May 20, 2013 14:57 Age: 331 days

Wall Street Journal Features Emory Law Graduate Programs for Non-Lawyers

Emory Law Dean Robert Schapiro was quoted in a May 19 Wall Street Journal article on law schools which offer non-JD degree programs for professionals who want a general grounding in law to enhance their careers.

“Pitched at midcareer professionals, the programs tend to draw people who work in heavily regulated fields where compliance with a growing body of rules requires an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the law. Some students also hope to gain a competitive edge,” the article states.

Emory Law’s new Juris Master program was a response to strong demand for legal education in the broader population and outside the United States, Schapiro said.

Student enrollment in programs not based on the traditional, three-year juris doctor degree has increased 13 percent since 2010, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of American Bar Association data, the story said.

The article “More Often, Nonlawyers Try Taste of Law School,” is available to Wall Street Journal subscribers.

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