AJMLS has moved fall semester courses to online delivery. What does this mean in terms of the class experience compared to face-to-face delivery?
The term “online course” may mean different things to different students based on past experience with different formats and techniques for delivering online education. When the Law School says it is moving all courses to online delivery, the Law School’s aim is nothing short of the best quality education that can be provided through online technologies; one that meets or exceeds traditional face-to-face classes. For example, the Law School mandates that each course can have no more than 50% of its “class time” in an asynchronous format.
Said another way, more than half of each course’s “class time” has to involve live interaction between the professor and the students in the course. The courses will not be just recorded video or audio with automated online assessment. As one example, most professors will also hold small group meetings as part of their course delivery in addition to synchronous online meetings with all of the students in a course. This will allow students to work through hypothetical legal problems and explore the relevant law directly with professors in a live “virtual classroom” (using videoconferencing technologies such as Zoom) that replicates the experience of very small sections–one professor with 8 students instead of one professor with 40 students. Some courses may incorporate some pre-recorded videos, but students should not view that as the limit of the online “class experience” at AJMLS.
Is the Law School closed?
No. Students will have access to the library and may visit as well as study together on-campus in groups of 10 or less.
Are all departments and resources still available?
I am an entering student. Should I plan to move to the Atlanta area this fall? What are the various considerations?
Some entering students may consider moving to the Atlanta area, even though all academic programming will occur online for the duration of the fall semester. For those who prefer to do so, moving to the Atlanta area provides the advantage of securing housing for the full year. Other students may feel that living outside the Atlanta area or even outside Georgia makes the best sense for their learning style, family, and budget. A student living outside the Atlanta area should research internet access with care and consider how they can best meet the requirement that all students participate in classes at the times they are offered.
What will be the law school hours for Fall 2020?
The Law School will be open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., MWF and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., T/TH. The aforementioned hours are subject to change based on use, need, and student appointments.
If students choose to come to the Law School campus for its resources, how will parking be handled?
Discounted parking passes will be offered to all students on a first come basis. Additionally, students may purchase discounted daily parking passes at the security desk for $10 per day.
What will the Fall 2020 Grading Policy be?
Grading for the Fall 2020 Semester will be in accordance with the Law School’s standard grading policies.
Does AJMLS expect to be remote in the spring as well?
Due to the uncertainty caused by the global pandemic, the Law School will be making our decision about the nature of our Spring 2021 Semester later this year. Our goal is to resume our on-campus instruction as soon as it is feasible while ensuring the safety and well-being of every member of our law school community. All decisions will be conveyed as soon as they are made.
How will I obtain my free law school ready laptop if orientation and fall classes are online?
The week before orientation, the law school will distribute laptops during designated times to accommodate both full-time and part-time students. If you will not be relocating to the Atlanta area until classes are held in-person, please notify the admissions office by completing the form beneath as soon as possible so that we may arrange delivery of your laptop.
How should I go about obtaining my student ID?
Students will obtain their student IDs when he/she pick up their laptops. If you will not be relocating to the Atlanta area until classes are held in-person, please notify the admissions office by completing the form above as soon as possible so that we may arrange creation of your ID with the library remotely. You do not need to complete the form twice, it is assumed you need both your laptop and ID mailed if you complete the form.
What is the Law School doing to plan for a robust student life experience?
Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, our faculty and staff will provide students with an innovative and engaging educational experience—one that builds community and fully prepares students for a successful professional career.
Will tuition change now it’s online instruction?
No. The Law School will not reduce tuition, despite the switch to all‐remote courses this fall. The cost of providing an outstanding legal education for our students is essentially the same, whether it is delivered in-person or online.