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Legal training for HR professionals

"My Employment Discrimination course 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 enhanced the contributions I can make as an experienced HR professional."

Betsy Hames, Associate Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer, Duke University School of Medicine

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The Juris Master (JM) program is a master's degree that provides human resources professionals the legal knowledge and skills to better understand and negotiate contracts, navigate increasingly complex regulatory environments, assess risk, make more informed decisions, and contribute in more significant ways to their organizations. The application deadline for the fall semester is June 30 and has been extended through July 15.

The application deadline for the fall semester is June 30; the application for spring semester is November 15. Apply now to be considered for scholarships.

On-campus concentration in employment law.

Gain relevant knowledge of legal topics such as contracts and contract drafting, labor laws, business immigration, dispute resolution, and employment discrimination law, among others.

Enroll full- or part-time.

Complete the program full-time in as little as one year, or part-time in up to four years.

Get an Emory degree while you work.

Earn a degree from one of the top 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.

15% tuition scholarship available for SHRM members.


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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 2019/spring 2020 semester is approximately $2,425 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.