1. Who can benefit from an online corporate LLM?
2. Can I practice law or take a bar exam after completing the online LLM degree?
3. What are the costs associated with the online corporate LLM Program?
4. Does Widener Law provide financial assistance?
5. How quickly can I complete the program?
6. Can I transfer credits from other schools?
7. Is the program accredited?Admission FAQs
1. Do I need a Bachelor's degree?
2. Do I need a JD degree?
3. Do I need to be in a certain profession to be considered for admission?
4. How do I apply?
5. What is required to be submitted with the LLM application?
6. Is there an application fee?Online Program FAQs
1. When do classes start?
2. Who are my classmates?
3. Do I need my own computer?
4. Do I need to have a computer background to take an online course?
5. Does it take a certain type of student to do well in an online course?
6. Do online courses begin and end at different times than regular on-campus courses?
7. Do online courses have final exams, just like regular on-campus courses?
8. Can I submit my work whenever I am ready?
9. Do I have to be online at the same time as everyone else in class?
10. Are online courses easier than on-campus courses?
11. Can I check my online course whenever I want to?
12. How do the Widener Law online LLM courses work?
13. How much time per week should I expect to spend on my degree?
14. How do I communicate with my professors?
15. What is the attendance policy?
Who can benefit from an online corporate LLM?
This online program is ideally suited for foreign business lawyers and law graduates from around the world who are currently engaged or interested in a business law career within government, industry or private practice, and who wish to advance their expertise in Delaware corporate law without the expense and disruption of relocating to the United States for a traditional seated program. American students with a JD degree are also eligible to apply for admission into the online corporate LLM program.
Can I practice law or take a bar exam after completing the online LLM degree?
Bar admission requirements vary from state to state, but most states do not allow a student with an online LLM to sit for a bar exam. Some states allow graduates from a traditional seated LLM program to take their bar exam. Applicants for the online corporate LLM who are interested in taking a state bar exam should check individual state bar requirements by contacting the office of the bar examiners for the state in which they wish to sit for the bar exam.
What are the costs associated with the online corporate LLM Program?
Tuition for the 24-credit online LLM program is charged per credit hour. Tuition for the online corporate LLM is $994 US per credit for the 2013-2014 academic year. In addition to tuition, it is necessary to purchase the required textbooks for each course.
Does Widener Law provide financial assistance?
Scholarships are available to help reduce costs. Information about applying for scholarship assistance is provided when a student is offered admission to the online LLM program.
How quickly can I complete the program?
Students can complete the 24 credit program in two years, but with permission, may be able to complete the program at a slower pace up to a limit of your years. The program cannot accommodate a faster pace.
Can I transfer credits from other schools?
At the discretion of the Director of the Institute for Delaware Corporate & Business Law, a student in our online corporate LLM program may apply to transfer up to six (6) credits for courses completed with a grade of C+ or higher as part of an approved graduate level program at another institution accredited by the American Bar Association.
Is the program accredited?
Yes. Widener Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and we have sought and received acquiescence from the American Bar Association for our corporate LLM.
Do I need a Bachelor's degree?
Yes. Applicants must hold a first degree in law, equivalent to the JD or LLB, from an accredited institution outside the United States.
Do I need a JD degree?
No. A JD degree is not required provided the applicant has a bachelor degree (an LLB or its equivalent) in the study of law.
Do I need to be in a certain profession to be considered for admission?
This online program is ideally suited for business lawyers and law graduates who are currently engaged in or interested in a business law career within government, industry or private practice, and who wish to advance their expertise in Delaware corporate law. It is not required that applicants have current or past professional experience in one of these fields.
How do I apply?
Please complete the application and send in the other requested materials. The Graduate Programs Office meets frequently so you can expect prompt notice of your status.
What is required to be submitted with the LLM application?
Applicants for the online corporate LLM must submit:
Is there an application fee?
- Completed application form
- Official law school transcript
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Personal statement
- Letter of recommendation
- $60.00 non-refundable application fee, payable to Widener University (fee waived for applications filed through LSAC)
- TOEFL score (if native language is not English)
Yes. There is a non-refundable application fee of $60.00.
ONLINE PROGRAM FAQs
When do classes start?
The online corporate LLM program begins for new students in mid July with a 5 week, 1 credit class in Introduction to U.S. and Delaware Law and Legal Institutions. The application deadline for the fall semester is July 1.
Who are my classmates?
We anticipate that our online corporate LLM program will attract students from around the world who have an interest and/or substantial experience within a corporate, business or government setting. Whether they aspire to or already work in a corporate arena, insurance, a government agency, a law firm or a myriad of other settings, each student is expected to bring a unique and enriching background to the online corporate LLM program. Widener Law attracts a diverse student body in terms of age, ethnicity and professional background.
Do I need my own computer?
Yes, you need a computer with reliable access to the Internet. Upon entering the online LLM program, students participate in an extensive orientation to the technology. Once students are familiar with the user-friendly system, they generally have few technical problems. However, support is available if necessary.
Do I need to have a computer background to take an online course?
No, you do not need a computer background, but please feel free to take the Distance Learning Self-Assessment.
Does it take a certain type of student to do well in an online course?
Yes! Online learning is not for everyone. We know from research that students who are independent learners, highly motivated, disciplined, and good time managers perform well in an online course.
Do online courses begin and end at different times than regular on-campus courses?
No. With the exception of the July start date for the one-credit course in Introduction to U.S. and Delaware Law and Legal Institutions, all online LLM courses start and end on the same dates as the Law School’s other regularly scheduled courses. Our fall semester is from late August to early December. Our spring semester is from early January to early May. With the exception of the 5 week Introduction course in the first year, there are no courses in the summer months.
Do online courses have final exams, just like regular on-campus courses?
Maybe: your online professor will let you know if you will be taking an exam online during the week of final exams or submitting a final paper.
Can I submit my work whenever I am ready?
No: Online courses have weekly schedules and due dates for readings, postings, and tests. Your professor will let you know what to do each week and you will have to submit work on a regular, weekly basis, just like a class on campus. Classes open on Monday at 12:01AM EST and close Sunday at 11:59PM EST.
Do I have to be online at the same time as everyone else in class?
Much of the educational format in the online LLM is asynchronous, meaning that often you will not be online at the same time as the professor and/or the other students in the class. As a result you will be able to review the professor's weekly lecture and complete your online posting assignments at times convenient to your own schedule. However, some online professors may occasionally use the live chat function to hold office hours or conduct live chats online. Your professor will make you aware of any optional opportunity and/or requirement to be online for live chats at a certain date and time.
Are online courses easier than on-campus courses?
No: The content of online courses is equivalent to that of on-campus classes.
Can I check my online course whenever I want to?
Yes: Class participation is crucial to success online. Forum discussions, group activities and meeting classmates online are all at the heart of each course and the main way everyone communicates. Participation requirements will vary from course to course, but your professor will let you know how often to be online and what you need to do in order to meet participation requirements.
How do the Widener Law online LLM courses work?
Online courses are scheduled on a semester-long basis and generally each course is divided into 14 modules. A course module may contain a reading assignment, video lecture, multiple-choice quiz or essay writing assignment, or a combination of these assignments.
How much time per week should I expect to spend on my degree?
Students should expect to spend an equal amount of time in an online class as they would for a seated class. Students in our online classes will engage the class material in any number of formats, including reading and preparation for class, listening to lectures, completing assignments and participating in online forum discussions.
How do I communicate with my professors?
At Widener Law, students tend to have as much—or perhaps more—individual contact with their online professors as they would at many fixed-facility schools. Weekly seminars, emails, and periodic live online conferences are all part of the Widener Law experience. Our faculty is committed to your education and professors in each class will schedule regular office hours so that students can interact personally with faculty.
What is the attendance policy?
Students may miss up to but no more than 3 classes (non-sequential) in any one course. A student’s attendance is measured by submitting an online requirement such as a post, forum discussions and assignments. Therefore, students who do nothing but “click-in” without submitting any work product are absent.