Center for Tax Law & Employee Benefits

Enhance Your Marketability with an MJ Concentration in Employee Benefits

Our MJ Concentration in Employee Benefits offers working non-lawyer professionals, including human resource executives, actuaries, accountants, investment advisors, and others, enhanced the marketability in the employee benefits field. While you will not be able to practice law upon graduation, the MJ program will open the door to lucrative opportunities previously unavailable to you.

We take pride in the depth and breadth of the materials covered in our curriculum. As a result of the continuous input from our faculty and advisory board, our curriculum remains timely, focused, and relevant to the field of employee benefits law. As an MJ degree candidate pursuing the MJ Concentration in Employee Benefits, you'll develop an impressive knowledge of legal and policy issues, as well as new skills to enable you to think analytically and critically in this ever-changing field, through our transactional approach to legal education.

Degree candidates can also earn our MJ Concentration in Employee Benefits entirely online through UIC John Marshall's eDegrees distance education.


Candidates pursuing the MJ Concentration in Employee Benefits must have 5 years of previous employee benefits experience and must complete 30 credits in order to earn their MJ degree. In addition to required courses, candidates must complete 2 introductory law courses. Thereafter, candidates pursuing the concentration will select elective courses from the same offerings available to attorneys seeking their LLM in Employee Benefits.

Classes are held in the late afternoon and evenings, and on Saturdays. One-week accelerated courses are also offered during the academic year. To accommodate the diverse needs and experiences of degree candidates, the program may be pursued full time or part time. Most of our degree candidates complete the program within two years. Please read the Time Limits on Degree Completion Policy.

Students who matriculated prior to August 16, 2019, are subject to degree requirements in place when they first enrolled, provided they complete those requirements within the time limit for degree completion and do not interrupt their enrollment without formal approval. Degree requirements in effect prior to August 2019 are available on eCommons; students should consult their degree audit for further information.

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Proposed Schedule

Year One, First Semester
Employee Benefits Law (3 Credits)
Introduction to Legal Analysis (1)
Substantive Law Overview (2)
Survey of Executive Compensation Plans (2)
Year One, Second Semester
Fundamentals I of Retirement Plan Issues (3)
Tax/Employee Benefits Research (2)
Employee Benefits Electives (4)
Year Two, First Semester
Fundamentals II of Retirement Plan Issues (3)
Survey of Welfare Plan Issues (2)
Employee Benefits Electives (3)
Year Two, Second Semester
Employee Benefits Electives (2)
Employee Benefits Externship (3)

This proposed schedule is based on a two-year degree track. MJ Concentration in Employee Benefits candidates must complete their degree within five years.


Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.