Juris Doctor / Master of Bioethics and Medical Humanities
The dual degree program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities is offered jointly with the U of L Graduate School, Department of Philosophy, and Division of Medical Humanities and Ethics. It is intended for law students who wish to add expertise in bioethics to enhance their future professional, educational, and scholarly pursuits.
Applicants must be admitted independently to both the School of Law and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (for the Master Degree). Students must also be admitted to the dual degree program by each school.
Students may begin the dual degree program in either the graduate school, for their MA coursework, or the School of Law, for their law work. In the first year of law study, however, the participating student may take law classes only. In the following two or three years, the student may combine law and MA (Bioethics and Medical Humanities) courses. Nine hours from each program can be counted as electives in the other program. Thus, candidates in the JD/MA Bioethics program will complete 24 hours in the MA curriculum (instead of the normal 33). In the JD program, candidates will complete 81 hours (instead of the normal 90 hours).
To earn a dual degree, law students must be admitted to the dual degree program and apply to the Master program prior to completing the first semester of the second year. Bioethics and Medical Humanities students must be admitted to the dual degree program and apply to the School of Law prior to completing 18 credit hours of graduate course work.
Upon admission to both schools and the program, the student should work with academic advisors from both schools to develop a schedule for his or her course of study. Careful curriculum planning is required for the JD/MA Bioethics degree. Some courses are sequenced or have pre-requisites and must be taken in a specific order. In addition, the School of Law limits the number of credit hours a student may take in any one semester. To complete the program in four years, students will usually take summer classes. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor and update the course of study as needed.