The Executive Juris Doctor is an innovative, pioneering degree program.
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The Executive Juris DoctorSM provides individuals with an interest in the law, or those whose careers would benefit from advanced legal knowledge, the opportunity to participate in law school courses without the regulatory hurdles associated with becoming a licensed attorney. When the EJD program began in 1999, it was unusual for a law school to offer a degree for individuals who did not intend to practice law. Today many law schools have followed Concord in establishing programs for non-lawyers in specific areas of law. However, the 72-credit hour, 3-year, part-time EJD program remains unique in its depth and breadth.In the first year, EJD students take the same foundational courses required of the JD students. Second and third year students are encouraged to construct a curriculum plan centered on their interests and career needs. They continue to take the same courses as JD students, but with greater flexibility in course selection and in the pace of their study.The EJD program attracts a wide range of professionals including business owners, compliance officers, contract specialists, health care administrators, and human resource experts who seek the knowledge and skills that can be gained through a challenging law school curriculum. These professionals often need to understand how they can use the law directly in the performance of their work by researching the law and understanding and applying their findings. The program is designed to impart direct skills in reading, researching, and thinking critically about specific law in specific areas. The Executive Juris Doctor degree qualifies a graduate to function in any law-related position that does not require a Juris Doctor or bar admission.