When Will I Have Access To The Course Materials??

All course materials will be available at the ShannonWeb course site, the Bb course site and our Teams workspace. I generally make those sites live seven days before the first day of class so that you can complete all of the required pre-course deliverables. I will notify everyone when they are available.

How Can I Contact You?

I can be reached via any of several modalities … email, voice or your choice of video conference platforms, Zoom, Skype, Teams or Slack. As a general rule, I am available if I am online. If you are already enrolled in one of my courses then DM me in Teams and I will respond. I will try to reply to email and voice messages as soon as possible but certainly no more than 24 hours after receipt. If you prefer a video conference (and who doesn’t?) please ping me with some convenient days/times and we’ll set it up.

So, you ask, what are the variety of contact points where you can reach me? You can reach me by email (john DOT shannon AT shu DOT edu), Skype (shannojh) or Twitter. Please DM me in Teams if you are already enrolled in one of my courses.

When communicating with me please include the following information: your name, the question or issue to be resolved, your course/section and any other necessary information.

In the event that encrypted communications are necessary I can be reached via email at jhs AT jhshannon DOT net, PGP: 3989ae5a3c24aa2e01829377485f035f386c5bfd.

Where Can I Find My Grades?

Grades on each deliverable will be posted to the My Grades folder in Blackboard. Please visit the Deliverables page in your course syllabus for more information about the weights ascribed to each deliverable.

Legal Studies Minor

What Is The Legal Studies Minor?

The minor in Legal Studies in Business is a uniquely designed interdisciplinary program. By structuring required course selections and making the commitment toward a rigorous course of study, students will demonstrate competence in those areas of business pre-legal study that will assist in preparing them for the study of law or in their business and professional careers.

You will find more information on the LS Minor curriculum here.

How Can I Enroll In The Legal Studies Minor?

This minor in Legal Studies in business is available to any Seton Hall student who successfully completes 15 credit hours in the minor, with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Once enrolled in the program, a student must maintain a 2.75 GPA in the Minor in Legal Studies in Business curriculum. Students who maintain an overall 3.50 GPA and a 3.50 GPA in the minor courses will be eligible for induction into the Legal Studies Honor Society.

When Can I Declare The Minor?

You can complete the process by visiting with the advisor to the LS Minor, Professor Victor Metallo. Click here to email Professor Metallo for an appointment to discuss the LS Minor.

How Many Credit Hours Are Needed To Complete The Legal Studies Major?

You must complete a total 15 credits. You will find the list of required courses and electives here.

Is It Possible To Complete Multiple Minors?

Yes, but it will require working with your advisor to carefully plan your curriculum. You should meet with Professor Metallo and your academic advisor to discuss the merits of adding the LS Minor to your course of study.

What Can I Do With A Legal Studies Minor?

The Legal Studies Minor will help to prepare you for a career in human resources, real estate practices, the insurance industry, compliance offices, business ventures, or nearly any other field you wish to pursue. The LS Minor also provides you with a solid foundation that will prepare you for law school or other graduate study.

Do I Have To Minor In Legal Studies If I Am Interested In Attending Law School?

No, you do not have to major in legal studies to apply and attend law school. There really is no specific major or minor that is preferred by law schools. Law school admission decisions are based on LSAT scores, overall recalculated gpa, personal statement, letters of recommendation, resume, etc.

Will Declaring Legal Studies Help Me Get Into Law School?

Legal Studies was not specifically designed to prepare students for law school, nor does it provide legal training. There is no officially recommended pre-law major here at Seton Hall. You can study any major and still apply to law school. The LS minor will, however, help you to become more legally astute, i.e., help to develop your ability to think, analyze and write critically. These are all competencies that law schools view positively.

When Are Your Office Hours?

Office Hours: Mon & Wed, 12:30p – 1:30p; Tue, 9:30a – 10:30a; also by appt, all office hours and other meetings will be held via Teams since it is impossible to observe social distancing rules in a small space

Office: 651 Jubilee Hall or Teams

Communications: Teams DM (preferred) or email at john DOT shannon AT shu DOT edu

We can schedule an alternative meeting time if you are not available during my office hours. As you know, our course communications platform is Teams. Please DM me in Teams with some days/times when you are available and we can schedule a video conference in Teams.

My office hours are subject to change pretty much every semester so please check your course syllabus for my current office hours (see above). I generally schedule at least one hour a week using Teams video to accommodate those who have a conflict with my scheduled office hours. If you are unavailable to meet in my office, you can schedule an appointment for a F2F meeting or we can set up a video conference via Teams. I prefer video conferences because they give me more options when answering your questions.

That said, I do try to carve out some space for thoughtful consideration of life. The practical impact of that desire is to keep evenings and weekends clear for family, friends and other forms of social interaction. If you going to ping me late on a Friday then I will get back to you on Monday unless it is an emergency … a REAL emergency.

What Will We Use As Our Primary Communications Platform?

I use Teams as the primary communications platform for all of our course communications including class, office hours and other meetings. Teams is part of the Microsoft Office Microsoft Teams logo365 Suite. If you are unfamiliar with Teams, it is an online platform that allows for text-based discussion, video conferencing and/or audio calls. Teams is associated with your SHU-issued account and authenticates via your SHU network credentials.

You can DM me in Teams or, if you are already enrolled in one of my courses, post a question to the #Course Questions channel in our course’s Teams workspace. I will try to reply to any communications as soon as possible but certainly no more than 24 hours after receipt. If you prefer a video conference (and who doesn’t?) please DM me with some convenient days/times and we’ll set it up.

If you have never used Teams before, visit the Microsoft Teams for Education – Quick Start Guide and video training for Teams.

Do You Offer Extra Credit?

I do not offer extra credit in my courses. If you are diligent during the semester, meet and complete the requirements all of the Deliverables as required in a timely manner there should be no need for extra credit. Please visit the Grading section of the Assessment page of my Course Polices for additional information.

What Protocols Should We Follow For Online Meetings And Classes?

While participating in video-based class meetings or conferences, eg, office hours, please observe these few guidelines:
  • Familiarize yourself with your device so you feel comfortable operating it.
  • Familiarize yourself with the video platform that will support your meeting. While most platforms share common features/functions, most will approach those features/functions with different command structures.
  • Be certain that your webcam, microphone and speakers are working properly.
  • Always leave your webcam on so all participants can see and hear you.
  • Be certain that the lighting and sound in your location support a video conference, that is, minimize the impact of overhead lights and/or reflections in the camera’s view and the room acoustics minimize echo.
  • Be certain to use earbuds when active in the video conference to minimize the feedback loop that manifests on some laptops.
  • Remember that available bandwidth may result in a slight delay between the time an individual speaks and the time you hear the statement. Please allow others to finish before you answer. Also, when you finish speaking, pause to allow others to comment.
  • Keep your system on mute unless you are speaking. We will be in a voice-activated video conference so the primary camera shot will follow the sound. Just remember to unmute your microphone before you begin speaking.
  • As a courtesy, please state your name before speaking.
  • Always remember to RSVP to a meeting invitation and confirm your availability. Your RSVP will help your meeting organizer to manage the meeting properly and will appreciate your courtesy.
  • Join your meeting five minutes early so that you can be certain that you have addressed all of the above issues.
  • And, finally, always assume you are on camera, even when not speaking.