The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law says it is planning to be first in the state to offer a Master of Jurisprudence degree program for non-attorneys. The school, which is part of the IUPUI campus, says the degree is for professionals who want to know how the law affects their careers, but do not want to become practicing attorneys. October 24, 2013

News ReleaseINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, part of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, will offer the state's first Master of Jurisprudence degree program for non-attorneys starting next year.

The new degree is designed for professionals who do not want to practice law but want to develop a better understanding of the law as it affects their careers.

“Knowledge about the law and regulations is becoming increasingly important as it affects more and more disciplines, such as the life sciences; social work; human resources; business and corporate affairs; the environment; and real estate development, to name a few,” said the program's director, professor Deborah McGregor. “The focus of the M.J. degree is on those professionals who are interested in learning about the law as a way to enhance and potentially advance their careers.”

Those pursing the M.J. degree will work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to create an individualized curriculum focusing on the areas of the law that will most help their respective careers.

Earning the degree requires 30 credit hours that can be taken full or part time. Although M.J. students can't enroll in the experiential, hands-on law classes reserved for students who will practice law, they can enroll in more than 150 courses that cover the substantive areas of the law that affect a variety of professions, including:

• Employment and human resources

• Intellectual property

• Contracts

• Health and science

• Law enforcement

• Environment and natural resources

• Government regulations

• Legislative initiatives

• Social work

• Business and corporate affairs

• International law

To be eligible for admission to the M.J. degree program, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution of higher learning or an equivalent academic degree from an educational institution in a country other than the United States.

Admissions are decided on a rolling basis, with no deadlines for application.

About Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IUPUI is known as Indiana's premier urban research and health sciences campus and is dedicated to advancing the intellectual growth of the state of Indiana and its residents through research and creative activity, teaching, learning and civic engagement. Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and other notable publications, IUPUI has more than 30,000 students enrolled in 19 schools, which offer more than 250 degrees. IUPUI awards degrees from both Indiana and Purdue universities. IUPUI–What matters. Where it matters.

Source: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

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