Master of Jurisprudence in Aging, Law and Policy

The U.S. population is aging, and as it does the need for health and human service professionals with legal experience increases. Stetson Law’s Master of Jurisprudence in Aging, Law and Policy is a unique, online program designed to give non-lawyer students and working professionals an advanced understanding of elder law, policies, and ethics.

The Master of Jurisprudence at a Glance

In as little as two years, professionals from nursing, social work, and other human services fields will cultivate a strong foundation of Aging, Law and Policy. Gain a practical knowledge of elder law and policies, as well as the leadership and communication skills needed to advance your career, without having to interrupt your career or relocate.

Advance Your Career in a Growing Field

  • Earn your degree on your schedule.
  • Enhance your résumé and discover new career opportunities.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the legal system and how it impacts the elderly and those who advocate and care for them.
  • Make better business decisions informed by your knowledge of the law.

Aging, Law and Policy Program Highlights

  • “groupFour semester, 25-credit online program
  • In-demand areas of study such as disability law, gerontological healthcare, guardianship, taxes and estate planning, and ethics in elder care
  • Courses taught by legal experts and leaders in the field of Aging, Law and Policy
  • Access to Stetson's online library resources for Aging, Law and Policy
  • GRE not required with appropriate work experience

Why pursue a Master of Jurisprudence in Aging, Law and Policy?

“studentAn advanced comprehension of Aging, Law and Policy provides valuable benefits for non-lawyers working in human service fields. Experienced professionals and recent graduates can meet the growing demand for specialized resources adept at evaluating and communicating legal issues, while increasing their skill set in this in-demand field. A basic understanding of Aging, Law and Policy will better prepare you to serve this vulnerable population.

  • Gain a competitive edge for new career opportunities and advancement
  • Become part of Stetson Law's alumni network and connect with professionals who assist students and fellow graduates with career placement.

Curriculum

 Candidates for the Master of Jurisprudence in Aging, Law and Policy must satisfactorily complete four full academic semesters for a total of at least 25 credit hours. Students may enroll in additional coursework with additional approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Required Courses

First Fall

LAW A110. FUNDAMENTALS OF CONTRACT LAW. 2 Credits.

This course will provide a basic overview of the fundamentals of contract law, including formation, defenses and consideration.

LAW A130. OVERVIEW OF LEGAL SYSTEM. 2 Credits.

This course would provide a survey of the legal system, explaining the difference between federal and state, court and regulatory systems, as well as a history of the American legal system. Although the course will cover the structure of the courts, the course will emphasize the regulatory and administrative systems.

LAW A150. HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS AND BENEFITS. 2 Credits.

This course will examine the various government and private health care programs. The course will look at the structure of the programs, eligibility, benefits, costs, coverages and legal relationships between the participants. The course will also examine the hearings and appeals process, as well as current top issues. The primary focus will be on the federal health care system.

“studentFirst Spring

LAW A120. ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM. 2 Credits.

This course will include the ethical issues faced by professionals when working within their respective professions. Some of the topics of ethics will include mandatory and optional disclosures, whistleblowing, applicable laws and industry standards, regulatory compliance, etc. The course will also cover professionalism for those individuals and how to conduct themselves within their chosen fields.

LAW A180. LAW & AGING. 2 Credits.

This course will provide an overview of the more common issues in an elder law practice, including Medicare, Social Security, SSI, Medicaid, Nursing Homes, and end of life issues.

LAW A220. GUARDIANSHIPS & ALTERNATIVES. 3 Credits.

Second Fall

LAW A160. LEGAL RESEARCH. 1 Credit.

This course will provide an introduction to the law–cases, statutes and regulations, research, and writing skills, including writing for the client.

LAW A170. LONG TERM CARE PLANNING. 3 Credits.

This course examines the issues concerning long term care, including planning for long-term care, services, paying for care, including long-term care insurance, provisions of services including in-home and institutional care and the policies concerning long term care.

LAW A190. HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP. 3 Credits.

This course surveys housing options, including home ownership, choice of tenancies, reverse mortgages, aging in place, Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, shared housing options, assisted living facilities, long-term care facilities, planned communities, age-restricted communities, laws and regulations and innovative options in providing housing and financing housing options.

Second Spring*

LAW A200. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW. 3 Credits.

This course covers federal and state administrative laws and regulations for certain government benefits programs, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the administrative hearings and appeals processes and other remedies.

*During the Second Spring semester students will be required to complete a thesis for 2 credits.

Note: Curriculum offering and sequencing are subject to change.