LLM in Global Antitrust Law & Economics: Online FAQ
Q. I’ve never taken an online program. Are there specific things I should do to prepare for the experience?
A. An orientation session will be provided to you before you begin any of your coursework. This session will familiarize you with the technology and offer you distance learning best practices. You’ll walk through how to use the learning management system and familiarize yourself with all of its tools so that you will be ready to hit the ground running. You will also have access to 24/7 technical support in case issues arise.
Q. How will my instructor know that I attended class?
A. Your attendance is tracked automatically each time you log into your course; the system also tracks all submitted work.
Q. What types of interactivity will be offered within the online course?
A. There are several ways in which an instructor may interact with you throughout each course, including group breakout sessions, the posting of questions and commentary via discussion boards, module assessments and quizzes, multiple choice polling, requesting short answer responses via submissions, chat rooms, office hours or postings, video simulations, and other means.
Q. Though the program is asynchronous, you indicate there are assignments throughout. What does that mean?
A. While the asynchronous format allows students to complete coursework on whichever days or times fit their individual schedules, we do not allow students to “hold” classwork until the last days of the semester. Therefore, each module has a set “open” and “close” time (usually 1-2 weeks) in which the student must complete the coursework.
Q. Are there any technical requirements that I need to have in order to participate?
A. At minimum, a student should prepare to have access to a reliable high-speed, broadband Internet connection. A minimum download speed of 5.00 mlps and minimum upload speed of 2.00 mbps is recommended. Students are encouraged to use a laptop or desktop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone; though, the technology also works on those devices.
Q. What happens if I have a technical problem?
A. All courses are monitored by staff to ensure continued course success. Staff will verify that students have access to strong internet connections, functioning web cameras, and microphones. Students can use the help button within each course that alerts staff of a potential problem and allows staff to chat with the student right away to problem-solve the issue.
Applications Process and Admissions
Q. Is there ever a time I have to actually visit the School of Law, either to be accepted or admitted into the program, or at any other point during the program?
A. No. There is no requirement you physically visit the campus.
Q. What is required for me to submit my application?
To be considered for admission please submit the following:
- Application Fee
- Official Academic Transcript(s)
- 500 Word Statement
- Current Resume
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Proof of English Language Proficiency
Our application is hosted online by Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). To apply to George Mason Scalia Law School of Law, you must complete and submit an online application at LSAC.org, and register for LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS). If you need help with you application, please reach out and an admissions representative will reply within 1 business day.
Q. I received my law degree outside the United States. How does that impact my ability to enroll in the Global Antitrust Law & Economics LLM degree?
Having a law degree from outside the United States does not impact your ability to enroll at all. In fact, our faculty has taught allover the world and welcomes the opportunity to engage with professionals from all nations.
If you obtained your degree outside the United States, you will be required to take and pass “Introduction to United States Law.”
Q. I received a J.D. degree from a U.S. Law School. How does this impact my ability to enroll in the Global Antitrust Law & Economics LLM program?
Because of American Bar Association accreditation rules, you will be required to compete 24 credit hours. You are invited to take “Introduction to United States Law” as a refresher if you choose to do so, but it is not required and is not part of the graduation requirements.
Q. What level of economics do I need to understand to do well in this online LLM program?
None. One of your classes, “Economics for Lawyers,” will instruct you on all the important and critical issues to help you be successful in the LLM program.
Q. Do I have the opportunity to review material from earlier classes in a course to enrich my understanding of the material and provide me additional insights?
Yes. You can review earlier classes, lectures and insights. This is one of the important benefits of online education. At Scalia Law, the goal of the LLM Program is to best prepare you for the future.
Q. How can I build relationships and community with fellow online program participants?
All online courses are constructed to require interaction with fellow program participants and their instructors. Additionally, program participants will be encouraged to interact in social media networks offered by the Scalia Law School.