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Masters of Jurisprudence

DePaul’s Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) program is specifically designed for professionals who do not seek to practice law but who encounter legal issues in their work and would benefit from a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine. With such specialized legal knowledge, MJ graduates stand out as professionals who can effectively and comfortably communicate with legal counsel and can assess the needs of their organizations as the laws and regulations change in their professions.

A great variety of professionals would benefit from the MJ credential to enhance their current positions or to advance within their organizations. Examples include:

  • Doctors, nurses, public health workers and other health care administrators
  • Patent and trademark assistants, engineers and other technology-related professionals
  • Compliance professionals
  • Contract analysts
  • Business executives, supervisors, managers and entrepreneurs
  • Risk and quality assurance managers
  • Financial and estate planners and other investment advisors
  • Tax specialists, accountants and CPAs
  • Policy makers, lobbyists and government regulators
  • Nonprofit professionals
  • Development officers
  • Journalists
  • Librarians and educators
  • Real estate professionals
  • Human resource and employee benefits professionals
  • Mediators and labor and employment negotiators
  • Police officers, social workers and psychologists

Through the program, MJ students gain general and specialized legal knowledge related to their areas of interest. Students learn the process of legal analysis by examining cases, laws and regulations. They develop the abilities to conduct effective and relevant legal research as well as to communicate clearly and analytically. Students also acquire the ability to think critically about legal issues and correctly apply current legal authority.

   Total hours required    30 hours