St. Mary’s School of Law has a rolling deadline for M.Jur. program admissions. The only exception to this policy is for foreign M.Jur. applicants, who must submit a complete application package at least five weeks before the commencement of the semester in which the applicant intends to begin his/her first semester of study. This is necessary to ensure that the I-20 can be processed by the university’s International Student and Scholar Services office and thereafter received by the applicant in time to secure a student visa for study in the M.Jur. program.
Applicants must submit:
All applicants will be considered holistically and admission will be based on the applicant’s academic training, professional background, personal statement, and professional and academic references. Applicants may, but are not required, to submit official LSAT, GRE, GMAT, or MCAT score reports.
In addition to the required documents listed above, foreign M.Jur. applicants must have English test scores, TOEFL (70 or above) or IELTS (6.0 or above). After an interview, program directors may waive English tests with the permission of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
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.