Academic Programs

JD

The Law School offers the Juris Doctor degree for successful completion of 89 hours in the award winning Woodruff Curriculum.

Legal Writing Program

Mercer Law's Legal Writing Program prepares students with the essential legal research and writing skills they need to be prepared to practice right after graduation. Today, we're proud to have the nation's preeminent Legal Writing Program and to serve as the host school for the Legal Writing Institute, a national organization for legal writing experts. We offer more courses in the essential skills of legal research and writing than most law schools and the nation's only Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting. Employers recognize that when they hire a Mercer Law graduate, they are hiring a lawyer who is highly trained in these skills.

Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research & Drafting

Mercer offers a Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting to students who take selected writing, research and drafting courses in addition to the required courses and successfully complete several additional requirements.  Space in the certificate program is limited.

JD/MBA

The School of Law and the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business of Mercer University offer a joint program of study that permits both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Business Administration degrees to be earned in as few as three years. Both schools have collaborated to offer strong combined programs in law and business. The MBA program offers a flexible evening format and an intimate graduate setting, providing students with an opportunity to develop strong connections with each other, the faculty, and the business community. With its focus on ethical leadership and problem-solving skills, Mercer's MBA program enables students to make connections between business theory and its practical application. Neither the JD nor MBA degree will be awarded to a student until he or she has completed the requirements set forth in the joint program for both degrees.

The applicant must be admitted separately by each school. Additional tuition must be paid to the Business School for courses that are required for the MBA degree. The JD/MBA academic requirements are described in the Mercer University Macon Campus Catalog.

For detailed information on the joint JD/MBA Program, contact the Admissions Office of the Law School at 478-301-2605 or the School of Business at 478-301-2835.

The MBA Curriculum for the JD/MBA Program consists of the following courses (30 credits): 

  1. BUS 601. Global Managerial Economics (3 hours)
  2. BUS 603. Accounting for Managers (3 hours)
  3. BUS 605. Marketing Decision Making (3 hours)
  4. BUS 609. Financial Decision Making (3 hours)
  5. BUS 602 Human Capital Management (3 hours)
  6. BUS 613. Ethical Leadership (3 hours)
  7. And either:  BUS 606 Decision Making and Decision Analytics (3 hours) OR BUS 611 Supply Chain and Logistics Management (3 hours) 
  8. BUS 699. Strategy/Capstone (3 hours) 
  9. BUS 604 Legal Environment of Business (3 hours) (waived for JD/MBA students with successful completion of an additional three-credit-hours BUS 600-level business school course OR an approved three-credits Law School elective course). 
  10. One three-credit-hours BUS 600-level course or an approved three-credit-hours Law School elective course.

Business Certificates

Students in good standing in the School of Law may choose to take up to three 600-level graduate courses in the Stetson-Hatcher School of Business without applying for admission to the MBA Program. Two specific combinations of courses can be taken for either a Certificate in Practice Management or a Certificate in Corporate Finance.

Students who receive one of these certificates will have their law school graduation requirements reduced by nine credits. Students must complete all courses required for a certificate; otherwise, the Law School graduation requirements will not be reduced. To enroll in a certificate program, students must receive approval from the Law School Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. Upon approval, the student should contact the Registrar’s Office at 478-301-2620.

For more information regarding the Business Certificates, please contact the Law School Admissions Office at 478-301-2605 or the School of Business at 478-301-2835.

Certificate in Practice Management (nine credit hours):

Any three of the following three-credit-hours courses:

  • BUS 606 Decision Making and Decision Analytics (Note: This course requires prior completion of statistics pre-requisite)
  • BUS 611 Supply Chain and Logistics Management (Note: This course requires prior completion of statistics pre-requisite) 
  • BUS 613 Ethical Leadership 
  • BUS 603 Accounting for Managers (Note:  This course requires prior completion of accounting pre-requisite) 
  • BUS 605 Marketing Decision Making
  • BUS 602 Human Capital Management
     

Certificate in Corporate Finance (nine credit hours):

Note: Enrollment in each three-credit hours course  below requires prior completion of accounting and finance pre-requisites. 

  • BUS 602 Accounting for Managers
  • BUS 609 Financial Decision Making 
  • BUS 6XX: One additional BUS 600-level Accounting or Finance course approved by the associate dean for graduate studies or the director of MBA programs in Macon. 

Experiential Education Program

About half of Mercer Law students participate in clinical training through our Experiential Education program . Students work on real cases and gain the practical skills they need once they graduate. For example, students in the Habeas Project help to represent people who have been wrongfully imprisoned, offering a legal lifeline that could lead to a new trial.

Semester-in-Atlanta Program

The Law School now offers a Semester-in-Atlanta program for third-year students, which began in the spring of 2015. The program allows students to participate in expanded externships in Atlanta during the academic year, as well as take additional law courses offered on Mercer’s Atlanta campus. As a result, it is possible for some third-year students to take their entire course load in Atlanta. It is also possible to take some courses in Atlanta and some courses in Macon.

Study Abroad Programs

Mercer is a co-sponsor of several Summer Abroad Programs administered by the Stetson University College of Law in Florida. Programs are offered in Spain, Argentina, China, Germany, and the Netherlands. More information about the programs is available here.

For current Mercer Law students who are planning to study abroad, please review the checklists prepared by the Registrar and the Financial Aid Office for students participating in the Mercer/Stetson Study Abroad programs or for students participating in a Study Abroad program sponsored by another law school.