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As a Shepard Broad College of Law student, you are not just a number; you are a part of our community. You are a member of a talented and diverse student body with wide-ranging perspectives. We know you as individuals with unique backgrounds, needs, and goals. To that end, you are offered boundless opportunities and support needed for success both during and after you earn your degree. You are selected with the intent that you and your class will be well prepared to practice ethically and professionally in your chosen specialty and meet the needs of your community and public.

Congratulations! NSU Law is honored you have chosen the online Master of Science in Law program. Our staff and advisors are here to provide assistance every step of the way. 

What to do next:

  1. Register for the new student orientation. The registration link can be found in your acceptance letter. If you need assistance, email MSlawprograms@nova.edu
  2. Access your MY NSU email. This is the secure mail that all of your program information will be delivered to. Instructions on how to access your email is in the New Student Guide, emailed to you after you were accepted. You may also retrieve your username and set your password via the "Students" section of My NSU Identity

  3. Apply for financial aid (optional). Stay in touch with the Office of Student Financial Assistance to make sure that they have received all of the documents they need from you. Please be sure to visit the information on Satisfactory Academic Progress, SAP. NSU's school code for the FAFSA is: 001509

  4. Register for classes! Registration directions and information can be found HERE.

A full course load is considered two classes per term. Students can take more or less – it is up to the student and the student's schedule. Please take some time to look over your program's course checklist. The checklist will help you stay on track so that you can take all of the classes you want, when the courses are offered, and finish in two years after you start.

It is strongly recommended to take classes in the order below:

  • Term 1 – Core and Program core
  • Term 2 – Core and Program core
  • Term 3 – Core and Program core
  • Term 4 – Program core and elective
  • Term 5 – 2-3 electives (students need 12-14 credits of electives. 12 if completing the Honors Thesis, 14 if not taking the honors thesis)
  • Term 6 – 2 electives Apply for Honors thesis if interested
  • Term 7 – Legal Research and electives
  • Term 8 – IRP Seminar and Honors Thesis if accepted
  • Term 9 – if needed for Honors Thesis

Please take some time to review the concentration offerings to further enhance your career.

 
SUMMER 2020 TERM (202110)
Registration: April 20 - May 8, 2020
Classes: June 29 – September 6, 2020
FALL 2020 TERM (202120)
Registration: July 6 - July 20, 2020
Classes: September 28 – December 6, 2020
WINTER 2021 TERM (202130)
Registration: October 26 - November 9, 2020
Classes: January 4 - March 14, 2021
SPRING 2021 TERM (202140)
Registration: February 8 - February 22, 2021
Classes: April 5 – June 13, 2021
 
Registration dates are for those students who are fully admitted and enrolled.

After the first week of term, students will be unable to withdraw themselves from classes. If you need to drop from a class after the first week of term and prior to the end of the seventh week of the term, you will need to submit a Student Transaction Form to the program office – via fax (954) 262-3844 or email mslawprograms@nova.edu      You will receive an email confirmation once your request is processed.
Registration dates are for those students who are fully admitted and enrolled.

After the first week of term, students will be unable to withdraw themselves from classes. If you need to drop from a class after the first week of term and prior to the end of the seventh week of the term, you will need to submit a Student Transaction Form to the program office – via fax (954) 262-3844 or email mslawprograms@nova.edu You will receive an email confirmation once your request is processed.

Classes are subject to change. Please review the Registration Page for each term for the most up to date list or contact the program office at 1 800-541-6682 ext. 26367 or (954) 262-6367 or mslawprograms@nova.edu.

Important
Students must complete 14 credits of electives. Students may choose to complete a concentration within those 14 credits.
If you are going to apply for the Honors Thesis class and are approved –the required elective credits will be reduced to 12. Students should apply for the Honors Thesis class 2 terms before they plan to complete the program.

All classes require a minimum of 6 students enrolled to run.

****Each elective class is only offered once a year so please keep this in mind as you plan your elective classes and any concentration you are seeking.

Core and Program Core Courses

  • MLAW 1020: Legal Research Methods and Reasoning (3 credits)
  • MLAW 1032: Federal Privacy Law (2 credits)
  • MLAW 1036: Legal Foundations (3 credits)
  • MEDL 1080: Constitutional Law in the Classroom (2 credits)
  • MEML 1030: Technology and Privacy Concerns in the Workplace (2 credits)
  • MHL 1045: Patients’ Rights and Health Care Ethics (2 credits)
  • MLAW 3025: Individual Research Project Seminar (4 credits)
  • MLAW 3028: Individual Research Project Honors Thesis (2 credits) - requires prior approval
Electives

  • MEDL 2080: Advanced Topics in School Liability (2 credits)
  • MEDL 3000: Civil Rights Law (2 credits)
  • MHL 2040: Health Care as an Employee Benefit (2 credits) ***
  • MHL 2052: Operational and Business Aspects in Health Care (2 credits) ***
  • MLAW 2085: Effective Advocacy Skills (2 credits) ***
  • MLAW 3007: Electronic Commerce and Digital Trade (2 credits) *
*** Signifies concentration courses.
Core and Program Core Courses

  • MLAW 1020: Legal Research. Methods and Reasoning (3 credits)
  • MLAW 1035: Professional Communication (2 credits)
  • MLAW 1036: Legal Foundations (3 credits)
  • MEDL 1030: Special Education Advocacy Workshop (2 credits)
  • MEML 2011: Law Regulating Workplace Safety (2 credits)
  • MHL 1050: The Law of Medicare and Medicaid (2 credits)
  • MLAW 3025: Individual Research Project Seminar (4 credits)
  • MLAW 3028: Individual Research Project Honors Thesis (2 credits) - required prior approval
Electives

  • MEDL 2075: Bullying and Harassment (2 credits) ***
  • MHL 2010: Regulatory Compliance in the Health Care Industry (2 credits)
  • MLAW 2035: Response to Intervention (2 credits) ***
  • MLAW 2085: Effective Advocacy Skills (2 credits) ***
  • MLAW 2090: Dealing with Whistleblowers and Preventing Retaliation (2 credits) ***
  • MLAW 3005: Principles of Information Security (2 credits) ***
  • MLAW 3010: Alternative Dispute Resolution (2 credits) ***
***Signifies concentration courses.
Core and Program Core Courses

  • MLAW 1020: Legal Research. Methods and Reasoning (3 credits)
  • MLAW 1032: Federal Privacy Law (2 credits)
  • MLAW 1035: Professional Communication (2 credits)
  • MEDL 1040: Ethical Issues in Education Law (2 credits)
  • MEML 1080: Employment Discrimination (2 credits) ***
  • MHL 2030: Risk Management Law (2 credits)
  • MLAW 3025: Individual Research Project Seminar (4 credits)
  • MLAW 3028: Individual Research Project Honors Thesis (2 credits) - requires prior approval
Electives

  • MEDL 2030: School Discipline Law (2 credits) ***
  • MEDL 2040: Contemporary Issues in Legal Education (2 credits)
  • MEDL 3000: Civil Rights Law (2 credits) - will be offered beginning Winter 2020.
  • MHL 2021: Pharmaceutical Law (2 credits) ***
  • MHL 2052: Operational and Business Aspects in Health Care (2 credits) ***
  • MLAW 2050: Trends in Employee Law (2 credits)
  • MLAW 2055: Immigration and Naturalization Concerns in Employment (2 credits)
  • MHL 2086: Advanced Topics in FDA Law (2 credits) ***
  • MLAW 3008: Cyber Law and Mass Communication (2 credits) ***
***Signifies concentration courses.
Core and Program Core Courses

  • MLAW 1020: Legal Research, Methods and Reasoning (3 credits)
  • MLAW 1032: Federal Privacy Law (2 credits)
  • MLAW 1035: Professional Communication (2 credits)
  • MLAW 1036: Legal Foundations (3 credits)
  • MLAW 2060: Laws Regulating Wages and Hours (2 credits) ***
  • MEDL 1070: Federal Legislation in Education (2 credits)
  • MHL 1090: Accreditation and Licensing (2 credits) ***
  • MLAW 3025: Individual Research Project Seminar (4 credits)
  • MLAW 3028: Individual Research Project Honors Thesis (2 credits) - requires prior approval
Electives

  • MEML 1090: Developing Employment Policies and Handbooks (2 credits)
  • MEML 2020: Employee Benefits (2 credits) ***
  • MHL 2070: Legal Issues in Health Care Human Resource (2 credits) ***
  • MLAW 2030: Preventing Workplace Harassment (2 credits) ***
  • MLAW 2070: Labor Laws - Unions and Management (2 credits)
  • MLAW 2095: Workers Compensation (2 credits)
  • MLAW 3006: Cyber and Information Crimes (2 credits) ***
***Signifies concentration courses.

Registration Information

Course Checklists

Click on the appropriate program below for the program specific Course Checklist.

Course Checklist
Education Law Employment Law Health Law Law & Policy

Suggested Course Order

  • Term 1 – Core and Program core
  • Term 2 – Core and Program core
  • Term 3 – Core and Program core
  • Term 4 – Program core and elective
  • Term 5 – 2-3 electives (students need 12-14 credits of electives. 12 if completing the Honors Thesis, 14 if not taking the honors thesis)
  • Term 6  2 electives Apply for IRP Honors Thesis, if interested
  • Term 7 – Legal Research and electives
  • Term 8  IRP Seminar and IRP Honors Thesis, if accepted
  • Term 9 – if needed for Honors Thesis

See Program Calendar (tab above) for more information on course offerings.

Textbook Information

Visit the NSU bookstore to find your course textbooks. Just enter the term, and course information

Library Guides for:

Online - Education Law
Online - Employment Law
Online - Health Law
Online - Law and Policy

  • Students must remain in good standing with Nova Southeastern University.
  • Students must remain in good standing with the Bursar's office.
  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students may be suspended or expelled for such actions.
    • Students are expected to comply with the legal and ethical standards of the institution. Academic and non-academic dishonesty and/or misconduct will result in disciplinary action. Dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, forging and/or altering institution documents or credentials. Misconduct can include but is not limited to theft, vandalism, disruptive behavior, sexual harassment, or abuse against other class members or NSU faculty or staff. This includes written or verbal threats against individuals. This includes improper use of technology resources. Students must abide by Nova Southeastern University and the College of Law's codes of conduct.
    • Plagiarism is generally defined as literary theft, representing the words or ideas of another as your own, and this is not tolerated by either the College of Law or the University. All sources must be acknowledged. Quotations from, and paraphrases and summaries of, the work of others must be referenced in an appropriate manner as required by the professor.
  • The program must be completed within five years of beginning the program.
    • A student has five calendar years to complete the program. If after five years you have not graduated students may need to retake courses that were taken before that point in time. Leaves of absences taken during the course of the program, even for medical reasons, do not extend the five-year time limit.
  • There is no grade appeal process at the College of Law. Final grades are only changed for calculation errors.
  • The last day to add a class is the Friday prior to the start of term. Students must be officially registered prior to the start date of course(s) in order to participate in and receive academic credit for those courses.

Satisfactory Academic Progress


Nova Southeastern University maintains a system of records that includes forms, letters of recommendations, application material, and transcripts from student's previous academic work. These records are available for review by the individual upon written request to the department. The original/official documents must be maintained by the university while the student is enrolled in the program.

 To be eligible to graduate the student must fulfill the following requirements.

Satisfactorily complete the course of study required for the program of study:

  • Complete and Submit the Application for Degree form
  • Meet all financial obligations to the University (tuition, fees, and miscellaneous charges)
  • Cumulative grade point average must be a 2.5 or higher to be eligible for graduation
  • Successfully complete all required coursework, 36 required credits for completion of degree.

A student graduates with honors by earning the following cumulative grade point average for coursework completed in their program of study.

  • Cum Laude 3.60 - 3.74
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.75 - 3.90
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.91 - 4.00
Grades may be viewed by logging into Self-Service Banner (WebSTAR).
The M.S. Law program uses the following grading scale:
Graduate Courses Grading Scale:
Grades
Grade Quality Points Possible Percentage Points
A 4.00 93 - 100
A- 3.75 90 - 92
B+ 3.50 87 - 89
B 3.00 83 - 86
B- 2.75 80 - 82
C+ 2.50 77 - 79
C 2.00 73 - 76
C- 1.75 70 - 72
F 0.00 69 and below
NPR 0.00 No progress

Participation in Your Courses:
In order to be successful in the Master of Science in Law program, students must be actively engaged in classes and follow all assignments, instructions, etc. as outlined in your course syllabi. In case of an emergency that may limit your access to the Internet, please let the program office staff and your professor know immediately.

Live Class Session Policy
Students are required to participate in the live class sessions and should not be penalized for missing a session. Students attending live classes cannot be given extra credit for class participation unless students that miss the live classes are also offered similar extra credit opportunities. Synchronous class participation is not a mandatory component of the MSL program. The live class participation requirement may be satisfied asynchronously where a student presents their course instructor with a one-page summary of the class session within one week of the missed class. This is but one way in which a student may demonstrate completion of this learning task. Faculty are free to utilize other methods that demonstrate compliance with this program requirement. Students who miss the sessions should listen to the recording and submit a summary in writing to the professor.

Class Attendance Policy/Student Never Attended:
The following is the official NSU policy regarding class attendance: If a student never attended the course or never actively participated in the course, the instructor must enter an ‘unearned’ failing (F) grade, 0.0 hours attended, and the first day of the class as the last date of attendance in Self-Service Banner (WebSTAR).

Students are not permitted to petition and receive a retroactive drop, withdrawal, or refund for a course after the end of the term. If a student chooses not to attend a class they are registered for – a grade will be earned. Students must withdraw from a class before the 7th week if they do not wish to earn a grade.

10- week courses

  • A refund of 100% will be given to the student for any drop/ withdrawal within the first week of the term, including business and non-business days.
  • A refund of 75% will be given to the student for any drop/withdrawal within the second week of the term, including business and non- business days.
  • A refund of 50% will be given to the student for any drop/withdrawal within the third week of the term, including business and non-business days.
  • A refund of 25% will be given to the student for any drop/withdrawal with the fourth week of the term, including business and non-business days.
  • No refund will be given to the student after the fourth week of the term.

Withdrawal Information:

It is the student’s responsibility to register and withdraw from courses using the Self-Service Banner (WebSTAR) system. Simply not attending class or informing the instructor or staff of intention to withdraw is not considered an official withdrawal. This will result in a grade of “F” for the student.

Students may withdraw themselves from one class using the WebSTAR system up until the 7th week of class. At this time students may not withdraw from classes. At no time may students withdraw from all classes without the help of their advisor. Please email mcintyre@nova.edu should you need assistance withdrawing.

Withdrawal deadline: A student must withdraw from a course no later than by the end of the seventh week of the term. Students are no longer permitted to withdraw after the seventh week of the term.

Please note: A refund will only be granted if the tuition has been paid in full at the time the drop/withdrawal is made. The student should contact the Assistant Dean of Online Programs by email mslawprograms@nova.edu if they need to drop or withdraw from a course. The date of that email will be used to issue a refund.

NSU offers a 15% tuition discount for members of the military who have been fully accepted into the program. The student must contact NSU's Department of Veteran Affairs to complete all required documentation prior to receiving the discount on tuition.

Standards of Progress
A student receiving veterans' benefits must maintain satisfactory progress. Students will be considered to be making satisfactory progress as long as they meet the academic standards set by their school for retention in their degree programs.

A student who, at the end of any evaluation period, has not attained and maintained satisfactory progress will be certified, in a probationary status, for only one additional evaluation period. Should this student not attain and maintain satisfactory progress by the end of the probationary period (one evaluation period), the student's VA educational benefits will be terminated for unsatisfactory progress.

A student whose VA educational benefits have been terminated for unsatisfactory progress may petition the school to be re-certified after one evaluation period has elapsed. The school may re-certify the student for VA educational benefits only if there is a reasonable likelihood that the student will be able to attain and maintain satisfactory progress for the remainder of the program.

For VA payment of benefits purposes, an "I" (Incomplete) designation for a course must be converted to a credit grade counting toward graduation, or a failing grade, by the end of one calendar year unless permission for a delay is granted by the Academic Dean for that program. An "NG" (NO GRADE) designation for a course must be converted to a credit grade counting toward graduation, of a failing grade, by the end of one regular semester unless permission for a delay is granted by the Academic Dean for that program.

Grade/Progress Reports
Each VA student will be provided a grade/progress report at the end of every evaluation period (e.g. term, semester). A copy of each report will be placed in the student's permanent file maintained by the school. The university periodically furnishes each student with a working transcript that shows the current status of grades and earned semester hours for all courses completed and/or attempted, plus grades for courses in which the student is currently enrolled.

Credit for Prior Training (CPT)
Nova Southeastern University complies with federal regulations for veterans' training that it is mandatory for all veteran’s benefit recipients to report either prior education and/or training. A student receiving veterans' benefits that has previous post-secondary educational training/experience must request official transcript(s) be sent to the school. If the transcript has not been received prior to the end of the student's second term here at Nova Southeastern University, the student cannot be certified for veterans' benefits for the upcoming term. The student can be certified for veterans' benefits after the transcript has been received.

The school will evaluate the student's previous training and/or experience and grant credit as appropriate. Should credit(s) be accepted and/or granted, the student's tuition and training time will be reduced proportionately, with the veteran and VA so notified.

Student Conduct
All students are expected to comply with the legal and ethical standards of this institution.

Academic dishonesty and/or non-academic misconduct will result in disciplinary action. Specific instances of misconduct include, but are not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, knowingly furnishing false information to the institution, and forging or altering institution documents and/or academic credentials.

The institution reserves the right to require a student to withdraw at any time for misconduct as described above. It also reserves the right to impose probation or suspension on a student whose conduct is determined to be unsatisfactory.

Students who feel their rights have been denied are entitled to due process. For additional information, please visit NSU's Department of Veterans Affairs.

Complete the Military Alliance Discount Form
Submit a copy of their Certificate of Release Form: DD-214
The Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty is issued by the respective branch of the military when an individual completes a period of active duty. This document provides specific information on that period of service”
If the Veteran is on Active Duty then they should supply a letter from their Education Service Officer.

This discount is only for current or former military members. It is not applicable to their spouses or family members.
For tuition reimbursement documentation, please contact Nova Southeastern University’s Bursar’s Office at 1-800-541-6682, extension 25200.
All students are encouraged to review the following NSU resources regarding plagiarism:

To request student accommodations, please contact Nova Southeastern University’s Office of Student Disability Services at 1-800-541-6682, extension 27185 or disabilityservices@nova.edu

The page and documents communicate information regarding academic operations for the Fall 2020 term. There are many logistics and specifics regarding full building operations still being considered by our Faculty/Staff Fall 2020 Taskforce, who began work back in April 2020. Please understand that the world we are operating in is constantly in flux. NSU Law administration believes it is important to share this big picture information with you to help you with your planning. We have made these plans under the direction of the University, health and safety guidelines, and student feedback. 

While NSU Law MS Students are primarily online it is important that we share this information with you in the event you need to visit campus.

NSU COVID-19 Return of the Sharks Protocol

Return of the Sharks Student Guide

University Fees & Statement of Fee Description

Resurgence of COVID-19 Protocol

Force Majeure

NSU Image Use Statement

 

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