Loyola has partnered with Concord Law School of Kaplan University to offer its M.J. degree online. Concord pioneered the development of internet-based legal education when it launched its first program in 1998.
Concord’s proprietary learning management system (LMS) is an online delivery system developed specifically to support a robust and interactive legal based education. Each student receives a customized home page to access their Business and Corporate Governance Law courses and to connect with all of the people, services and administrative offices in Loyola’s virtual hallways.
Each course in the M.J. program is organized into interrelated topics called modules. Modules function as an interactive syllabus. Targeted, assigned and supplemental materials are prepared for each module topic. During the term, each student follows a detailed syllabus and progresses through the modules at his or her own pace. Modules may contain reading assignments, quizzes and writing assignments. Lectures accompany the module materials online and are also downloadable.
In addition to the pre-recorded module lectures, students and professors come together periodically for live online classroom discussion. The synchronous live classes are generally held five to six times per semester. Live class sessions are archived and are available to students who miss a live class or want to review a class.
Students do not have to be technology gurus to go to school online at Loyola. There is a step-by-step orientation to the learning management system as well as ample help to guide new students. Once students are familiar with the site, it is easy to use and, when needed, assistance is readily available.