IU McKinney to Offer State's First Master of Jurisprudence Degree for Non-Attorneys


students in the atriumThe Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will offer the state’s first Master of Jurisprudence degree program for non-attorneys starting in Fall 2014.

The new degree is designed for professionals who do not want to practice law but want to develop a better understanding of the law as it affects their careers.

“Knowledge about the law and regulations is becoming increasingly important as it affects more and more disciplines, such as the life sciences; social work; human resources; business and corporate affairs; the environment; and real estate development, to name a few,” said the program’s director, Professor Deborah McGregor. “The focus of the M.J. degree is on those professionals who are interested in learning about the law as a way to enhance and potentially advance their careers.”

Those pursuing the M.J. degree will work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to create an individualized curriculum focusing on the areas of the law that will most help their respective careers.

Earning the degree requires 30 credit hours that can be taken full or part time. Although M.J. students can’t enroll in the experiential, hands-on law classes reserved for students who will practice law, they can enroll in more than 150 courses that cover the substantive areas of the law that affect a variety of professions, including:

  • Employment and human resources
  • Intellectual property
  • Contracts
  • Health and science
  • Law enforcement
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Government regulations
  • Legislative initiatives
  • Social work
  • Business and corporate affairs
  • International law

To be eligible for admission to the M.J. degree program, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution of higher learning or an equivalent academic degree from an educational institution in a country other than the United States.

Admissions are decided on a rolling basis, with no deadlines for application.

For more information about admission, contact Professor McGregor at mjlaw@iupui.edu, or 317-274-2608.

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