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MJ Concentration in Estate Planning

Our MJ Concentration in Estate Planning offers aspiring professionals the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and their marketability in the field of estate planning. Financial planners, personal financial advisors, and wealth counselors will study the core estate planning fundamentals of this dynamic area. Studying in the MJ program will ultimately sharpen your ability to structure tax-efficient transactions that best suits your clients’ estates.

Our curriculum remains timely, focused, and relevant in the field of estate planning. MJ candidates will benefit from our transactional approach to estate planning, which will help you develop a comprehensive knowledge of the area. You will also benefit by acquiring new skills that will enable you to think analytically and critically in this fast-paced field. We take pride in the depth and breadth of the materials covered in our curriculum. Our faculty is committed to providing you with an outstanding educational experience.

Our curriculum emphasizes the identification of issues and prepares you to apply the law creatively to meet the client's goals. Courses are taught by experienced estate planning practitioners who are engaged in the cutting-edge aspects of their specific fields of expertise.

Learn more about the online experience at eDegrees distance education.

Requirements

Candidates pursuing the MJ Concentration in Estate Planning must have 5 years of previous tax experience and must complete 30 credit hours in order to earn their MJ degree. In addition to required courses, candidates must complete 2 introductory law courses. Thereafter, candidates pursuing the MJ degree will select elective courses from the same offerings available to attorneys seeking their LLM in Estate Planning.

Our program is flexible—all classes are offered online. 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

Due to the diversity of courses offered and flexibility of eCourses distance education, degree candidates interested in pursuing the MJ Concentration in Estate Planning should consult with the Center to plan a specific degree program tailored to their needs. MJ Concentration in Estate Planning candidates must complete their degree within five years.

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