Flextime JD program to be introduced by Touro Law in manhattan

September 25, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
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Touro University Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center is expanding its academic offerings with the introduction of the FlexTime JD Program in Manhattan. This innovative program will be housed at the University’s newly established Cross River Campus, located at 3 Times Square.

Initially launched at Touro Law Center’s Central Islip campus in 2018, the FlexTime Program addresses a significant gap in legal education, catering to qualified candidates unable to commit to a conventional full-time program due to familial or professional responsibilities. FlexTime is distinct in its structure, requiring students to attend in-person classes only on Sundays. The subsequent week is characterized by asynchronous learning, enabling students to manage their coursework independently. Despite this flexibility, the program culminates in a law degree after four years, allowing graduates to sit for the New York State Bar Exam.

Dr. Alan Kadish, Touro University President, emphasized the program’s achievements since its inception. “The FlexTime program, initially integrated into our Central Islip campus, has consistently displayed promising results. Transitioning it to our Times Square Campus is an attempt to widen its accessibility, ensuring a diverse set of candidates benefit from a curriculum enriched by their unique life and career experiences.”

Unique in its offering, the FlexTime program stands out as the sole accredited law degree program in New York with in-person requirements exclusively on Sundays. Beyond the classroom, it facilitates a comprehensive academic journey. Enrolled students are encouraged to participate in various law school endeavors, including clinics, pro bono activities, student-led organizations, and notable honor societies.

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Elena Langan, Dean and Professor of Law at Touro Law Center, elaborated on the program’s blend of traditional and modern pedagogical methods. “FlexTime is not just about flexibility; it’s about holistic learning. It marries online components with in-person sessions, ensuring rigorous legal preparation. The curriculum is designed keeping in mind evolving evidence-based teaching methodologies, readying students for contemporary legal challenges.”

Situated adjacent to both state and federal courthouses in Central Islip, Touro Law Center, part of the broader Touro University system, offers students a one-of-a-kind blend of rigorous academics and hands-on legal experiences. The center’s commitment to immersive learning prepares students to tackle practical challenges, enabling them to contribute much-needed legal services to the broader community. Touro University, founded in 1970 with a mission to enrich Jewish heritage and serve the broader American and global community, has expanded its academic footprint over the decades, with institutions spanning locations in the U.S. and abroad.


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