Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Admissions

How quickly can I earn my degree?

Most students will finish the MJ degree in approximately two years, taking classes online in a part-time schedule while working full time. With permission, some students may choose to speed up or slow down their progress toward graduation.

How much time can I expect to spend each week on my coursework?

As with all graduate programs, you get out of it what you put into it. Students in an MJ program should anticipate spending approximately 10-15 hours per week on their coursework. Approximately one-third of this time will be spent participating in threaded online discussions, listening to lectures and watching multimedia lessons. Approximately two-thirds of your study time will be spent on independent reading, writing and collaborative projects with your classmates.

Does the MJ degree qualify me to sit for the bar exam or to practice law?

No. A Master of Jurisprudence degree is an academic law degree, as opposed to a professional law degree like the Juris Doctor. It does not qualify its graduates to sit for the bar exam or practice law, but rather prepares them to excel in a particular area of business by virtue of their expertise in the law.

Who will my faculty be?

You’ll be taught by faculty members who are national and international authorities on environmental and energy law as well as labor and employment issues, like Program Director Saru Matambanadzo.

How can I expect this program to impact my career?

Our Master of Jurisprudence programs were designed to accelerate careers and improve the day-to-day effectiveness of professionals in fields with complex regulations. With the expertise you'll gain through Tulane’s graduate programs, your job effectiveness will increase—long before your graduation—and you'll quickly become a highly valued contributor on the job. You'll become more adequately self-sufficient, and will prove to be a huge asset to your organization.

Why is an academic law degree from Tulane University so prestigious?

Tulane University is one of the nation's most prestigious educational and research institutions. Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane offers degrees in architecture, business, law, liberal arts, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, the sciences and engineering, and social work. Tulane University Law School is one of the oldest colleges of law in the United States. As a future graduate of the MJ program, you will join a powerful network of nearly 12,000 Tulane Law alumni. Tulane was the first institution in the nation to require pro bono work of its law students in the JD program, and the university continues its commitment to public service today. As a professional who is considering an online graduate degree, you could choose a program from any college or university in the nation. The ability to choose a graduate degree from Tulane allows you to upgrade your resume with the kind of prestige you seek.

What are the eligibility requirements for the program?

To be considered for admission, an applicant must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree (at time of matriculation) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Proficiency in English. All applicants whose first language is not English must: take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a minimum overall TOEFL score of 90 and demonstrate proficiency in English by completing one year of full-time study with a minimum GPA of 2.5 at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • A computer with a high-speed Internet connection and basic computer proficiency, particularly with regard to word processing and Internet skills.

What documents am I required to submit during the admissions process?

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Official grade transcripts of undergraduate degree(s), any other degrees, and any courses completed
  • Personal statement
  • One letter of recommendation

Do I need to take the GRE or the LSAT?

No. These entrance exams are not required of applicants to the MJ program.

How do I get started on my application and admissions process?

The best way to get started is by filling out the Request Information form and having a conversation with an admissions counselor. If you are ready to apply, click here.

Are graduate students at Tulane eligible for tuition assistance?

Yes, See the tuition page for more information about financing your graduate degree.

What makes for a great personal statement?

Your personal statement is an essay about yourself or about a significant experience you have had. The personal statement is your opportunity to provide information not provided elsewhere in your application or transcripts and that you believe should be taken into account by the Committee on Admission when considering your candidacy for acceptance into the MJ program. Your essay should reflect solely your own work. Although neither a minimum or a maximum, a suggested length for your essay is two to three double-spaced, typed pages. Statements that are significantly shorter or longer than this guideline should demonstrate exceptional writing and editing skills.
Admissions Deadlines
Priority Deadline
August 7th
Fall 2024 Term
Application Deadline
August 14th
Fall 2024 Term
Next Start
September 3rd
Fall 2024 Term
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