Juris Master Concentrations

Our acclaimed faculty—scholars, practitioners, and experts in their fields—teach more than 250 courses which allows for a wide variety of concentrations. The on–campus format offers many concentrations from which you can customize to meet your individual needs. The online format offers two courses of study in Business Law and Regulation, and Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation.

There is an increasing need to prepare non-lawyers for careers in areas of substantial regulation.  The Juris Master curriculum is built around the practical understanding of various regulations governing industries and organizations, allowing professionals to increase their knowledge of compliance and risk techniques. The program enables students to develop a risk-based approach to making business decisions as well as identifying, mitigating, and managing residual risk to reduce organizational, financial, and legal risk.

*Highly recommended

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Contracts
  • Legislation & Regulation

Elective Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Issues in White Collar Crime
  • Antitrust
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Banking Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Associations
  • Commercial Law: Sales
  • Compliance Program Development and Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Criminal Tax
  • Data Protection and Cyber-Security Regulation
  • Employment Law
  • Intellectual Property:From Startup to Bankruptcy
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Law
  • International Trade Law & Policy
  • Internet Law
  • Labor Law
  • Payment Systems
  • Prosecuting Criminal Tax Cases
  • Securities: Brokers and Dealers
  • Securities Regulation
  • Secured Transactions
  • White Collar Crime
  • White Collar Crime Workshop

Emory Law Faculty

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law's faculty and our acclaimed Center for Transactional Law and Practice provide unparalleled expertise in the field of transactional law. 

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Thomas Arthur »
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James Elliott »
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Every four days, a new law, regulation, or administrative ruling impacts the financial industry. Enforcement proceedings, investigative demands, and civil litigation are at an all-time high. In this constantly changing environment, business and finance professionals need to make informed decisions about contracts, secured transactions, venture capital, securities offerings, international transactions, bankruptcy, and more.

Emory Law's juris master degree with a concentration in business law and regulation provides invaluable proficiency in legal risk assessment and management that is immediately applicable to your work. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the law as it applies to your profession while you add highly sought skills to both your current role and your career.

New! Online Study

Emory Law now offers an 18-month, online format in Business Law and Regulation. The lock-step program is composed of 10 sequential 7-week asynchronous courses, with 3 three-day residencies, and limited flexibility in course selection. The curriculum will help students to broaden their knowledge in areas such as corporate governance and compliance, criminal and civil liability for corporations, the evolving regulatory and compliance landscape, the legal framework of the deal-making process, and transactional due diligence, among other topics.

On-Campus Study

Emory Law’s on-campus concentration in Business Law and Regulation can be completed full-time in nine months or part-time in up to four years. Students are able to customize their course of study from our suggested courses below as well as our extensive array of course offerings.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Contracts (online format)
  • Legislation & Regulation

Elective Courses (on campus format only)

  • Accounting for Lawyers (not needed if you have an accounting background)
  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Analytical Methods
  • Antitrust
  • Banking Law*
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Associations*
  • Corporate Finance
  • Doing Deals: Contract Drafting*
  • Doing Deals: Deal Skills
  • Doing Deals: Complex Restructuring
  • Doing Deals: Private Equity
  • Doing Deals: Venture Capital
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Discrimination Law
  • Independent Government Agencies
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Internet Law
  • Law & Economics
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Patent Law
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation*
  • Trademark
  • White Collar Crimes

*Highly recommended

Emory Law Faculty

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law's faculty and our acclaimed Center for Transactional Law and Practice provide unparalleled expertise in the field of transactional law.

Paula Scotman

"This program has helped me to learn more about child advocacy, the operations of the juvenile court system, and the law as it relates to juveniles in both the education system and society at large. Through the JM program, I have been exposed to some phenomenal professors with tremendous expertise in Juvenile Law, including Professors Randee Waldman and Martha Grace Duncan. This program allowed me to fully realize my dream and goal of working with families and at-risk youth in the juvenile system."

Paula Scotman JM, 2015
Eagle’s Wings Education Advocates, Inc

The work of professionals dealing with families and children is as diverse as the families and children they serve. The evolving cultural and social landscape of the family demands greater versatility and skills than ever before. Legal knowledge in areas such as family law, child law, divorce and custody, child protection, juvenile justice, and guardianship and parental rights will help professionals in their work with families, children, and the state.

* Highly recommended

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Legislation and Regulation

Elective Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Child Welfare Law and Policy*
  • Children’s Rights*
  • Citizenship and Immigration
  • Constitutional Rights, Constitutional Controversies
  • Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes Policy Law
  • Family Law I and II*
  • Juvenile Law*
  • Kids in Conflict with the Law
  • Mediation Advocacy
  • Negotiations

Faculty

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. Emory Law's faculty and our acclaimed Barton Child Law Center clinics (Public Policy and Legislative, Juvenile Defender, and Appeal for Youth) provide unparalleled expertise in the field of child and family law.

"Emory Law's juris master program has been immensely valuable in my daily work.  The professors are renowned experts in their fields.  They challenge your thinking, and foster analytical skill development and sound decision-making.  One of the most relevant courses I have taken is Employment Discrimination, which heightened my ability to look at creative options and minimize organizational risks.  With a greater understanding and appreciation for seeing situations from a different perspective, the JM Program has enhanced the contributions I can make as an experienced HR professional."

Betsy Hames JM, 2014
Chief Human Resources Officer
Duke School of Medicine

Human resource professionals strive to leverage an organization’s most important asset: its human capital. Creating a fair, inclusive, and rewarding environment for an organization’s employees is the goal to which all human resource professionals aspire. A deeper understanding of the basics of employment law and contracts, in addition to more specialized areas such as labor, immigration, and employment discrimination law, will assist human resource professionals in empowering and protecting their organization while working toward achieving long-range human resources goals.

*Highly recommended

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Torts

Elective Courses  

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Associations*
  • Business Immigration Law
  • Disability Law
  • Doing Deals: Contract Drafting*
  • Employment Law*
  • Employment Discrimination Law*
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Labor Law
  • Negotiations*
  • Veterans Benefits Law

Emory Law Faculty

A Partnership with Scholars and Educators

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law faculty who focus on labor and employment law include

Environmental laws seek to protect human health and welfare, the environment, and nonhuman forms of life. As professionals in the environmental industry are aware, federal environmental regulation and laws have evolved over the past several decades and is of critical importance to corporate transactions and land use. Knowledge of laws related to energy and land use as well as the role state and local governments play in upholding these laws will help professionals mitigate organizational risk and make better, more informed decisions. 

*Highly recommended

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Legislation and Regulation*
  • Property*
  • Torts (do not regard this as your one foundational course)

Elective Courses  

  • Administrative Law*
  • Animal Law
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Advocacy
  • Environmental Law*
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Global Public Health
  • Health Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Land Use Regulation*
  • Law in Public Health
  • Negotiations
  • State & Local Government
  • Water Resources Law

Emory Law Faculty

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law's faculty and our acclaimed Turner Environmental Law Clinic provide unparalleled expertise in the field of environmental law.

"Legal systems, regulations and human rights are all fundamental elements of global health. The juris master/global health degree provides a sound and practical basis for making valuable contributions to improve the lives of people around the world."

Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH;
Vice President for Global Health, Emory University

Global health professionals seek to improve the health of people and communities around the world. Emory Law's juris master degree with a concentration in global health law is immediately applicable to your work, whether you are engaged in research, sustainable development, organizational administration, or health care delivery. You'll gain a practical and in-depth understanding of the legal issues that impact global health programs and processes, including:

  • Contracts
  • International negotiations
  • Managing human resources
  • International intellectual property
  • International human rights
  • Import/export regulations
  • Global public health policy
  • International law and treatises

Deepening your understanding of the law will add valuable skills to your current role and help advance your career.  

*Highly recommended

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one) 

  • Contracts (It is recommended that students take Professor Vertinsky's Contracts class due to her involvement in Global Health)
  • Legislation & Regulation
  • Torts

Elective Courses

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Disability Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Food & Drug Law
  • Global Public Health* 
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property*
  • Intellectual Property Contracting: From Start-Up to Bankruptcy
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Law*
  • International Law & Ethics
  • Introduction to Legal Research
  • Law, Morality and International Human Rights
  • National Health Systems: Global View
  • Negotiations
  • Patent Law
  • Public Health Law*
  • Regulation of Healthcare Providers
  • Trademark

Seminars

  • Advanced International Negotiations
  • Animal Law
  • Global Health: Access to Medicines
  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Patents
  • Patents and their Role in Global Economic Development and Access to Health 

Emory Law Faculty

A Partnership with Scholars and Educators

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law faculty who focus on global health law include

Emory Law also focuses on global public health law through centers, clinics, and academic programs:

Legislation and regulation profoundly shape the entire health care sector – from hospitals and health insurance to biotechnology and medical devices. Executives, and compliance and health care professionals are being called upon to adapt to new realities, including awareness of how legislation and regulation works. In addition, knowledge of the law as it applies to regulation of health care, patient care, privacy laws and data protection, and laws and economic issues in health policy are just some of the ways in which the juris master program can help students better assess organizational risk, make informed decisions, and more effectively navigate and manage this increasingly complex environment.

Emory Law gives you extraordinary access to an unparalleled combination of knowledge and networking opportunities. Our alliances include:

  • The Carter Center
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Emory University’s world-class hospital and research center
  • Emory School of Medicine
  • Emory School of Nursing
  • Rollins School of Public Health
  • Goizueta School of Business

New! Online Study

Emory Law now offers an 18-month, online format in Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation. The lock-step program is composed of 10 sequential 7-week asynchronous courses, with 3 three-day residencies, and limited flexibility in course selection. The curriculum provides legal grounding in torts and contracts, in addition to training in laws related to health care, research, policy, and regulation.

On-Campus Study

Emory Law’s on-campus concentration in Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation can be completed full-time in nine months or part-time in up to four years. Students are able to customize their course of study from our suggested courses below as well as our extensive array of course offerings.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (online format)
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Torts

Elective Courses (on campus format only)

  • Administrative Law*
  • Advanced International Negotiations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Animal Law
  • Business Associations
  • Citizenship and Immigration
  • Contract Drafting
  • Disability Law
  • Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes Policy Law
  • Employment Law
  • Global Health Law
  • Food and Drug Law*
  • Health Law*
  • Health Law Research
  • Implementation of International Law in the US
  • Intellectual Property
  • Law in Public Health*
  • Legal and Economic Issues in Health Policy
  • Medical Malpractice
  • National Health Systems: Global View
  • Negotiations
  • Regulation of Healthcare Providers
  • Veterans Benefits Law
  • White Collar Crimes

* Highly recommended

Emory Law Faculty

A Partnership with Scholars and Educators

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law faculty who focus on health care law, policy, and regulation include.

"The amount of regulation, compliance, and due diligence around personally identifiable information, privacy, and security is becoming insanely burdensome, but it is critical and needs to be done right."

 
Eric Martin
Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, London

The challenges of protecting ideas and assets in today’s high-tech and digital world are daunting, yet the opportunities unlocked by discovery and innovation compel us to transfer technology into the marketplace at an ever-increasing pace. Scientists, engineers, and other professionals who understand the basics of contracts and intellectual property, in addition to the law related to patents, copyrights, and business transactions, have a head start in the race to bring the latest innovative discoveries to market.

Emory Law's alliances with Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University researchers give you extraordinary access to an unparalleled combination of knowledge and networking opportunities.   

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Property
  • Contracts

Elective Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust
  • Analysis, Research, and Communications for Non-Lawyers
  • Business Associations
  • Contracts
  • Copyright Law
  • Doing Deals:
    • Contract Drafting
    • Intellectual Property Transactions
    • Venture Capital
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Intellectual Property*
  • Intellectual Property Contracting: From Start-Up to Bankruptcy
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International Patent Law
  • Internet Law
  • Negotiations
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Practice and Procedures
  • Trademark Law

* Highly recommended

Emory Law Faculty

A Partnership with Scholars and Educators

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law faculty who focus on technology and innovation law include

Read about the effect of patents on innovation in the Summer 2014 issue of Emory Lawyer.

The Emory Law JM with a focus in international business law provides professionals with an interdisciplinary study of the laws and policies that guide the interrelationships of regions, nations, and states. The Juris Master program seeks to meet the growing demand for an understanding of law and regulation, if business and management professionals are to navigate the increased regulatory oversight, compliance, and risk and liability issues facing the financial and business sectors. Students gain an in-depth and practical understanding of the legal issues that impact business management, including at the point of company formation, capital accumulation and growth, asset protection, avoiding antitrust liability, and (potential) bankruptcy.

Required Courses 

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Legislation and Regulation

Elective Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Alterative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust Law
  • Business Associations
  • Business Immigration Law*
  • Counterterrorism
  • Doing Deals: Contract Drafting*
  • European Union Law*
  • Foreign Relations Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Business Transactions*
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Law*
  • International Law and Ethics
  • International Tax*
  • Internet Law
  • Negotiations

*Highly recommended

Emory Law Faculty

A Partnership with Scholars and Educators

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law faculty who focus on international law include:

Tye Tavaras

"Emory's JM program has been incredibly valuable to my academic and professional growth. Professionally, the JM program provided the additional legal writing and analysis training necessary to be effective in my current position analyzing international law and elections standards. Furthermore, the opportunities at Emory Law School allowed me to connect with other professionals in the civil and human rights fields that led to my first co-authored published paper."

Tye Tavaras JM, 2013
Program Associate
Democracy Program
The Carter Center

The Emory Law JM with a focus in human rights law provides professionals with an interdisciplinary study of the laws and policies that guide the interrelationships of regions, nations, and states. Professionals gain a better understanding of the politics, culture, and history impacting global issues including finance, trade, crime, human rights, religion, the environment, immigration, tax, and labor.

Required Courses 

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Legislation and Regulation

Elective Courses

  • Advanced International Negotiations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Asylum Law
  • Chinese Law
  • Citizenship and Immigration Law
  • Comparative and International Family Law
  • Comparative Bill of Rights
  • Counterterrorism
  • European Union Law
  • Foreign and International Legal Research
  • Foreign Relations Law
  • Global Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights*
  • International Humanitarian Law*
  • International Law and Ethics
  • Islamic Law
  • Jewish Law
  • Law in Public Health
  • Negotiations

*Highly recommended

Emory Law Faculty

A Partnership with Scholars and Educators

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law faculty who focus on international law include:

The Law and Development JM concentration is designed for professionals who wish to understand the important relationship between economic development and law, legal frameworks, and institutions. Among others, these include public officials serving in areas connected with economic development, private sector professionals (including international development consultants and those working for development-related NGO’s), and students who wish to develop expertise in this increasingly important area.

The resources within arm’s reach of Emory Law make it ideally situated to offer this concentration to its JM students. On the Emory University campus alone, the academic programs and initiatives of the Laney Graduate School’s Master’s in Development Practice (MDP), the Global Health Institute, the Institute for Developing Nations, and other university departments offer an incredibly rich environment for study and practice. Beyond the campus, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Carter Center, CARE International, and other world-renowned development institutes are within close reach. Learn more »

* Highly recommended

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers
  • Law and Economic Development: Theory and Practice
  • At least one of the following courses: 
    • Development Economics (3 credits) 
    • International Trade Law and Policy (3 credits) 
    • Law and Development: Social and Political Perspectives (3 credits)
    • Political Economy of Development Practice (3 credits) 

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Legislation and Regulation

Elective Courses

  • Analytical Methods
  • Business Associations
  • Development Economics*
  • Environmental Law
  • Global Health Law*
  • Implementation of International Law in the US
  • International IP/International Patent Law*
  • International Law*
  • International Law & Ethics
  • International Trade Law and Policy
  • Law and Development: Social and Political Perspectives*
  • Law in Public Health*
  • Patent Law
  • Patents and their Role in Economic Development and Access to Wealth

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world.

"The Emory Law School experience exceeded all expectations. Classes, events, colleagues and mentors pushed me beyond the confines of any limitations. Both personally and professionally—attaining the JM enhanced my life."

Yael Levy JM, 2014
Published Author

The field of law and religion appeals to individuals who are deeply committed to principles of justice, freedom, and equality—and especially the freedom of religion and conscience for all people. They draw on that commitment to serve in a variety of roles. Often, they work with influential publications that expand, deepen, and disseminate the ideals of religious freedom. They are advocates, not only for individuals, but also on behalf of faith-based organizations, social service entities, educational institutions, and others. They interact with victims of religious persecution at home, abroad, and, for those seeking asylum in our immigration courts. They are clergy, social workers, and educators working on child abuse prevention, reporting, and protection. Across all of these, the pursuit of advanced legal study at Emory represents an invaluable opportunity for specialized learning and professional development.

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion is the preeminent source of scholarly insight on law and religion in the world today.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law

Elective Courses

  • Canon Law
  • Comparative & International Family Law
  • Constitutional Law: Religion and State
  • Constitutional Morality
  • Family Law I and II
  • History of Church & State Relations in West
  • History of Law, Religion, Family in the West
  • Human Rights Perspectives
  • International Human Rights
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Introduction to Law & Religion
  • Islamic Law
  • Jewish Law
  • Law and Religion
  • The First Amendment

*Highly recommended

Faculty

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. Emory Law's faculty and our acclaimed Barton Child Law Center clinics (Public Policy and Legislative, Juvenile Defender, and Appeal for Youth) provide unparalleled expertise in the field of child and family law.

"Emory Law's JM program has been invaluable to my work in protecting Allgood's brand as an emerging leader in the integrated pest management industry.  I found courses on IP, copyright, and internet law and contract negotiations to be particularly helpful.  I am now better able to spot active threats to the brand, minimize risk in relation to communications in a highly regulated environment, and negotiate innovative solutions to issues."

J'mee Caldwell JM 2013
Sales and Marketing Specialist
Allgood Pest Solutions 

Ideas reach further, have greater influence, and move around the globe more quickly than ever before. Professionals in media, journalism, marketing, and other areas of communication must deftly navigate this complexity across political, legal, and cultural boundaries, while doing so at the ever-increasing speeds of the digital age. An understanding of the basics of constitutional law and torts, in addition to the specialized areas of media law and intellectual property, will assist communications professionals in their goal to contribute words and ideas to the collective conversation.

Emory Law is based in the Atlanta metropolitan area, an international media hub with organizations including Time Warner, Turner, CNN, The Weather Channel, Cox Communications, and more operating in proximity to our campus. 

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Torts

Elective Courses

  • Contract Drafting
  • Copyright Law*
  • Entertainment Law
  • First Amendment*
  • Intellectual Property*
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Internet Law
  • Media Law*
  • Negotiations
  • Patent Law
  • Product Liability
  • Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Trademark Law*

*Highly recommended

Emory Law Faculty

A Partnership with Scholars and Educators

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law faculty who focus on media and marketing law include

"I am currently working with colleagues to develop a non-profit state association for school-based health centers.  Emory Law’s JM concentration in Non-Profit and Development law provides the curriculum I need to understand the intricacies of establishing, funding, and maintaining a non-profit so that our organization is well-grounded both legally and financially."

Ruth Starling Ellis, MPH, JM, 2015
Business Administrator
Department of Pediatrics Urban Health Program
Treasurer, Georgia School-Based Health Alliance, Inc.

Professionals in nonprofit and development roles often have a dual charge: provide service and support to the organization’s constituents while driving fundraising efforts to build financial stability for the organization. Development professionals and nonprofit administrators benefit from a deeper understanding of the administrative and tax issues that impact their organizations and affect their constituents. Whether learning ways the law aids in managing the organization more effectively, or studying the underlying tax and estate laws that assist in building customized giving plans for donors, a deeper understanding of law assists nonprofit and development professionals in achieving both goals.

Emory Law is located in the Atlanta metropolitan area, home of many NGOs including CARE, American Red Cross, the Carter Center, and more. 

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Contracts
  • Property
  • Legislation and Regulation

Elective Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Associations* 
  • Child Welfare Law and Policy
  • Doing Deals: Contract Drafting*
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Federal Income Tax: Individual
  • Federal Income Tax: Partnerships
  • Fundamentals of Income Taxation
  • Gender and the Law
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Negotiations
  • Regulation of Intimate Relationships
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Wealth Transfer Tax

*Highly recommended

Emory Law Faculty

A Partnership with Scholars and Educators

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law faculty who focus on nonprofit and development law include

Winsome A. Dunn

“While I have considerable experience handling the formalities associated with the filing of applications, I now better comprehend the criteria used by patent offices to either accept or reject an application, as well as the arguments used by practitioners to overcome rejections. These insights have helped me become a more strategic manager.”

Winsome A. Dunn
Patents and Contracts Manager,
King Abdullah University for Science and Technology
2015 JM Graduate

An understanding of the impact of regulation, policy, and laws surrounding technology transfer between the public and private sectors is critical to institutions involved in the discovery or development of technology.  Expanded critical thinking and legal writing skills, combined with a knowledge of issues and laws surrounding intellectual property, patents, technology commercialization, and technology transfer help professionals navigate the many complexities of this innovative field.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Property
  • Contracts

Elective Courses

  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Analysis, Research, and Communications for Non-Lawyers
  • Business Associations
  • Contracts
  • Data Protection and Cyber-Security Regulation
  • Doing Deals
    • Contract Drafting
    • Deal Skills
    • Intellectual Property Transactions
    • Venture Capital
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Contracting: From Start-Up to Bankruptcy
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Negotiations
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Office Practice

Emory Law Faculty

A Partnership with Scholars and Educators

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law faculty who focus on technology and innovation law include

Read about the effect of patents on innovation in the Summer 2014 issue of Emory Lawyer

"The Juris Master curriculum is flexible, so I can customize my coursework to explore legal issues that directly affect my field, real estate. The program is helping me understand the basics of contract and property law, cope more effectively with growing regulation, and better identify risk and liability in real estate transactions."
 

Kristin Galardo
Real Estate Manager
Chick fil-A

Real estate professionals cope with growing regulation, intensifying risk and liability concerns, and increasingly complex decision environments. Clarifying the rights and responsibilities of relevant parties in any transaction is critical to its successful execution and yet more complicated than ever before. Understanding the basics of contract and property law, in addition to more specialized law related to real estate transactions, will assist in your efforts to make your transactions more successful from start to finish.

Required Courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communication for Non-Lawyers

Foundational Courses (must take both courses)

  • Contracts
  • Property

Elective Courses

  • Antitrust Law
  • Business Associations
  • Construction Law
  • Doing Deals: Commercial Real Estate Transactions*
  • Doing Deals: Contract Drafting
  • Doing Deals: Deal Skills
  • Doing Deals: Negotiating Corporate Transactions
  • Doing Deals: Private Equity
  • Doing Deals: Venture Capital
  • Environmental Law*
  • Fundamentals of Income Taxation
  • Land Use Regulation*
  • Law and Economics
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Negotiations
  • Real Estate Finance*
  • State & Local Government*
  • Water Law

*Highly recommended

Emory Law Faculty

A Partnership with Scholars and Educators

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty, along with an extensive adjunct faculty—scholars and practitioners alike—teach more than 250 courses and partner with you in your legal studies. Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law faculty who focus on real estate law include