Are there jobs in Logistics and Transportation?
Most of our students are already working in the logistics and transportation industry.
Logistics and Transportation is growing at the rate of 23% per decade.
A growing industry means a growing need for trained professionals in domestic and international distribution, warehousing, maritime trade (passengers, freight and marine construction); rail and trucking, aviation (aircraft and airport), and military logistics.
Government regulation of Logistics and Transportation is growing in the U.S. and internationally.
There are also new and cutting age topics studied: International Climate Change Regulation, International LNG Regulation, and Regulation of Driverless cars, trucks, ships and aircraft, to name a few.
How long does the Program take to Complete?
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program can currently be completed in fourteen months. As more courses are added, that will decrease to twelve months.
The Certificate Program (C.T.R.) can be completed in seven months.
Can I continue working while in the program?
Most students in the program are working in full-time jobs in logistics and transportation and view their lectures during non-working hours.
Students who are working full time are encouraged to take no more than two classes at a time.
How many terms are there a year?
There are five, eight-week terms a year. Each term has seven weeks of classes and one week of final assignments.
How many courses are offered a term?
Four to five courses are offered a term. Most courses are one credit, although some are two credits.
Once in the program, do I take courses every term?
Students are expected to take at least one credit each term. Students may request a leave of absence in writing from the Program Director for any reason (e.g. start of a new job, arrival of a new family member, illness of a family member, etc.) prior to the beginning of the term. Students who fail to take a course or request a leave of absence will be dismissed from the program and their library and Lexis access will be terminated, but they may re-apply for admission at any time. A $200 re-application fee will apply.
How do I register for my courses?
Students can determine which courses are being offered each term, and the dates when the term begins and ends, by looking at the "Proposed Curriculum" tab on this web page. Then, prior to the commencement of the term, students register themselves for the courses using the "Student Portal." The "Student Portal" is found under the "Tools" section of the menu bar above.
How do I access my classes?
Students access their classes through the Desire-2-Learn platform. Desire-2-Learn is found under the "Tools" section of the menu bar above.
Can I drop or add courses?
Yes. Students can drop or add classes anytime during the first five days of a term.
What are the lectures like?
Most lectures are recorded in the "FCSL studios" and look like television newscasts.
Most lectures are about 30 minutes long, much like a television sit-com. That is so students wont get bored by lengthy recorded lectures.
When can I watch the lectures?
The courses are completely online and asynchronous, meaning that you can access them anytime, day or night.
Can I see some sample lectures?
Yes. You can see them on the "Sample Lecture" tab on this web page.
Are there required courses?
Yes. All students, both Masters and Certificate, are required to complete a minimum of two credits of administrative law.
There are many administrative law courses to select from including Customs Law, Immigration Law, Fines and Penalties, Judicial Review, Public Private Partnerships, and Rulemaking/Licensing-to name just a few.
Masters of Law students are also required to take two credits of International Business Transactions.
Is this a self-study program?
No, it is not "self-study." You have full access to your professors and exchange with your fellow students and professors takes place on line.
Students receive access to three to four recorded lectures per class each week. Students watch the lectures during the week they are released.
Each student will ideally contribute to the professor/class discussion two to three times each week.
How do students contribute to class discussions?
Students read and comment on the discusssion board to points made by their professors and other students.
Students are encouraged to share their personal insights on the bulletin board.
They may also contribute news articles and video-links.
Credit is given for class participation.
How are students graded?
Most of the courses are "skills" courses. Professors assign practical written exercises which are designed to develop new skills.
Written assignments are submitted to the professor by placing them in a dropbox, or emailing them directly to the professor.
Courses which are not "skills" courses are graded based upon a final exam administered at the end of the class.
Where do I obtain textbooks?
Logistics and Transportation is a specialized area of law. Most of the courses are so "cutting edge" that there is no textbook written to address the topics taught. Therefore, in most classes there are no textbooks.
Professors provide students access to written materials that they have obtained in the practice of law, or which are found on the internet.
For the few courses which do have textbooks, students can purchase them from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Will I have library access online?
Every student is provided with online access to Lexis-Nexis, as well as other library reseources.
When can I be admitted?
Most students are admitted in June/July and November/December, but students can matriculate into the program during any of the five terms each year.
What are the Learning Outcomes for the Program?
Our accrediting agency requires us to create "learning outcomes" for our courses. In creating those "learning outcomes" we have attempted to design the the Program is designed to be practical, as opposed to being theoretical. That having been said, there are three primary learning outcomes for each of the courses in the Program. They are:
Knowledge of Laws, Regulations, Contracts and Public Policy:
Students will gain an understanding of the laws, regulations and public policy in the student’s chosen topic(s) of interest. The four primary topics are maritime law, aviation law, surface transportation (trucking, rail, and intermodal) law, and military logistics. The subjects taught under each topic include litigation, regulation, contracting, and public policy. Because most transportation today is intermodal, students are not limited to one topic area. Understanding international trade and business transactions is important to many courses.
Research and Analysis of Laws, Regulations, Contracts and Public Policy:
Students will be able to analyze regulations, contracts, and legal documents. In courses focusing on regulation, the matters to be analyzed will primarily be regulations and interpretive documents (CFRs, HTS, etc.). In courses focusing on litigation, the matters to be analyzed will include pleadings, discovery, and judicial opinions. In courses focusing on contracting the matters to be analyzed will be international sales and transportation contracts (e.g. sales contracts, banking documents, letters of credit, charter parties, bills of lading, tariffs, freight bills, insurance policies, INCOTERMS etc.). In courses focusing on military logistics the primary matters to be analyzed will be federal procurement and contracting documents.
Practical Skills: Students will be able to perform frequently recurring litigation, regulatory and contracting/transactional tasks. Those skills include writing and drafting, negotiating, and advocating public policy positions.