Online law school? Mitchell-Hamline’s unique program will graduate its first attorneys

Nov 26, 2017 by

Brian Kennedy was 27 when he rejected his acceptance letter to St. Paul’s William Mitchell College of Law.

“I was accepted to this law school in 1982,” said Kennedy, now 62, “and life got in the way. I had to support a family.”

Since then, life has been pretty good to Kennedy, who grew up in North St. Paul and Maplewood. For the past 20 years, he’s been chief executive of the El Paso Sports Commission, a sports tourism and concert facility in west Texas, as well as a security consultant for music and sporting events.

“I reached a point where I said, ‘What haven’t I done?’” he said. “I’ve lived a really full life. I’ve lived my life saying yes to things.”

A few years ago, he and his wife as well as children and grandchildren agreed: It was time for him to fulfill his dream of law school.

At 59, Kennedy became one of the first students to enroll in Mitchell-Hamline School of Law’s first-in-the-country “hybrid” juris doctor program.

Now entering its fourth year, the fully accredited program enrolls more than 80 students per year to complete law school through “e-learning,” on top of one or two weeks of on-campus coursework per semester.

The part-time program takes about four years, though Kennedy and 10 other students will receive their degrees in January, having wrapped up classes a year early.

Source: Online law school? Mitchell-Hamline’s unique program will graduate its first attorneys

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