From time to time, professors may post materials for individual classes (syllabus, handouts, etc.) at: http://www.law.msu.edu/llm/dubai/class/. Registered students may access these materials with the username and password provided to them when they enroll.
Logistical Details - Campus Location
Michigan State University has an existing presence and commitment in Dubai, and the Michigan State University College of Law is proud to offer our graduate law programs at the MSU's center in Dubai. Classrooms and MSU Dubai staff offices are located at:
Michigan State University Dubai
Block 2B, Suite G23, Dubai, UAE
Security at the Dubai Campus
Each student is required to submit a passport-sized photo to MSU Law, which we will in turn submit to MSU Dubai. In order to enter the building, MSU Dubai will need to have your photo and full name on record. Please e-mail us at email@example.com with your photo along with your legal name (this should match what is on your application). If you do not have a passport-sized photo, please make a copy of your passport ID page and email that to us.
Who to Contact with Questions
The majority of administrative functions for the MSU Law programs, such as curriculum development, billing, and registration take place at our home campus in East Lansing. Other tasks, such as the coordination of classroom facilities and equipment, are done by MSU's staff in Dubai. Please direct questions about academic, billing, and advising matters to Carrie Feeheley, Director of the Office of Graduate and International Programs at the home campus in East Lansing, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Feeheley is also available by phone at +1 517/432-6963 or via skype at cfeeheley. Questions about individual courses may be directed to Ms. Feeheley, and will be passed on to appropriate faculty when necessary. Inquiries about local accomodation, the location of the MSU center in Dubai, and similar logistical matters may be directed to the staff of MSU Dubai at email@example.com, or by phone at +9714 446 5147/8.
The Michigan State University College of Law uses MSU's Student Information System, or StuInfo, to give students access to their grades, course schedules, bills, and other information. As a student at MSU Dubai, you will also have a StuInfo account. Just after admission, you should receive an email from our Office of Graduate and International Programs with your student identification number, called your PID (Personal Identification Number) and another number, your PAN (Personal Access Number). With these two numbers, you will create your MSU student netID - this is the portion that comes before "@msu.edu" in your MSU email address, and allows you to log into StuInfo and other systems. As noted, this will also create your MSU email address. All official correspondence from MSU Law will be sent to you at your MSU email address, so it is very important that you check it regularly. Please do NOT forward this account to another email account, as some email providers see these as spam and do not deliver them to you.
StuInfo will allow you to see your bill, your schedule, your grades, and other information.
Billing and Payment
Payment for each class is due two weeks before class starts. If you enroll late in the program, please make payment immediately. Tuition is $995 per credit hour for the 2014-15 academic year. Payment should be made via StuInfo. Students who wish to make payment via wire transfer should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparation for Classes/Socratic Method
Courses in the Dubai program are taught using the Socratic Method, a unique way of teaching the law that is used in the U.S. and other common law countries. In this style of teaching, professors call upon students (who may or may not have volunteered to answer the question) to ask questions about the cases assigned as reading for the day. The professor will ask questions about the facts, reasoning, and holding of the case, and may also ask the student to compare and contrast the case to others they've read.
In the Dubai program, given the short time frame for each course, professors may use a modified version of the Socratic Method that includes more lecture than usual.
Students are highly encouraged to do their readings before class begins, and to take good notes about the cases. Generally, law students create "case briefs", or notes that include the most important parts of each case they're assigned, and use these to assist them in answering questions from the professor and studying for their exam. A case brief includes, at a minimum, the facts, the legal issue, the holding (the court's decision), and the court's reasoning in any given opinion. Additional resources will be posted here shortly to assist you in your case briefing.
Dubai Facebook Page
To better get to know your classmates and the staff of the programs, we encourage you to join our Facebook page "MSU Law Dubai". Please let us know if you're on Facebook and we'll friend you and invite you into the Facebook group!