10: School of Law

General Information | Admission Information | Financial Aid Information | Career Services
Degree Programs | Academic Regulations | Student Activities and Awards
Annual Law School Awards and Honors | Course Descriptions | Faculty

J.D. Degree | Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science | Degree Requirements
Combined Degree Programs | J.D.-M.A. in Bioethics | J.D.-M.A. in Economics | J.D.-M.A. in English
J.D.-M.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs | J.D.-M.A. in History | J.D.-M.A. in Philosophy
J.D.-M.A. in Sociology | External Combined Degree Programs in Public International Law
J.D.-M.B.A. Program | J.D.-M.P. Program | J.D.-M.S. in Accounting Program

J.D.-M.A. (Government and Foreign Affairs) Program

The following J.D.-M.A. program was instituted in 1970 by the School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs.

Administration of the Program   Management of the program and advising of participating students are entrusted, on the Law School side, to a faculty member designated by the dean, and, on the side of the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, to its regular graduate advisor.

Admission to the Program   Admission to the program requires three steps. (1) The student must secure admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs through the departmentís normal admissions process. A student is held to the same standards as any other applicant, and candidacy for the joint program is not considered at this stage. A student may make application to the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs while a first-year law student, or prior to entrance at the School of Law. (2) The student also is obligated to secure admission to the School of Law through its normal admissions process. A student is held to the same standards as any other applicant, and candidacy for the joint program is not considered at this stage. (3) The student must secure admission to the joint degree program by petitioning the joint faculty.

Curriculum   The combined J.D.-M.A. program normally takes three and one-half years to complete. It may be possible to complete the program in three years, however, by additional summer work and by carrying a higher than average load. In brief, the program consists of the complete first-year program in the School of Law, followed by two and one-half years of courses taken from the curricula of the two schools and, in appropriate cases, from other graduate offerings at the University. The student is required to meet all of the requirements set by the respective departments for the award of both the J.D. and the M.A. degrees. In the School of Law, this means that the student is required to earn a minimum of 86 credits as well as complete the required curriculum of the School. In the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, requirements for the M.A. degree in government or in foreign affairs include 24 credits, satisfactory performance on two comprehensive examinations, completion of a thesis under the supervision of two faculty advisors, and demonstration of appropriate competence in a foreign language or in quantitative research methods. With the approval of the Law School representatives on the program committee, a student may receive up to 12 of the 86 credits required for his or her J.D. degree in appropriate graduate-level work in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs or other graduate offerings at the University. Similarly, with the approval of the graduate advisor of the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, a student may receive up to six of the 24 credits required for the M.A. in appropriate work in the School of Law. The same rules pertain to the M.A. degree in public administration, except that 27 credits and only one comprehensive examination are required, and there is no language requirement.

Change of Status   At any point in the program, the student may terminate plans for a joint degree and continue toward a single degree at either school. A student then is obligated to satisfy the normal requirements of the school elected, which may include credit for some of the work done in the other school as determined by the appropriate officials of the school in question.

Financial Aid   During the first year, financial aid is available to law students on the usual basis by application to the School of Law. Financial aid during remaining years is available from each school in proportion to the number of credits taken in each school and the availability of assistance. The program committee has the responsibility of working with the financial aid officers of each school and with the student to coordinate any problems of financial aid that arise.

Tuition and Fees   During the first year of the program, the student is treated for these purposes as a regularly matriculated student at the School of Law. During the remaining years, the student pays the higher of the tuitions of the two schools, plus the required fees, plus the special fees exacted by both schools. For any semester during which a student is in full-time residence in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, however, they are treated for these purposes as regular students in that department. Tuition is allocated among schools as determined by the program committee.

Extracurricular Activities   The student is eligible to participate in the extracurricular activities of both schools to the extent that time permits, but should be particularly alert to the possibility of over-commitment, and should seek the counsel of the program committee before undertaking any formal extracurricular activities of a time-consuming nature.

Grading Standards   In the first year of the combined program, while enrolled exclusively in the School of Law, the student is required to meet the grading standards of that School. In remaining years, when enrolled in both schools, the student is required to meet the session and cumulative grading standards of both schools independently to remain in good standing. Grades are recorded on the studentís transcript under the system in effect at the school in which the course is taken.

Faculty Advisors   The Law School faculty advisor for this program is Professor John Norton Moore.


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