Dual Degree Programs

In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of law, the law school offers a number of dual degree programs providing students an opportunity to earn two degrees in a reduced period of time. Students interested in any of these programs should consult the Assistant Dean for Student Life. 

Generally, law students must apply to a dual degree program prior to completing 45 hours of law school course work.  However, some programs require students to apply before starting the third semester of Law School. Applicants must be admitted independently to both schools and must be accepted for the dual degree program by both schools. The J.D. degree will not be awarded before the other degree. Students must complete the requirements for both degrees before the J.D. is awarded.  Students may not count credit hours towards their law degree if the credit hours were earned before they matriculated in the School of Law.  Further, in the first year of law study, the participating student must take law classes only.  The Assistant Dean for Student Life or the Assistant Dean’s delegate must approve dual degree students’ course schedules each semester.


Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor

Under the joint MBA/JD program it is possible for a student to receive both a JD and MBA degree in four years, plus summers.  Students must be admitted to both the College of Business and the School of Law and obtain the approval of the Associate/Assistant Deans before entering this program.  Students are required to take at least 81 hours in the School of Law and 36 hours in the College of Business.  Nine of the 36 credit hours from the College of Business must be in courses approved by the School of Law.


Juris Doctor/Master of Divinity

As a joint venture, the Brandeis School of Law and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary offer a dual degree program leading to both a JD and MDiv degree.  Generally, students complete one year of seminary study before beginning law classes. Applicants interested in this program should contact the Theological Seminary, as several options are available.  Students are required to take at least 81 hours in the School of Law and 63 hours in the Seminary. Nine of the 63 hours in the Seminary must be in courses approved by the School of Law.


Master of Science in Social Work/Juris Doctor

The joint competency in social work and law is a collaborative program with the University’s Kent School of Social Work. Through this program, students can complete both degrees in a reduced period of time. Applicants must be admitted to both schools. Students are required to take at least 81 hours in the School of Law and 48 hours in the MSSW curriculum.  Nine of the 48 hours in the Kent School must be in courses approved by the School of Law.


Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Humanities

Offered jointly with the Division of Humanities of the Graduate School, this interdisciplinary program may be of particular interest to community professionals and students who wish to pursue civil leadership positions.  Applicants must be admitted to both the Graduate School and the School of Law.  Students are required to take at least 81 hours in the School of Law and 21 hours in the MAH curriculum. Nine of the 21 hours in the Graduate School must be in courses approved by the School of Law.


Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Political Science

This program recognizes the many connections among politics, government, and law. Students interested in these connections will have a unique opportunity to explore them in the course of completing the dual degree program.  Students enrolled in the program will also acquire interdisciplinary skills in research and writing. Students are required to take at least 81 hours in the School of Law.  The hours required in the Department of Political Science vary depending on the course of study the student selects.  Nine of the hours in the Graduate School must be in courses approved by the School of Law.


Juris Doctor/Master of Urban Planning

This dual degree program is offered jointly with the University’s School of Urban and Public Affairs.  The dual JD/MUP program recognizes the values of interdisciplinary study and encourages students having an interest in both law and urban planning to pursue these degrees simultaneously.  Both planning and legal issues pervade most decisions about land use, whether made by government institutions, environmental or business entities, or private landowners.  Nine of the hours in the Graduate School must be in courses approved by the School of Law.

Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

The dual degree program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities is offered jointly with the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.  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 to both the School of Law and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Students are required to take at least 81 hours in the School of Law. Nine of the hours in the Bioethics and Medical Humanities program must be in courses approved by the School of Law.

 

For questions regarding any of the dual degree programs offered by the School of Law, please contact Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Student Life.

 

Program Information

JD/MBA

JD/Bioethics

JD/Humanities

JD/Divinity

JD/Political Science

JD/Social Work

JD/Urban Planning