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Advice for Current Students

Dear Students:

Welcome! I urge you to read the Legal Studies Handbook closely and to prepare for the program soon to unfold. I would like to stress a few points that will lead to success in this program.

Read ahead, Read early and Prepare well in advance.

Purchase your texts well in advance of the program commencement date. And read ahead! If you fall behind early, the problems will just get worse rather than better. In an online environment there is simply no acceptable way to procrastinate. The expectation is that you are responsible adults who will act responsibly.

Stay in the Discussion and Actively Participate.

Part of the course delivery system assumes your regular and active participation at every level of the course. You are being graded on your level and quality of participation, and this grade will not be the same for those who remain silent for 6 weeks and then try to play catch up. Discussion is a daily obligation and it is critical to your evaluation.

Buy Books

Survival does depend on mastery of the material. The texts in these courses are not window dressing but crucial components of instruction. You may feel free to buy your text from any source, but be certain if not using the university bookstore, that you have the correct editions of the assigned texts. For the most current list of textbooks, please click on the booklist.

Ask Questions

If you run into difficulty, ask and re-ask, but do not expect others to do your work. Every student has a certain set of expectations and a threshold of acceptable performance. Contact your instructor, the technical help desk of D2L and other administrative staff, but only after you have attempted to resolve your problem through proper means.

Excuses from Testing and Assignments

There will be no excuses that allow differential treatment in the matter of testing and assignment evaluation. Only in the event of demonstrable, verifiable and proven emergency do accommodations have to be made. See the university catalog for further instructions.

Invest Energy

This activity, like all other in the human condition, is as beneficial and productive as you wish it to be. No good thing should ever be guaranteed or easy. We shall promise you a demanding and esoteric experience, but you must invest energy to achieve higher heights.

Register for Classes

Full instructions for registration are provided in your Legal Studies Handbook. Please register early to assure a place in your course of study.

Complete the FAFSA

Undergraduate Study is eligible for various guaranteed loan programs- and at very high amounts with very low rates. A FAFSA must be completed. The institutional code is 003316.

Spread the Word 

Finally, tell us what you think. We are surely interested in continuous improvement and open to sound suggestions. And if you could, strengthen our program by telling others about what we do. Anytime you can, promote the Legal Studies program. Its strength is yours. If you ever need promotional materials for other friends or colleagues, do not hesitate to contact us.

Wishing you every success in your program of study, I remain,


Dr. Christina A. Toras, JD, MA
Chair / Assistant Professor
Department of Professional Studies

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