Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

The business of communications gets more complex daily.  From a proliferation of mediums to the polarization of messages, there is no shortage of options to spreading the word.  But what strategies will make your business soar – and what ideas can land you in hot water?  How should legal ramifications impact your media plans?  What is your company’s liability in the messages they produce?  And how can you maximize your firm’s exposure without increasing your risk?

Emory University’s innovative Juris Masters (JM) program can help public relations professionals navigate the murky waters of communicating in an over-regulated marketplace.  Earn your degree while you manage your career, in as little as a year or as long as four, providing you with maximum flexibility.  Add to this a slate of courses in constitutional law and torts, plus specialized classes in media law and intellectual property, and you have a legal foundation that puts you back in control of your brand. Build the skills to manage your company’s messaging with a JM degree in business communications from Emory University.

We are pleased to offer a 15% Founder's Scholarship for all PRSA members beginning the JM program in the current academic year.

The JM is a 24-credit-hour program that allows students to customize their coursework to meet their individual career needs, and may be completed full-time in one-year.  Following are suggested courses for students pursuing a specialization in media and communications law.

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Copyright Law
  • Election Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • First Amendment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Legislation & Regulation
  • Media Law
  • Patent Law
  • Sports and Advertising Law
  • Torts
  • Trademark Law

Application Process

Please visit application process and requirements for more details on the JM application process. 

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the program, please contact Andrea Schmoyer, Director of Graduate Programs Admissions, at or 404-727-2191.