Frequently Asked Questions

Academic

What is an MJ in Health Law?

What is an LLM in Health Law?

What can I do with my MJ degree?

Can I practice law with the MJ degree?

Can I sit for a bar exam with an MJ or LLM degree?

What can I do with my LLM degree?

What is the connection between Loyola and Concord?

How do Loyola courses work?

How much time should I expect to spend on my degree per week?

What if I need help or have difficulty with my study schedule?

How quickly can I complete the program?

Can online students attend Loyola’s on-ground programs and vice-versa?

Can I transfer credits from other schools?

Is the program accredited?

Will my diploma be from Loyola University Chicago?

 

Admission

Do I need a Bachelor's degree?

Do I need a JD degree?

Can I contact graduates of the programs?

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other entrance exam required?

What is required to be submitted with the MJ application?

What is required to be submitted with the LLM application?

Do I need to be in a certain profession to be considered for admission?

What are the requirements for international applicants?

How do I apply?

Is there an application fee?

What are the costs associated with the degree programs?

Does Loyola provide financial assistance?

 

Student Life

When do classes start?

Who are my classmates?

Do I need my own computer?

How do I communicate with my professors?

 

 

What is an MJ in Health Law?

The Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law Degree was created by Loyola University Chicago in 1986 in response to a growing need for those in the health care field to have a working knowledge of the legal, business and policy forces impacting the health care industry.  In the more than twenty years since its launch, the MJ in Health Law has been emulated by other law schools and universities.

What can I do with my MJ degree?

The skills and knowledge gained at Loyola can be used to open and improve career opportunities in virtually every sector of the health care field.   Most Loyola graduates will use their online MJ degree to complement and significantly enhance previous work and life experiences.  Read more...

What is an LLM in Health Law?


Loyola has offered the Master of Laws in Health Law Degree since 1987.  The LLM is a post-JD  master’s degree program for attorneys who wish to develop or enhance an expertise in health law.

Do I need a Bachelor's degree?

Yes. Both the MJ and LLM degree programs require a bachelor’s degree.

 

Do I need a JD degree?

Only the LLM program requires that applicants possess a JD degree.  LLM applicants who received their JD degree from a non-ABA accredited institution must be admitted to practice law in their state and/or country to qualify for LLM admission.

Can I contact graduates of the programs?


Yes, some of our graduates have agreed to serve as alumni ambassadors for the health law graduate programs.  Visit this page for the MJ program for health care professionals and this page for LLM program for attorneys.


Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other entrance exam required?

No. Neither the MJ or LLM degree programs require a GRE or other entrance examination.  Note there is an exception for international students, who may be required to submit TOEFL scores.

What is required to be submitted with the MJ application?

MJ applicants must submit: a resume, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Read more...

What is required to be submitted with the LLM application?

LLM applicants must submit: a resume, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation.  Applicants who are admitted to practice law must submit proof of good standing from all jurisdictions in which they are a member of the bar.  Read more...

 

Do I need to be in a certain profession to be considered for admission?


Applicants for the online MJ degree must have at least three years of experience in a health care field.  However, you do not need to be in a certain profession.

Applicants for the online LLM degree should have 3 years of law practice and/or work experience in the health care field. 

What are the requirements for international applicants?

Consistent with the Beazley Institute's study of health systems outside the United States, we encourage international students to apply for our graduate degree programs.  Read more about the requirements for international applicants. 

Is there an application fee?

No.

Can I practice law with the MJ degree?

No, MJ graduates cannot practice law nor sit for the bar examination with this degree. If you are thinking about becoming an attorney, we suggest you thoroughly research attending law school to get a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. The admissions process for the JD program at Loyola is completely separate from that for the MJ program. Further, you should be aware that the American Bar Association guidelines forbid courses taken at the MJ level to be applied towards a JD degree.

Can I sit for a bar exam with an MJ or LLM degree?

Only graduates who hold a JD may sit for a bar exam in the United States. Graduates of foreign law schools who hold a JD-equivalent degree and who receive LLM from Loyola's CAMPUS LLM PROGRAM ONLY can sit for the New York State Bar Exam if they meet other eligibility requirements.  Graduates of the ONLINE LLM program or MJ program are not eligible. More info can be found here.


What can I do with my LLM degree
?

Attorneys with LLM degrees can use their specialized knowledge of health law to practice in a variety of settings.  Loyola LLM graduates practice in private firms, government agencies, hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and trade associations among other settings.  Some also pursue leadership positions in business. 

When do classes start?


Fall Term

Application Deadline: August 1st of each year (for application and all supporting materials)

Term Begins: Early September August
Term Ends: early December  

Spring Term

Application Deadline: December 1st of each year (for application and all supporting materials)

Term Begins: Early January
Term Ends:  Early April  

Summer Term

Application Deadline: April 1st of each year (for application and all supporting materials)

Term Begins: Early May 

Term Ends: Early August  

Term start dates for upcoming terms can be found here.

What is the connection between Loyola and Concord?

Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Concord Law School have teamed up to offer the best possible health law education available online or anywhere. The MJ and LLM degrees are granted by Loyola, taught by Loyola professors, and the curriculum is based on the helath law degrees that Loyola has been offering to students at our Chicago campus since 1986.   Concord Law School has revolutionized the way legal education is delivered and you will “attend” classes, take exams, and communicate with your teachers and classmates via Concord’s innovative learning platform which optimizes student learning outcomes.

Who are my classmates?

The MJ program is comprised of health care industry professionals--clinicians, administrators, scientists--from all areas of the health care industry. Whether they work in a dentist’s office, a hospital, a dialysis center, an insurance company, a government agency, or a myriad of other settings, each student brings a unique background to the MJ program. Loyola attracts a diverse student body in terms of age, ethnicity and professional background as well. And while we require that MJ applicants have at least three years experience in the health care field, many students have 10 or more years of work experience, and have typically been away from the university environment for many years.

The LLM program is comprised of attorneys with practice experience and/or experience in the health care industry.  Our program has traditionally attracted attorneys with varying backgrounds, including those with experience in corporate transactional law, litigation, government, and public aid work.  Some have had only limited experience with health law matters; other attorneys in the LLM program may possess experience in the health care field, including backgrounds in insurance, pharmaceuticals, nursing, and other health care industry professions.  Loyola’s LLM background attracts a diverse student population and many ages, ethnicities, and professional backgrounds are represented.

How do Loyola courses work?

Courses at Loyola are scheduled on a semester-long basis, and generally each course is divided into 14 modules. A course module may contain a reading assignment, video lecture, multiple-choice quiz or essay writing assignment, an additional study option, or a combination of these assignments.  Read More

How much time per week should I expect to spend on my degree?

We advise students to expect to spend about 10-12 hours per week attending classes, listening to lectures, reading, completing homework assignments, etc.  A note for the MJ students:  Those with clinical health science master’s programs who have also received the MJ degree in our residential program have found that the MJ is more akin to attending law school than graduate school.

 

What if I need help or have difficulty with my study schedule?

At orientation, each student is assigned an academic advisor who is responsible for providing academic support to the student, including advising on techniques to keep a student on the suggested study pace. This advisor also aids students in sharpening their legal writing skills, provides study tips, and suggests resources for the student whose studying has gotten off track and needs a plan to improve.  Advisors also assist students in meeting their academic goals and are available to discuss administrative functions.

What are the costs associated with the MJ Program?

Tuition for the 24-credit online programs are charged per credit hour. Click here to review the current tuition, fees and other expenses associated with the online programs.

Does Loyola provide financial assistance?

Yes. Online students are eligible for federal loan programs. Please contact Loyola's Office of Student Assistance for more information and to apply.

How quickly can I complete the program?

Students generally complete the 24-credit program in two years, but with permission, may be able to complete the program at a slower or faster

pace.

Can online program students take courses in Loyola’s on-ground degree programs and vice-versa?

Students enrolled in online program generally do not take on-ground courses at Loyola’s Chicago campus and vice-versa.  Applicants or students seeking exception to this general policy should contact Kelley Yaccino, Director of Online Legal Education at Loyola.

Can I transfer credits from other schools?

Due to the unique nature of our online degrees, transfer credits are generally not accepted. Applicants or students seeking exceptions to this rule should contact Kelley Yaccino, Director of Online Legal Education at Loyola.

Is the program accredited?

Loyola University Chicago is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools while Loyola University Chicago School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Concord Law School is part of Kaplan University which is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Concord Law School is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council and is registered with the California Committee of Bar Examiners.

Will my diploma be from Loyola University?

Yes, your degree is granted by Loyola, taught by Loyola professors, and the curriculum is based on the degrees that Loyola has been offering to students at our Chicago campus since 1986.

Do I need my own computer?

Yes, you need a computer with a modem and reliable access to the Internet. Upon entering the school, students participate in an extensive orientation to the technology and the Concord classroom where student-centered tech support is readily available. However, once students are familiar with the user-friendly system, they generally have few technical problems.  Read More

 

How do I communicate with my professors?

At Loyola, students tend to have as much—or perhaps more—individual contact with their professors as they would at many fixed-facility schools. Weekly seminars, emails, and periodic telephone conferences are all part of the Loyola experience.  The Email Us function within the school provides a convenient and ever-ready method of communication to deans, professors, and administrative services.

How do I apply?

Please complete the application on our website and send in your transcripts and letters of recommendation. The Loyola Admissions Committee meets frequently so you can expect prompt notice of your status.   We look forward to your application!

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