Frequently Asked Questions

If I do the M.J. program on a part-time basis, how long can I take?

It is possible to enroll in the program on a part-time basis. Because the foundation courses are offered in the late afternoon, students who are maintaining employment can limit the impact on their jobs initially and gradually enroll in the elective courses that they and their mentors deem as best for the student's career objectives.

Generally students attending on a part-time basis would finish in two years, but our program personnel work with students to create their part-time curriculum over whatever time period best meets their professional and personal needs. However, students must complete all degree requirements within six years of the quarter in which they matriculated.

Who should enroll in this program?

Undergraduates near graduation seeking to improve career credentials and gain an additional edge in today's competitive job market.

Students in non-law graduate programs interested in a concurrent degree opportunity that will further emphasize their utility and capacity, doubling up their academic credentials.

Early- to mid-level professionals working in industries in which legal issues frequently arise and where knowledge of law and regulation will allow them to function more effectively and efficiently in their jobs.

Professionals seeking change in their career trajectory and in need of a credential to signal their interest, ability and commitment to a new professional direction. Anyone seeking life-long learning opportunities at any age and stage of life.

Do I need to take the GMAT, GRE, or LSAT?

Our expectation is that many prospective students will have taken one of these three standardized exams typically required for admission to graduate or law programs. You should submit your scores if you have taken one of these examinations.

Students with work or life experience that have not taken one of these examinations may seek a waiver from this requirement.

Is it possible to obtain an M.J. concurrently with another Master's degree?

Yes, it is possible to study concurrently for two master's degrees. Many students at UW seek to avail themselves of the wealth of opportunity at a large university. Concurrent degrees benefit from an opportunity to "double count" some credits and achieve two degrees in an expedited fashion. Some combinations that are anticipated might include an M.J. and M.S. in Environmental Sciences, an M.J. and master's degree in Health Administration (M.H.A.), an M.J. and M.B.A. or an M.J. and Master of Science in Real Estate. There are many other potential concurrent degree options. Our program personnel are adept at working with students to engineer efficient concurrent degree programs of study.

Are career services offered for MJ students?

Yes, our program staff and faculty mentors work with each student to assist them in assessing their career goals. They will also link our M.J. students with our Center for Professional and Leadership Development.

Is there capacity to take the program online?

Presently there is not online capacity. However, we are actively seeking to build online options for the foundation courses.

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