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Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) Programs

Drake Law School offers several Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) programs on a full-time or part-time basis.

Drake Law School's MJ programs are open to students who have received a bachelor's degree, but have not earned a JD or its foreign equivalent.

The programs are available to both American and international students. Credits earned as an MJ student are not transferrable should a student later decide to pursue the JD program.

MJ in Compliance and Risk Management

The MJ in Compliance and Risk Management, offered by Drake Law School and Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration, responds to the growing need for employees to ensure that their companies are meeting government regulations and adhering to ethical standards.

The program combines the legal and business knowledge necessary to thrive in highly regulated fields such as financial services, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, and utilities.

Beginning Fall 2019, the MJ in Compliance and Risk Management will be available online only, with additional details to follow.

Learn more about the MJ in Compliance and Risk Management.

MJ in Intellectual Property Law

The MJ in Intellectual Property Law program targets those who do not have a law degree—such as doctoral students in other disciplines, policymakers, government officials, business executives, intellectual property agents, scientists, technology developers, and journalists.

The program offers an innovative curriculum that combines legal theory, policy analysis, practical experience, and professional skills development. With courses such as Copyright Law and Patent Law, the curriculum is designed for students to develop key competencies needed to become successful transnational IP lawyers.

Learn more about the MJ in Intellectual Property Law.

MJ in Individualized Legal Studies

The philosophy of the MJ in Individualized Legal Studies program is to allow each student to build his or her own program to fit their individual career goals and interests.

Students must complete 24 hours of law credits from the regular Drake Law School curriculum. Candidates may choose a pre-set concentration in Business Law, Criminal Law, International Law and Global Citizenship, or Sustainable Development, or design a curriculum to fit individual career goals.

Learn more about the MJ in Individualized Legal Studies.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 515-271-2782 or

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