ARE M.JUR. COURSES REGULAR LAW SCHOOL COURSES?
M.Jur. students participate in residential courses with J.D. and LL.M. students. The online courses we have developed for the M.Jur. program are curated and scaled to fit the graduate academic experience. Each course creator is certified through Quality Matters, has the benefit of a dedicated instructional designer and was recruited as an expert in their field. Only M.Jur. students participate in these online courses.
WILL THE M.JUR. TRAIN ME TO BE A LAWYER?
No. If you want to become a lawyer, you should apply to our J.D. program instead. The M.Jur. provides new skills and knowledge to enhance your existing repertoire rather than to prepare you for a new career. It will not permit you to take the bar.
DO M.JUR. COURSES COUNT TOWARD A J.D. DEGREE?
No. American Bar Association regulations do not permit credits acquired in the M.Jur. degree to be credited toward the J.D. degree. However, certain credits may be transferable from the J.D. degree to the M.Jur. degree.
WILL THE M.JUR. HELP ME GET INTO A J.D. PROGRAM?
The M.Jur. program is an independent degree program. It is not designed to be a gateway to the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) program. Students who attend or complete the M.Jur. program may apply to the J.D. program. However, these students will be treated as a traditional J.D. applicant and will receive no specialized treatment or advantages.
None of the credits earned in the M.Jur. program can be applied towards the J.D. In addition, M.Jur. students who attended or completed the M.Jur. program must retake the LSAT and submit their score before their application will be processed. Applicants who received a score of 153 or above within the last five years are exempt from this requirement. Applicants may also be asked to provide supplemental information regarding their professional and academic performance in the M.Jur. program.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THE MASTERS OF JURISPRUDENCE DEGREE?
The M.Jur. degree is designed to enhance the knowledge and skill sets of professionals who interact with the law on a regular basis. Many corporate managers, compliance officers, auditors, health care providers, Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), government employees and others regularly work with lawyers or work with the law. Other people may have little contact with lawyers, but a lot with the law. If you are in this group, then pursuing the M.Jur. degree will help you obtain a better understanding of the rules and regulations you work with and help to place them in a larger and more systematic context.
Furthermore, those who are pursuing graduate degrees in other fields may also find an M.Jur. degree useful. For instance, MBA students may find that an M.Jur. with a special emphasis on business law enriches their overall understanding of business administration. Ph.D. candidates in a number of fields, such as political science, philosophy or social sciences, can learn more about the policies that shape laws and how they are interpreted and enforced. Even those pursuing degrees in the hard sciences will find the M.Jur. useful for obtaining insights into fields such as health law, intellectual property law, environmental law and natural resource law. In short, the M.Jur. may appeal to any number of people in a variety of concentrations.
CAN I COMBINE GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL STUDIES WITH THE MASTERS OF JURISPRUDENCE?
Yes. Graduate and professional students in many fields may enhance their primary program with the study of law in general, and the particular area of law that complements their field. St. Mary’s allows students to design their own specialized track with the assistance of the program director to ensure that each degree candidate is able to maximize his or her degree experience.
Students enrolled in any American or foreign university, if they are able to take a leave of absence from their studies, may enroll in the M.Jur. program, or they may pursue the degree upon the completion of their graduate or professional studies. However, St. Mary’s does not currently offer joint degrees for its M.Jur. degree with any other institutions.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “TRACK” AND A “CONCENTRATION”?
Each M.Jur. candidate is allowed to create his or her own track of study that reflects the student’s interests and goals. These are created in collaboration with the program director. These tracks are not reflected on the M.Jur. transcript, however. Instead of developing a track, students may choose to pursue a concentration. The concentrations are in specific fields and have been developed by experts in those fields. Concentrations require students to take specific courses that reflect appropriate study in the chosen field. Unlike the tracks, concentrations are reflected on the transcript. St. Mary’s is currently developing a number of concentrations and will continue to develop concentrations to react to the demands of our students. The concentrations currently being developed are listed below:
Business and Entrepreneurship (online option)
Business Risk and Intelligence (online option)
Commercial Law (online option)
Compliance, Business Law and Risk (online option)
Education Law (online option)
Health Care Compliance Law (online option)
International and Comparative Law
Military and National Security Law
Natural Resource Law (online option)
DO I HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL FULL TIME, OR MAY I OBTAIN THE M.JUR. DEGREE PART TIME?
You may pursue the M.Jur. degree either on a full-time or part-time basis. The degree may be completed in one academic year (late August to mid-May) if pursued full-time. If you wish to take a part-time course of study, you will have up to three years to complete the degree.
WHEN ARE COURSES OFFERED?
Courses are offered in the fall and spring, and a limited number of courses in the summer. Fall courses begin in late August and end in early December. Spring courses begin in early January and end in early May. Summer courses typically run from mid-May to late June and early July to mid-August. Courses are offered during the day and evening.
WHAT IS THE GRADING SYSTEM FOR STUDENTS IN THE M.JUR. PROGRAM?
M.Jur. and Certificate students must be graded as a separate cohort from other students. If there are more than twelve (12) M.Jur. and Certificate students in a course, they are to be graded with a B median grade. If there are 12 or fewer M.Jur. and Certificate students in a course, no mandatory median grade shall apply. In evaluating the M.Jur. or Certificate students’ exam performance, the grading professor is to bear in mind that the students are not enrolled in, nor will they have completed, the full first-year J.D. curriculum. Grades of M.Jur. students enrolled in a course or seminar are not included in computing the median grade or compliance with percentage limitations for J.D. students as outlined in Section IV.D. of the St. Mary’s University School of Law Student Handbook for J.D. students.
WHAT IS THE TUITION FOR THE M.JUR. PROGRAM?
To view the latest tuition rates, visit the Tuition webpage.
IS THERE FINANCIAL AID FOR M.JUR. STUDENTS?
Financial aid, such as through student loans, is available. However, as the program is new, scholarships have not yet been developed for M.Jur. students. Efforts to fund scholarships for the program are underway. Furthermore, some students may be eligible for re-imbursement through their employers, but this is not controlled by St. Mary’s. Active-duty military, retired military, Department of Defense employees, and spouses of these groups who are interested in pursuing a Masters of Jurisprudence may do so at $800 per credit hour with or without military/DOD tuition assistance credit rate. This per-credit hour rate is valid for part-time and full-time students. For more information, Graduate students should contact Andrew Lyons the Coordinator of Veteran and military Affairs at 210-436-3682 or email@example.com.
IS THE PROGRAM ACCREDITED?
St. Mary’s School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools and, as part of the larger University, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The ABA does not approve non-J.D. programs but has acquiesced to St. Mary’s M. Jur. program and the degree has been acknowledged by the AALS and SACS. St. Mary’s Law is also the only law school in Texas with compliance concentrations accredited by the Compliance Certification Board.
HOW DOES THE M.JUR. PROGRAM HELP ME EXCEL?
The Master of Jurisprudence program at St. Mary’s Law is innovative, forward-looking and has a proven track record of helping graduates rise in their careers and bring formidable skills of law to bear in a non-legal context. The M.Jur. will let you look behind the curtain so that you’ll know with confidence how to interpret the regulations of your industry.