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An Individually Tailored Educational Program

A hallmark of our M.J. program is its breadth and our commitment to provide each student with a curriculum that best fits their professional and academic needs – with an eye to the future. Our M.J. program is cited as a top 25 law school at a nationally ranked and recognized public university. The UW and the School of Law have many areas of excellence and strength and our M.J. program is designed to offer each student the ability to fully meet their individual educational aims.

Our M.J. program has several specific tracks in our most notable areas of strength. However, we have many other subject matter areas that have a cascade of well-developed curricular offerings. These range from Arctic Law and Policy to Business Entrepreneurship to International Law and Transactions. We have full graduate law curricula in six subject matter areas and J.D. concentration tracks in several more.

Our M.J. program faculty and staff work with each student to create an individualized curricular plan that is tailored to best meet each student’s career and professional goals. In addition to the anticipated specialty tracks there are many areas in which students may work with their advisors to create an individualized portfolio to satisfy their master’s degree. The following are examples of such a tailored curriculum, but only examples within a large universe of possible curricular combinations available to M.J. students. 

Student Profile A

M.J. student who is working in a new small business.

Professional Goal:
Serve the needs of a new enterprise and learn how to help it grow, diversity and succeed.

Sample M.J. Curriculum:
Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Relevant Courses: 28 credits

  • Business Organizations
  • Business and Financial Literacy
  • Law and Entrepreneurship
  • Basic Income Tax
  • Taxation of Partners and Partnerships
  • Advising Privately Owned Businesses
  • Property Dispositions and Transactions
  • Employment Law
  • Secured Transactions
  • Drafting Business Documents
  • Intellectual Property Survey

Student Profile B

M.J. student with an interest in developing skills in fundraising and development.

Professional Goal:
Understand the underpinning of fundraising and development and know the legal underpinnings of financial management, estate planning and charitable giving.

Sample M.J. Curriculum:
Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Relevant Courses: 28 credits

  • Business Organizations
  • Business and Financial Literacy
  • Estate Planning
  • Drafting Business Documents
  • Law of Non-profit Organizations
  • Managing People in Public and Non-profit Agencies

Student Profile C

M.J. student who is in an entry level position in the business office of a large international firm selling cars, car parts and automobile-related technologies.

Professional Goal:
Get promoted to a higher position in an office in Japan or China and learn about corporate social responsibility programming.

Sample M.J. Curriculum:
Foundation Courses: 17 credits
Relevant Courses: 28 credits

  • Business Organizations
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Finance Law
  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • International Foreign Law Research
  • Managing People in Public and Non-profit Agencies
  • International Trade Law
  • Chinese Law
  • Japanese
  • Sales
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Advanced Research and Writing Seminar

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