forefront of synchronous distant education.
“This summer program offers an excellent opportunity for students to receive instruction and engage in dialogue in a fundamental area of the law within a state-of–the-art electronic venue,” said Dean Pierce.
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Director, NCCU Law Distance Education