Online Master’s in Health Law and Policy – Student Resources at Hofstra Law

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Yan Zhang: Hello everyone. Good morning or afternoon depending on where you’re joining us today. Welcome to Hofstra Law Master’s in Health Law and Policy information session. My name is Yan and I’ll be your moderator for today.

So before we get started I’d like to review a few housekeeping items with you. Please make sure you’ve enabled your media player in order to hear audio and see our presentation. This webinar is being recorded for playback purposes so you’re in listen mode only. Our advisors will share the recording link with you over the next few days. If you take a look at your dashboard on your screen in front of you on the left-hand side there should be a Q&A window. This is where you can submit any program questions comments or concerns at any time. As the moderator I will collect all the questions and bring them up during the Q&A session at the end of our presentation. We already have a few questions already so keep them coming throughout the presentation. We will answer as many as time allows if you also have any technical issues you can submit them here and we’ll try to help.

Now that we’re all familiar with our dashboard, I would like to give each of our guest panelists a moment to introduce themselves. We’ll begin with the Associate Director of Distance Education here at Hofstra Law, professor Ron Colombo. I thank you and welcome aboard everybody was joining us today.
Ron Colombo: I’ve been with Hofstra University School of Law since 2006. Before that time I was employed in private practice first at a law firm and then at an investment bank. I helped launch the online programs when I was the Associate Dean of Academic affairs about three or four years ago and since then I’ve remained intimately involved with them in my position as Associate Dean for Distance Education. I’m also an instructor in the program, so I can answer questions both from an administrative point of view and from the point of view as an instructor. So again, thank you for joining us today.

Kim Gill: Thank you professor and next we have – Hello everyone I work in student support services and I fell in love with the role from a job ad where I said to myself do I really get paid to support students in this way and two years later working with the Hofstra University online law programs I am super excited for the results that we have as we support students and help them to get through lots of different challenges. We may talk about a few of them in a later slide but it is a pleasure and a privilege to be part of your support team at Hofstra University.

Yan Zhang: Thanks Kim, and finally here with us today is our enrollment advisor Claudette Jones. Claudette?

Claudette Jones: Thanks again for such warm welcome and hello everyone and thank you for joining us today. So my name is Claudette Jones and I’m one of the enrollment advisors for the Online Master of Arts and Master of Laws in Health Law and Policy program. I have over 12 years of experience as an enrollment advisor. I also would be your main point of contact and my role is to make the transition back to school easy for you by providing you with information on the program and doing some mutual fact-finding to make sure you have what you need in order to make an informed decision. Thank you.

Yan Zhang: thank you Claudette we’re so excited that all three of you could be here with us today so thank you so much for joining us for our audience here today our webinar will cover the resources and support that online students here at Hofstra Law receive our agenda for today will be as follows so we just heard introductions by our honored guests and coming up next professor Colombo will introduce the school go over a program and curriculum overview and then discuss the support that students can expect to receive within their courses following that Kim will talk about her role as part of our student support team and Cheryl share with us the types of you know personalized help that our online students get she’ll also touch on some of the extracurricular resources that we offer here at Hofstra law and finally Claudette our enrollment advisor outline the admissions requirements to our masters in health law and policy program and we’ll wrap it up by answering any questions that you may have during our Q&A. So just a reminder you can submit your questions at any time during the webinar we’ll collect all of them and answer them at the end and with that I’ll hand it off to Professor Columbo.

Ron Colombo: Oh thank you so much and well so this program is housed at the Hofstra University School of Law and just a brief overview of the school law is all about Hofstra University is a very well established University in Lyon New York and it’s School of Law has been around for a few decades now and is also extremely well regarded and well established this program arose out of the collaboration between the law school on campus and the medical school on campus Hofstra has a a I don’t want to say brand new but a medical school has been around for not so long and the medical school is a leading institution it is collaborates with Northshore Health System which is a leading health system the United States and together the Law School and the Medical School have put together the Gitenstein Institute for health law and policy and in light of our expertise in this area and in light of the need that students future students I should say lawyers and and health care professionals had for flexible educational options in this area we decided to launch these healthcare of degree programs online LLM program and an MA program now these two different programs have two different audiences in mind.
The Master of Arts program is for a student who does not have a JD degree for someone who is not currently a lawyer and does not necessarily intend to be a lawyer and it’s so who is that student it’s someone who is a healthcare professional or someone who perhaps wants to be a healthcare professional and they believe that they could be helped by and who couldn’t be helped by a greater degree of understanding and knowledge of the laws and regulations that affect the industry and this very complicated field the Master of Laws degree is geared toward and may only be taken by existing lawyers so someone who already has a JD degree so those who and so and it may or may not be practical practicing lawyers but most of them are practicing lawyers and it’s designed to give those lawyers.

Again it’s twofold for them either a leg up in serving their existing client base to do you know more effective at serving their healthcare clients that healthcare field clients or perhaps hoping to break into that field so they want this the information the knowledge the expertise and the credential quite frankly to better represent or to represent for the first time perhaps clients in this space and so that’s that’s the two audiences for the degrees offered for.

Now the curriculum overview I’m not going to go through each and every one of these courses here but they’re all listed out here on this slide number nine these courses were very carefully chosen and I should say to you that in speaking to a lot of students over the years or prospective students over the years many choose our program precisely because of this lineup of courses there are a handful of other programs out there that offer online health law degrees. Health law degree programs are out there but um they have different lineups of courses and they have a different emphasis and you have to figure out among other things you know is the is the course curriculum right for you is this what interests you and as this will will further your career.

So the first two courses are required of the MA students and this is because the MA students as I mentioned earlier do not have a legal background and they’ll be taking courses in the law so we want to make sure that before we put them into those courses they have a necessary understanding to absorb the material that they’ll be confronted with and so the first two courses are introductory courses and they’re in italics here: introduction to the American legal system and that’s of course I’m honored to teach and I very much enjoy teaching. And that’s as the title suggests introduction to the legal them generally speaking get you start thinking like a lawyer understanding what lawyers do understand how the law is made where it’s found how its interpreted the judicial system the role of regulation versus statute all of that very important material that’s just an absolute basis for understanding what’s going to come. Next the next course which is called health law is also sometimes referred as introduction to health law is a broad sort of overview of the field of health law in general. Again just to go a little deeper now first we introduced to the American legal system then we introduce you to the field of health law more generally and then after that you have our roster of very specialized courses. And our hope is that by taking all of these courses listed there after are taken by both all the MA students and all the LLM students. These are taken by everyone and we combine you in classes so your classes will consist of maybe some MA students along with some LLM students we find that creates a a wonderful dynamic because you have quite frankly in a given class or given section lawyers and people who may very well be akin to who they serve as clients in the in the same class and it helps a lot with the learning experience. But as you see in these different courses these are the courses that we picked out as most effective and most necessary I should say to provide you with the type of education you’ll need in this field we revisit this list from time to time. And if necessary we’ll certainly make adjustments each in every course is itself adjusted and refreshed semester after some you know by each semester after it’s taught to make sure it’s up to date and all that but again an entire court we’re open to swapping out of course if we believe that it’s no longer as relevant.

But this is the existing course list and we don’t foresee any changes for the foreseeable future because we’re very happy with it our students are happy with it and it’s working quite well. Now I know how familiar you probably need to come to this call with different backgrounds with regard to online education and the experience you may have. Any experience you have with regard to that let me just tell a little bit about that I’m more than happy to explore this further in the Q&A if people have questions.

But here’s how this program works you take two courses each semester but each semester is cut in half so there’s spring one and spring to fall one, spring fall two, and summer one, summer two. You may start at the beginning of any semester and that might be covered later on but we have a fall start, a spring start, a summer start, so but you only take one course at a time so the courses go back-to-back so you’ll have less to think of the introductory course if you were to start as an MA student this summer you would start with the introduction to the American legal system, which at the beginning of summer. When that course runs seven weeks with one exception all the courses run seven weeks then you take a week off and then you’d start the second course which would be the introduction of health law course that would run seven weeks then the semesters over then.

There’s a couple of weeks between the semesters and then the fall semester would start and you would similarly go through all the other courses in the program in that cycle one at a time while you’re in a course. This is what you could expect on a weekly basis there’s some assessment, whether it’s a quiz, whether it’s a paper and you know some or maybe some more substantive assignment. There will be readings, there will be videos posted, there’ll be links to material that you’ll have to to review. And it’s all done online. It’s all asynchronous which is extremely convenient. Meaning each week there are deadlines dates by which certain items must be read. Dates by which certain assignments must be submitted, quizzes must be taken what-have-you but you can so long as you meet those deadlines. You could you could tackle material at your convenience you could you, you know, so if you do to the mornings and evenings all in one day spread it out throughout multiple days it’s entirely up to you most courses do have some final assessment usually an exam but it could be a final paper.

And at the very end of the course after you’ve gone through each and every course program there’s that one final course called the capstone that is the exception to the seven-week rule. That’s a 14-week of course that spans the entire semester and it covers basically reviews all the material that you’ve encountered throughout the program. And it culminates in a paper that you write that builds upon all that that learning.

I should say one thing; even though the classes come, the program is completely asynchronous. We do have every course has some live component. It’s optional though to attend. Let me actually rephrase that. It’s optional to participate in the live session, but it will be recorded and it’s not optional to review the recording. You have to either participate in the live session or watch the recording afterwards. And these live sessions are typically about once a week or once every other week, typically about an hour. And they provide an opportunity for live interaction between the professor and the students. And among the students. Typically in these sessions, the professor will do a deeper dive into some material for that week the professor may use the time to go over and particularly important assignment from the prior week . They may use the time to discuss something in current events that’s relevant to the course. It will be it will vary from course to course and from week to week but there is that live component which the students they’re able to participate in love those components and certainly instructors. Quite frankly, it’s a great experience and for those who can’t make it they are recorded video and audio and can be viewed and watched at another time.

And then finally before I turn this over, I want to talk just briefly about the support you’ll receive. Your faculty in this program is a great combination of both full-time professors from the law school who are experts in the fields in which they’re teaching. Or a combination of adjunct instructors who are at the top of their game in the in the industry. And, all these professors whether they’re adjuncts and they have a full-time job as practicing lawyers or healthcare professionals themselves with law degrees, or whether they’re full-time instructors, they’re all 100% dedicated to you; our students. They’re available by usually by email because again the asynchronous nature of the course has everyone familiar with that that way of interacting. But most certainly, professors will do video chats with students one-on-one. Certainly phone calls are possible. We’ve even had students swing by personally on campus to meet with folks when they were in town and all that is perfectly fine acceptable and welcome.

In short, you’ll have as much support as you want to have. If you reach out for support, the professors will be ready, willing and able to support you. And that really does pretty much cover it and I look forward to any questions you might have that might allow me to expand on some of the things I just said. And without further ado I’d like to pass the baton.

Yan Zhang: Great, thank you so much professor. I think it’s definitely beneficial for our audience to get a deeper insight into the courses themselves and the online learning experience so next I’ll turn it over to Kim to talk about these student support services at Hofstra Law. Kim thank you again so continuing professor Colombo’s conversation about the support.

Kim Gill: It is truly a team of support so your professors are available for academic matters and are going to be great resources and great you know colleagues and contacts for you of course with student support. My role is to support students all the way through to graduation so we’re introduced after you have confirmed that you will be attending and we set up a welcome call whereby you get to meet me and I get to meet you. And what we make sure that you have is a whole lot of resources so I’ll begins to share a few of those.
One is we want to make sure you set up for success by knowing what those key policies and procedures are so we share that with you upfront and then as you go forward we become resources. To just able to reinforce any of those policies to help you to have questions answered so we know you’re not physically located on campus. And if you’re in the New York area, you’re welcome to, you know, make use of some of those campus resources and get your your card and attend you know and go to the library or attend an in-person Writing Center conversation.
But we know that many of our students are all over the US and that it’s just not physically possible and the reason why you chose this program is because it’s online so know that many of your resources are going to be online they’re all going to be online.
So if you’re using financial aid, technical support, we mentioned the live sessions with your instructors all of those are online resources so we will introduce you to those resources and make sure that you know how to access each one. For example the Writing Center, you can just schedule an appointment online so we make sure that you have all of those tools. My role tends to be in the coordination of those things in order to make sure that you’re not hunting and figuring it out yourself. We want to make sure that you have that direct access and a centralized contact so I will either already have an answer.

I’ll go away and get the answer and bring it back to you or I’ll plug you into the resource I know has that answer and that way we keep your time spent on these types of things the minimum so that your time spent on academic matters can be maximized. So in terms of success planning, advising, and coaching, we know that people are coming to their online experience with different you know levels of you know readiness and we want to really support your success so we can review things. If you identify something for example, oh I find myself to be a slow reader is there a lot of reading and we can answer that question yes there’s quite a bit of reading but here’s how you can manage that so we could set you up with some tips regarding how to read maybe using the rubrics in a particular way to help you. You know. maximize your reading time and be working on your assignments as you’re reading different things like that study time. We talked about effectiveness, you know beginning to look at your study not just as I’m putting time in but what times of the day are most effective for you what methods are you using in order to get to the end of your goal which is submitting your assignments on time. So we can talk about all of those things, even self care, using your lunch hours and different times of the day. Quiz taking if it’s an open book exam do you do it differently if it’s a short-answer quiz or an essay quiz or is if it’s a multiple choice quiz how are you doing those things and if you are getting the results you want great. But if you want to get better results how do we strategize for those things so we talk to things like that as well.

With essay writing and things like that you know some people find themselves with the writer’s block or the procrastination how do we make sure that you are not ending up in those areas. Many people love essay writing and that’s their thing and they do really well with it but if you are challenged in that area, how do we make you a stronger student, how do we help you to become a stronger student and things like moving your deadlines early so that you can have more time for editing and producing a higher quality work add submitting a higher quality of work?

We mentioned using the rubric to make sure that you are very focused in what you’re delivering based on what you will how it will be graded. So things like that, so that’s an example. Those are some examples of the advising and coaching and planning. Maybe you have some kind of vacation coming up or some other thing or maybe life is happened in someone’s past and we want to make sure we support you and all of those things so we will help you with the planning around anything that may be coming up in your life as you’re going through the two years.

We also assist you by just reminding you when registration opens and you are the ones who go ahead and register. And registration is easy; it’s just a few steps click click click and you’re finished and what the way that we register students is you give the school permission to register you in both courses for them for each of your semester. So it’s very simplified, so that you’re not spend a lot of time on that we send information about textbooks four to six weeks before the start of class and you get to choose whether you are going to use a blue book or rental textbook or a physical copy because lots of people like leaving through those pages and so all of those are within your discretion and textbooks are very cost-conscious usually to so that you know mostly they’re well priced and the occasional time there’ll be no price and the occasional times they’ll be the opposite end of the spectrum where it’s a little bit more pricey so it really evens out to a very very well priced set of textbooks in the in the range of you know to 300 maybe less than that most time so in terms of support we want to make sure that we’re not waiting for a student to have an issue and that’s why we say our act our outreach is actually very proactive if a student has an issue I will support them as much as needed so it could be weekly or every other week depending on what’s needed so that they can move through that issue but anyone who is going through you know steady state or whatever they will hear from me every single semester and that is a feedback loop that we create so that we know what type of experience that you’re having as well as maybe they’re things that I’ve been listening to you I can offer up as suggestions recommendations things to make things better for you so we make sure that we have that feedback loop and you are the first point of I am your first point of contact for non academic matter so any feedback that you have any questions that you have if you’re not sure who to go to on your first point of contact we also have these extracurricular resources that I highly recommend that students make use of the Writing Center for example is not just for poor writers is for anyone who wants a second set of eyes on their papers and it’s a great idea to try it on maybe you’re not as maybe you haven’t done APA format for some time and you just want to brush up and make sure you’re doing it right it’s a great opportunity to have that second set of eyes and if you find that oh it’s really going swimmingly then you like training wheels you don’t need to use the Writing Center but it for many people you can just play with that in terms of how best to use that service and then the Career Center is also available to students students who are in the master’s degree have many many opportunities to really use the Career Center and definitely prior to finishing you don’t have to wait till you’re finished while you’re in the program you can actually make use of this service so that you accept set yourself up for a great outcome at the end in terms of you know what that new direction will look like for you so it’s very easy again online reach out and the LLM students also have of the Moores a dean School of Law’s Career Center for their specialized legal career services they’ll keep that in mind with with this program you also have access to West law cases you’ll be given a West LA key in the first week of class and that allows you to make use of that valuable resources it’s a premier resource and the library also has some amazing resources that you can make use of there’s a library guide that you know talks about writing better and so on and so I really encourage new students while they’re waiting for their first course to start to use those resources to brush up on some of the things that they might you know have either forgotten be less comfortable with or want to make sure they’re strong in so that’s a little bit about some of the resources that we have.

Yan Zhang: Great thank you so much for sharing Kim now before I turn it over to Claudette to talk about our admission requirements just a quick reminder for our audience that we’ll be answering your questions after this so be sure to submit them in the next few minutes and with that Claudette I’ll hand it off to you to cover our admission requirements.

Claudette Jones: hello again this afternoon I will be giving you an overview of the admissions requirements and how to apply to our program first of all GMAT Jeremy GRE or LSAT test is not a requirement for admissions into this program also there is no residency required and no reason to attend campus unless you choose to attend graduations in order to apply the Master of Arts applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally credit institution in any discipline for the Master of Laws programs a juris doctor or a Bachelors of Laws degree is required there is an online application available so if you intend to apply please contact myself or Shiro me directly and we will send over the link to the online application system or for the online application system called rad cast along with detailed application instructions and our federal student loans so requirements to apply to the program all applicants our application is completed 100% online so once an account is created you will have access to start the process you may enter and exit the application system as often as you see fit you will also be able to upload resume statement of purpose at a minimum of two recommenders it’s called evaluators undergrad caps as long as the recommenders or evaluators are not friends or family you can you will also be you should also request transcript from all schools attended transcript can be sent electronically or by mail now if your GPA is less than a 3.0 or you have a foreign issued degree it’s very important that you contact an advisor myself again or sure oh me to discuss additional materials that may be required for admissions decisions typically take anywhere from five to ten business days once the file is completed again to make the process more seamless and provide you with support it is very important to contact an advisor again myself for sure only before starting the application our contact information is in each of our emails in the signature thanks again for attendance.

Yan Zhang: Awesome thank you so much Claudette and thank you once again to our speakers today now we come to the portion of the webinar where we open it up to a Q&A session I have been seeing questions coming in throughout the webinar so we can get right into them. And keep in mind if we can’t get through all the questions today Claudette and the admissions team will be sure to follow up with you and address your outstanding questions with you individually via email or phone. So let’s just jump right into it and start with the first question.This one would be for Claudette. How long would this program take online and when is the beginning and end of the summer and fall 2019 semester slot?

Claudette Jones: I defer I’m here so for the summer start the class starts May 6th and it takes two years to actually complete the degree or the program. For the Master of Laws program, it takes 18 months to complete and again we have three start dates. So Springs already passed which started in January. Then we have summer, which is May 6 start and then fall which is which is September start.

Yan Zhang: Thank you Claudette. All right, next question is for Kim. I would say, what is the burden of daily or weekly time estimated for each seven week course, do you have any insights on that?

Kim Gill: We definitely say 15 to 20 hours per week but it varies in that there’s a little bit of a curve where as a new student there’s a little bit more that you’re getting used to in the first course so then the time goes down as you get used to those few things. It’s just if you are familiar with online then there’s a really no learning curve. But if you’re not familiar with online, you might find those first two to three weeks where you’re just finding your way around and it takes a little bit longer to do that. And it adds a little bit to your study time. It actually is not a lot more time.

Ron Colombo: Yan, may I jump in?

Yan Zhang: All right, of course I was going to turn it to you after.

Ron Colombo: Thank you I want to echo it what Kim said I also mentioned that especially for the MA students. Some people in the LLM students will have remembered there’s some law school days. Some say that learning the law is like learning a new language because there’s a certain… there are certain terms, expressions, phrases, styles of writing weight that they just have to get familiar with. And so in the beginning, it certainly is, will take a while and that’s why we have those introductory courses. But as you get familiar with the law, as with any language, it does… it does come more quickly. And so, I would suggest that all anyone interested in this program, you know, plan for the… plan for the worst in terms of the most, you know, burdensome semester. Right, you know, expect the 15 at full, 15 to 20 hours. We plan for that. Work it into your schedule. It’s flexible though, right, because again, we said earlier it’s asynchronous you could apportion that time however you wish. Some people do it mostly on the weekends, what have you. But you could always hope for the best right, and you’ll get maybe more proficient. And you should get more proficient and you should be able to cut down that time significantly as you move through the program. And I should also mention that some weeks are more, more difficult than others just because of the assignments that are due or the type of reading that’s required. So you know you have gulfs and valleys, but we conservatively estimate. Meaning, it should never be more than 15 to 20 hours on a given week. It should not be more than that ever. I think, it’s oftentimes appreciably less thank you.

Yan Zhang: Thank you Ron, all right. So next question is from someone who is looking to become a healthcare advocate regarding the prescription price of insulin. I guess this is an issue that he’s very passionate about and he wants to be able to assist the end user in getting reasonable prices so with that kind of concern I know it’s a super specific but is that something that we cover in the program is that the right program for this candidate?

Ron Colombo: Well, I should just say we have a lot of students not surprisingly who come to this program because of their passion for healthcare and healthcare issues. We cover ethics, we cover… there’s a course that focuses on the FDA and I think that’s where you would find that. It’s probably the course where you’d get the most out of, you know, most directly related to your interests, right. It’s called the law of medical product discovery development and commercialization. So I do think, you know if you want further, if the applicant is interested in further, we could, certainly for their exploration of this matter, we could certainly put the applicant in touch with them. The potential applicant touch with one of the professor’s to just drill down more deeply. And if that’s something that they like to do, talk about that professor. But there’s definitely one course devoted basically to the FDA and so I think that that one course among other courses will really hit that nail on the head and as you know and I think this is why you’re here for the webinar. Your knowledge is power right, I mean for… that said, before and I do think that coming through this program will empower you to be a much more effective advocate and like everything else you don’t want to just know the bullseye target of what you’re interested in, right. You want to have that that pin number around it right that, that broader knowledge that helps contextualize, and just gives you that much greater depth and you know persuasive power, gravity. What have you when you do discuss an issue because you don’t just, you know, you don’t know.
Just on that one note, but you know what’s around it as well and I think that’s very effective and helpful so yes I think this would be a good program for you. We have a lot of students in the program, would take it precisely because of their passion for one interest or not one issue or another.

Yan Zhang: That’s awesome. so next question would be for Ron as well is there an ability to communicate with other students in class? For example, for the purpose of creating study groups to help improve core knowledge and understanding.

Ron Colombo: Oh, that’s a great question. I love that you’re thinking about that. Yes, absolutely and it’s happened quite a bit. In fact, some of our students have become friends you know, and I’ve stayed in touch. I’m pretty sure they stay in touch after the program. We’ll certainly know about the friendship throughout the program because it was culture. Attention by them a few times it was it was joyful to watch that develop a couple of ways. First off, email obviously, right you could certainly email your other students and arrange to meet to talk. However you want to do it, right, that’s completely up to you. Secondly and this is pretty nifty, I think so what we use for the online video conferencing that we have about once a week. I told you for each course, the session where we have the live session is something called zoom video chat and it’s available to all of our students to use if they wish to use it for one-on-one conversations or one on three or five on to whatever you know, other conversations, other permutations of conversations on their own time outside of any given classroom. So you will get familiar with the use of this technology, and you’ll have access to it for personal use outside of any particular course as well. And, so yes, you have and actually also add one final thing. How could I forget some courses actually do require collaboration among students on certain projects and assignments and so even if you are you know haven’t reached out to your fellow classmates to work with them on this or to discuss that with them, you will certainly have an opportunity to do so. That’s a great question thank you for asking it.

Yan Zhang: Thanks Ron. And I think that touches on some of our other questions as well about networking opportunities. As Ron said, you certainly have the ability to network with both healthcare professionals and lawyers in your courses because they are combined. And so through your relationships with students you definitely get that kind of networking effect that we offer. We have anything else to add about the networking opportunities within the program maybe perhaps in the Career Services Center as well?

No, Ron actually covered it really really well there. So really, sky’s the limit in terms of who you are in terms of advocating and so on. And I’ve even had students who were so passionate that they volunteered to kind of, say you know, if a new student wants to talk to me they can so. That’s the type of engagement and level of commitment that students have had towards the program. Let me add that our discussion boards in this program, and I just, and I’ve seen my own classes. But there are others I’ve seen video clips of. Other people’s as well. They’re just incredible because we have everything from, you know, a passionate advocate on this to that issue. A physician will have a someone who works for a health care of a conglomerate. We’ll have someone works for an insurance company, someone works for a drug company. We’ll have a lawyer that’s a seasoned professional who’s represented these businesses. And someone who works for the government. We have these all these people looking at the same issue that’s being discussed in that week or that you know that series of weeks in a particular course answering the same question but from those different perspectives. And it creates a phenomenal conversation it’s really something you don’t see anyway every day. And I imagine this program then you get to see it every day but in the in the real world, you know, on cable and in the newspapers you just don’t see that type of sustained respectful diverse conversation going on. In conversation with very diverse perspectives included it’s just it’s phenomenal so I think you’ll get a lot out of that if you like that sort of thing.

Yan Zhang: Thank you Ron and touching on applicants from a variety of backgrounds one of our audience is asking “I currently have a bachelor in business administration do I qualify for the Master of Arts program?” I’ll turn that question over to Claudette.

Claudette Jones: Yeah that’s really… Yeah she is meeting the requirements to apply as long as the bachelor’s degree is from a regionally accredited institution and as I stated before if the GPA is less than 3.0 then we need to speak further. But if it’s over 3.0, there’s things that you know the admissions committee takes a look at and that’s what we help with. I would add in; any discipline yeah sure yeah

Yan Zhang: And we’ve gotten a lot of specific admissions related questions and we encourage you to contact your enrollment advisor and talk about it because they have ways of helping you to qualify for this program. So we won’t address your specific situation here but rest assured that we’ve seen your question and our enrollment advisor will follow up with you regarding your specific situation.
Moving on, our next question also for Claudette: “Can you kindly advise on the cost of tuition or the total cost of this program?

Claudette Jones: So for the for both program the cost per credit is a thousand three hundred and forty four for now it may change, but that’s what it is right now so there’s a total of thirty credits required for the MA Master of Arts in health law and policy program students. And for the LLM it’s 25 credits and it’s still at a thousand three forty four per credit. The application fee is twenty four dollars. It’s not refundable.

Yan Zhang: Thank you.

Ron Colombo: I think I mentioned yeah kind of jump in and let students know this might be too much detail but the way the program works is you register for semester at a time. So you obviously won’y pay for the entire 30 or 25 credits upfront. You would pay for the each semester’s five credits. It’s a three credit course followed up by the two credit course that’s a typical semester. If you’re taking the capstone then it’s a one five-credit course for the entire semester. And so what you basically do is you pay the five credits at a time ahead of each semester and you take those two courses. And then if you wish to continue in the program which the vast majority of our students do and we certainly hope if you enroll you will want to then you pay for that next semester as you go along just like that. So it’s obvious you don’t pay all at once or just to give you an idea how that works.

Yan Zhang: Thanks Ron for jumping in. Our next question is if I needed to take a period of time off in between courses would that be permitted. I’ll ask Kim first and maybe Ron if you have anything to add to that after you feel free to jump in.

Ron Colombo: okay thank you.

Kim Gill: Yeah so thank you for this question. This is a very good one because things do come up in your life that require you to take that time off. And so the way the program is structured the first two courses or the Master of Arts program, our prerequisites of the remainder of the courses and then the entire sequence of courses are prerequisites of the capstone course. So the courses are offered on a carousel and what that means is the first of course is for MA in the last course for everyone those happen every single semester the ones in the in-between when they finish they go to the tail end of the carousel. What that means is if you took time off just be aware and we would always have a discussion about this so that you have full disclosure about any impact your degree plan. Be aware that it may take time for those courses to come back around again but the short answer is you can take that break if you absolutely need to or if you know for any health reasons or anything that may come up. It is not recommended if you’re trying to finish quickly in that the series. The cycle of the series if you wanted to finish in two years you have to kind of keep that path so that’s the easy answer that I would give.

Ron Colombo: I have very little to add to that. I mean the good news is yes, we will certainly work with you and you’re allowed to take the time off. The bad news is you’ll have to wait until those particular courses well actually you can get right back into the program right. But then maybe some additional time lost you will have to take because as you complete the remaining course of the program you’ll have to wait for those other courses that you skip to sort of come back around and be offered again. So you may have to take another semester off that you didn’t plan to at the tail end. Before you finalize things and take your capstone but we will allow you to do it. Students have done this before. We work with them. It’s not ideal but life happens and we understand that completely especially with the student population you’re all busy adults and professionals and things do come up so that.

Yan Zhang: Thank you.

Ron Colombo: One more thing is as busy working professionals we know that you have vacations with family and other things that you need to attend to that you are committed to other things. So that proactive communication with your instructor, with myself, so that you can plan ahead for those events we give you your full degree plan with breaks so that if you have a vacation you can perhaps use the breaks to schedule that. And that way you don’t have to worry about internet access or missing class or any of those things. So there’s a lot of flexibility in your in your planning that can also help with the possibility of a break.

Kim Gill: Let me jump in also. Within each particular course right at the start of your course you get your syllabus. All the deadlines and dates and due dates are set forth to for you for the next seven weeks. You see them in advance, you know when they are and you just plan around them so there are no surprises. If you will all right. There’s no pop quizzes there are no you know unwelcome surprises. That said, so as a busy adult professional who’s used to balancing a lot of things the vast majority of our students find a way to you know navigate the deadlines and get the material in on time and without an issue.

Ron Colombo: I was saying though, that said, my professors are extremely reasonable people. They understand exactly the presidency the situation you’re in. And you know if you need to request an extension for given assignment by all means you should ask for it and it will, if it’s reasonable, it will most typically be granted. You know depending on the assignment depending on the course and the professor but we try to be as flexible as possible without being unfair to the other students in the course.

I mean that’s a key here the academic integrity is something we take very seriously. But we understand it. Again it depends on circumstance. If you ask ahead of time in the gravity of what you’re dealing with the events notice, all that. So again, first off you have the dates ahead of time. Secondly if you know of an issue you talk. Communications key right, I think you’ll probably know this by now in life communication is key. Enter into that conversation with your professor, enter into that conversation with Kim, and we could work almost everything out. So don’t let that the flexibilities paramount here. And we take that seriously as well.

Yan Zhang: Thank you to both of you. I think that answers the question comprehensively. So we’re coming up on 10 more. The next one would be students want to know how this curriculum addresses current health care issues or health law issues. Has it evolved since its inception, Ron?

Ron Colombo: Thank you very much, that’s another great question. So each and every course evolves on its own right. So the Medicare and Medicaid law course that we’re teaching today is not identical to the one we first taught back in spring 2016 right so we refresh it. We update the materials, we update the textbooks, we update the reading assignments. My personal look at the course I teach, we have a whole multimedia module that we just completely revamped so within each course we do everything we can to make sure that the material is timely and relevant and accurate. So, that’s done on a regular basis with the folks that work with us on this aren’t on this call but they could tell you the second a class ends we’re on the phone with them and we’re refreshing it and preparing it for the next go-around to make sure it’s up and running. I’ve been depending on the course you know some… you could wait a little longer because when they’ll be offered again.And then secondly I think I touched upon this briefly we look at our curriculum holistically as well and we ask ourselves periodically, you know. Does this course need to remain and here is this a valuable course for our students or should we swap it out with something else? And so far, we’ve only done that once – we did swap out a course. We had a course that was just to tell you the history of it…It was entirely devoted to statutory interpretation and understanding regulations. And it was a good course, we felt that it would be more valuable to replace that with a course that studied the Americans with Disabilities Act because the 88 issues come up a lot in this field. And in the ADA a course it’s pretty smart – it’s a two birds with one stone course while whereby you study the ADA a and you study the regulations under the APA. Both the statute and the regulations. And you use the ABA as a vehicle to further your understanding and interpretation and reading of statutes and regulations. So you’re getting a two-fold, right. You’re learning the ADA and the law around the ADA. But you’re also learning in that course specifically although it’s occurs in every course to some degree. But in that course specifically, there’s a mandate on the part of the instructor to make sure that you come out of the course with the tools to interpret statutes and regulations like a lawyer would. So, you’re learning a particular statute and you’re also learning this the practice and art of statutory interpretation as a whole in that particular course. So, that’s an example of a course that we swapped out to add greater value to our students and we’re always you know again critically evaluating the courses in the program.
We, I should mention, also at the end of each course the students fill out an evaluation of the course and the instructor and we evaluate both we look at those evaluations very carefully. And you know, just the same way we evaluate the course in the course content. We evaluate the instructors regularly as well and if we if we find that instructors not performing as well as we’d hoped or not providing the value that we hope we certainly speak to them. And if it’s too severe, we’re not happy with what the instructor… we will replace the instructor with someone who believe is better for the students. So, we look at the people we took the courses. We look at everything.

Yan Zhang: Thank you Ron. Our next question is also for you. Students are curious about examples of capstone projects. Could you give us some insight into what former students have done for their capstone so most of the guests see this is.

Ron Colombo: I have to admit I don’t teach the capstone course. We have a professor Adam Kahn who designs the course and he’s been teaching it ever since from the very beginning and it’s getting great reviews. And, so the bad news is this. The good news is, it’s a very well-functioning course and the bad news is because the very well functioning course I quite frankly have never had reason to you know intervene or to dig dig down any deeper into it. Because of what I remember from years back, right and no nothing arose that caused me to revisit it so it’s running smoothly so I have less information on that than I would some of the other courses.

I typically though, it’s a paper. It’s almost it’s like a thesis paper that you write and the professor works with you on that paper and again if you’d like more information on that I’m sure he’s even happy to share a syllabus with you. I mean I could dig it up myself but we don’t have time right now but if you’re really interested in what the capstone looks like. In the capstone project looks like we could certainly get in touch with Reza Khan and I imagine more than happy to send you a copy of the syllabus. But it’s a 14 week paper writing course with the first half of the 15 weeks. But the first half of the course sort of recapping everything you’ve learned formulating your ideas, picking your subjects and then again it culminates in a with the professor helping you every step of the way. I could tell you that you submit outlines, you submit drafts, and the professor you know goes back and forth with you to get it right and then in the final paper, I don’t know the exact page length and whatnot but that’s really all I could say about that particular course. But if you need more information, we can get it to you.

Yan Zhang: Thank you Ron. And for our remaining couple of minutes we’re just going to fire off some quick admissions questions that we’ve been receiving and so the first one is from a candidate who is seeking a second master’s degree she’s wondering if you still need recommendations in that.

Claudette Jones: Correct, yes a minimum of two recommendations forms is required for the programs.

Yan Zhang: Thank you and then how far in advance should applicants start replacing their transcripts?

Claudette Jones: Once I speak with potential applicants, I encourage them start the application right away and get everything uploaded in the application system. And the first part because this transcript is out of their control to get that requested right away and also the recommendations letters get it as soon as they start the application.

Yan Zhang: Thank you and next one is “how come LLM students don’t have access to the University Career Center?” I know Kim touched upon it but perhaps you’d like to make the distinction between the two.

Ron Colombo: Oh yes please. no one should feel slighted about this at all it’s what we want to do is make sure we’re providing the best value to our students at all times the undergraduate Career Center which is the University Career Center. It is, like I said, it’s essentially an undergraduate Career Center and its focus is on what they do helps support the other graduate schools as well I think the business school and whatnot their focus is on placing people who do not have JD degrees into jobs. Whereas the law School’s Career Center – we have our own full functioning well staffed Career Center that’s doing different fabulous work for our JD students and our LLM students on the ground. We have on the ground, LLM students the law schools Career Center has the expertise at helping LLM students and other JD students get jobs and put in and get placed whereas the university’s Career Center that’s not their Forte. Their forte is helping anyone but an LLM or JD student degree holder get a job and so we’re just we divide the students up – and sort of direct them to where they can get the best value where they get the best advice so that’s exactly why we do it that way.

Yan Zhang: Thank you and I’ll just end off our webinar with two questions regarding the degrees that you receive in the end. So first one is “Are there ever any opportunities to come to campus and how do we receive our physical degrees?” I had that one off the Kim and Ron, if you want to jump in feel free.

Kim Gill: Students definitely can go to campus students. Oftentimes will go to campus to get their student cards. You definitely are going to bring as many people as you can to graduation if you choose to attend graduation that’s optional to you. But, it’s encouraged that you attend graduation and Ron did you want to add anything to that?

Ron Colombo: No, we welcome and encourage you to come to campus at any time. One of the first things you’ll have to do is get yourself a student ID card. When you show up but you’ll have your student ID number you go to the appropriate office you get your card and that gives you access to the library and all sorts of things. And yes, you’re welcome to come.
I have met many of you or May or past students at graduation and so I’m just touring the campus have access to the library or resources there. You’re more than welcome.

Yan Zhang: And there was a second part of that, “how do you get your degree if you don’t show up and physically get it?”

Ron Colombo: Obviously we would we would mail it to you so you’re not going to go without a degree. You don’t have to actually pick it up and I understand and we understand that many of you come from out of state. Most of you come from out of state and most of you do not end up coming to see us and pay us a visit or either for graduation before or after but you’re always welcome and we do appreciate those opportunities.

Yan Zhang: Awesome and last question for today is “Upon completion of the program will my degree and certificate make the distinction that I have completed the program online? Ron, do you want to pick that one up?

Ron Colombo: That’s a great question. I thought you’re going to ask the degree comes from Maurice A. Dean School of Law at Hofstra University right so even though it’s not a JD degree it’s an MA degree being offered from the law school of the University. And it’s also an LLM being offered and getting granted from the law school of university.

I don’t believe it says online in the degree. I never seen one physically I don’t know if I’m so sorry I don’t know if Kim or someone else can answer that question but I’ve never heard of it having that designation on it. I do not believe that’s because it’s not the name of the degree the name of the degree is Master of Arts and health law and policy program. I think there are some schools where it’s called the name of the degree is something like online you know but that’s not part of the degrees name I do not believe it’s part of the on the degree at all but I am 90% certain that I don’t have one physically in front of me.

I’ve never heard of that being on there I don’t know if anybody has any further insight onto that that’s a good question it isn’t on there but the other thing is if you for example earn 4.0 at you’re in your program it will say with distinction. I’m sorry you say it is not on there correct yeah okay thank you so it’s not on there and yes right how could I forget the positive side is we do have distinction or markers as well so you do get the opportunity to earn that credential as well if you do well in the program.

Yan Zhang: Thank you. Fantastic and it looks like we’re coming up on the one hour so if we weren’t able to answer your specific question rest assured that our enrollment advisors will reach out to you and provide you with a detailed response. And with that I would like to once again thank our speakers in our audience for taking the time out of your busy schedules to join us today. I hope you were all able to learn something new about our programs. As I mentioned, if you are interested in starting we are at selecting applications of the December 2019 start term in May. If you come up with any questions after this feel free to contact the advisor you have been working with on the screen here. Just dial the number up top or at the bottom and enter the extension of your chosen advisor. Also the link icon in the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen opens up a separate window. It’ll allow you to book a call with us a click of a button. Again for all our viewers this webinar will become available in the next few days so feel free to watch again or forward on to your friends and with that I hope everyone has a lovely rest of your day and thank you for attending.