Master of Jurisprudence
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, health care, intellectual property, technology and business.
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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 (a 2-hour methods course designed specifically for the M.Jur. program, always taken in the first semester)
- Two first-year law courses (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.
Master of Jurisprudence Concentrations
- Business and Entrepreneurship Law Concentration – available online
- Business Risk and Intelligence Concentration — available online
- Commercial Law Concentration – available online
- Compliance, Business Law and Risk Concentration – available online
- Criminal Justice Concentration — available online
- Cyber and Data Security Concentration — available online
- Education Law Concentration – available online
- Employment and Human Resource Law — available online
- Environmental Law Concentration
- Health Care Compliance Law Concentration – available online
- International and Comparative Law Concentration
- Military and National Security Law Concentration
- Natural Resource Law Concentration – available online
- Tax Law Concentration
- Territorial Law Concentration — available online
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 Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.
The Master of Jurisprudence concentrations in Compliance, Business Law and Risk, and Health Care Compliance are the only two programs accredited in Texas by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)®. This prestigious designation is held by programs hosted at 14 law schools nationwide and 17 schools globally. 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.
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.
Students may be interested in taking additional courses at 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.