This is a joint degree program in Law and Economics leading to the J.D. and M.A. in Economics degrees. There has been a recent trend toward substantial use of economic analysis in many areas of the law (e.g., regulated industries, environmental law, torts, consumer law and labor 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.