4+1 Juris Master

The worlds of business and finance, healthcare, environmental protection, and others are increasingly shaped by law and regulation. To be effective - let alone a leader - in these fields, today's graduates need a basic foundation in law. Emory Law's academic partnerships will be an invaluable contribution to that need. 

Robert B. Ahdieh, Vice Dean and Professor of Law



The Juris Master is a one-year degree, earned with the successful completion of 30 credit hours as a full-time student.  The J.M. degree does not qualify recipients to practice law.  Rather, it is designed to supplement a student’s professional pursuits in areas beyond legal practice.

Many industries and professional fields are coping with the growing importance of regulatory oversight, intensifying risk and liability concerns, global economic uncertainty, increasingly complex decision environments as well as pressures for integrated design/build and faster movement to market.  As a result, there is an increasing demand for the integration of professional knowledge in the substance of the work with legal principles relevant to the work.  With the additional preparation of a J.M. degree, students will be better equipped to deal with such scenarios, by gaining insight in these and other areas of the law. A student who supplements his or her disciplinary knowledge with a related grounding in the law may enhance their value in the market and workplace; realistically assess if further legal studies are appropriate to their career aspirations; and advance interdisciplinary understanding between their undergraduate professions and law.

Information about the dual degree program and application is available through the following link: http://law.emory.edu/academics/jm-degree-program/jm-dual-degrees.html

Information about the concentration in Environmental Law is available here: http://law.emory.edu/academics/jm-degree-program/jm-concentrations.html

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the 4+1 program, please contact Lynn Labuda, Director of Graduate Programs, at jmadmission@emory.edu or 404.712-1397