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Legal training for non-lawyers

The Juris Master degree provides professionals legal knowledge specific to their fields or interest, helping them advance their careers.

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The Juris Master (JM) program is a master's degree that provides professionals the legal knowledge and skills to assess organizational risk, make more informed decisions, navigate increasingly complex regulatory environments, and contribute in more significant ways to their organizations. The application deadline for the fall semester is June 30. The application deadline for the spring semester is November 15.

New online program offered for two concentrations.

The Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation concentration offers legal grounding in torts and contracts, and laws related to health research, policy, and regulation.

The Business Law and Regulation concentration covers corporate governance and compliance, criminal and civil liability for corporations, regulation, legal frameworks for deal making, and transactional due diligence, among other topics.

Includes 3 three-day residencies in a classroom setting at the Emory Law campus.

Select the on-campus program for broader choice.

A wide range of concentrations includes employment law, health law, business law, banking and financial compliance, international business, and more.

Complete the on-campus program full-time in as few as nine months, or part-time in up to four years.

Get an Emory degree while you work.

Emory Law is one of the top-ranked law schools in the nation.

The JM is designed to fit your busy lifestyle.

Become a more valuable employee.

Employers report that a JM from Emory Law increases an employee's value.

Financial aid and scholarships available.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can JM students transfer to a JD program? American Bar Association (ABA) regulations do not allow advanced standing, or credits earned under a JM (or similar non-JD master program) to be transferred to a JD program. Students who complete the JM degree can apply to Emory’s JD program, but they will be held to the same rigorous standards as any other JD program applicant. Because the units earned in the JM are not transferrable to a JD program, we strongly encourage individuals who are truly interested in pursuing a JD to apply directly to a JD program.

What is the JM class profile? Approximately 85% of JM students are working professionals, and pursue the degree on a part-time basis. Our JM students range in age from early 20s to early 70s with the average age at 40.

Do JM students have separate classes? JM students generally take the same classes that contain the same content, and rigor, as our JD and graduate students. Students in the on-campus format will be expected to do the same work as JD students. 

What can I do with the JM? The JM is a complementary master’s degree designed to supplement an individual’s professional experiences and/or academic background with knowledge of specific area(s) of the law. Many students have used the legal knowledge and skills obtained via the JM to differentiate themselves as they grow in their current role and/or advance in their career.

What are the required courses?

Required Courses:

    • The American Legal System
    • Analysis, Research, and Communications for Non-Lawyers
    • Contracts

Core Courses:

  • Law and Legal Professionials
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Administrative Law

What are the concentration-specific courses for the Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation concentration?

  1. 1. Health Care Regulation
  2. 2. Corporate Health Law
  3. 3. Public Health and the Law
  4. 4. Legal & Ethical Controversies in Health Care

What are the concentration-specific courses for the Business Law and Regulation concentration?

  1. 1. Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  2. 2. Federal Regulation of Financial Systems
  3. 3. Business Oversight and Compliance
  4. 4. Business Transactions in Practice

How much does the program cost? For students enrolled in the part-time on-campus format or the online format of the JM program, tuition will be charged on a per-credit-hour basis. The tuition rate for the fall 2018/spring 2019 semester is approximately $2,350 per credit hour. This equates to approximately $70,000 for the degree. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

How rigorous is the program? Both the online and on-campus formats of the JM are academically rigorous. The online format employs weekly assignments rather than the traditional single end-of-semester exam of the on-campus format.