Nonprofit & Development Law

Juris Master 
Nonprofit and Development Law Concentration

Professionals in nonprofit and development roles often have a dual charge: provide service and support to the organization’s constituents while driving fundraising efforts to build financial stability for the organization over the long term. Development professionals and nonprofit administrators benefit from a deeper understanding of the administrative and tax issues that impact their organizations and affect their constituents. Whether learning ways the law aids in managing the organization more effectively, or studying the underlying tax and estate laws that assist in building customized giving plans for donors, a deeper understanding of law assists nonprofit and development professionals in achieving both goals.

Emory Law is located in the Atlanta metropolitan area, home of many NGOs including CARE, American Red Cross, the Carter Center, and more.


I am currently working with colleagues to develop a non-profit state association for school-based health centers.  Emory Law’s JM concentration in Non-Profit and Development law provides the curriculum I need to understand the intricacies of establishing, funding, and maintaining a non-profit so that our organization is well-grounded both legally and financially. 

Ruth Starling Ellis, MPH
Business Administrator
Department of Pediatrics Urban Health Program
Treasurer, Georgia School-Based Health Alliance, Inc.




Suggested Courses
for Nonprofit and Development Professionals

Foundational Courses (must select at least one)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Property

Elective Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Constitutional Law: Rights and Liberties
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Associations (strongly recommended)
  • Child Welfare Law and Policy
  • Disability Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Federal Income Tax: Individual
  • Federal Income Taxation: Partnerships
  • Gender and the Law
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Negotiations
  • Regulation of Intimate Relationships
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Wealth Transfer Tax

JM students who work in nonprofit organizations may also choose to follow a course plan similar to the curriculum for the LLM in Child Law or in Vulnerability and the Human Condition, as outlined for these areas of study.

Emory Law Faculty

A Partnership with Scholars and Educators

Emory Law's JM program is grounded in exemplary teaching. More than sixty full-time faculty – scholars and practitioners alike – along with an extensive adjunct faculty, teach more than 250 courses, and partner with you in your legal studies.  Their focus on research means they are not only teaching you the law, they are also actively participating in shaping laws around the world. 

Emory Law faculty who focus on nonprofit and development law include: