Master of Jurisprudence

School of Law: Master of Jurisprudence

This 30-credit-hour program is designed for those who do not wish to practice law, but are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the American legal system. The M.Jur. degree is designed 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, technology and business. The M.Jur. provides practical knowledge about the law in less time than a J.D. program and more comprehensively than on-the-job training. Credits earned through the M.Jur. program will not count toward the completion of a J.D. degree, and the M.Jur. degree does not satisfy the requirements to sit for any state bar exam. Instead, a Master of Jurisprudence degree provides graduates with tools to help them better understand legal issues in their field.

Welcome to the M.Jur. Career Community!

Our team in the Career and Professional Development Center are excited about the numerous opportunities available to you.  We are here to partner with you as you DEFINE DISCOVER and DO for yourself.  Regardless of the career path you are choosing, we can help you get started and be successful on your professional journey.  Have fun exploring the many resources available to you!

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Master of Jurisprudence Required Courses

  1. Fundamentals of the American Legal System (a 2-hour course designed specifically for the M.Jur. program, always taken in the first semester)
  2. Legal Research and Writing (a 2-hour methods course designed specifically for the M.Jur. program, always taken in the first semester)
  3. Two first-year law courses (Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, or Torts)

These courses provide a broader legal context and help you to understand how lawyers and judges think about and use law. The M.Jur. degree requires the successful completion of 30 credit hours. Depending upon concentration choice, curricular requirements may vary. Course selection is completed in consultation with the program director, who will assist you in tailoring a program to your professional goals. Students can choose to take a variety of courses, or develop a specific track with an emphasis in a particular area.

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All of our Master of Jurisprudence degrees are fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College and have obtained acquiescence from the American Bar Association (ABA). The Master of Jurisprudence concentrations in Compliance, Business Law and Risk, and Health Care Compliance are the only two programs accredited in Texas by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)®. This prestigious designation is held by programs hosted at 14 law schools nationwide and 17 schools globally. J.D., M.Jur. and LL.M. students who complete the requirements are eligible to sit for any of the CCB’s certification exams for up to a year after graduation, without any additional continuing education or professional work experience requirements.

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One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228

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