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The Juris Master degree provides Human Resources professionals legal training in employment law and employee relations, helping them gain valuable knowledge to advance their careers.

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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. Application deadline is June 30, 2017.

   
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 few as nine months, 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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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 early- and mid-career working professionals, and pursue the degree on a part-time basis. Our JM students range in age from early 20s to mid-60s.

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. Students in the online format will take specialized classes along with licensed attorneys.

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?

  • The American Legal System
  • Analysis, Research, and Communications for Non-Lawyers
  • Contracts
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Administrative Law
  • Framework of the Legal Profession

What are the concentration-specific courses for the Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation concentration? Advanced coursework in the Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation concentration will explore key topics from a legal perspective, including the regulation of health care institutions and providers; the laws applicable to the structure, financing, and liabilities of health care institutions; relationships among health care institutions and between such institutions and their members; the powers and duties of federal, state, and local authorities to protect population health, while respecting relevant liberty interests; ethical issues and legal challenges in health care; and data management and protection, cybersecurity, and privacy regulations for public and private organizations.

What are the concentration-specific courses for the Business Law and Regulation concentration? Advanced coursework in the Business Law and Regulation concentration will explore key topics from a legal perspective, including the formation, financing, and management of business corporations; banking, securities, and financial regulation; risk management and internal regulation of business activity; fundamentals of deal-making; and data management and protection, cybersecurity, and privacy regulations for public and private organizations.

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 spring 2018 semester is $2,271 per credit hour. This equates to approximately $70,000 for the degree. 

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.