Loyola University Chicago

Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies

School of Law

FAQ

What is an MJ in Global Competition Law?
The Master of Jurisprudence in Global Competition Law Degree was created by Loyola University Chicago in response to a growing need for those in the competition and consumer field to have a working knowledge of the legal, business, and policy forces impacting the competition law field.  The MJ in Global Competition Law draws on Loyola’s experience since 1986 in offering MJ degrees in other legal and regulatory fields.

What can I do with my MJ degree? 
The skills and knowledge gained at Loyola can be used to open and improve career opportunities in virtually every aspect of the competition law field. Most Loyola graduates will use their online MJ degree to complement and significantly enhance previous work and life experiences.

Do I need a bachelor’s degree?
Yes, admission to the MJ program requires a bachelor’s degree.  The Admissions Committee will closely review your academic performance as reflected in your academic transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities that you attended. The official academic records should list results of all course work taken as well as results of yearly or comprehensive exams.

Loyola requires applicants with foreign education credentialsto provide a certified translation and an official evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or Educational Perspectives (EP)

What are the application deadlines?
The online MJ program begins twice each year. Students will only be admitted for either the fall term which begins in late August or the spring term which begins in January. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but are strongly preferred by June 1st for the fall term or October 1st for the spring term with all supporting materials. 

What is required to be submitted with the MJ application?
MJ applicants must submit: a resume, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, a personal statement, and up to two letters of recommendation.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other entrance exam required?
No, the MJ degree program does not require a GRE or other entrance examination. Note there is an exception for international students, who may be required to submit TOEFL scores.

Can I practice law with the MJ degree?
No, MJ graduates cannot practice law nor sit for the bar examination with this degree. If you are thinking about becoming an attorney, we suggest you thoroughly research attending law school to get a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. The admissions process for the JD program at Loyola is completely separate from that for the MJ program. Further, you should be aware that the American Bar Association guidelines forbid courses taken at the MJ level to be applied towards a JD degree.  Because each country may have their own rules with respect to on-line graduate education, students outside the United States are strongly encouraged to carefully review the consumer disclosure statement for the Global Competition Law program available here.

Can I sit for a bar exam with an MJ degree?
Only graduates who hold a JD or certain LLM degrees from a law school in the United States may sit for a bar exam in the United States. Graduates of the online MJ program are not eligible to sit for the bar.

Who are my classmates?
We anticipate that the MJ program will be comprised of non-lawyer competition and consumer professionals--economists, administrators, case handlers, engineers, and academics--from all areas of the competition and consumer law fields. Whether they work in a government agency, a non-government organization, the private sector, or a myriad of other settings, each student brings a unique background to the MJ program. Other MJ programs at Loyola attract a diverse student body in terms of age, ethnicity and professional background as well. And while we require that MJ applicants have at least two years experience in the competition or consumer law field, many students in other MJ programs have 10 or more years of work experience, and have typically been away from the university environment for many years.

Does Loyola provide financial assistance?
The Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies and Loyola's Office of Student Financial Assistance are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their legal education at Loyola affordable.  In order to make the program affordable for students from emerging and developing economies, scholarships of up to 70% will be available to students from jurisdictions qualifying as emerging or developing markets according to the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations. See details athttp://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2013/01/weodata/groups.htm.

How much time per week should I expect to spend on my degree? 
We advise students to expect to spend about 15-20 hours per week attending classes, listening to lectures, reading, completing homework assignments, etc. 

Can I transfer credits from other schools?
Due to the unique nature of our online degrees, transfer credits are not accepted.

Is the program accredited?
Loyola University Chicago is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools while Loyola University Chicago School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Will my diploma be from Loyola University?
Yes, your degree is granted by Loyola, taught by Loyola professors, and the curriculum is based on the degrees that Loyola has been offering to students at our Chicago campus since 1986.

Do I need my own computer?
Yes, you need a computer with a modem and reliable access to the Internet. Upon entering the program, students participate in an extensive orientation to the technology and the Sakai on-line classroom where student-centered tech support is readily available. However, once students are familiar with the user-friendly system, they generally have few technical problems.

How do I communicate with my professors?
At Loyola, students tend to have as much—or perhaps more—individual contact with their professors as they would at many campus based programs. Weekly on-line “office hours”, emails, and periodic telephone conferences are all part of the Loyola experience.  Institute staff will be available during normal office hours (United States Central Time Zone) to assist with communications with Law School and University offices.

How do I apply?
Please complete the application on our website following the instructions therein. The Loyola Admissions Committee meets frequently so you can expect prompt notice of your status. We look forward to your application!