Emory Law Launches Juris Master’s Degree

To provide a broader legal education to both lawyers and non-lawyers, Emory University School of Law launched a new Juris Master degree program for professionals, graduate students and select undergraduates.

Students can wrap up the 24-credit master's degree in one year or on a part-time basis in no more than four years.

“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,” said Robert Schapiro, interim dean of Emory Law in Atlanta.

A healthcare professional in the program, for instance, might opt to take classes in administrative law, health law, regulation of healthcare providers and torts. An environmental engineer, meanwhile, might pick courses in construction law, environmental law, land use regulation and patent law.

In addition, undergraduates can take the program to supplement their chosen field of study or to simply try law school on for size. Master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral students enrolled in the program would enhance their primary degrees by integrating the study of law.

The program will cover U.S. law, including one or two courses drawn from the J.D. core curriculum, and elective classes related to the student's future or current careers.

Students can also 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.

The master's program is expected to kick off in fall 2012 or spring 2013. Emory Law is exploring a variety of joint degree possibilities with other colleges and universities.