The University of London has a long history of educational innovation. Founded in 1826, it was the first secular university in the UK and the first to grant degrees to women. In 1858, the university founded its International Programs department, making it the oldest distance learning institution in the world. Today, more than 50,000 students in 180 countries are enrolled in the International Programs. In addition, a number of private institutions around the world are recognized by the university as offering preparation for the University of London exams.
One such institution is the International Center for Legal Studies (ICLS) in Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in 2002 by attorneys, Dr. George Pappas and Ellen P. Pappas, ICLS provides international students with instruction preparing them to pass the University of London’s law degree examinations. ICLS is also an approved Registered Teaching Centre certified by the University of London Worldwide. Dr. Pappas himself holds four degrees, including two law degrees (LL.B. and Ph.D) from the University of London. He was also the North American advisor for the University of London International Programs between 2004 through 2017. He runs the online school with his wife Ellen Pappas, Director of Admissions and Marketing. Being online offered another advantage over traditional teaching institutions – access to international teachers experienced with the University of London’s examinations. ICLS selected Remote Learner (now a Learning Pool company) as their solution provider in 2006, to support them in the provision of a high-quality Digital Learning Environment (DLE).
Dr. Pappas launched ICLS as an online school with the dream of providing access to legal education to anyone in the world. Being online offered another advantage over a traditional school – access to international teachers experienced with the University of London’s law degree program. For the first few years of its existence, the ICLS website’s design and content were managed by Dr. Pappas himself.