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Frequently Asked Questions


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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 law courses begin and end on set dates. Students enrolled in online law programs take courses in small groups, with assignments due on specified dates. However, students maintain the flexibility to decide when, within each 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 and log in to Blackboard 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 Blackboard) by the specified date and time.

What skills do I need to complete an online course?

As a 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 3-4 hours per credit 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.

Is Seton Hall Law School accredited?

Yes. This includes the online courses. Please view our official accreditations here.

What are the technical requirements?

All students need access to a computer and internet. Technical requirements can be viewed here. If you need help with PirateNet, your email or BlackBoard please contact us at 973-642-8017.

Does Seton Hall Law School accept transfer credit?

Yes. Please view our official Transfer of Credit Policy.

Will any online credits earned transfer to the Juris Doctor (JD)?

No. Credits earned in the graduate certificate or the MSJ program do not transfer into the JD program.

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