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UW Law is a longstanding leader in graduate legal education. Our Master of Jurisprudence degree is the most recent addition to our portfolio of graduate programs and recognizes the enlarging universe of legal professionals. The M.J. program provides opportunities for students and professionals to gain knowledge of the impact of law and regulation in their chosen disciplines to advance their career goals.

Kellye Y. Testy, Toni Rembe Dean & Professor of Law

The University of Washington Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) program is designed for non-lawyers who seek a deeper knowledge of law to recognize and respond to legal issues in their professional life.

As an M.J. student, you can choose to focus your studies on:

While these areas reflect particular strengths within the UW School of Law, students can tailor the curriculum to meet their individual professional goals.  

Whether you’re an undergraduate near graduation or a mid-level professional, the M.J. provides a competitive edge for entering the job market, changing career directions or performing more effectively in your work. 

Flexible Program

With only four requirements: three required courses along with a major research and writing project, students are able to personalize their studies. Our M.J. program faculty and staff work with each student to create a customized plan of study. You’ll also be able to reach outside the School of Law to find relevant courses in other schools. For those working while in the M.J. program, the part-time option and morning or late afternoon courses allow students to balance career, study, and involvement in the law school community. Students can participate in experiential learning, taking advantage of the region’s many cutting-edge businesses or non-profits to complete an externship. 

Strong Connections and Networking

Along with fellow M.J.s, in most courses you’ll sit next to J.D., LL.M. and graduate students from other schools and learn from the experience each person brings. Joining the UW School of Law community also brings connections with alumni and faculty, as well as the benefits of a larger university network in a vibrant cultural epicenter. 

Distinguished Faculty

Students have access to some of the brightest minds in the world. Members of our faculty are distinguished scholars, leaders in their fields, respected practitioners and dedicated educators. Our faculty members are committed to inspired teaching and helping you reach your professional goals. Virtually all of the courses in the upper division curriculum are available to M.J. students, and the opportunity to learn from the entire law faculty. 

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