The University of Washington School of Law has a Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) graduate program, which is designed for new or recent college graduates, graduate students, and working professionals. Full-time students can complete the degree in nine months; part-time students can schedule their classes over the course of several years to accommodate a job or other obligation.
M.J. students gain marketable skills by receiving a basic education in the law and specialized knowledge in one of eight concentration tracks. Students may also choose a customized schedule in an area of interest. A hallmark of our M.J. program is that it can prepare you to work in an area where an ability to access and apply the law may be essential, but a three year law degree is not necessary or desired. It is very practical in this regard.
All businesses and industries are regulated to a lesser or greater extent. Many have heavy regulatory and compliance burdens as well as legal policy work. For example, the M. J. program can prepare you for positions in any of the following fields: employment and human resources, environmental regulation, technology law, intellectual property management, health law, tax law, sustainable international development, and in a variety of business and social justice settings. Our faculty is committed to helping M.J. students optimize their curriculum choices to fit their professional and academic needs.
The M.J. program includes three foundational courses in U.S. law, legal research, and legal writing. They are scheduled in the late afternoon to accommodate the needs of working students. Students select all of the rest of their classes from the law school curriculum. These courses are taught by law school professors and adjuncts, and M.J. students attend classes with UW law and graduate students. M.J. students also write one 30-35 page paper focused on a legal area of interest.
The law school will host an M.J. information session on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at William H. Gates Hall (rm 118). Come learn how you can enhance your resume. For more information about the program and to RSVP for this info session, click here.