The Master of Jurisprudence (M.Jur.) is a nonprofessional degree program that offers non-lawyers the opportunity to gain a fundamental understanding of the law and to explore the connections between the law and their respective disciplines.
This 30 credit-hour program is designed for those who do not wish to practice law but are interested in gaining a broader understanding of the American legal system. Thus, the credits acquired through the M.Jur. program will not count towards the completion of a J.D. degree, and this M.Jur. degree does not satisfy the requirements to sit for the bar exam.
The M.Jur. degree is 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 and technology, business, and other professions that directly interact with the legal system.
The M.Jur. provides an alternative means of acquiring practical knowledge about law in a more efficient manner than the J.D. program and a more comprehensive manner than on-the-job training. As a result, law schools throughout the United States have implemented similar programs.