How do online courses work?
For our Master of Science in Law and Graduate Certificate courses, students "attend" class by accessing the virtual course classroom (Blackboard) and completing assignments according to the class schedule. Students communicate regularly with the instructor and classmates via e-mail and online discussion forums. Students are required to complete assignments according to the course schedule, to maintain regular contact with the instructor, and to participate in online discussions.
Can I start and complete an online course whenever I want?
No. Our Online Graduate Certificate programs have set dates when courses begin and end. Students enrolled in online law programs take courses in groups, with assignments due on specified dates. However, students maintain the flexibility to decide when, within a week, they will study their course materials and participate online.
Do I have to be online at a certain time each day or week?
No, but you are required to stay on schedule with assignments with our Graduate Certificate programs and log in multiple times per week. You have the flexibility of choosing the time of day or night you want to log on to the Internet to work on an assignment, but you must complete your assignments and turn them in (through the website) by the specified date and time.
What skills do I need to complete an online course?
As an e-learning student enrolled in our Graduate Certificate or Master of Science in Law program, you need a basic familiarity with computers and the Internet. You do not need to be an expert in computing. You must be comfortable using word processing software (e.g., MS Word), know how to use an Internet browser (e.g., Internet Explorer), and know how to communicate via e-mail.
You also need to be disciplined as an online learner and committed to your online law courses, as you are responsible for keeping up with the course schedule and submitting your assignments on time.
How much time per week will online courses take?
Generally, students should plan to spend between 6-8 hours per week on online law courses, including reading assigned materials, viewing presentations online, participating in discussions, and completing writing projects.
How will I receive official communications from Seton Hall Law and my online course instructor?
Official communications will be sent via your Seton Hall email account and/or within the Blackboard system. It is very important for you to have access to your Seton Hall email account and to check it often.
Will my certificate or degree state that I earned it online?
No, certificates and degrees earned online are identical to those issued for campus-based programs. Distance education does not affect your certificate or degree.
Where do I go for technical support?
If you need help with PirateNet, your email or BlackBoard please contact us at 973-642-8017.