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Master of Jurisprudence

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About Our Master of Jurisprudence Degree

This 30-credit-hour program is designed for those who do not wish to practice law, but are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the American legal system.

The M.Jur. degree is designed primarily for professionals practicing in areas that intersect with the law such as human relations, criminal and juvenile justice, the court system (including magistrates and probation officers), journalism, social work, regulatory agencies, county and municipal government, healthcare, intellectual property, technology and business.

M.Jur. Courses

All M.Jur. students take four required courses:

  • Fundamentals of the American Legal System (a 2-hour course designed specifically for the M.Jur. program, always taken in the first semester)
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Two first-year law courses chosen by the student (Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, or Torts)

These courses provide a broader legal context and help you to understand how lawyers and judges think about and use law.

The M.Jur. degree requires the successful completion of 30 credit
hours. Depending upon concentration choice, curricular requirements may vary.

Course selection is completed in consultation with the program director, who will assist you in tailoring a program to your professional goals. Students can choose to take a variety of courses, or develop a specific track with an emphasis in a particular area.

Accreditation

All of our Master of Jurisprudence degrees are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College and have obtained acquiescence from the American Bar Association (ABA).

St. Mary’s School of Law is the only law school in Texas that is accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)®. J.D., M.Jur. and LL.M. students who complete the requirements are eligible to sit for any of the CCB’s certification exams for up to a year after graduation, without any additional continuing education or professional work experience requirements.

More About the M.Jur.

The M.Jur. provides practical knowledge about the law in less time than a J.D. program and more comprehensively than on-the-job training.

Credits earned through the M.Jur. program will not count toward the completion of a J.D. degree, and the M.Jur. degree does not satisfy the requirements to sit for any state bar exam. Instead, a Master of Jurisprudence degree provides graduates with tools to help them better understand legal issues in their field.

Study Abroad

Students may be interested in taking additional courses at the Institute on Chinese Law and Business summer study abroad program. All classes are taught in English, and students in the Institute earn six credit hours from classes like:

  • International Business Transactions and China
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Introduction to Chinese Law
  • International Human Rights: Business-related Issues

Another option is the Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria. Classes are taught in English, and students earn six credit hours in classes like:

  • Class Actions in a Global Context
  • International Insolvency
  • International Business Transactions
  • Lawyering Abroad: Basic Concepts of European Legal Systems
  • European and International Conflict of Laws

Certificate of Public Service

M.Jur. students may earn a Certificate of Public Service upon completion of their degree requirements and 50 hours of service to the community. Eligible service may include documented non-profit board service, community volunteering, church service or participation in advocacy and outreach opportunities sponsored by St. Mary’s School of Law and/or St. Mary’s University.

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