News Release: Admission and Financial Aid, Law, Teaching

Nov. 29,  2011

Emory Law Launches Juris Master's Degree

Emory University School of Law will launch a new Juris Master degree program for professionals, graduate students and select undergraduates, to aid their understanding of how law intersects with various disciplines.

“It is important to think of law schools as not simply training lawyers, but as providing a broad legal education to both lawyers and non-lawyers,” says Robert Schapiro, interim dean of Emory Law. “An understanding of legal principles is increasingly important in a growing number of fields. Professionals in business, technology, journalism, engineering, politics and healthcare are not traditionally served by the legal education system, but would often benefit from a grounding in the law that applies to their areas.”

For example, a healthcare professional might undertake a course of study including administrative law, health law, regulation of healthcare providers and torts. An environmental engineer might choose courses including construction law, environmental law, land use regulation and patent law. A business professional might take business associations, corporate finance and deal skills such as contract drafting and mergers and acquisitions.

The new master’s degree is also designed for undergraduates who wish to supplement their studies in related fields or explore the study of law, as well as master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral students whose primary degrees would be enhanced by an integrated study of law. With these groups in mind, Emory Law is exploring a variety of joint degree possibilities with other colleges and universities.

The 24-credit-hour program may be completed on either a full-time basis in one year or part-time basis over no more than four years. The J.M. degree will offer students a foundational introduction to U.S. law, including one or two courses drawn from the J.D. core curriculum. The balance of course work will be elective classes appropriate to the student’s choice of emphasis. Students may also choose to focus their J.M. in one of Emory Law’s LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree concentration areas, including child law and policy, human rights law, law and religion, public law and regulation, transactional law and vulnerability and the human condition.

Applications for the J.M. program will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of April 15 for a fall semester start and Oct. 15 for a spring semester start. Classes are anticipated to begin in fall 2012 or spring 2013.

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