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:
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.
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
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 from the following: Education Law, Employment Law, Health Law, or Law & Policy. 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:
The total number credits required to earn your M.S. in Law degree is 36, including 20-22 required credits and the 12-14 elective credits. Please take some time to review the concentration offerings to further enhance your career.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students must complete 14 credits of electives in addition to 22 required courses, for a total of 36 credits. Students may choose to complete a concentration within those 14 elective 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.
Click on the appropriate program below for the program specific Course Checklist.
|Education Law||Employment Law||Health Law||Law & Policy|
See Program Calendar (tab above) for more information on course offerings.
Visit the NSU bookstore to find your course textbooks. Just enter the term, and course information
To be eligible to graduate the student must fulfill the following requirements.
Honors are noted on a student’s transcript upon completion. Honors are not noted in the commencement program. There is only one ceremony a year and many students are invited before they have completed the program.
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, either by attending synchronously or by viewing the recorded session after it has taken place and presenting their course instructor with a one-page summary within one week of the missed class. Individual faculty may utilize a different method to demonstrate compliance with this live session program requirement; notice of an alternate method to the written summary, if any, will be available in the course syllabus. Students should not be penalized for missing a session as long as they view the recording and submit a summary in writing to the professor or otherwise comply with the instructor’s alternative requirement. 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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if they need to drop or withdraw from a course. The date of that email will be used to issue a refund.
University-Wide Academic Inactivity Policy
NSU requires all students to make consistent progress toward obtaining an eligible degree or certificate program at the university. Any student who does not complete a course and earn credit(s) for three consecutive semesters/four terms will be considered inactive and withdrawn from the University, excluding any semesters/terms where the student is on an approved leave of absence. Students withdrawn pursuant to this policy who wish to continue their academic program are required to follow the readmission process as detailed in their college or academic program’s student handbook/catalog. Readmission is solely at the discretion of the student’s college or academic program and may include specific conditions, including the repeat of courses or the entirety of the academic program, when deemed appropriate by the college/academic program. Additionally, students may be subject to the admissions standards and academic program requirements as outlined in the student handbook/catalog for the academic year in which the student is seeking readmission. While this policy is intended to set forth the maximum period of academic inactivity, colleges and academic programs are permitted to adopt more stringent standards, i.e., shorter time periods of inactivity that will lead to withdrawal. Students should consult with their college or academic program for additional information about the maximum period of academic inactivity applicable to their course of study.
Students withdrawn from NSU due to academic inactivity and seeking readmission to their academic program will be required to petition their specific college or academic program for readmission.
MS in Law students may apply for readmission to their program after a period of inactivity. Contact the Director for review and assessment.
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.