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The College of Law’s radical plan to ditch lectures in favour of online tutorials might sound a bit crazy. But for those of you who have skipped the odd lecture, or indeed fallen asleep through one, the flexibility of studying at your own pace will no doubt seem like an attractive proposition.As Lawyer 2B exclusively reveals, the College of Law has already replaced lectures in a number of pervasive subjects with so-called ‘i-tutorials’ and is planning to roll out online e-learning for all subjects within the next two years. But if you’ve paid up to £8,000 for the LPC, how would you feel if you were told that all your lectures are going to be replaced by online tutorials? Some of you might justifiably feel robbed.But provided your dosh pays for the best education and helps you get the top grades, does it really matter which medium is used to deliver your lessons? The biggest advantage of the College of Law’s i-tutorials is that you can revisit the lectures at any stage. This will undoubtedly be invaluable when you’re revising for exams.The test, however, is whether or not students will be disciplined enough to go through online tutorials. A quick survey of Lawyer 2B’s team revealed that, although most of us favoured online tutorials, we were generally concerned about self-motivation. On the other hand, if self-learning teaches you self-discipline and helps you to manage your time more effectively, then the College of Law should be applauded. If you look through any law firm’s graduate recruitment brochure, you’ll see these qualities are highly sought after by potential employers.The other disadvantage of e-learning is, of course, the social side of attending lectures. Despite being innovative, online courses will never be able to replicate the benefits of having human contact with tutors. Nevertheless, the advantages of online tutorials appear to far outweigh the disadvantages. So love it or hate it, online learning is here to stay.On a separate note, thanks to all of you who entered the BPP/Lawyer 2B essay competition. The winning essays will be published in the May issue,husnara.begum@thelawyer.com