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What is the Texas A&M Law M.Jur. degree program in business law and compliance?

The Aggie Masters of Jurisprudence (M.Jur.) offered in San Antonio is a graduate degree program designed for working adults who seek to advance their careers with a higher-level understanding of law as it impacts business, but who do not seek to become practicing lawyers.* The degree is ideal for professionals in positions involving contracting and negotiation, legal compliance, human resources, risk assessment and mitigation, and other managerial areas. The program is part time, enabling professionals in the San Antonio area to continue working full time while obtaining their Texas A&M masters degree.

*Students who wish to sit for a state bar exam and become lawyers should not enroll in the 30 credit hour M.Jur. program, but should instead seek the Juris Doctor (or J.D.) degree, which requires completion of 90 credit hours, typically in a three-years of full-time study. Please note that M.Jur. program credits do not transfer into the Texas A&M Juris Doctor degree program.

Where are classes held?

Live classes meet at the law school’s San Antonio Center location (711 Navarro Street, Suite 250, in the downtown business district) just two evenings per week. The live classes will also be supplemented with online content between weekly meetings, and that content can be accessed anywhere.

What are the admissions requirements?

The baseline admission requirements are the completion of an undergraduate bachelor's degree (B.A., B.S., etc.), professional work experience, and letters of recommendation. Our M.Jur. Admissions Process details other information that the university requires to apply. At present, we do not require a graduate-level admissions test (like the GRE, LSAT, or GMAT) because we are not persuaded that those tests are useful indicators for this degree.

What are the requirements for completing the degree?

The M.Jur. program requires completion of 30 credit hours,* taken in four, 12-week semesters (i.e., two fall semesters and two spring semesters totaling 27 credit hours) plus three credit hours completed outside those semesters, such as during the intervening summer or online. The first year of the program is focused on foundational courses covering the U.S. legal system, contract law, business entities, negotiation and dispute resolution, international business, and legal analytical methods. The second year of the program is built around specialty courses exploring such areas as intellectual property, secured transactions, employment law, insurance law, and regulatory compliance issues. The final semester may include completion of a capstone project in business law and compliance in an approved area chosen by the student under the supervision of a Texas A&M Law faculty member.

*Students who wish to sit for a state bar exam and become lawyers should not enroll in the 30 credit hour M.Jur. program, but should instead seek the Juris Doctor (or J.D.) degree, which requires completion of 90 credit hours, typically in a three-years of full-time study. Please note that M.Jur. program credits do not transfer into the Texas A&M Juris Doctor degree program.

What courses are in the curriculum?

The list below is a general outline of the course of study. Please note that the second-year and online course lists are subject to having additional course offerings added, particularly as we gauge the goals and interests of our students.

First-Year Fall Term (7 credits):
  • Introduction to the U.S. Legal System  3.0 hrs.
  • Contracts  4.0 hrs.

First-Year Spring Term  (8 credits):
  • Legal Analysis & Writing for Clients  2.0 hrs.
  • Business Associations  3.0 hrs.
  • Dispute Resolution for Business  1.5 hrs.
  • Principles of International Business  1.5 hrs.

Online or Summer Courses after the First Two Semesters  (select 3 credits. Course rotation will vary. [Courses listed below are from ​summer 2018]):
  • Introduction to Risk Management 3.0 hrs.
  • Cybersecurity 3.0 hrs.
  • Anti-Money Laundering & Bank Secrecy 3.0 hrs.
  • Other approved courses

Second-Year Fall and Spring Terms (must take 12 credits total, taking 6 credits each semester. Upper-level course rotation, availability, and sequencing will vary. The Capstone Project course is offered only in the final semester of an individual student’s program.):
  • Principles of Secured Transactions  1.5 hrs.
  • Principles of Payments Law  1.5 hrs.
  • Principles of Intellectual Property  1.5 hrs.
  • Principles of Data Privacy  1.5 hrs.
  • Principles of Employment Law  1.5 hrs.
  • Principles of Securities Regulation  1.5 hrs.
  • Principles of Bankruptcy Law  1.5 hrs.
  • Principles of Administrative Law  1.5 hrs.
  • Principles of Environmental Law for Business  1.5 hrs.
  • Principles of Immigration Law  1.5 hrs.
  • Principles of Insurance Law  1.5 hrs.
  • Navigating Business-Government Litigation 1.5 hrs.
  • Federal Income Taxation  3.0 hrs.
  • Other approved courses
  • Capstone Project (student-chosen topic supervised by a faculty member)  3.0 hrs.

What is the spring 2019 ​schedule for entering students?

Spring 2019 Class Semester: For the spring 2019 semester, classes will begin on Monday, January 14 and end on or before April 25. Final exams will occur on or before May 2.

Spring 2019 Course Details: The spring 2019 semester consists of four courses taking 8 credit hours. The foundational course in Business Associations (3 credits) will meet live on one night per week from 6:00 to ­ 8:10 p.m., followed by Legal Analysis & Writing for Clients meeting from 8:20 – 9:35 p.m. These two courses last the entire semester. On a second night of the week will be courses scheduled to meet live from 6:30 ­to 9:15 p.m. These courses are Negotiation & Dispute Resolution for Business (1.5 credits) during the first six weeks of the semester, and Principles of International Business (1.5 credits) during the final six weeks of the semester. These classes also have online content each week for students to complete on their own schedule, so long as each unit is completed before the assigned deadline for that week. For Business Associations, the online component is typically about 60 minutes. For Legal Analysis & Writing for Clients, the online component is typically about 45 minutes. The online content for the other courses is meeting is typically 30-45 minutes long during its half of the semester. The online material generally serves as an introduction and preparation for the next live class.

For more detailed information, see the ​Spring 2019 Graduate Program Course Schedule and the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar.

Are scholarships, loans, or other financial aid available?

For the fall 2018 entering class, Texas A&M School of Law has substantial scholarships available for qualifying students. Admitted students will automatically be considered for these scholarships without submitting a separate application. Absent scholarship, the total tuition cost for the entire program is estimated to be under $30,000 (approximately $915 per credit hour), and the cost is spread over a two-year period. Information regarding student loans for graduate students is available on the Texas A&M University website at http://financialaid.tamu.edu/Graduate/Types-of-Aid#0-Loans.

Is the program eligible for veterans benefits?

Texas A&M University has a proud tradition of serving military veterans, including those using their benefits under the federal G.I. Bill and the Texas Hazlewood Act. Our admissions staff is well-versed in assisting veterans to navigate individual program requirements. For more information on Texas A&M Veteran Services, please visit https://veterans.tamu.edu/.

How do I apply?

Click here for the M.Jur. ​Program Application Process which includes the Application Form. The preferential application deadline for the Fall 2019 entering class is August 1, 2019. The late application deadline is August 21, 2019.

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