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Legal training for non-lawyers

The Juris Master degree provides professionals foundational legal training specific to their fields or interest, helping them advance their careers. New online study formats are available in health care law and business law for August or January enrollment.


Legal Training for Non-Lawyers

Emory Law’s Juris Master Program, a 30-credit-hour master’s degree in law, is designed to help non-lawyers enhance their knowledge of the law and advance their careers. The juris master can help seasoned professionals or college students broaden their impact in their chosen field.

On-Campus Study 

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Emory Law’s on-campus course of study can be completed full-time in nine months or part-time in up to four years. A wide range of concentrations are available or the program can be customized to a student’s specific interests. 

Online Study

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Emory Law offers an 18-month, online format in two concentrations—Health Care Law, Policy, and Regulation; and Business Law and Regulation. The program is composed of 10 sequential 7-week asynchronous courses, with 3 three-day short residencies.

To be considered for admission into Emory Law’s JM program, candidates must have received at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the time of JM enrollment. Individuals already holding a first degree in law should consider the Master of Laws (LLM) program »

All applicants are considered holistically and admission is based on the applicant’s academic training, professional background, personal statement, and professional and academic references. Two letters of recommendation from either current/former supervisors or current/former professors or academic advisors.  

An interview with one or more members of the JM admission committee (in person or via teleconference) is also required of applicants. Qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule the interview after an initial review of a completed application. Students also may apply for the JM program through an approved dual-degree program

A complete application for the JM Program must include the following:

  • Completed Emory Law application »
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Brief personal statement describing your interest in the JM program
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or MCAT score report
    • Required for applicants without a graduate degree; requests for waiver considered
  • TOEFL score (required for applicants whose native language is not English)
  • $85 non-refundable application fee

Any application components not uploaded or included with the online JM application should be submitted to the Office of Admission:

Emory Law
Admission Office—JM Admission
1301 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

  • Emory JM application: The application asks for personal information, professional experience, and academic qualifications.
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts: Transcripts must be provided for all undergraduate and graduate coursework completed. Any post-secondary education at an institution outside the United States must go through a course-by-course evaluation by either of these accrediting agencies: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Educational Credential Evaluators, and World Education Services. Emory prefers AACRAO, but ECE and WES will be accepted. »
  • Brief personal statement: This one- to two-page document outlines the applicant’s interest in the JM program and how it fits with his or her personal and professional goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation: These may be academic or professional references that can speak to the applicant’s academic and/or professional skills. The letters are most helpful when the writer can provide specific firsthand information on your academic or professional capacity and performance.
  • Official LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or MCAT score report: A standardized test score is required for JM applicants who have not earned a graduate degree at the time of application to the JM program, unless a waiver has been granted. If required to submit one of the above standardized test scores, applicants must make arrangements to take one of these exams and have the results sent to the Office of Admission, Emory Law. If an applicant has already taken one of these exams and the score is current, applicants may have a copy of these results sent to the Office of Admission, Emory Law.
  • Standardized test waivers: If an applicant has not earned a graduate degree at the time he or she applies to the JM program, and he or she has significant professional experience, the applicant may request a waiver of the standardized test requirement. To request such a waiver, include a one-page letter in the JM application packet specifying the request for a waiver and outlining the applicant’s academic and professional experience.
  • TOEFL or IELTS score: Unless applicants have completed a significant course of study in which the primary language was English, he or she must make arrangements to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or a comparable standard English examination and have the results sent to the Office of Admission, Emory Law.
  • $85 non-refundable application fee: This may be a US dollar check, money order, foreign draft, or American Express Travelers check. All of these should be issued in US funds, payable at a US bank.
  • Interview: Once all elements of the JM application are received, the Office of Graduate Programs will contact the applicant to set up an interview. This interview will be done either in person or via teleconferencing when in-person interviews are not possible. This interview will be conducted with a member of the JM admission committee.

Students in the JM program should have English language skills at a level that enables them to read and discuss in class, difficult technical material. Daily class preparation is demanding and students with English language limitations may have difficulty. Only students who feel confident in their English language ability should apply.

For this reason, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is required of foreign whose native language is not English. A TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test, 100 on the Internet-based test, 250 on the computer-based test or an IELTS score of 7.0 is expected. All aspects of each application are considered and language skills further evaluated through the interview and as such, candidates with lower scores may be considered. 

Applicants whose native language is not English but have earned a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction, may request a waiver of this requirement. Requests can be submitted via email to jmadmission@emory.edu » However, non-native English speaking graduate students are tested separately from the native English speakers in their courses and at times allowed extra time on exams. If a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS is granted during the admission process, the student will be exempt from this accommodation and will be tested as if English were their native language. Therefore, requests for waiver should be considered carefully and if there is any uncertainty about the language ability, a TOEFL or IELTS score submitted.

Candidates are considered for admission to both our fall (August) and spring (January) terms. Decisions are made on a rolling basis once an application is complete. There is no preference given to applications received during a given period. Candidates should apply when they feel they can submit the strongest application, though earlier applications can result in more time to prepare for enrollment.

Admission Deadlines

Both formats: 

Fall Semester: early deadline, April 15; general deadline, June 30

Spring Semester: early deadline, September 30; general deadline, November 15

Emory Law partners with other universities and organizations to offer the Juris Master program. 

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Department of Health and Human Services

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HHS University Partnership Program

Emory University's Law School welcomes HHS employees, contractors, and their immediate families!

Tuition Discount

We are pleased to offer eligible Health and Human Services (HHS) employees and contractors, and their immediate families (spouses, domestic partners, siblings, and children) an application fee waiver as well as a 15% tuition discount for part-time students, and a 25% tuition discount for full-time students in the JM program.

Application Process

Emory Law School accepts applications for the JM program on a rolling basis. The application deadline is June 30 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester. Applicants wishing to claim the HHS University Partnership Program should apply in the usual way. Additionally, applicants wishing to claim a tuition discount and other partnership benefits should submit the following information as proof of eligibility.

You may wish to consider using one of the following other verification methods:

  • A letter verifying HHS employment or contractor status, on HHS letterhead. The employee/contractor would be responsible for obtaining this letter from their HHS HR Department, HHS supervisor, etc.
  • A copy of the employee’s pay stub. Employees should be encouraged to obscure their social security number and/or other personal information.
  • Where possible, presenting the ID badge in-person.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the program, please contact Farah Dharamshi at farah.dharamshi@emory.edu or 404.727.0598.

Emory Alumni
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Tuition Discount

We are pleased to offer a 15% Founder's Scholarship for all SHRM members beginning the JM program in the current academic year

Application Process

Please visit application process and requirements for more details on the JM application process.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the program, please contact Farah Dharamshi at farah.dharamshi@emory.edu or 404.727.0598.

Approximately 77% of JM students are working professionals, and 83% pursue the degree on a part-time basis.

Our JM students' ages range from early 20s to mid 60s.