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Juris Master program for non-lawyers now offering online study for health care and business concentrations
By Emory University School of Law | Emory Law | January 13, 2017

Juris Master (JM) program:
Registration starts Jan. 17 for fall semester 2017 enrollment

Emory University School of Law, celebrating 100 years of excellence in legal education throughout the 2016-17 academic year, is now making its Juris Master degree for non-lawyers available in an online study format for two of its concentrations:  Health Care Law, Policy and Regulation; and Business Law and Regulation. Registration starts Jan. 17 for fall semester 2017 enrollment. 

The Juris Master (JM) program is a 30-credit-hour degree that provides professionals with the legal knowledge and skills to assess organizational risk, make informed decisions, navigate increasingly complex regulatory environments, and contribute in more significant ways to their organizations. The on-campus program of study, which offers a wide range of concentrations, can be completed full-time in nine months or part-time in up to four years. The new online program of study, which offers concentrations in health and business, can be completed in 18 months, and includes three weekend sessions on campus in a classroom setting. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

“There is an enduring value in a legal education — when we all understand the law, society benefits,” said dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law Robert A. Schapiro. “Professionals today must adjust to rapidly changing law and regulations, privacy, data protection, and related legal issues. Offering the Juris Master program online will make legal education more convenient for an entirely new group of professionals.”

The Health Care Law, Policy and Regulation concentration will offer legal grounding in torts and contracts, in addition to training in laws related to health research, policy, and regulation. The concentration in Business Law and Regulation 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.

In addition, Emory Law will offer an online format for the health care and business concentrations of its Master of Laws (LLM) program, with enrollment for spring 2018. The online format of the LLM will be designed for individuals who have earned a Juris Doctor degree at an American Bar Association-accredited law school and who are seeking professional and scholarly advancement in the areas of health care and business.