JD/MA Overview

Joint degree program between the School of Law and the Economics Department, leading to the J.D. and M.A. in Economics degrees.  Due to the recent trends toward substantial use of economics analysis in many areas of the law, the purpose of the joint degree program, which leads to the J.D. and M.A. in Economics is to develop a student’s understanding and appreciation of the converging disciplines of law and economics.  

  • The program combines into three years and one summer session the normal three-year J.D. program offered by the School of Law and the program offered for the M.A. through the Department of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Students in the program complete eighty-one credits in law and eighteen credits in economics.
  • Near the end of the course of study each candidate must successfully pass a written comprehensive examination administered by the Department of Economics.
  • The J.D. and M.A. diplomas will be awarded concurrently after completion of the joint-degree program requirements. 

JD/MA Requirements

  • The joint JD/MA program is open to those who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and whose undergraduate record indicates that the applicant has the capacity to complete the law and economics programs. 
  • Applicants for the JD/MA in Economics program must meet the admissions requirements of the School of Law, the Department of Economics and the Graduate School. Applicants must apply and be admitted to each school separately prior to entrance into the first year of the program.
  • The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is the only required entrance examination for applicants.
  • All undergraduate prerequisite courses (e.g., Econ. 520, Econ 522, and Math 121, Math 122 and Math 526) also apply.
  • A student who enters the program while enrolled in the first year of the J.D. or M.A. in Economics curriculum must consult and obtain approval from both the School of Law and the Department of Economics.
  • No student may enter the program after completing more than thirty credits in the School of Law or twelve credits in the Department of Economics.

Typical Enrollment Pattern

  Law Economics Total
First Year 29 0 29
Second Year 25 6 31
Third Year 22 6 28
Summer 5 6 11
Total Credits Earned 81 18 99
Law Credit Allowed   12 12
Economics Credit Allowed 9   9
Total Credit Allowed     21
Total Credit Required 90 30 120

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