You decide the number of credits you will take each term, and the time of day you will view the lessons and submit questions and assignments. No matter what time zone you are in, you can get the most advanced training available in the field of transportation and logistics law.
All programs are offered entirely online and can be completed on the students’ schedule 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Masters in Law Program:
We Train Solution Brokers!
Our goal, in Coastal Law’s Transportation and Logistics, is to train Solution Brokers.
What is a Solution Broker?
A “Solution Broker” is a transportation and logistics professional who is well rounded in logistics and ocean/rail/truck and air carriage who can communicate with carriers, regulators, labor, and lawyers to resolve disputes before they become litigation.
Why do we Need Solutions Brokers?
The goal of transportation and logistics is to keep cargo moving! Every dispute, every delay, and every time cargo is damaged causes losses to your customers. A solutions broker anticipates problems, works them out ahead of time, and keeps the cargo moving.
Solution Brokers Keep Trade Moving
No one wins in litigation. It’s costly, its time consuming, and it takes your company away from what it does the best. Whether it is a dispute with a supplier, carrier, vendor, labor or the government, if you can prevent disputes and prevent litigation you can keep world trade moving.
Who Hires Solution Brokers?
- Importers and Exporters, whether in retail, consumer goods, vehicles, chemicals, petroleum, LNG, food products, or project cargoes.
- Carriers by ocean, rail, truck, or air, including both cargo and passenger carriers, as well as NVOCCs, freight forwarders, and providers of military logistics.
- Ocean and Inland Insurers, Property and Casualty Insurers, brokers, protection and indemnity associations, and third party administrators.
- Warehouses, Free Trade Zones, Terminal Managers, Auto Processors, Consolidators.
- Government agencies like the DOD, Army Corps of Engineers, OSHA, Transportation Security Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as state and local government agencies such as Port Authorities.
- Law firms who do work in admiralty, maritime, marine insurance, labor law, immigration and naturalization, and trade regulation.
Certificate in Transportation Regulation:
The certificate program is designed for non-lawyers who want to become knowledgable in the law surrounding transportation and logistics It is a 12 credit program which can be completed in one or two years. The certificate program addresses two growing trends in the legal profession known as the "more-for-less" trend and the trend toward "liberalization" of the rules regarding legal services.
The "More-for-Less" Trend
Government regulation of the transportation and logistics industry becomes more prevalent and more complex with each passing year, and there no indication that the trend is slowing or reversing itself. Further, transportation and logistics companies are finding themselves more subject to expensive litigation each year from cargo owners and passengers, from employees and independent contractors, and from third parties. Finally, the industry finds itself working more frequently with government procurement offices, and in public-private partnerships (PPPs).
To be profitable, most companies are finding that they need to reduce the amount they spend on outside counsel, and those companies which have in-house legal teams are under pressure to reduce the number of lawyers they employ at the same time that the legal needs of the company are growing. This is known as the "more-for-less" trend.
To address this trend, transportation and logistics companies are training key employees who are already knowledgeable about the transportation and logistics industry in the legal aspects of the business so that their legal needs can be addressed by non-lawyers specifically trained in their business.
The "Liberalization" Trend
The second trend in the field of legal services is known as "liberalization." Liberalization is not quite the same thing as deregulation, but it is the trend of permitting non-lawyers to represent companies in administrative proceedings which in the past have usually been handled by lawyers.
Most administrative matters before the United States Coast Guard, the Department of Labor Longshore Division, OSHA, the Surface Transportation Board, ICE, TSA, EPA, and the numerous other agencies, both federal and state, which regulate transportation and logistics, are resolved by agency personnel who are not lawyers themselves. Therefore, non-lawyer representatives who are schooled in government practices and procedures, and who know where to find laws and regulations, can often handle these matters without the need to employ an attorney.
Further, more and more agencies permit non-attorney representatives to appear at administrative hearings before administrative law judges and to represent their (or other) companies as long as the non-attorney representative files a "notice of appearance" and exhibits the "requisite character, integrity, or proper personal conduct" which the ALJ deems necessary to the matter at hand. [See, for example, Coast Guard regulation 30 CFR 20.301 entitled "Representation."]
This trend, of permitting non-attorney representative to appear in administrative matters, is part of the "liberalization" trend.
Putting these trends to Work for You
If you run a transportation and logistics company, having one or more key employees trained in the law can benefit you in many ways:
When an emergency situation arises, which is likely to develop into litigation or a government investigation, your in-house non-attorney representative can work with government officials, insurance representatives, and your employees to make sure that your initial response is legal, well thought out, and doesn't worsen the situation until the lawyers get involved.
When you need outside counsel, your in-house non-attorney representative can be your attorney's point of contact within the company, thereby freeing you up to manage your business.
When legal or regulatory matters of a more routine type arise, your non-attorney representative can either find the information you need, or simply handle the routine legal matter without the need to go to outside counsel.
Having an employee on site with legal training can more than pay for itself by either making your organization better able to deal with legal problems, or by reducing the need for outside counsel. Therefore, when hiring employees, you would be well served by hiring those who have a Certificate in Transportation and Logistics.
In the alternative, if you have a key employee who you think will study and learn transportation and logistics law, it would pay for you to pay all or part of that employee's tuition so that the employee can participate in the Certificate Program.