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Law school participation for online and in-person classes compared by gender in new report

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Women who take most of their classes online are more likely to participate than those who have the bulk of their courses in person, according to a new report from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement.

Published Oct. 26, it’s based on responses from more than 13,000 law students at 70 law schools, according to a news release.

Titled Success With Online Education, it found that 30% of women with most of their classes online participated “very often,” compared to 23% who attended classes in person “very often.”

For men with most of their classes online, 33% said they participated very often, compared to 27% who mostly attended class in person.

The report also includes a category for respondents who did not identify as men or women. Out of that group who mostly attended classes online, 32% reported they participated very often, compared to 21% with most of their classes in person.

Overall, 25% of students taking in-person classes and 31% who mostly had online courses said they participated very often, according to the report.

Regarding satisfaction with online classes, 77% of respondents said it had been positive. The survey, which was compiled in 2022, found that 50% of respondents had at least one online class.

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