The Florida State University College of Law Juris Master degree program is designed for a workforce that is increasingly interested in legal training. The program is intended for those who possess a bachelor’s degree and want to advance their career as a non-lawyer by earning a degree in one year. The program is flexible with few required courses – students can tailor their curriculum for their specific professional advancement goals.
Students can earn the Juris Master degree on either a full-time, one-year schedule or on a part-time basis that lasts no more than three years, with the option to take some courses online. The program’s 30-credit curriculum includes two courses specifically designed for Juris Master students: Introduction to Legal Studies and Introduction to Legal Research. Students also will be required to take at least two courses from the J.D. first-year courses. Beyond those requirements, students may personalize their curriculum by specializing in one of five key areas: Business Law; Administrative Law and Governmental Relations; Environmental and Land Use Law; Criminal Law and Justice; and Employment and Human Resources Law. Each specialization has a menu of course offerings (some of which are offered online) designed to afford students a multi-faceted understanding of the laws impacting those areas.
Upon successful completion of program requirements, students will be awarded a Juris Master degree.
The Juris Master degree is not an LL.M. degree for lawyers. The degree is intended for those who do not intend to become a licensed, practicing attorney and have not completed a Juris Doctorate.
Benefits of earning a Juris Master from Florida State include:
- Instruction by professors who comprise one of the nation's top law faculties.
- A broad, innovative curriculum that can provide students with a better background for careers in business, finance, banking, government and human relations.
- Access to Florida State's superb law alumni network, which is comprised of professionals who make it a priority to help students and fellow graduates with their job searches.