Master of Jurisprudence Summer 2014 New Student Information
Congratulations and welcome to the Online Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Below you will find information about starting the Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) program.
Once classes begin, Patrick Rybarczyk, Online Student Services Coordinator, will serve as your primary contact for the remainder of your tenure at Loyola. Patrick can be reached by at1-800-424-3987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master of Jurisprudence Curriculum
All new MJ students should become familiar with the MJ in Health Law Curriculum. MJ students are required to complete 24 credit hours in order to receive their degree. Students must enroll in 4 credits per term for 6 consecutive terms, including summers, in order to remain in good standing and complete the MJ degree in two years.
All MJ students are required to take Introduction to Legal Study and Legal Writing in their first semester of the program. The section below titled Registering for Classes through LOCUS will detail how to enroll.
Registering for Classes through LOCUS
Shortly after receiving your official offer of admission from the Law School Dean, the Graduate and Professional Enrollment Office will send your Loyola Universal ID (UVID) and password that will give you access to Loyola's Online Connection to University Services or LOCUS. LOCUS is where students register for classes, check grades, and pay tuition bills.
Please register for Summer classes as soon as you receive your UVID. The early registration deadline is April 1, 2013.
Below is the information you will need when registering:
- The course number for Introduction to Legal Student and Legal Writing is LAW 900
- The term number for Summer 2014 is 1144
- The four-digit class number for this course is 1551
At the bottom left-hand side of the LOCUS home page, you will find a Help Menu Box. Click on the link “Enrolling in a Course in LOCUS” for an easy-to-follow guide on registering for classes. If you have any questions or concerns about registration, please contact Shannon Rae at email@example.com.
Required Online Orientation
All MJ students are required to complete the Online Orientation for MJ Students before starting their first class. The orientation should take you approximately two hours to complete, and will be available beginning on April 15, 2014.
You will receive a link and password for the online classroom and orientation website via email on or around that date. Please note that the online classroom will not be available until the first day of the term, May 5, 2014.
As you complete the online orientation, you will have the opportunity to share your photo, contact information, and any other pertinent information you choose through the class facebook feature. We strongly encourage you to share your information, as it helps foster better networking and camaraderie amongst your classmates.
Starting Your Courses
Your course syllabus and assignments will be available through the Learning Management System (LMS) on May 5, 2014. You will always access your assignments, course syllabus, and live and recorded lectures through the LMS. You will receive login information for the LMS during orientation.
Before receiving your syllabus and assignments, Professor Maryellen Maley, Director of Legal Writing for the Online Health Law Programs, recommends students review the following book:
Professor John Bronsteen's book, Writing a Legal Memo
- Focus on Chapter 1 to review the structure of the American Legal System and to get an overview of the way the US court system works
- Chapter 2 provides a succinct, common sense approach to good writing
- Chapter 3 explains how to write a legal memo, which will be the major writing assignment in your Introduction to Legal Study and Legal Writing during your first term
- The rest of the book provides valuable information on legal research (a focus of your second semester course), how to cite the sources you use in writing legal documents, and other important background information
Books and Assignments
The required books for your first course, LAW 900: Introduction to Legal Study and Legal Writing are as follows:
- Writing a Legal Memo, by John Bronsteen, ISBN: 978-1-59941-002-9, 2006 edition
- Legal Writing and Analysis, by Linda H. Edwards, ISBN: 978-0-7355-9850-8, 3rd Edition
- Plain English for Lawyers, by Richard Wydick, ISBN: 978-1-59460-151-4, 5th Edition
You may order these books from Loyola's Online Bookstore or from any source that sells textbooks. Be sure to order the proper editions of each book.
Important Dates to Remember
April 1, 2014: Early Registration Deadline
April 15, 2014: Orientation Modules Open
May 5, 2014: Summer Term Begins and Online Course Modules Open
May 19, 2014: Deadline to Drop a Course
August 10, 2014: Summer Terms Ends and Online Course Modules Close
Other Communications from Loyola
Please disregard any communications you may receive from Loyola University Chicago regarding issues that obviously apply to our campus-based students only, such as immunizations and transit information. Please note that while the University as a whole uses the SAKAI online learning platform for on-campus programs, the School of Law and our Health Law programs use our own proprietary Learning Management System provided by Concord Law School of Kaplan University.
If you have any questions about any information you receive, please do not hesitate to contact us.