These joint degree programs allow students to simultaneously earn a JD and either a master’s degree or a PhD in another discipline. Joint degrees decrease the time, typically by a year, that students would spend earning both degrees separately. Joint degree programs with other disciplines may be individually designed and structured to meet students’ learning and career goals.
Whether in a formal or individually structured joint degree program, students typically spend their first year at the Law School. Thereafter, course time is divided between the Law School and the other school or department in whatever way best meets the educational objectives of the student and the program requirements.
As a general rule, joint degree programs do not require academic work during the summer recess, permitting joint degree candidates to take advantage of opportunities for internships, clerkships, and summer associate programs. Students who are interested in a joint degree must apply to the JD program as well as meet the specific application requirements defined by the joint degree program.
Joint degrees are available in the following areas: