Florida State University College of Law will start offering a one-year juris master program this fall.
The master’s degree is geared to students who want to enhance their knowledge of the law but don’t want to commit to three years of law school. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree.
“A lot of people want to know something about the law so they can perform better in their jobs within an organization or to enhance their job mobility,” said law dean Don Weidner.
The program might appeal to those who work in the compliance office of financial services companies, the health care industry or the Legislature, he said, providing deeper knowledge of contracts, statutes and regulatory law.
Graduates of the program would not be eligible to take the Florida Bar exam.
The 25-credit curriculum includes two courses specially designed for the program—Introduction to Legal Studies and Introduction to Legal Research—as well as two courses from the J.D. curriculum and electives. The program can be completed on a full-time basis in a year or on a part-time basis in up to three years.