School launches transportation and logistics programs

2337357Beginning in the summer of 2013, Florida Coastal will offer several online Transportation and Logistics programs, including the country’s first Logistics LL.M.

Administrators say they plan to align with the business and transportation industries in Northeast Florida, including the Jacksonville port, to give students a competitive advantage in the many diverse areas of logistics including transportation law, international logistics, materials management, immigration law, and maritime law.

“Jacksonville is the ideal location to launch a program like this,” said Terri Davlantes, vice president of strategy and general counsel. “We are really attractive to businesses who are bringing goods in from around the globe because we are well connected by rail and land transportation.

“Likewise, the Panama Canal is getting ready to expand in 2014 to take in larger and wider ships that can hold more cargo, so we’re hoping to capture a lot of that business in our Jacksonville port.”

Davlantes added Jacksonville is also home to major distributors, including CSX Corporation, Landstar, and Crowley Maritime Corporation.

“As the discourse will take place online - outside of a more traditional classroom setting – the courses will be structured to encourage the most interaction between students and their classmates and faculty,” Davlantes said. “Students will be required to participate in discussion boards and group projects in addition to a training program to assure all students are prepared for online coursework.”

Students will also have the option of an independent research project and an externship, she said.

Hoping to have an enrollment of 30 students in its first semester, Florida Coastal will offer three Transportation and Logistics programs.

The first, a 24-credit hour LL.M. program, will take full-time students one year to complete. In addition, a Transportation and Logistics Law certificate will be offered to lawyers, and a Transportation and Logistics Regulation certificate available for non-lawyers. Both certificates will be 12 credit hours, and all three programs require students to maintain a 2.3 cumulative GPA.

Administrative Law for Transporation Professionals and International Business Transactions for Transportation Professionals are required courses for all three programs. The remainder of an individual student’s program will be made up of mostly two-credit-hour courses and will be chosen by the student from a group of approved classes.

“This program will achieve both book knowledge and practical knowledge through the combination of [Florida Coastal] professors and industry leaders,” said Davlantes. “We want to expose students to a rapidly growing area with a wide variety of career options.”