Loyola University Chicago

Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy

School of Law

Master of Jurisprudence Fall 2015 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.


Please contact Enrollment Coordinator, Shannon Rae, at 800-424-3986 or healthlawonline@luc.edu with any questions regarding registering for classes and beginning the 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 at 800-424-3987 or prybarczyk@luc.edu.

Master of Jurisprudence Curriculum

All new MJ students should become familiar with the MJ 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.

You may also review the complete listing of our online course offerings and a schedule of upcoming term course offerings

Students should contact Program Coordinator Lindsay Dunbar at ldunbar@luc.edu with curriculum questions.

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 Fall classes as soon as you receive your UVID. Registration for the Fall 2015 term begins March 19, 2015.  The priority registration deadline for health law students is August 1, 2015.

Below is the information you will need when registering:   

  • The course number for Introduction to Legal Study and Legal Writing is LAW 900
  • The term number for Fall 2015 is 1156
  • The four-digit class number for this course is 6418

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 healthlawonline@luc.edu.

Orientation Sessions

All online students are required to complete both asynchronous orientation modules online prior to the first week of class as well as attend a live, synchronous orientation session during the first week of class.  The online orientation modules should take you approximately 1 hour to complete, and can be accessed with your UVID beginning on August 15, 2015.  A link to the online orientation modules and live orientation date will be sent on or around August 15, 2015. 

Starting Your Courses in Sakai

Your syllabus, assignments and other course materials are housed in Sakai, Loyola’s learning management system.  While you will learn how to use Sakai during orientation, your course materials will not be available until the first day of the term: August 31, 2015. 

If you would like to get started prior to that time, Professor Maryellen Maley, Director of Legal Writing for Online Health Law Programs, recommends students review the following materials: 

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: 978-1-4548-5798-3, 4th 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 note and order the proper editions of each book.

Technology at Loyola University Chicago

As an online student at Loyola, it is critical that you become familiar with Loyola’s technology.  Please visit our Technology Roadmap site for information about how to set up your Loyola email, and use LOCUS, Sakai, and other Loyola programs.  If you have questions or need assistance with technology, please contact the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk directly at 773-508-4487 or helpdesk@luc.edu.  The ITS Help Desk personnel are trained to assist with technology and can troubleshoot passwords as well as help you connect your personal technology devices to the Loyola Network.  

The Help Desk hours can be found on the Help Desk website

Loyola E-Mail

You will receive a Loyola Universal ID (UVID) from the Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management office in your registration email. Your UVID will also serve as your email address.  (For example, Jane Doe’s UVID is JDOE and her email address is JDOE@luc.edu.)

All official University communications will be sent to your Loyola email address via Microsoft Outlook, the university’s email software.  This is also the address that Loyola professors and administrators will use to contact you.  IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU CHECK YOUR LOYOLA EMAIL AND USE YOUR LOYOLA EMAIL FOR ALL LOYOLA COMMUNICATIONS.

You can disregard any communications you may receive from Loyola University Chicago regarding issues that obviously apply to campus-based students only, such as campus housing, immunizations, and transit card information.  If you have questions about any information you receive, please do not hesitate to contact us at healthlawonline@luc.edu for clarification.

Updating Your Contact Information

The contact information you included in your application form has been imported to LOCUS.  Please login to LOCUS whenever you have a change of address or other vital information.  The online orientation will contain instructions about how to share your photo, contact information, and any other pertinent information you choose through the Sakai profile feature. We strongly encourage you to share your information, as it helps foster better networking and camaraderie amongst your classmates. Keep in mind, however, that this information will be visible to anyone who has access to Sakai.

Important Dates to Remember

August 1, 2015

Early Registration Deadline

August 15, 2015

Orientation Modules Open

August 31, 2015

Fall Term Begins and Online Course Modules Open

September 13, 2015

Deadline to Drop a Course

December 6, 2015

Fall Terms Ends and Online Course Modules Close


Good Luck and Best Wishes!

Our goal at this time is to help make your transition to Loyola’s online community as seamless as possible.  If we can help you in this effort, please feel free to reach out to any of us at any time.