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IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law


M.J. Admissions

This degree is designed for individuals interested in developing a better understanding of the law, but who do not wish to practice law or earn a J.D. degree. 

Knowledge about the law intersects with a wide array of other disciplines.  You’ll have the opportunity to choose from among 150 courses, focusing on a variety of professions, including but not limited to:

  • Employment and Human Resources
  • Intellectual Property
  • Contracts
  • Health and Science
  • Law Enforcement
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Government Regulations
  • Legislative Initiatives
  • Journalism
  • Social Work
  • Business and Corporate Affairs
  • International Law
  • Sports and Entertainment

About the Program

Thirty credit hours may be taken full or part-time. You will create your own individualized curriculum that best suits your needs based on your area of interest. We have created sample curricula in several areas for your consideration:  Environmental, Energy, & Natural Resources, Human Resources, or Law Enforcement.

Each M.J. candidate will receive one-on-one assistance from a faculty advisor. Faculty members at McKinney Law are experts in the law; most have worked as legal professionals prior to teaching, so your classes will blend theoretical and practical knowledge of the law.

(Note: M.J. credits are not transferable to a J.D. Degree)

As a student in the M.J. program, you can choose from a variety of courses at the law school. Because you won’t actually be practicing law, you won’t be taking any experiential, hands-on, law classes, but you can enroll in courses that cover the substantive areas of the law that will best serve your educational needs.  You can develop an individualized program of study with the help of your advisor. The course list includes all courses you would be eligible to take (among the required, elective, and seminar courses offered in our J.D. curriculum). 


To be eligible for admission to the M.J. degree program applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution of higher learning or an equivalent academic degree from an educational institution in a country other than the United States. 

Holders of a J.D. and other law degrees are ineligible for this degree.


Contact us today to discuss how an M.J. degree from IU McKinney School of Law can enhance your ability to reach your professional goals.

Last Updated: April, 2018.