Frequently Asked Questions

Atlanta’s John Marshall has compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ), listed below by department or area of interest. If your particular question is not addressed, please reach out to the corresponding department. Our staff listings are located here.

Admissions - Accepted Students

Academics

When is Orientation?
Orientation for the entering class is scheduled for the weekend before classes start. Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students and the full schedule of events can be found on the Orientation page and will be updated as information is released.

When will I register for classes?
When you submit your seat deposit you are automatically registered for you first year courses, and there are no further steps you need to make.

When will I receive my class schedule?
You will receive your class schedule in mid to late July.

When will I receive my required book list?
You will receive your book list in mid to late July.

When will I receive my first assignments?
First assignments will be available in late July to early August via the Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School website.

Financial Aid

What is Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s FASFA code?
The school code is G31733

When will I receive my financial aid award letter?
Award letters will be sent to your AJMLS email address in mid-July. You will also be provided a cost of attendance sheet at that time. The award letter will list all pending aid disbursements (including scholarships). If you need to decrease any amount shown on the award letter, just make the changes in the area(s) provided, sign the letter, and return it to the Financial Aid Office.

The StudentLoans.gov website says that I need the school’s cost of attendance sheet, my financial aid award letter, and access to my student account in order to complete Entrance Counseling. What do I do?
It is recommended that you have these documents, only if the school has released the information to you; however, you can still complete entrance counseling without them. If you prefer to wait until you have access to the recommended information, you can complete entrance counseling in July without penalty.

What loan amount should I enter when applying for the Grad PLUS Loan?
When applying for the PLUS Loan you want to make sure you borrow enough aid to cover the full cost of attendance. Under the “Loan Amount Requested” section it is recommended that you select the first option: “I want to borrow the maximum Direct PLUS Loan amount for which I am eligible, as determined by the school.” This way you can be sure to have the right amount of loan eligibility. You can always adjust the amount after you receive your financial aid award letter.

I have an in-school deferment request that must be signed by a school official, to whom should I send it?
Any deferment of loans for incoming students will not go into effect until the start of the fall semester. Therefore, it would be best to bring the request form with you to Orientation. At that time, a representative from either the Registrar’s Office or Financial Aid can sign the form. Also, student enrollment data will be sent to the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) on August 15th. Most loan servicers will be notified of student enrollment via the NSC. Check with your loan servicer to verify that they use the NSC for enrollment updates. If they do, it will save you the hassle of sending a paper form as the deferment will be done electronically.

What private loan providers work with the law school?
The Sallie Mae SmartOption Loan is available to Atlanta’s John Marshall students. More information on the loan and how to apply can be found at www.salliemae.com.

I have additional financial aid questions, who should I contact?
Montré Everett is the Director of Financial Aid and he can be reached at (912) 525-3903 or meverett@johnmarshall.edu.

Housing/Relocation/Transportation

I’m in the process of looking for housing, where do most students live?
There is a wide variety of housing options available for our students. We recommend using www.ProMove.com as a starting place.

I’m interested in finding a roommate; do you all have a roommate matching service?
If you will be looking for a roommate when you arrive in Atlanta and would like to be included in the roommate pool, please fill out the Roommate Matching Form and email it to admissions@johnmarshall.edu upon completion. The information you provide will be entered into an Excel spreadsheet and distributed to only those individuals who opted to participate in the roommate selection pool. You will then have the opportunity to review the information and contact the individual(s) that you feel would be the best match for you!

Does Atlanta offer a public transit system?
Atlanta has a public transportation system in the area called MARTA, which has a stop (Arts Center) two blocks away from the school. More information can be found on www.itsmarta.com.

Technology

When will I receive my AJMLS email account information?
You should receive your school affiliated e-mail address and login information by late June or early July.

What is the Online Student Services System, and when do I receive my login information?
The Online Student Services System, also referred to as “MyAJMLS,” is a web portal designed for students to access information regarding registration, student records and student services. You will receive an e-mail with your login information and instructions in late July.

What information can be accessed via MyAJMLS?
Through the student portal you can view your current schedule, book list, bill & financial aid awards, and much more.

I have additional technology questions, who should I contact?
Harold Bieber is the Director of Information Technology and can be reached at (678) 916-2690, Hbieber@johnmarshall.edu, or itsupport@johnmarshall.edu.


Admissions - Prospective Students

Facts and Figures

What Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores and undergraduate grade point averages did the last entering class have?
The LSAT and undergraduate GPA percentages for the 2016 entering class were as follows:

 75%Median25%
LSAT*149147144
GPA*3.313.022.77

Does Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School offer spring admission?
Yes. The full-time accelerated program begins each spring semester and students graduate in 2.5 years. The part-time programs are only offered for fall entry.

What is your accreditation status?
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is fully approved by the American Bar Association.

Does Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School offer both a full-time and a part-time J.D. program?
Yes. The full-time program is offered for students who are able to attend classes during the day. The part-time program allows students to attend classes part-time during the day or part-time during the evening. *Please note that spring admission is offered for those interested in the full-time program only. Neither part-time option will be available.

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition 
Full-Time Students$21,100 per semester
Part-Time Students$12,660 per semester
LL.M. Students$1,407 per credit hour
Technology Fee (Fall & Spring)$214 per semester
Technology Fee (Summer)$107 Summer semester
Graduation Fee (Billed Fall 3rd/4th year/LL.M. Resident)$215
Late Registration Fee$100
Installment Payment Application Fee$75 per semester
Late Installment Payment Fee$75
Transcript Fee$5
NSF Item Fee$35
SBA Dues$125 per semester (Fall and Spring)

Are student loans available?
Yes. Student loans for educational expenses are available to qualified borrowers. The Title IV School Code for AJMLS is: G31733. For further information please contact Financial Aid at financialaid@johnmarshall.edu.

Am I able to work while enrolled full-time in law school?
Yes. Full-time students may work but are counseled not to exceed 15 hours of outside employment per week. However, full-time students are advised not to work during their first year of law school.

How many credits are required to graduate?
88 credits are required to graduate.

The Application Process

When is your application deadline?
The law school accepts applications year-round and does not have application deadlines; however, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible in order to complete the admissions process in a timely manner and ensure consideration prior to the class becoming full.

What is required to complete my file?
A completed file contains the following documentation:

  1. A complete, signed, and dated, or electronically submitted, application.
  2. A 2-3 page personal statement (as an electronic attachment with the application or as an e-mail attachment to admissions@johnmarshall.edu).
  3. A reportable Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. Applicants for the spring 2018 entering class must take the LSAT no later than the December 2017 test administration. Applicants for the fall 2017 entering class must take the LSAT no later than the June 2017 test administration, and are encouraged to register for an earlier administration.
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants must request that the transcripts be sent directly to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). All applicants must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and have a CAS Report sent to AJMLS by the individual who wrote the letter.
  5. Two letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s character, academic ability, and potential for successful completion of a rigorous law school program. Letters may be sent to LSAC to be included with the CAS report, or mailed directly to AJMLS.
  6. A current resume.

Do you accept application fee waivers? Is there an application fee?
There is no application fee at this time for entering 1L students.

Will the Admissions Committee review my admissions file if most of my documents have been submitted?
No. The Admissions Committee will only review completed files.

What does the Admissions Committee consider in addition to the LSAT score and undergraduate GPA in reaching a decision?
In addition to the candidate’s academic record and standardized test results, the Admissions Committee will carefully examine factors that indicate a high probability for success in law study. Such factors include, but are not limited to: life experiences; personal and professional achievements; ability to overcome life’s obstacles, including personal or family hardships; the capacity for rigorous intellectual study; the self-discipline demanded by the profession; and a commitment to be of service to the profession and society. The Admissions Committee has determined that candidates with strong admissions credentials will be eligible for automatic admission by the Office of Admissions. Applicants whose entering credentials present a less clear picture may have their files reviewed in depth by the Committee. It is at this stage that the Committee carefully examines “the whole person” including the factors listed above.

Are interviews part of the admission process?
While evaluative interviews are not part of the admission process, our Admissions Committee reserves the right to request to interview a candidate.

How will I be notified of a decision?
Applicants are notified of a decision via email. Under no circumstances will a decision be given over the phone. However, applicants are able to see their most up-to-date status online, including any correspondence that has been mailed or emailed.

Do you require a seat deposit upon acceptance?
Yes. To secure a place in the entering class, applicants who have been accepted for admission must pay a $500 non-refundable deposit payable in one installment. The deposit due date will be noted in the acceptance letter. Seat deposits are credited to the student’s tuition account upon matriculation.

LSAT & CAS

What is the LSAT?
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a half-day, standardized test that is an integral part of the law school admission process. It provides a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of several factors in assessing applicants. The LSAT is scored on a scale from 120 to 180, with 180 being the highest possible score. The test consists of five 35-minute sections of multiple-choice questions. Four of the five sections contribute to the test taker’s score. The non-scored section is typically used to pre-test new test questions or to pre-equate new test forms. The placement of this section will vary. A 35-minute writing sample is administered at the end of the test. LSAC does not score the writing sample, but copies of the writing sample are sent to all law schools to which you apply. The LSAT is designed to measure skills that are considered essential for success in law school: the reading and comprehension of complex texts with accuracy and insight; the organization and management of information and the ability to draw reasonable inferences from it; the ability to think critically; and the analysis and evaluation of the reasoning and arguments of others.

When and where is the LSAT offered?
The LSAT is currently offered each year in February, June, October, and December at numerous locations around the world. Visit www.lsac.org to find a location near you.

How can I sign up for the LSAT?
You can register online at the Law School Admission Council website (www.lsac.org), or you can contact them by phone at (215) 968-1001.

What is the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), and do I need to register with them?
The CAS prepares a report that it provides to each law school to which you apply The report contains information that schools use, along with your other submitted materials, to make a decision regarding your application. Information contained in the report includes:

  1. An undergraduate academic summary;
  2. Copies of all undergraduate, graduate, and law school/professional school transcripts;
  3. LSAT score(s) and a copy of your writing sample; and
  4. Copies of letters of recommendation and/or evaluations processed by LSAC.

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is a member school of the CAS service and requires that you register with this service.

Do I have to wait to apply until after I take the LSAT?
No. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible; however, no decision will be made until after we receive your official LSAT score as reported by the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Do letters of recommendation have to be sent to LSAC to be included in the CAS report?
No. Letters of recommendation do not have to be sent to the LSAC to be included in the CAS report. We do advise you to utilize this service, especially if you plan to apply to multiple law schools; however, we do allow letters to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the individual writing the recommendation. All letters received must be on letterhead with a full return address containing the contact person’s information. Letters must also contain an original signature or they will not be processed. Recommendation letters received via e-mail will not be accepted.

Other Questions

Does Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School have on-campus housing?
No. On-campus housing is not available but our admissions staff can provide you the contact information of a housing referral service by request.

Does Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School have a Career Development Office available to aid me in the job search process?
Yes. The Career Development Office (CDO) provides employment and career counseling to students and alumni, and acts as a liaison between the law school and the legal community. The CDO coordinates seminars, workshops, and forums regarding career options, resume writing, and interviewing techniques.

I am a practicing attorney and I want to audit a course. Can I do that?
Yes. Audit student status is available to practicing attorneys, working professionals, or other individuals, interested in taking law school courses for purposes other than receiving credit or a grade. To apply as an audit student, you must complete an audit application and obtain approval from the Associate Dean for Academics. Please note that Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) students will be given first priority in class selection.


Academic Achievement


What is the Office of Academic Achievement, and what assistance do you offer students?
The Office of Academic Achievement (OAA) is a learning resource center located on the 7th floor Faculty Suite in the 1430 building. OAA is dedicated to preparing students to succeed in the classroom, on exams, and, ultimately, to pass the Bar examination upon graduation. The Assistant Dean and the Director of the Office of Academic Achievement are available to serve the academic support needs of the AJMLS students and alumni. Their services are designed to sharpen students’ academic skills such as critical reading, critical thinking, logical reasoning, legal analysis, exam writing, and understanding doctrinal material. They also work with students to help set and achieve academic goals.

Do you offer one-on-one tutoring?
The Office of Academic Achievement provides academic counseling. one-on-one tutoring is available to students upon request, or if a student is referred by faculty.

What are the OAA Facilitated Study Sessions?
The OAA Facilitated Study Sessions are facilitated study groups. The facilitators do not teach substantive law, but facilitate and moderate discussion among the student participants based upon hypotheticals the professors provide. The OAA Facilitated Study Sessions take place midway through the semester and are 90 minutes in length. The calendar is published on the OAA web page.All 1L’s (and Part-Time 2L’s) are invited to participate in the facilitated study groups offered for each doctrinal course. These courses include: Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Torts. The upper-level course for advanced full-time and part-time students is dependent upon Professor interest. The Study Groups are organized by substantive area of law and professor, so students engage in thoughtful discussion with their fellow classmates.Professors in the covered courses work with an assigned upper-class student who serves as the Study Group Facilitator. The professors provide hypothetical questions and direction through the professor’s selected material. These Study Groups provide students an opportunity to gain insight into a professor’s expectations. The Study Groups also allow students to work collectively to develop and reinforce areas of understanding, as well as to identify gaps in knowledge before the exam. Successful students use the discussions from their Study Groups to formulate well-reasoned questions to ask faculty during office hours.

Since the Study Session leaders can only facilitate these sessions, do you provide assistance to students for the substantive portions of their classes outside of the study sessions, or just general study tips?
Students should defer to their doctrinal professors for clarification of substantive material. However, OAA is available to guide students through formulating and articulating responsive answers to doctrinal exercises, and to assist with general study tips.

What is the Professional and Academic Success Seminar (PASS) program?
The Professional and Academic Success Seminar (PASS) program is a required course for all incoming, first-year students their first semester of law school. The course trains students in the academic skills needed to maximize their academic performance. Students will practice and develop competencies in critical reading, case briefing, logic and legal analysis, note-taking, creating course outlines, and strategies and tactics for approaching multiple-choice and essay exams. The course also emphasizes developing effective study habits, and time management. PASS program is a skills only course, and is separate from your doctrinal courses. It coincides with the material that is taught in those first-year required courses and acts as a laboratory.The PASS course for part-time students will follow a separately published schedule.

Do you offer Bar examination preparatory resources?
The OAA provides students with Bar examination preparatory resources. The Advanced Bar Studies course is offered to students in their final semester. The course covers Bar examination test-taking strategies and skills.Do you provide support to 1L’s for their Legal Writing, Research, & Advocacy (LWRA) courses?

The OAA provides writing skills assistance to first-year law students only by referral from their LWRA professor. The Office does not review drafts or guide students through research; however, assistance can be offered to students to help them process and review the faculty critique of their work once the assignment is completed and returned.

How accessible are you to the 1L, part-time students?
The OAA is accessible to all students, and offers evening and weekend office hours by appointment.

If my first semester test scores are unsatisfactory, what assistance can you provide to help me improve my test scores?
The OAA works with students to sharpen academic skills such as critical reading, critical thinking, logic and analysis, and essay writing through structured exercises. In addition to skills development, the Office works with students to help them to process and organize doctrinal material and to develop academic success plans.

Is the Office of Academic Achievement available for all students, or just 1L students?
The OAA welcomes all students.

(updated 7/23/15)


Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is available to assist students in all of their academic needs. The ultimate goal of the academic program at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is to develop students into attorneys who will persistently display character and values that represent the best of our legal profession. Print a downloadable copy of the Office of Academic Affairs Frequently Asked Questions.

How many credits do I need to complete my degree?
To graduate, you must satisfactorily complete 88 academic credit hours within the allotted time. At least 60 credits must be earned at AJMLS.

Is there a deadline by which I must complete my credits to receive my degree?
Full-time students must complete all degree requirements within four years of starting the program. Part-time students must complete all degree requirements within five years of starting the program. All students, full-time and part-time, MUST complete 88 credit hours satisfactorily to be eligible to receive a Juris Doctor degree.

Who can I go to for academic advising?
For information regarding course selection, suggested prerequisites, and requests for graduation please see the Associate Dean of Academics, the Associate Dean of Students, or one of our Peer Academic Advisors.

What services do you have available for academic support?
AJMLS has an Academic Support Program that is offered to students at no cost. The program is designed to identify and address student study deficiencies and to assist students in adjusting to legal study and classroom requirements. Participation is optional, but strongly encouraged. For further information on the Academic Support Program and other academic support services offered to students, please contact the Director of Academic Achievement or the Assistant Director of Academic Achievement.

What are the differences between full-time and part-time status?
The primary difference is the number of credit hours that students falling into each group are required to take per semester. In the first year, full-time students have an academic load of 15 credit hours per semester. After the first year, full-time students are expected to take between 14 and 16 credit hours per semester. The academic load for full-time students cannot fall below 12 credit hours and a full-time student must complete six semesters of resident study. If a student wishes to take more than 16 credit hours in a given semester, the student must get approval in advance from the Associate Dean of Academics. The academic load for part-time students ranges from 8 to 11 credit hours per semester. A part-time student must be registered for a minimum of 6 credits and must complete 8 semesters of resident study. If a student wishes to take more than 11 credit hours in a given semester, the student must get approval in advance from the Associate Dean of Academics.

What is your policy on classroom attendance?
AJMLS has a mandatory attendance policy. If a student is counted as absent for more than 20% of class time in a course, the Associate Dean of Academics will be notified and the student will receive a “W” for that course.

Can I drop or add a course?
First-year law students cannot withdraw from a required course without permission from the Associate Dean of Academics. Upper division students may drop and add on their own, so long as they maintain a proper semester load.

Can I take courses outside of the law school?
You are not allowed to take courses in another academic program or enroll in another school, college, university, institute, law school or other program without advance written permission from the Associate Dean of Academics. If approved, you may only receive academic credit for graduate level courses taken.

Does AJMLS offer summer school for interested students?
The law school conducts a summer session. Part-time students are required to take courses during the summer session. The normal academic course load for summer session is 3 to 6 credit hours. Students taking summer school courses cannot register for less than 2 credit hours or more than 6 credit hours. The summer intersession which is separate, also provide students with an opportunity to get course credits during the summer. A student may take 2 credit hours in the summer intersession even if the student decides to take a full load during the regular summer session (6 hours).

What should I do if I have a conflict with a scheduled final exam?
Students are bound to the examination schedule, which is published at the time of registration. Final examinations will be deferred ONLY for good cause, which can include serious personal illness or injury to a student and/or serious personal injury, illness or death in a student’s immediate family. If you are considering petitioning to defer your exam DO NOT NOTIFY YOUR PROFESSOR. You MUST submit your written petition requesting deferral to the Associate Dean of Academics at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled time for your exam, if possible.

Can I bring my laptop to class for note-taking purposes?
Policies on laptop use vary by professor, and you will need to check your syllabus for each course to determine your professors’ policies.

What restrictions are there, if any, with regard to working during the academic year?
First year, full-time students are urged NOT to undertake outside employment. Following completion of the first year, a full-time student cannot work more than 20 hours a week during the academic year. Any full-time student whose employment exceeds 20 hours per week will be transferred to the part-time program and will be required to reduce her/his course load accordingly. If you are interested in learning more about employment opportunities that are available on campus, please contact the Assistant Dean of Administration.

Can I get a letter grade for my externship(s)?
No. Externship courses will be graded on a Pass/No Credit/Fail basis.

Does AJMLS have a study abroad program?
Any student who wishes to participate as a visiting student in a study abroad program sponsored by an ABA accredited law school must submit a written petition to visit to the Associate Dean of Academics. For study abroad opportunities offered during the regular academic year, interested students must submit their petitions at least 60 days before the first day of classes. For summer study abroad opportunities, interested students must submit their petitions to visit to the Associate Dean of Academics at least 14 days before the start date of the desired summer study abroad program.

What is AJMLS’ policy on accommodations?
AJMLS strives to provide reasonable accommodations, including reasonable accommodations for class schedules, examinations and other services, to enable students with disabilities to undertake the prescribed course of study.

What is the process for getting an accommodation?
Students desiring academic accommodations on account of a disability must have an evaluation by a physician or other state-licensed medical or psychological professional. The evaluator must complete and sign the school’s Accommodations Request Verification Form and this form must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Academics at least 30 days in advance of the date for which the accommodation is requested. The form can be found on the AJMLS website or picked up from the Associate Dean of Academics or the Associate Dean of Students.


Alumni

Giving

How do I make a gift to the Alumni Association?
There are three ways you may make a gift to the Alumni Association.

  • Give online
  • Mail a check to 1422 W. Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, Attn: Erika Murray
  • Establish a planned gift by contacting us at (678) 916-2603.

Whatever manner you choose, we thank you for your continued support. For more information, contact Executive Assistant to the Dean, Erika Murray, at emurray@johnmarshall.edu or (678) 916-2603.

What funds can I give to?
Currently, the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association has the Annual Fund, and the following four scholarship funds: The Andy Crawford Fund, The Endowed Scholarship Fund; The Bobby Lee Cook Scholarship Fund; The Melissa Hamrick Scholarship Fund; and The John E. Ryan Endowed Scholarship Fund. A description of each of the funds can be found here.

Is the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association a not-for-profit organization?
Yes. The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association is a not-for-profit organization created to benefit the law school, its alumni, and its students.

Are contributions to the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association tax deductible?
Yes. The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and all contributions to the Alumni Association are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

What are the benefits of giving to an Alumni Association scholarship fund?
By supporting these funds we provide scholarships to deserving students, we acknowledge the critical importance of giving back, we exemplify philanthropy for our students and community, and advance our school’s ability to compete with other schools around the nation.

What is the minimum gift amount accepted by the Alumni Association?
The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association does not have an established minimum gift amount and will happily accept a monetary gift of any amount.

I am a student on a limited budget. How can I help?
The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association understands that students are not often in a financial position to make a substantial monetary gift to one of its scholarship funds, and it encourages students to only donate an amount they are comfortable with. Indeed, it is not the amount of the gift that matters, but it is the tradition of giving that advances philanthropy for our students and community.

Students are encouraged to show their support for AJMLS by attending alumni events and functions; joining the official alumni Facebook and LinkedIn pages; and maintaining contact with the school after they graduate. Visit the alumni calendar to learn more about these upcoming opportunities to meet and greet AJMLS alumni. For more information, contact Executive Assistant to the Dean Erika Murray at (678) 916-2603.

John Marshall Law School Alumni Association

Is the Alumni Association a not-for-profit organization?
Yes. The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association is a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and all contributions to the Alumni Association are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Is there a membership fee to join the Alumni Association?
There is no membership fee associated with being a member of the Alumni Association. All graduates automatically become members of the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association at no cost.

Alumni Events

How can I find out when and where alumni/AJMLS events are being held?
There are several ways to find out when and where alumni/AJMLS events are being held. You can: join the official alumni Facebook Group; check the alumni calendar on the AJMLS website; visit the Alumni News and Events webpage; or you can contact Erika Murray, Executive Assistant to the Dean, at emurray@johnmarshall.edu or (678) 916-2603. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Transcripts and Records

How do I request a copy of my transcript or other academic records?
To request a copy of your transcript or other academic records, please complete the Student Action Request Form located here. You can either fax the completed form to Cheryl Ferebee at (678) 916-2615 or you can mail it to: Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Attn: Cheryl Ferebee, 1422 W. Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30309. Please be sure to include the pertinent fee with your mailed request. Those choosing to fax their request can pay their request fee by obtaining a credit card authorization form from Cheryl Ferebee.

Alumni Services

Where can I buy AJMLS alumni apparel, merchandise, and memorabilia?
Currently, AJMLS offers a limited amount of apparel through the SBA office on the first floor. Hours of operation vary and the selection of merchandise is limited based on availability.

How do I get a free AJMLS Lifetime Google Email account?
If you are a graduate of AJMLS, you can obtain your free AJMLS alumni lifetime Google email account here.

Does AJMLS provide its alumni access to Westlaw?
Yes. AJMLS provides all alumni access to an Alumni Westlaw Terminal during the library’s open hours. The Alumni Westlaw Terminal is located on the 4th floor near the circulation desk and use of the terminal is on a first-come basis. For more information, contact the law library at (678) 916-2660.

May alumni use the law library?
The law library is available to ALL alumni for both legal study and research during library open hours. A collection of practitioner-oriented treatises is located in the law library’s reserve area, and an Alumni Westlaw Terminal, located near the circulation desk, is available for all alumni to use.

The Alumni Board

What is the AJMLS Alumni Board?
The Alumni Board is a supportive body consisting of invited graduates of AJMLS that assists in the advancement of both the school and the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association.

How does the Alumni Board assist AJMLS and the Alumni Association?
The Alumni Board recommends to the Dean ways to develop alumni and community support for AJMLS and the Alumni Association and helps find ways to develop and promote alumni events and activities. The Alumni Board also assists in the solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship of external support for the Alumni Association and AJMLS. The Alumni Board also requires its members to commit a reasonable level of financial support to the Alumni Association of at least $1,000.00 per term.


Bursar


Where is the Bursar’s Office and Office of Student Accounts located?
We are located at: Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, 1422 West Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30309 on the 2nd floor of the 1422 building. The Bursar’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.What is a student account?
Your student account is a centralized billing and payment system that includes charges such as tuition and fees, parking fees, textbooks, lockers and other campus charges. Students may access their student account through the myAJMLS portal.When are the payment deadlines on my student account?Tuition is due and owing on the first day of class each semester. Any student who has an outstanding balance owing from previous semesters will not be permitted to register for the current semester. Exceptions to this payment policy are made for students who have been approved for:

  • Participation in the Tuition Installment Payment Program (TIPP)
  • Students who have been approved for a federal student loan and are awaiting its receipt.

The Law School will not release a financial hold or a student’s official transcript for any purpose unless the student is current in his or her financial obligations to the school.

How much are tuition and fees?
Please refer to the “Tuition” link under the Bursar tab.

How is my Financial Aid disbursed to me?
In general, financial aid, whether a loan or scholarship, is first applied to your unpaid student account balance. Refunds are made by direct deposit into your bank account. It is a requirement of the school that each student have either a checking or savings account into which refunds can be deposited. Please complete the Direct Deposit Authorization form located under “Downloadable Forms” under the Bursar tab. Students may view their financial aid award and student account through the myAJMLS portal.

What is Direct Deposit?
Direct Deposit refers to the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). This is where a deposit is made directly from one bank account to another bank account electronically. Students are required to have their student account overpayments and financial aid disbursements deposited directly into their checking or savings account. In order to receive your financial aid refund you will need to set up your bank account information in student accounts. The Direct Deposit Authorization form is located under the “Downloadable Forms” tab. All refunds will be deposited to this bank account. It is the student’s responsibility to update their bank account information in a timely manner. Please note that these updates should be made 30 days prior to any anticipated refunds. Should you find yourself needing to update your bank information less than 30 days from time of disbursement, please contact the Bursar at (678) 916-2608.

When will my refund be processed?
Five to seven business days from the time a credit appears on your student account. Students may view their financial aid award and student account through the myAJMLS portal.

How do I make changes to my banking information currently on file?
Please refer to the Direct Deposit Authorization form on the “Downloadable Forms” page. Complete and be sure to check “Account Change” and submit to the Office of Student Accounts.

Can I use Financial Aid for expenses other than tuition and fees?
Yes. Financial aid is awarded to be used for education related expenses, including various living expenses. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions page located under the Financial Aid tab.

What if I withdraw or take a leave of absence?
If you receive your financial aid refund and subsequently decide not to attend Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School or Savannah Law School, the funds must be returned to the law school immediately. Financial aid received through the law school cannot be used at another institution. If you fail to attend classes and you receive your financial aid refund, the funds must be returned to the Bursar Office at: 1422 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Can I return my loan funds if I decide I do not want or need them anymore?
Yes. You can return these funds within 14 days of the disbursement date without penalty; however, we recommend that you complete the Student Loan Request at the beginning of each academic year (fall semester) indicating that you do not wish to receive any funds over the costs of tuition and fees. This form is located under “Downloadable Forms.” ime frametime frameMonies disbursed that a student would like to return should be returned to the school within the 14 day time frame so that the repayment can be processed by both Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and the Direct Loan Servicer in a timely manner.

Are scholarships taxable?
Scholarships are taxable to the extent they exceed the calendar year cost of tuition and fees, books and supplies. For complete details regarding this subject, please consult IRS tax filing instructions and/or a tax professional.


Career Development


When can I start accessing Career Services?
Per the guidelines of the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP), first-year law students cannot speak to anyone in Career Services until after October15th of the first year.

How do I apply for On-Campus Interviews?
All job listings are available on the AJMLS Symplicity site. Students may access Symplicity here. Your Username is your AJMLS email address: Username@johnmarshall.edu Password: Password. If you have forgotten your password, you may request to have it reset by clicking the “Forgot Password” link located on the Symplicity homepage.

What are Resume Forwards/Collects?
Resume Forwards are opportunities for students to submit their resumes online through Symplicity for employment opportunities that are posted on this website. The Career Development Office will collect resumes that are submitted for each posted employment opportunity and forward them to the employer. The employer will then reach out to the students directly to set up interviews off campus. The Career Development Office will post all employment opportunities on Symplicity and collect and forward resumes that are submitted to Symplicity. To participate in Resume Forwards, you must first check the Symplicity job posting website for Resume Forwarding/Collect opportunities, and submit your resume through the website.

How do I get my resume reviewed?
To get your resume reviewed, please email your resume to your Career Counselor. Career Counselors review resumes on a first come, first served basis. The turnaround time for a resume review depends on the time of year and what is going on in the Career Development Office, like a job fair or an impending on-campus interview deadline. We highly recommend that you not submit your resume for review at the last minute.

How do I set up an appointment to discuss career opportunities?
The Career Development Office is available weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to discuss career opportunities and tools to assist you in realizing your career goals. While walk-ins are welcome, it is preferred that you set up an appointment with your Career Counselor so that you will be afforded the time and uninterrupted attention you need to discuss your career goals. To set up an appointment, please call the Career Development Office at (678) 916-2610.

How do I find out who my Career Counselor is?
Students are assigned a Career Counselor alphabetically by class. The following is a list you can use to determine who your Career Counselor is: forthcoming.

Where are On-Campus Interviews held?
On-Campus Interviews are held in the Blackburn Room, which is located in the Career Development Office’s Suite on the 2nd floor. AJMLS Job Fairs are held at the Blackburn Conference Center, located across from the law school at 1405 Spring St. Atlanta, GA 30309.Georgia Law School Consortium Co-Sponsored Job Fairs (five GA law schools) are usually held at Georgia State University’s law school in downtown Atlanta. Please check Symplicity for locations, dates, and times.

Do I need a cover letter?
Each job description will indicate what application materials the employer expects.

How do I stay updated on events & seminars being held by the Career Development Office?
To stay updated on events and seminars in the Career Development Office, you can do one of the following: Check the Symplicity Announcement Board, JMTV monitors, or “like” our Facebook page at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Career Development Office. You can also stop by the office anytime. We would love to see you!

What should I wear to an interview?
It is extremely important to make sure that you look your best for any interview. Make sure your clothes fit and are in good repair. Practice good hygiene, but do not wear perfume or cologne to an interview because many people are allergic to fragrances. For men, wear a dark suit, white dress shirt, a conservative tie and dress shoes that are in good repair. For women, wear a dark suit, a conservative blouse that is not too tight or revealing and close-toed dress shoes. Women should not wear platform shoes or shoes with a heel higher than two inches. Also, if women choose to wear skirt suits to interviews, they should wear pantyhose. If you have any questions with regard to dress, please contact the Career Development Office.

What is the difference between an internship and an externship?
Internships and externships are considered non-classroom activities. You must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 to register for non-classroom credit. Internships are temporary work experiences that are often paid, full-time positions. An externship is similar to an internship in that it offers the participant practical experience in a field of study. However, externships are often shorter in duration and unpaid, and are offered for academic credit hours. At AJMLS, externship opportunities are offered during the regular academic year and during the summer session. Students cannot receive more than 12 credit hours for externships. For further information on externship opportunities, please contact the Office of Experiential Learning.


Experiential Learning

Students who have any questions pertaining to the Office of Experiential Learning are welcome to speak with Dean Bridgett Ortega directly at bortega@johnmarshall.edu.

What is the procedure for obtaining an externship?
Students interested in obtaining an externship must complete the following steps:

    1. Complete and submit to Bridgett Ortega a pre-registration form with preferred placements, resume, and cover letter addressed to each preferred placement.
    2. If you have already secured a placement, submit a pre-registration form with the name of the placement and a Placement Approval form to determine the placement’s eligibility.
    3. If the placement offers to interview you, contact the supervising attorney to schedule an interview.
    4. Once an offer is made, contact the attorney to accept or decline the offer.
    5. Coordinate the dates and times of employment with your new employer.
    6. Register for Externship Class (660-3) and sign-up on TWEN.

Will I have any responsibilities outside of my externship?
Yes, there is a mandatory classroom component in conjunction with your work experience. Students are required to meet for an introductory class and a mid-term session. In addition to class meetings, each student must register for the class on TWEN and complete all assignments.

What does the classroom component entail?
The classroom component consists of group and individual meetings and participation in the online course on TWEN. Students must complete all reading assignments and submit periodic journal entries on topics related to the practice of law. Students are also encouraged to use the discussion boards on TWEN to share experiences with the rest of the class. Students must also submit weekly timesheets and mid-term and final evaluations.

Who is eligible for an externship?
Students must have completed all required first-year courses, be in good academic standing, and have at least a 2.0 GPA prior to enrolling in the Externship Program.

What constitutes an eligible placement?
In order to qualify for the Externship Program, a placement must

      1. Be a judicial clerkship or a position with a governmental agency, corporate legal department, or a legal non-profit agency;
      2. Meet the educational goals of the Externship Program; and
      3. Be under the supervision of a practicing attorney

Placements with private firms or attorneys are allowed if the firm or attorney has pro bono cases referred from a legal service provider or a pro bono project. Students are allowed to work only on the non-profit cases or assignments.

May I receive monetary compensation for my work?
No. Students are not allowed to receive any monetary compensation from the field placements, with the exception of reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses such as parking.

Do I need a Student Practice Certificate?
Only students accepting placements that will involve litigation are required to have a Student Practice Certificate. To be eligible under Georgia’s Student Practice Act, a student must be regularly enrolled, have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and have satisfactorily completed at least 30 credits of the requirements for a J.D. Please visit the Registration under the Student Practice Act FAQ page <http://www.johnmarshall.edu/studentpracticerulefaq/> and contact Associate Dean Barger if you have additional questions.

Am I required to complete all journals/assignments if I am a repeat extern?
No. If you are a repeat extern, you need only complete the final journal entry and weekly timesheets.

How many credits am I eligible to receive from an externship?
Students in the program must earn a minimum of two and no more than six credit hours per semester. That translates into a minimum of 94 hours a semester or approximately 6.7 hours a week to a maximum of 282 hours or 20 hours a week in a 14-week semester. Summer students can work beyond the seven (7) week class schedule. Students seeking to earn more than six credits during the school year must get prior approval from the Associate Dean for Academics. Students must record their hours on a weekly timesheet signed by the supervising attorney. The timesheets also require a brief synopsis of the work performed each week.

NOTE: Students may earn up to nine (9) hours in externship credits towards their J.D. Externship hours do not count toward your total pass/fail allotment. (Please see §708 of the Academic Code for more details).

How are externships graded?
Externships are graded as Pass/No Credit/Fail. Grades are based on classroom participation and the supervising attorney’s assessment of the student including but not limited to the student’s work habits, work quality, and professionalism. Students who are terminated or asked to leave a placement for any reason, including unprofessional or inappropriate behavior, will fail the externship. Students who do not complete the classroom requirements will receive a grade of No Credit.

What happens if I decide to withdraw from my externship?
Students may withdraw from an externship only with the permission of the Office of Experiential Learning and the Associate Dean for Academics. See Section 502(d) of the Academic Code. Students should endeavor to honor all commitments made to their employer.


Financial Aid

General Information

How much financial aid is available to law students?
It depends on the Cost of Attendance, which is comprised of the 9-month living expense budget plus tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters. Summer semester cost of attendance is comprised of a 3-month living expense budget plus tuition and fees.

Does Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) offer scholarships or grants?
Yes. It depends on your LSAT score, grade point average (GPA) and the criterion set forth by the Office of Admissions. For admitted students our scholarships do not require an application. However, if you do not meet the established criterion established by the Admissions Office, there are no federal or state grants available to law students at AJMLS. Though the school only offers a limited number of scholarships, there are other organizations that offer scholarships to law students. For a list of some of these organizations, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Do AJMLS scholarship/grant awards renew on an annual basis?
Yes. Returning students will retain their scholarships as long as a 2.75 grade point average or higher is earned at the end of each academic year.

Are non-Federal loan funds considered financial aid?
Yes. The term financial aid includes all funds provided to a student for educational purposes – educational loans (federal and private), need-based grants, need or merit-based scholarships, and merit-based fellowships.

Can I request to receive loan funds greater than the cost of attendance?
Unfortunately, federal guidelines restrict students’ ability to receive more than the cost of attendance established by the Law School. However, AJMLS will review students’ requests for an increase to the budget for childcare expenses, vehicle repairs, medical and dental not covered by insurance, and a one-time only computer purchase. Please consult with the Office of Financial Aid before making such a request.

Do I need to make an appointment to discuss my questions with the Financial Aid Office?
No. The Financial Aid office takes walk-ins. Students can also schedule appointments. Please feel free to stop by during business hours or contact us at financialaid@johnmarshall.edu.

FAFSA and Federal Aid

Should I pay for assistance to fill out my Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
No, you don’t need to. If you apply using FAFSA on the Web at www.FAFSA.ed.gov, you get online instructions for each question, and you can chat live online with a customer service representative. Another source of free help is the online guide, Completing the FAFSA.

Whether you apply online or use the paper FAFSA, you can get free help by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at the telephone number(s) listed below or by contacting the Director or Assistant Director of Financial Aid.

Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC):
1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
(TTY 1-800-730-8913)

Various websites do offer help filing the FAFSA for a fee. These sites are not affiliated with, or endorsed by, the U.S. Department of Education. We urge you not to pay these sites for assistance that we and the Department of Education provide for free.

What is the FSA ID?
The FSA ID- a username and password- has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education Websites.

Why do I need an FSA ID?
Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. Your FSA ID will need to be used when accessing the following Federal Aid websites:

  • FAFSA on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov: Complete or edit your FAFSA.
  • The National Student Loan Data System website at www.nslds.ed.gov: View a history of the federal student financial aid you have received.
  • StudentLoans.gov at www.studentloans.gov: You can electronically sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete student loan Entrance and Exit Counseling for your Direct Loans.

How do I create an FSA ID?

  • When logging in to one of the websites listed above, click the link to create an FSA ID.
  • Create a username and password, and enter your e-mail address.
  • Enter your name, date of birth, Social Security Number, contact information, and challenge questions and answers.
  • If you have a Federal Student Aid PIN, you will be able to enter it and link it to your FSA ID. You can still create an FSA ID if you have forgotten or do not have a PIN.
  • Review your information, and read and accept the terms and conditions.
  • Confirm your e-mail address using the secure code, which will be sent to the e-mail address you entered when you created your FSA ID. Once you verify your e-mail address, you can use it instead of your username to log in to the websites.

You can use your FSA ID to sign a FAFSA right away. Once the Social Security Administration verifies your information in one to three days, or if you have linked your PIN to your FSA ID, you will be able to use your FSA ID to access the websites listed above. For help, visit www.studentaid.gov/fsaid.
** Important: Only the owner of the FSA ID should create and use the account. Never share your FSA ID.

How can I check the status of my FAFSA application?
You can check the status of your FAFSA immediately after submitting it online. You can check the status of a paper FAFSA after it has been processed (roughly 7-10 days from the date mailed).

What is the Data Release Number (DRN)?
A DRN is required to make certain changes associated with the FAFSA you filed. You can make corrections to your mailing address and/or to the schools you listed to receive your FAFSA data. Just call the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Information Center (1-800-4-FED-AID [1-800-433-3243]). The DRN also allows you to release your FAFSA data to schools you did not list on your original FAFSA. The DRN is printed in the lower left-hand corner of your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Can I add a school code to my FAFSA application?
Yes. You may either make the correction online with your FSA ID, over the phone (1-800-4-FED-AID) if you have your DRN number (see above), or you can fax the request (1-877-264-9664). Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s code is G31733.

Have you received my FAFSA?
AJMLS will download FAFSA applications after the June 1st deadline. Confirming that AJMLS is listed as one of your institutions on your Student Aid Report (SAR) once your application is processed by the federal processor assures you that AJMLS has your FAFSA application.

Do you require that I submit parental information on the FAFSA?
No. Graduate students are automatically considered independent for purposes of federal financial aid. Therefore, you do not need to complete the parent information section of the FAFSA.

My taxes will not be completed prior to your deadline. Is it OK to use estimates when completing the FAFSA?
If you have filed taxes by the deadline, it is fine to check “will file” in the tax information section of the FAFSA. You will need to update your FAFSA once you do actually file your tax return. If you are offered and accept admission to AJMLS, then we will notify you if we need any additional forms or documents. Please note that a hold will be placed on your financial aid disbursement until your tax returns are filed and your FAFSA has been updated.

I am an international student. Do I need to submit a FAFSA?
A student must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen in order to receive federal financial aid. Students who do not fall into either category are not eligible for federal financial aid and thus do not need to complete the FAFSA. For information on federal eligibility, you may refer to the chapter on “Citizenship” in the Federal Student Aid Handbook which is available to online or in the Office of Financial Aid.

How can I check the payment status of all my student loans?
You should contact the servicer of your loan. If you don’t know who your servicer is, you can use the website (www.nslds.ed.gov) to find out about your federal student loans. The site displays information on loan and/or federal grant amounts, outstanding balances, loan statuses – and disbursements. To use the NSLDS Student Access website, you will need to provide your FSA ID.

How do I defer repayment of the loans I received prior to attending AJMLS?
The Office of Financial Aid reports student enrollment data to the National Student Clearinghouse on a monthly basis. The Clearinghouse will provide the data to the National Student Loan Database System. Lenders and servicers who use the Clearinghouse will put your loans in deferment status. If your servicer requires a paper deferment form, please submit the form to the Office of Financial Aid.

I have questions about my financial aid award. Who should I contact?
Contact the Office of Financial Aid at AJMLS. The financial aid administrator combines various forms of aid into a package to help meet a student’s needs. Using available resources to give each student the best possible package of aid is one of the aid administrator’s major responsibilities. Also, the amount of federal student aid in a financial aid package is affected by other sources of aid received (scholarships, fellowships, etc).

How long does it take to apply for financial aid?
The process is fast and easy. The FAFSA can be completed online. AJMLS will receive access to your FAFSA application within 7-10 business days after completion. If you receive any requests for additional documents from the Financial Aid Office, the process may be delayed based on your response time. Please adhere to the following deadlines dates to ensure timely processing:

  • June 1st Deadline to complete FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • June 1st Earliest you can apply for a Graduate Plus Loan at www.studentloans.gov
  • June 30th Deadline to complete Entrance Loan Counseling at www.studentloans.gov
  • July 15th Deadline to complete Master Promissory Note(s) for Unsubsidized and/or Graduate PLUS Loans

Do I need to apply for financial aid every year?
Yes. You will need to complete the FAFSA annually.

What is the annual Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan limit for graduate students?
All law students who submit a FAFSA and meet eligibility requirements are entitled to receive an annual allocation of $20,500 in a Direct Loan regardless of their assets or income.

What is the aggregate Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan limit for the graduate students?
The U.S. Department of Education permits all eligible recipients to receive a lifetime amount of $138,500 in Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized Loans, including any undergraduate and graduate loans received. However, no more than $65,500 can come from the Direct Subsidized loan.

What if I have exhausted my annual Federal Direct Loan eligibility and I still have not reached the Cost of Attendance? How do I secure additional loans?
You have a choice to borrow a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan or obtain a credit-based private education loan. Both of these loans have a credit review requirement. However, the Direct Graduate PLUS loan has a fixed 6.84% interest rate for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2015 and before July 1, 2016, while private loans have a variable rate. With private loans, often times, students have not acquired enough credit to establish a viable credit history and the lender may ask for a co-borrower. The loan funds are disbursed through the school and not directly to the student.

How soon after my loan has been disbursed to the law school can I expect to have my overage/refund?
Generally, each semester, overage funds are disbursed via direct deposit 10 business days after classes have begun.

What happens if I change my enrollment status at any point in the semester?
Enrollment status affects all types of financial assistance. Dropping classes after the semester has begun could have an impact on the eligibility for any loan. Once an overage/refund has been issued to a student and then courses are dropped, that could create an over award and a required return of federal and/or private funds.

Please be sure to contact the Office of Financial Aid, if you are an aid recipient and are considering a change to your enrollment. Adding or dropping courses creates an additional bill after funds have already been disbursed based on the prior enrollment.

What should I do if I withdraw or take a leave of absence after receiving my loan checks?
Depending on the timing of your withdrawal or leave of absence, a portion of your loan funds may have to be returned to the lender, including any overage/refund amount you may have received. These are federal regulations that control the Return of Title IV Funds. These situations are individualized, and it is important to contact all offices that need to be involved. The Associate Dean, the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Associate Dean of Students will advise you appropriately regarding any and all repercussions of a withdrawal.

What aid is available for summer attendance?
Typically students have exhausted their unsubsidized loan funding prior to the summer semester, so Graduate PLUS or private loans are the only funds typically available.

Transfer Students

When I completed the FAFSA I did not include AJMLS’s school code. How do I get my data to your Law School?
You will need to update your FAFSA online and provide AJMLS’s federal school code: G31733

Does AJMLS require a hardcopy of my financial aid transcript?
No. You will cancel eligibility for loans, scholarships and grants at your former law school and begin the entire financial aid process at AJMLS.

Should I notify the Director of Financial Aid at my current school or will the Dean tell him/her I have transferred?
After you have been admitted to AJMLS, contact your Dean of Students and/or the Director of Financial Aid. These administrators play a significant role to finalize necessary separation paperwork from both law schools and lenders.

My loan funds have already been disbursed to my current law school. Can’t the financial aid office just mail them to AJMLS?
No. Lenders disburse funds to individual schools on behalf of a student. If a student withdraws from the law school or transfers to a different law school, the disbursed funds must be returned to the lender and the student is required to reapply for the loan through the new financial aid office.

Will I keep the same interest rate on my educational loans when I change schools?
Yes. The interest rate on federal loans is the same regardless of the school you attend.

How do I defer repayment of the loans I received during my first year of law school?
The Office of Financial Aid reports student enrollment information to the National Student Loan Data System every semester. If you received a Federal Perkins loan during your first year of law school, you should speak with your previous institution’s financial aid administrator about deferring repayment.

If my loans are in repayment, how soon can I request enrollment verification in order to postpone my repayment?
After the add/drop period has expired; AJMLS’s Registrar’s Office can issue an enrollment verification form that you may then forward to your lender along with your deferral request form.


Information Technology

The Office of Information Technology is committed to offering technical service and assistance to all students, faculty, and staff at the law school. From day-to-day needs to help with exam software, the IT department is available and equipped to handle any technology need. Students who have any questions pertaining to the Office of Information Technology are welcome to submit an IT ticket to itsupport@johnmarshall.edu or print a downloadable copy of the Office of Information Technology Frequently Asked Questions.

How do I access AJMLS exam software?
The AJMLS exam software is located on the school’s website. Click here.

How do I access my AJMLS email?
You can access your AJMLS email by clicking on “Webmail” found on the home page of the school’s web site. Enter your full email address for username, i.e. jdoe@johnmarshall.edu. Once you sign in, you can access your email account.

What do I do if I am not assigned an AJMLS email?
All AJMLS email accounts are created after you have paid your initial deposit. Account information is sent to you along with other admissions-related information by the AJMLS Admissions Department. If you have not received an AJMLS email account, please contact Admissions and/or the Office of the Registrar to verify your status.

Do you offer personal computer/software repairs? If so, at what cost?
Our department does not offer computer hardware or software repairs for legal reasons (e.g. voiding hardware warranties, etc.). We only troubleshoot software issues and make recommendations without uninstalling software. We recommend that a student purchase, at a minimum, a three-year warranty with their new computers.

Who do I contact if I am unable to access the AJMLS wireless internet?
To can contact the IT department, you can email the department or complete an online support form. For the quickest response, the best way to contact the IT department is to email the department at ITSupport@johnmarshall.edu. To access the request form on the school’s website, enter the “Technology” page and click on “IT Support Form.”

Who do I contact if I am unable to download the exam software?
For the quickest response, the best way to contact the IT Department is to email the department at ITSupport@johnmarshall.edu or you can call ExamSoft 966-429-8889.

Do you sell software?
No, the IT Department does not sell software.

What is the turn-around time on IT support requests?
Generally, the turn-around time on IT support requests is 24-48 hours from the time a request is submitted. Turn-around time depends on the complexity of the request.

What software system(s) do you recommend my laptop have to ensure I am compatible with the AJMLS network?
A list of recommended software is available on the school’s website. To access this list, select “Recommended Software” under the “Technology” tab.

As a new student, what types of accounts will I automatically be set up for? What are the main accounts I will need to manage as a law student at AJMLS?
Primary accounts that are issued by the school to students include the following:

  • NetID – This is Windows Active Directory domain account that grants access to campus wireless network, shared network drives, office and lab computers, print services and other web resources (career services job search, student evaluations, etc.).
  • Google Apps – This is the campus email service for students, faculty, and staff.
  • CampusAnyware – Online Registration & Student Information Services. Your userID for CampusAnyware is your studentID or your SSN, and your PIN is your date of birth initially in this format (mmddyyyy). You will be prompted to change it when you login the first time.
  • Moodle – Online courses.

While the NetID and Google Apps accounts have the same username, they are separate. If you change the password on one account, the other doesn’t automatically change.


LL.M Programs


Is the LL.M. for the Practice of Law in the United States Program approved by the American Bar Association?
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School is accredited by the ABA. The ABA does not accredit LL.M. programs in the way that it accredits law schools. Rather, ABA accredited law schools apply to the ABA for acquiescence to offer LL.M. degrees. The ABA has acquiesced in the resident LL.M. in American Legal Studies.

How do I apply to LL.M. Program? What is the admissions deadline?Complete instructions regarding how to apply, required documentation and admissions criteria are available on the How to Apply page. There is no admissions deadline for the LL.M. program. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

What qualifications must I have to apply to the LL.M. program?

Candidates for the resident LL.M. for the Practice of Law in the United States program must meet the following criteria: possess the Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the foreign-educated lawyer’s home country; possess a degree equivalent to the J.D. degree whether at undergraduate or graduate level, in the lawyer’s home country; and currently be admitted to the practice of law by the relevant authorities in the lawyer’s home country.Please review Bar Criteria for practicing law in the United States for detailed information about how to qualify to sit for the bar in Georgia.

What is the duration of the LL.M. program? When does the program begin?
The resident LL.M. for the Practice of Law in the United States degree is earned upon satisfactory completion of 26 credit hours earned over two semesters. Students begin the LL.M. for the Practice of Law in the United States program at the beginning of the academic year in August. There is no mid-year admission. You can view the Academic Calendar here. Also it is recommended that you review the Supreme Court of Georgia Office of Bar Admissions LL.M. curriculum information here.

What is the cost of the program?
Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $1,407 per credit hour. 26 credit hours are required to complete the LL.M. for the Practice of Law in the United States program.

Are student loans available for the LL.M. for the Practice of Law in the United States program?
Students in the residential LL.M. for the Practice of Law in the Unites States program may be eligible to receive Title IV aid from the Department of Education. The AJMLS School Code is: G31733. Students may apply for Federal Student loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via FAFSA on the WEB at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please review citizenship requirements for Title IV loans.

What career planning support is offered to LL.M. students?
LL.M. students have access to the same resources, relationships and support as J.D. students. John Marshall’s career development office is committed to providing services and resources to help our students and alumni achieve their career goals. Please see the career development page for information on resources and career guidance.

Do LL.M. students attend classes with J.D. students?
Yes, students in the LL.M. for the Practice of Law in the United States program take all of their courses with the J.D. students, allowing for immersion in the American law school experience.

Is the “Introduction to U.S. Legal System and Legal Method” seminar mandatory?
Yes, the seminar serves as your orientation to the program, the law school and U.S. legal education. The seminar is held in August prior to matriculation.

Are there any elective courses in the LL.M. program?
Yes, LL.M. students may take five or six hours of elective coursework.

Are foreign graduates of the residential LL.M. for the Practice of Law in the United States program eligible to take a bar examination in the United States?
As of 2012, graduates of foreign law schools who obtain an LL.M. degree from an ABA-approved law school may be qualified to sit for the state bar examination in New York, California, Alabama, New Hampshire, and the jurisdiction of Palau. Various additional states have indicated some willingness to consider internationally trained lawyers holding an LL.M. degree from an ABA-approved school. AJMLS has designed its LL.M. program with the standards of the New York and California Bar Examiners in mind; in an effort to optimize the qualifications of our LL.M. graduates should they decide to seek admission by examination to these jurisdictions.

Each state’s bar admission authority exercises the discretion to decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not any individual international LL.M. graduate will be permitted to sit for that state’s bar examination. In exercising that power, state bar admission authorities consider a variety of other factors in addition to the LL.M. degree, such as the equivalency of the foreign legal-education to the jurisdiction’s educational requirements; the applicant’s bar-admission in the home jurisdiction; and the amount of law practice experience the applicant has had in the home jurisdiction.

Before matriculating into any U.S.-based LL.M. program, AJMLS strongly encourages international LL.M. students who have graduated from any foreign law school and are interested in taking a US bar examination to consult the bar admission authorities of each state where they wish to take the bar examination to see if they will be eligible to do so. For more information about state bar examinations and for state bar contact information, please visit the National Conference of Bar Examiners and American Bar Association.

Contact our LL.M. administrative office at (678) 916-2672 if we can be of more help in answering your questions. You can also reach Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Associate Director of Graduate Programs and Associate Professor Jace Gatewood by e-mail at jgatewood@johnmarshall.edu.


Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School’s Pro Bono Program honors the law school’s mission to prepare highly skilled, ethical, and professional lawyers who possess a strong social conscience and commitment to serving historically underserved communities. The Pro Bono Program provides students with opportunities to deliver law-related services to community members of limited financial means. The goals of the Pro Bono Program are manifold: to provide needed services to the community; to instill in students a sense of professional responsibility; to help students learn about representing the underrepresented; to provide students with practical experiences and the opportunity to interact with community attorneys and organizations; and to build a positive identity that strengthens the law school’s community ties. The Office of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs oversees the program and helps students find qualifying pro bono placements in private and nonprofit law firms, legal aid groups, and other organizations.

Why Provide Pro Bono Services?
Through providing pro bono services, students develop legal and professional skills, gain practical, hands-on experience in real work environments, interact with others who share similar interests and explore their ethical responsibility to provide pro bono service. Studies also show that pursuing purpose and meaning by cultivating meaningful relationships and engaging in service to others are helpful in staving off and recovering from depression.

Students who perform fifty or more hours of pro bono credit will be eligible for one or more pro bono awards. As President John F. Kennedy once stated, “To those whom much is given, much is expected.”

What are the Eligibility Requirements for Receiving Pro Bono Awards?
Students who complete a minimum of 50 hours of pro bono service will be inducted into the Pro Bono Honor Society, while students who complete at least 75 hours of pro bono service will graduate with pro bono distinction. The student whose pro bono service has the greatest impact on the community will be awarded the prestigious Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears Pro Bono Award.

What Qualifies for Pro Bono Credit?
The term “pro bono” derives from pro bono publico, the Latin phrase that means “for the public good.” In the law school setting, the term “pro bono” generally means the offering of free legal services. To receive pro bono credit for service performed, the service provided by the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. It must be law-related. The service must be law-related.
  2. It must be uncompensated. The service must be performed in a volunteer capacity and the student may not receive any compensation, including stipends, academic credit, or fulfillment of academic or clinical requirements.
  3. It must be performed under the supervision of an attorney. The service must be supervised by an attorney, law school faculty or staff member, or other licensed professional and the student must receive training from one of these respective parties.
  4. It must be provided to eligible clients. The service must serve people of limited financial means or charitable or not-for-profit organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited financial means.

What is the difference between pro bono service and community service?
Pro bono service meets the requirements for pro bono credit listed above and includes performing legal work for the public defender’s office, other charitable organizations, the Legal Aid Society, or a private law office serving those with limited financial means. Any volunteer work that is intended to be of social use qualifies as community service. Community service includes services such as volunteering to serve food to the homeless, raising money for a charity, or building a home for those in need. Pro bono service is a type of community service.

How do I log and track my service hours?
You must log and track your service hours via Symplicity to earn credit. To record your hours, log into Symplicity and navigate to your “My Account” page. Next, select the “Pro Bono” tab. In the lower-left corner of the “Pro Bono” window is a button labeled “Add New.” Click on that button to bring up the form for creating a new record. You should create one record for each organization with which you are involved in a given semester. Use the same record to record all hours over the course of that semester once you have created a record. Once in the form, select “Pro Bono,” “Community Service,” or “Public Interest.” The specific fields related to that type of volunteer work will appear.

Once you have created a record of the organization, you can later add additional hours to the existing record. To add hours, log into Symplicity and navigate to your “My Account” page. Then select the “Pro Bono” tab. Open the record that you want to edit by clicking the “Edit” button to the left of its name. Click the “Add Hours” button (near the middle of the form). A new table will appear with a line for the current day. Ideally, students will enter their hours regularly over the course of the semester and there will be a separate record for each day of work with the organization. If you find yourself reporting all of your hours at the end of the semester, then you may enter them as a lump sum under a single date. Be sure to click “Submit” after creating a new record or adding hours to an existing record. Once you hit submit, the screen will stay the same and you will not receive a confirmation page; however, your submission has been received by Dean Jamison, the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs. All submissions must be submitted by the conclusion of the semester in which the pro bono hours are earned. Hours that are not submitted in timely fashion will not be considered when determining your eligibility for pro bono awards.

You are encouraged to submit your hours as you complete them. When submitting hours, be sure to fill out the form in its entirety or the system will not allow the submission to be approved. This will include, but is not limited to, the date the hours were performed, where they were performed, the number of hours performed, a brief description of the work, a brief statement describing the impact of the work, and the name and phone number of someone we may call to verify the hours. Should you need additional assistance, please contact Assistant Dean Hope Jamison at hjamison@johnmarshall.edu.

How many hours per week can students volunteer?
That depends on the student and his/her other obligations, but we ask full-time students not to work more than twenty hours per week. Most of our pro bono partners work with student volunteers to create a schedule for the student that meets the needs of the organization and the student.

What are the community service requirements for first-year students?
All first-year students are required to complete four (4) hours of community service by the conclusion of the first year of law school (thirty credit hours).

If you have questions about the Pro Bono Program at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, please contact Dean Sheryl Harrison-Mercer at sharrison-mercer@johnmarshall.edu or Assistant Dean Hope Jamison at hjamison@johnmarshall.edu.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing to serve others?’”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please find below a list of some of our pro bono partners and organizations that have offered pro bono opportunities to our students. Please note that this list is non-exhaustive.
Accenture
ACLU of Georgia
Advancing Justice Atlanta
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Booker T. Washington High School (Street Law)
Center for Pan Asian Community Service
Cobb County Legal Aid Society
Fulton County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA)
Fulton County Magistrate Court Eviction Defense Clinic
Georgia State University College of Law Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
Gideon’s Promise
Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights
L4EJ
National Elections Protection Coalition
Southern Poverty Law Center, Southern Immigration Detention Documentation Project
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Georgia (Street Law)