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Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD)

Joint Degree Programs

Social Science

The School of Law and the University Graduate School offer a combined program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Law and Social Science degree. This program involves interdisciplinary research and problem solving in areas where law and social science overlap.

Applicants must apply separately to, and be admitted by, the Law School, the collaborating academic department, and the University Graduate School (which awards all PhD degrees). Applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL results. The collaborating academic department may also require applicants to take additional tests such as the GRE.

Each PhD candidate will be assigned an advisory committee consisting of at least two faculty members from the Law School and at least two faculty members from the collaborating academic department. The chairperson of the advisory committee will serve as the candidate’s primary academic advisor.

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy in Law and Social Science

Requirements
  • At least one academic year in residence in the Law School after matriculating in the PhD program
  • 90 credit hours
    • 30 credit hours must be earned in required law courses and at least 15 additional credit hours must be earned in the form of independent-study dissertation research credits taken in the Law School.
    • The remaining 45 credit hours may be earned either in the Law School or elsewhere, as may be required by the collaborating academic department.