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Graduate Catalog 2012-2013

School of Law

Mathew D. Staver, B.A., M.A., J.D.
Vice President, Liberty University
Dean, School of Law
Director, Liberty Center for Law and Policy
Professor of Law


Rena Lindevaldsen, B.A., J.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of Law
Associate Director, Liberty Center for Law and Policy
Professor of Law


Joseph M. Wiegand, B.A., M.A., J.D., LL.M.
Associate Dean for Internal Affairs and Online Programs, School of Law
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law


J. Matt Barber, B.S., M.A., J.D.
Associate Dean for Career and Professional Development, School of Law
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
 

Suzanne Caruso, B.S., M.B.A., J.D.
Associate Dean for External Affairs, School of Law
Assistant Field Instructor

FACULTY
Professor
Lindevaldsen, Manns, Staver, Thompson, Tuomala

Visiting Professor
Blackwell, Bligh, Kline, Reisman, Thomas

Associate
Bell, Chrisman, Harp, Hesch, Lucas, Rice, Spinden, Tompkins

Assistant
Dunbar, Martins, Mouly, Sandez, Tchividjian, Todd, Udobong

Instructor
Caruso, Rost

Research Fellow
Klukowski


PURPOSE
Liberty University School of Law exists to equip future leaders in law with a superior legal education in fidelity to the Christian faith expressed through the Holy Scriptures.

  • Equip future leaders in law. Inspiring students and preparing them to excel and lead in their profession.
  • With a superior legal education. Constructing and implementing an education characterized by excellence.
  • In fidelity to the Christian faith. Adhering to the perspective that shaped the Western legal tradition.
  • Expressed through the Holy Scriptures. Pursuing truth in a context of free thought and expression informed by a standard.

DISTINCTIVES
An emphasis on mastery of foundational legal subjects and skills.
The objective of the School of Law is to equip and prepare students for success as legal professionals. Thus, there is an expectation by administration and faculty that students devote themselves with particular diligence to the subjects and skills identified as critical to professional excellence. 

An emphasis on a rigorous and well-rounded intellectual life. Students are challenged intellectually at Liberty, not only with the technical aspects of law, but with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to education and knowledge rooted in the Christian intellectual tradition. We firmly believe an educated lawyer should be thoroughly acquainted with the great thinkers and shapers of Western civilization and the Western legal tradition. Liberty University School of Law trains students to think analytically, a skill that can be developed properly only through an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing ideas. 

An emphasis on clear and persuasive writing. Liberty University School of Law is the only law school in the country requiring lawyering skills each semester of a student’s law school career. Liberty graduates must excel in writing—one of the lawyer’s most powerful skills.

An emphasis on influential oral advocacy skills. A lawyer must be able to communicate effectively using the spoken word whether or not a litigation practice is an ultimate goal. Leaders in the legal profession know how to convincingly communicate with an audience. At Liberty, students focus on advocacy in many contexts and take part in demanding lawyering skills courses designed to develop oral communication skills.

An emphasis on teaching/mentoring. Liberty is a teaching law school. Members of the faculty are expected to display the highest degree of professional proficiency and scholarly research while prioritizing the teaching/mentoring role. Proficiency in teaching students is the Liberty law professor’s first priority.


ACCREDITATION
Liberty University School of Law is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association; 321 North Clark Street; Chicago, IL 60654-7598; 312.988.5000. 

The American Bar Association (ABA) approval process is a thorough and careful process intended to ensure that law schools awarded approval meet all of the requirements set by the ABA to ensure a quality legal education. 

Liberty University School of Law opened in August 2004 and completed the required full academic year to be eligible to apply for provisional approval by the ABA.  On February 13, 2006, provisional approval was awarded.  In March 2009, following the required two year provisional approval time frame, Liberty applied for full approval.  On August 5, 2010, Liberty University School of Law was awarded full accreditation by the ABA.

Liberty University School of Law is one of only 200 ABA provisionally or fully approved law schools in the United States.


CURRICULUM GOALS
The overarching goal of the faculty in designing and adopting the curriculum is to further the Mission of the School of Law, that is to “equip future leaders in law with a superior legal education in fidelity to the Christian faith expressed through the Holy Scriptures.”

The particular goals of the faculty in designing and adopting the curriculum are to:

  1. Reflect the fundamental values upon which our legal system is based:
    • that there is a corpus juris, a body of law, in which courses are related to one another as a logically consistent, comprehensive whole;
    • that a government of laws is possible only where law reflects the truths that God has revealed to man and to which man is accountable; and
    • that the preservation of the rule of law requires skillful and committed legal practitioners who are much more than mere technicians.
  2. Require courses that develop the body of knowledge, set of skills and professional values in which every lawyer must be grounded.
  3. Offer a range of electives that allows students to gain an introduction to various areas of law or to develop particular areas of competence.
  4. Prepare leaders for success in the two main phases of their professional lives, the study of law, and the practice of law.
  5. Prepare students to pass bar examinations in the states of their choice.

Juris Doctor (J.D.)

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of foundational legal subjects.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in written skills required for legal practice.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in oral advocacy and communication skills required for legal practice.
  4. Critically analyze and resolve legal issues.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of constitutional government, including the U.S. Constitution and other foundational organic documents.
  6. Demonstrate professional behavior grounded in the biblical worldview in accordance with accepted legal standards.
  7. Critically analyze legal issues from a distinctively Christian worldview.

SPECIFIC ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission to the Juris Doctor program at Liberty University School of Law is explained under separate cover in the Law School’s viewbook/catalog, which can be requested through law@liberty.edu and is also located online at http://law.liberty.edu.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The faculty may change the requirements for receipt of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, as well as the courses offered, at any time. A student will be subject to the graduation requirements of the catalog in force at the time of the student’s enrollment. A student who is not enrolled for a semester and who is later permitted to re-enroll will be subject to the graduation requirements of the catalog in force at the time of the student’s re-enrollment.

The law school confers the J.D. degree upon its graduates. The J.D. degree has not been conferred on a student until the law school has issued a final transcript marked “Degree Awarded.” Students shall graduate upon satisfying the following requirements, which are not subject to variance or waiver unless otherwise provided in the Academic Policies and Procedures Statement:

  1. The successful completion of 90 semester hours of course work, which shall include successful completion of all required courses and satisfaction of the rigorous writing requirements;
  2. The maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00; and
  3. The completion of six semesters in residence (or equivalent) as a full-time student. For purposes of the Policies and Procedures “semester” excludes both summer and interterm sessions.
  4. The maximum period of time for a full-time law student to complete the requirements for the J.D. degree shall be 84 months.
  5. Of the 90 credits required for graduation, no more than 12 credits may be acquired through independent studies, clinics, externships, and co-curricular activities.

There shall be no unresolved report of violation of the Academic Honor Code or Personal Code of Honor, no pending conduct review committee proceedings, and no unremedied violation of the Academic Honor Code or Personal Code of Honor.


Program of Study

(J.D.) Juris Doctor (90 hrs)
Program Option: Resident Format
LAW 501 Foundations of Law I 2
LAW 502 Foundations of Law II 2
LAW 505 Contracts I 3
LAW 506 Contracts II 3
LAW 511 Torts I 3
LAW 512 Torts II 2
LAW 515 Property I 2
LAW 516 Property II 3
LAW 521 Civil Procedure I 3
LAW 522 Civil Procedure II 2
LAW 525 Lawyering Skills I 2
LAW 526 Lawyering Skills II 3
LAW 531 Constitutional Law I 4
LAW 532 Constitutional Law II 2
LAW 535 Criminal Law 3
LAW 541 Criminal Procedure 3
LAW 545 Evidence 3
LAW 561 Business Associations 3
LAW 565 Professional Responsibility 1 2
LAW 571 Lawyering Skills III 2
LAW 572 Lawyering Skills IV 2
LAW 575 Wills, Trusts, and Estates 3
LAW 591 Taxation of Individuals 2 3
LAW 595 Lawyering Skills V 3
LAW ___ Lawyering Skills VI 2-3
LAW Electives 25
Note: All Course Requirements subject to change.

Must be taken in the second year (or during intensive session).

Must be taken fall or spring semester of second year or fall semester of third year.

Joint Degree Program with Helms School of Government

Shawn D. Akers, B.A., M.A., J.D.
Dean, Helms School of Government
Associate Professor of Government


Stephen M. Parke, B.S., J.D., LL.M.
Associate Dean, Helms School of Government
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice


Mathew D. Staver, B.A., M.A., J.D.
Vice President, Liberty University
Dean, School of Law
Director, Liberty Center for Law and Policy
Professor of Law


Joseph M. Wiegand, B.A., M.A., J.D., L.L.M.
Associate Dean for Internal Affairs and Online Programs
Director, Master of Arts in Public Policy Program
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law


Master of Arts in Public Policy (M.A.)

PURPOSE
The Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) is a joint venture of Liberty University School of Law and Liberty University’s Helms School of Government.

Graduate level training pointedly designed to “impact the world” by training Christ-centered statesmen, leaders, scholars and policy makers, the MAPP will train its graduate to effectively shape policy in governmental, legislative, political, communications, managerial, academic, and international relations areas.

The Master of Arts in Public Policy provides access to faculty who are statesmen, leaders and policy makers and embody a Christ-centered philosophy that Liberty University ascribes to an imparts to a world in need of Christ’s directed influence.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Analyze, plan, and develop public policies and/or public policy initiatives for national, state, and local governmental organizations, international organizations, private entities, and/or non-governmental agencies.
  2. Conduct quantitative and qualitative research on issues affecting federal, state and/or local legislative bodies.
  3. Analyze impact of existing or proposed public policies on individuals, institutions, American society and/or international relations.
  4. Analyze structure and operations of governments, corporations, for-profit, non-profit entities and the judiciary as they relate to public policy.
  5. Apply appropriate analyses skills.

SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACS, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Technology Questionnaire: Computer access and literacy for word processing, Internet, and e-mail are required for all graduate students. This form is available online.
  4. TOEFL (if applicable)

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement may be admitted on a cautionary acceptance; these students must take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.

PROGRAM FORMAT
The M.A. in Public Policy will be offered entirely online with a few optional residential intensive sessions typically during times when the law school is not in session, such as during the breaks or summer months.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in this Catalog, M.A. in Public Policy graduates must:

  • Complete 39 total hours
  • A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty
  • A maximum of nine (9) hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • No more than two (2) grades of C may be applied to the degree
  • No grades of D may be applied to the degree
  • Students must complete all work for the degree within five years of initial enrollment of the program.
  • All Online students admitted on Academic Probation are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
  • Submit Graduation Application at the beginning of the final semester

The faculty may change the requirements for the receipt of the M.A. in Public Policy, as well as the courses offered, at any time.  A student will be subject to the graduation requirements of the Catalog at the time of the student’s enrollment.  To maintain enrollment, students must enroll in at least one course during the academic year (from Fall to Summer).


Program of Study

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Public Policy (39 hrs)
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (18 hrs)
PPOL 501 Foundations of American Governance: An Introduction to Public Policy 3
PPOG 502 Economics and Public Policy 3
PPOG 503 Political Philosophy 3
PPOG 504 Leadership, Statesmanship, and Governance 3*
PPOL 505 Applied Public Policy Research Methods 3*
PPOG 506 Introduction to Geopolitics and International Diplomacy 3*
Elective Courses (21 hrs) 1
Choose from the following selected disciplines:
BUSI, COMS, EDUC, LAW, PPOG, and PPOL 2
*Students are strongly encouraged to take PPOL 501, PPOG 502, and PPOG 503 before this course. The content of these courses will help set a foundation for the remaining Public Policy coursework.

Approved electives include: BMAL 500, 501, 550, 602, BUSI 512, 520, 604, 605, 606, 607, 620, COMS 520, 560, 622, EDUC 500, 518, 604, 631, LAW 501 (2 hrs), 502 (2 hrs), 531 (4 hrs), 532, 581, 585, 601, 605, 610, 645, 721, 725, 741, 743, 745, 755, 760, 761, 765, Any non-core PPOG; any non-core PPOL.

Up to 9 hrs of LAW may be applied to this degree. LAW course options are only for students who are currently enrolled in Liberty University School of Law or Liberty University SOL alumni. Non-Liberty students pursuing a J.D. or have completed J.D. may be able to use up to 9 hours of Law Credit towards this degree pending review and approval by the Liberty University School of Law.


DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
The Degree Completion Plan for the M.A. in Public Policy is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


 

Dual Degree Programs

PURPOSE
Liberty University School of Law exists to equip future leaders in law with a superior legal education in fidelity to the Christian faith expressed through the Holy Scriptures. The dual degree programs with Liberty University prepare students for desired specializations that are natural corollaries to the study of law. This enhances the law graduate’s ability to integrate their gifts, skills and interests into an expanding world.

DUAL DEGREE PROGRAMS
The following degree programs are available for dual enrollment to qualified applicants who are students pursuing the J.D. program at Liberty University School of Law or alumni of the Liberty University School of Law. The master’s level programs will recognize, under certain circumstances, advanced standing or will accept select law school courses to meet certain academic requirements. See the section below on Admission Requirements for more information.

Liberty University College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

  • Master of Arts in History (M.A.), Thesis or Non-Thesis

Liberty University School of Business

  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Liberty University School of Education

  • Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.) Educational Law Cognate
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Educational Law Cognate
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Educational Law Concentration

Liberty University School of Health Sciences

Center for Counseling and Family Studies

  • Master of Arts in Human Services (M.A.) Children, Families, and the Law Cognate

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary

  • Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) Law Studies Cognate
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Law Studies Concentration

SCHOOL OF LAW DEGREE SEQUENCING
To pursue non-law courses in the dual degree programs during fall and spring semesters requires approval of the School of Law’s Registrar and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. 

A Liberty Law student is able to pursue the non-law courses in a dual degree during Liberty University’s winter sessions and summer sessions.

First-year law students are not permitted to take non-JD courses.  It is the purview of the administration to limit a dual-degree participant’s academic load while actively pursuing a J.D. if the current course load hinders the participant’s course of study in the J.D.  For further questions about the sequencing of a dual degree program see the School of Law’s Registrar and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
The dual degree programs are available for enrollment to students pursuing the J.D. program in the Liberty University School of Law or alumni of the Liberty University School of Law. The applicant must apply to and be accepted by the appropriate Liberty University Graduate School entity having met all that school’s admission requirements for the non-J.D. degree. As each department will have a distinct set of admission requirements, consult the School of Law’s Registrar for details on specific criteria. The applicant makes application for a particular dual-degree through the School of Law’s Registrar.

PROGRAM COSTS
Current Liberty University School of Law students pay a flat fee for fall and spring semester classes. This currently includes non-J.D. courses taken in one of the dual-degree programs up to an 18 hour cap. Taking non-J.D. courses during a fall and/or spring semester requires approval from the School of Law’s Registrar and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Students enrolled in non-J.D. courses during the winter and/or summer terms will pay the tuition rate for the non-J.D. dual-degree program as published in the Expenses and Financial Policy section of this Catalog.  Courses taken during the winter and/or summer terms are not covered by the School of Law tuition rate.


Dual Degree Programs of Study


College of Arts and Sciences - Programs of Study


 

(M.A.) Master of Arts in History (30 hrs) Thesis Option Dual Degree Program
Program Option: Resident Format
Core Courses (12 hrs)
HIST 500 Historical Methods 3
HIST 501 Historiography 3
HIST 550 Reading Seminar in American History 3
HIST 551 Reading Seminar in Modern European History 3
History Elective Courses (9 hrs)
Choose three (3) 500-600 level courses from HIST/HIEU/HIUS/HIWD 9*
Graduate Elective Course (3 hrs)
Choose one (1) 500-600 level graduate course including History electives not already taken above 3*
LAW COURSES 6
Select any combination from the following courses:
LAW 501 Foundations of Law I 2
LAW 502 Foundations of Law II 2
LAW 531 Constitutional Law I 4
LAW 532 Constitutional Law II 2
LAW 581 Jurisprudence 3
LAW 585 Legal History 3
Thesis Option (6 hrs)
HIST 689 Thesis Proposal and Research 1 3
HIST 690 Thesis Defense 3
*Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute a history elective and a graduate elective with six credit hours from the following courses: LAW 501, 502, 531, 532, 581, 585
Graduation Requirements:
• Complete 30 total hours
• A minimum of 24 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty University
• A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree
• 3.00 GPA
• Thesis required
• Grades of "C" are not permitted in the Core area
• No more than two (2) grades of "C" may be applied to the degree.
• No grade of "D" may be applied to the degree
• Degree must be completed within 5 years
• All resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
• Submit Graduation Application at beginning of final semester

Any student who is not ready for enrollment in HIST 690 after completing HIST 689 may be required, as determined by the student’s thesis chair, to repeat HIST 689 until deemed ready for enrollment in HIST 690.

(M.A.) Master of Arts in History (36 hrs) Non-Thesis Option Dual Degree Program
Program Option: Resident Format
Core Courses (12 hrs)
HIST 500 Historical Methods 3
HIST 501 Historiography 3
HIST 550 Reading Seminar in American History 3
HIST 551 Reading Seminar in Modern European History 3
History Elective Courses (18 hrs)
Choose six (6) 500-600 level courses from HIST/HIEU/HIUS/HIWD 18*
Graduate Elective Courses (6 hrs)
Choose two (2) 500-600 level graduate courses including History electives not already taken above 6*
LAW COURSES 12
Select any combination from the following courses:
LAW 501 Foundations of Law I 2
LAW 502 Foundations of Law II 2
LAW 531 Constitutional Law I 4
LAW 532 Constitutional Law II 2
LAW 581 Jurisprudence 3
LAW 585 Legal History 3
*Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute two history electives and two graduate electives with twelve credit hours from the following courses: LAW 501, 502, 531, 532, 581, 585
Graduation Requirements:
• Complete 36 total hours
• A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty
• A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree
• 3.00 GPA
• Grades of "C" are not permitted in the Core area
• No more than two (2) grades of "C" may be applied to the degree
• No grade of "D" may be applied to the degree
• Degree must be completed within 5 years
• All resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
• Submit Graduation Application at beginning of final semester

School of Business - Program of Study

(M.B.A.) Master of Business Administration (36 hrs)
Program Options: Online or Resident Format
Core Courses (33 hrs)
BUSI 520 Strategic Marketing Management 3
BUSI 530 Managerial Finance 3
BUSI 561 Legal Issues in Business 1 3
BUSI 600 Business Research Methods 3
BUSI 601 Accounting for Decision Making 3
BUSI 604 International Business 3
BUSI 610 Organizational Design and Structure 3
BUSI 620 Global Economic Environment 3
BUSI 642 Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management 3
BUSI 650 Operations Management 3
BUSI 690 Policy and Strategy in Global Competition 3
Elective: Select one course from the following for which prerequisites have been met: ACCT 531, 612, 622, 632, 642, BUSI 502, 503, 504, 605, 606, 607, 612, 613, 614, 643, 644, 645, 680, 681, 682, CJUS 500, 520, 550, HLTH 551, 553, 556, PADM 501, 530, 550, COMS 532, 560, 658 2 3
Graduation Requirements:
• Complete 36 total hours
• 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University
• 3.00 GPA
• No more than two grades of “C” may be applied to the degree
• Degree must be completed within 5 years
• Online students will be required to take the graduate writing assessment

Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute BUSI 561 with LAW 561. J.D. students who substitute BUSI 561 with LAW 561 cannot also use LAW 561 as a substitute for the required elective.

Students who have obtained or are pursuing a J.D. through Liberty University may substitute the elective with three credit hours from the following courses: LAW 561 (if not being used to substitute for BUSI 561 – see note #3), 615, 621, 637, 641, 643, 644, 645, 648, 651, 655, 661, 670, 781


School of Education - Programs of Study

(M.Ed.) Master of Education (36 hrs) Teaching and Learning: Educational Law Cognate Dual Degree Program
Program Option: Online Format
Advanced Education Core Courses (15 hrs)
EDUC 500 Advanced Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 518 Understanding Educational Research and Assessment 3
EDUC 521 Foundations of Exceptionality 3
EDUC 645 Foundations for Educational Leaders 1 3
EDUC 672 Curriculum Development (Elementary/Secondary) 3
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
Select a maximum of 12 hrs from the following courses:
LAW 601 Family Law 3
LAW 605 Children and the Law Seminar 2
LAW 648 Law of Nonprofits 2 2
LAW 661 Intellectual Property 3
LAW 705 First Amendment Law Seminar 2
LAW 725 School Law Seminar 2
LAW 781 Employment Law 3
LAW 785 Land Use and Zoning 2
Professional Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC ___ 500-600 level elective course 3
Choose one: 3
EDUC 696 Current Issues in Education
EDUC 698 Directed Practicum
Choose one: 3
EDUC ___ 600 level elective course
EDUC 642 Leadership and Supervision in Education
NOTE: This is a non-licensure program. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide. Admission to the Liberty University School of Law is accepted as admission to the M.Ed.
Graduation Requirements:
• Complete 36 total hours
• A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty
• A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree
• 2.50 GPA
• No more than two (2) courses with a grade of "C" may be applied to the degree
• No grade of "D" may be applied to the degree
• All online students admitted on Academic Probation are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
• Submit Graduation Application at the beginning of the final semester

Course offered in residency. No residence is required for the non-licensure program.

May be satisfied as an independent study if necessary.

(Ed.S.) Education Specialist (30 hrs) Educational Law Cognate Dual Degree Program
Program Option: Online Format
Foundations of Education Core Courses (9 hrs)
EDUC 701 Theory and Research in Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 740 Leadership Principles and Ethics 3
Choose one: 3
EDUC 703 Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education
EDUC 741 Theories of Educational Leadership 1 *
Research and Evaluation Core Courses (6 hrs)
Prerequisite: An EDUC research course equivalent to EDUC 518
EDUC 712 Advanced Educational Statistics 3
EDUC 798 Advanced Research and Writing 2 3
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
Select a maximum of 12 hrs from the following LAW courses:
LAW 601 Family Law 3
LAW 605 Children and the Law Seminar 2
LAW 648 Law of Nonprofits 3 2
LAW 661 Intellectual Property 3
LAW 705 First Amendment Law Seminar 2
LAW 725 School Law Seminar 2
LAW 781 Employment Law 3
LAW 785 Land Use and Zoning 2
Choose one: 3
EDUC 742 Educational Leadership and Public Relations
EDUC 745 Systems Analysis
*600 level courses are K-12 focus and may require field experience. Additional courses required for licensure: EDUC 641, 648, 672, 699-A01
NOTES:
Licensure Option: Upon completion of this program plan including licensure courses listed above, initial licensure/experience, and passing the required Virginia assessments, a student will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program’s area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide.
Admission to the Liberty University School of Law is accepted as admission to the Ed.S
Students who have previously obtained a J.D. from Liberty University may use conferred LAW credit towards the completion of this degree. Students who do not have a sufficient number of applicable LAW credits must take additional LAW electives to fulfill the requirement.
Graduation Requirements
• Complete 30 total hours
• A minimum of 24 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty
• A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit may be applied to the degree
• 3.00 GPA
• No more than one (1) grade of "C" may be applied to the degree
• No grades of "D" may be applied to the degree
• Degree must be completed within 5 years
• Submit Graduation Application at the beginning of the final semester

Course offered in residency. No residence is required for the non-licensure program. Residence is required for licensure and is strongly recommended for those who plan to complete the Ed.D. after the Ed.S.

Capstone course to be taken in final semester.

May be satisfied as an independent study if necessary.

(Ed.D.) Doctor of Education (60 hrs) Educational Law Concentration Dual Degree Program
Program Option: Online Format
Foundations of Education Core Courses (12 hrs)
EDUC 701 Theory and Research in Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 703 Theories of Historical and Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 740 Leadership Principles and Ethics 3
EDUC 741 Theories of Educational Leadership 1 3*
Research and Evaluation Core Courses (12 hrs)
Prerequisite: An EDUC research course equivalent to EDUC 518
EDUC 712 Advanced Educational Statistics 3
EDUC 715 Quantitative Methods of Research 3
EDUC 817 Qualitative Methods of Research 3
EDUC 919 Professional Writing and Research 2 3*
Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
Select a maximum of 15 hrs from the following LAW courses:
LAW 601 Family Law 3
LAW 605 Children and the Law Seminar 2
LAW 648 Law of Nonprofits 3 2
LAW 661 Intellectual Property 3
LAW 705 First Amendment Law Seminar 2
LAW 725 School Law Seminar 2
LAW 781 Employment Law 3
LAW 785 Land Use and Zoning 2
EDUC ___ 700-800 level elective course 4 3
Choose one: 3
EDUC 742 Educational Leadership and Public Relations
EDUC 745 Systems Analysis
Choose one: 3
EDUC 848 Culture and Educational Leadership
EDUC 849 College and University Administration
Dissertation (12 hrs) 5
EDUC 970 Comprehensive Exam 0
EDUC 980 Dissertation Prospectus 3
EDUC 989 Dissertation Proposal and Research 6 6
EDUC 990 Dissertation Defense 7 3
*Course offered in residency
NOTE: Upon completion of this program plan, additional licensure courses, initial license/experience, and passing the required Virginia assessments, you will be eligible for a Virginia license in this program’s area of endorsement. Refer to www.liberty.edu/advisingguide.
Graduation Requirements
• Complete 60 total hours
• A minimum of 45 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty
• A maximum of 15 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree +
• 3.00 GPA
• No grades of "C" or "D" may be applied to the degree
• Degree must be completed within 7 years
• Passing score on Comprehensive Exam
• Successful defense of Dissertation
• Submit Graduation Application at the beginning of the final semester
+Applicants who have previously completed an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) or equivalent degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered for advanced standing (up to 24 hours) in the Ed.D. program. Students who have earned an Ed.S. degree through Liberty are permitted to apply up to 27 hours (as applicable) from that degree toward the Ed.D.

EDUC 741 must be earned with a grade of B or higher.

EDUC 919 should be one of the final courses in the program; must be taken after completion of EDUC 715 and 817.

May be satisfied as an independent study if necessary.

EDUC 798 (formerly 718) may not be used as an elective in the Doctor of Education.

Once the student enters the Dissertation phase, he/she must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until all degree requirements are completed.

EDUC 989 must be taken a minimum of two times. Any student who is not ready for enrollment in EDUC 990 after completing the second enrollment in EDUC 989 may be required, as determined by the student’s dissertation chair, to repeat EDUC 989 until deemed ready for enrollment in EDUC 990.

EDUC 990 (Dissertation Defense) must be completed on campus


School of Health Sciences - Program of Study

(M.A.) Master of Arts in Human Services (30 hrs) Children, Families, and the Law Cognate Dual Degree Program
Program Option: Online Format
Core Courses (18 hrs)
HSER 500 Introduction to Human Services 3
COUN 502 Human Growth and Development 3
COUN 506 Integration of Psychology and Theology 3
HSER 508 Studies in Interpersonal Communication 3
HSER 509 Multicultural Issues in Human Services 3
HSER 511 Group Dynamics 3
Children, Families, and the Law Cognate (12 hrs)
Select any combination from the following LAW courses:
LAW 501 Foundations of Law I 2
LAW 502 Foundations of Law II 2
LAW 531 Constitutional Law I 4
LAW 532 Constitutional Law II 2
LAW 601 Family Law 3
LAW 605 Children and the Law Seminar 2
LAW 610 Child Abuse and the Law 2
LAW 725 School Law Seminar 2
LAW 765 Sexual Behavior and the Law 2
LAW 821 Mediation 2
Graduation Requirements:
• Complete 30 total hours
• A minimum of 24 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty
• A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree
• 2.50 GPA
• No grade of "D" may be applied to the degree
• Degree must be completed within 5 years
• All resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
• All Online students admitted on Academic Probation are required to Enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
• Submit Graduation Application at beginning of final semester

Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary - Programs of Study

(M.A.R.) Master of Arts in Religion (45 hrs) Law Studies Cognate Dual Degree Program
Program Options: Online and Resident Formats
Core Courses (30 hrs)
EVAN 565 Contemporary Evangelism 3
THEO 525 Systematic Theology I 3
THEO 530 Systematic Theology II 3
Choose one: 3
NBST 521 New Testament Orientation I
NBST 522 New Testament Orientation II
Choose one: 3
OBST 591 Old Testament Orientation I
OBST 592 Old Testament Orientation II
Choose one: 3
GLST 500 Global Studies Survey
GLST 650 Intercultural Communication and Engagement
CHHI Elective 3*
APOL/THEO Elective 3*
Choose two NBST/OBST/NGRK/OTCL Electives 6*
Law Studies Cognate (15 hrs) 1
Required Courses (10 hrs)
LAW 501 Foundations of Law I 2
LAW 502 Foundations of Law II 2
LAW 531 Constitutional Law I 4
LAW 532 Constitutional Law II 2
Electives (5 hrs)
Select from the following courses:
LAW 581 Jurisprudence 3
LAW 585 Legal History 3
LAW 601 Family Law 3
LAW 605 Children and the Law Seminar 2
LAW 648 Law of Nonprofits 2 2
LAW 705 First Amendment Law Seminar 2
LAW 725 School Law Seminar 2
LAW 755 Bioethics and the Law 3
LAW 760 Public Policy Lawyering Skills 2
LAW 781 Employment Law 3
LAW 785 Land Use and Zoning 2
LAW 821 Mediation 2
*500-600 level
Graduation Requirements
• Complete 45 total hours
• A minimum of 33 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty
• A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree
• 2.00 GPA
• Degree must be completed within 5 years
• All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
• All Online students admitted on Academic Probation are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
• Submit Graduation Application at the beginning of the final semester

To satisfy the law concentration, students choose 15 hours from the courses listed.

May be satisfied as an independent study if necessary.

(M.Div.) Master of Divinity (93 hrs) Law Studies Concentration Dual Degree Program
Program Option: Online Format
Foundational Studies (33 hrs)
CHHI 520 History of Christianity I 3
CHHI 525 History of Christianity II 3
CHHI 694 History of Baptists 3
NBST 521 New Testament Orientation I 3
NBST 522 New Testament Orientation II 3
NBST 652 Hermeneutics 3
OBST 591 Old Testament Orientation I 3
OBST 592 Old Testament Orientation II 3
THEO 525 Systematic Theology I 3
THEO 530 Systematic Theology II 3
APOL/THEO Elective 3*
Professional Studies (26 hrs)
DSMN 500 Discipleship Ministries 3
EVAN 565 Contemporary Evangelism 3
HOMI 501 Preparation of the Sermon 3
PLED 520 Spiritual Formation 3
PLED 625 Ministry Matters: Preventing Ministry Failure 3
LAW 501 Foundations of Law I 2***
LAW 502 Foundations of Law II 2***
LAW 531 Constitutional Law I 4***
Choose one: 3
GLST 500 Global Studies Survey
GLST 650 Intercultural Communication and Engagement
Select a New Testament Language Track (9 hrs)
GREEK TRACK
NGRK 620 Greek Syntax 1 3
NGRK Exegesis Elective 3**
NGRK elective 3**
- OR -
ENGLISH BIBLE TRACK
NGRK 506 Greek Language Tools 3
Choose two NBST/NGRK Electives 6*
Select an Old Testament Language Track (9 hrs)
HEBREW TRACK
OTCL 510 Beginning Hebrew 3
OTCL 530 Hebrew Syntax 3
OTCL 635 Hebrew Exegesis 3
- OR -
ENGLISH BIBLE TRACK
OTCL 505 Hebrew Language Tools 3
Choose two OBST/OTCL electives 6*
LAW STUDIES CONCENTRATION (16 hrs)
Choose from the following LAW courses:
LAW 532 Constitutional Law II 2
LAW 581 Jurisprudence 3
LAW 585 Legal History 3
LAW 601 Family Law 3
LAW 605 Children and the Law Seminar 2
LAW 648 Law of Nonprofits 2 3
LAW 705 First Amendment Law Seminar 2
LAW 725 School Law Seminar 2
LAW 755 Bioethics and the Law 3
LAW 760 Public Policy Lawyering Skills 2
LAW 781 Employment Law 3
LAW 785 Land Use and Zoning 2
LAW 821 Mediation 2
*500-600 level
**600 level
***Open only to M.Div. – Law Studies students
Graduation Requirements
• Complete 93 total hours
• A minimum of 48 hours must be completed through Liberty University, not to include credits from a prior degree earned through Liberty
• A maximum of 45 hours of transfer credit, including credit from a degree on the same academic level previously earned through Liberty, may be applied to the degree
• 2.00 GPA
• Degree must be completed within 10 years
• All Resident students are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
• All Online students admitted on Academic Probation are required to enroll in and pass GRST 500 in their first semester
• Submit Graduation Application at the beginning of the final semester

NGRK 500 & 501 are prerequisites for NGRK 620 for students who have not had undergraduate Greek.

May be satisfied as an independent study if necessary.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For more information on program requirements, program learning outcomes, and course descriptions, please see the respective sections of this Catalog for the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, Helms School of Government, School of Health Sciences, or Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary.



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