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Joint Degree Programs

Why Earn a Joint Degree?

A joint degree enables you to earn both a law degree and a master's degree in another discipline of your own choosing in less time (typically a year) than you would spend if you earned the degrees separately. With a joint degree, you can complement legal study with an in-depth examination of other fields of interest, such as business, public and environmental affairs, or journalism.

The Law School offers eleven formal joint degree programs. In addition, you can create an individually designed joint degree with other schools and departments to meet your learning and career goals. The Law School will coordinate with the other school or department to establish the joint or concurrent program.

What Joint Degrees Are Available?

JD students may pursue joint degrees in these areas:

LLM students may pursue a joint degree in Information Law and Policy through the University of Oxford.

How Does the Program Work?

Each degree has required course work. Joint degrees are awarded at the same time, and all requirements in both schools must be completed in order to receive each degree. 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 your educational objectives and the program requirements.

Is Summer Study Required?

As a general rule, joint degree programs do not require academic work during the summer, so you can take advantage of internships, clerkships, and summer associate programs.

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in a joint degree, you must apply to a law school degree program and meet the specific application requirements defined by the joint degree program. You are encouraged to apply for admission to each school at the same time. However, law students can apply for admission to the other school or department before the end of the second year of law study. Students enrolled in master’s programs at other schools and departments should apply for admission to the Law School before the end of the first year of the master’s program.