Juris Doctor / Master of Arts in Humanities
Offered jointly with the Division of Humanities of the Graduate School, this interdisciplinary program is of particular interest to community professionals and students who wish to pursue civil leadership positions. Applicants must be admitted independently to both the MA Humanities program and the School of Law. Students must also be admitted to the dual degree program by each school.
Students may begin the dual degree program in either the Division of Humanities or the School of Law. In the first year of law study, however, the participating student will take only law classes. In the following two or three years, the student may combine law and humanities classes. Nine (9) hours from each program can be counted as electives in the other program. Thus, students will complete 81 hours in the School of Law (instead of the usual 90) and 21 hours in the MAH curriculum (instead of the usual 30).
To earn a dual degree, law students must be admitted to the dual degree program and apply to the MA Humanities program prior to completing the first semester of the second year. MA Humanities students must be admitted to the dual degree program and apply to the School of Law prior to completing 18 credit hours of MA Humanities 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 Humanities 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.