JD/MA program

This Department, in cooperation with the School of law, offers a combined program leading to the degrees of J.D. and M.A. in Philosophy. In order to enter the program a student is required to secure admission separately to the School of Law and to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences through normal admissions procedures.

The program normally takes 3 1/2-4 years to complete, and consists ordinarily of the complete first-year program at the School of Law, followed by three years of courses from the curricula of the two schools, and where appropriate, from other graduate offerings at the University. The student has to meet all the requirements set by the respective departments for the award of the J.D. degree and for that of the M.A. degree. This involves, in the School of Law, a minimum of 86 credits as well as completion of the school's curricula; and, in the Department of Philosophy, 24 credits and completion of a thesis written under the supervision of a faculty advisor. With the approval of the members of the Program Committee concerned a student may count up to 12 credits earned at the graduate level in the Department of Philosophy, or other graduate offerings in the University, towards the 86 credits required for the J.D. degree; and up to six credits earned in the School of Law towards the 24 credits required for the M.A. degree.