Combined J.D. and Ph.D. Degrees

It is possible for a student to work simultaneously toward a degree in Jurisprudence and Social Policy and the professional law degree, the J.D. Separate admission to each program is required.

Students who are pursuing both the J.D. and the Ph.D. degrees are expected to fulfill all of the separate requirements of the J.D. program and the Ph.D. program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. (More information about the J.D. requirements can be found here.)

Under special circumstances a J.D. student may be admitted to pursue the M.A. as a terminal degree. The M.A. degree in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, whether it is to be acquired as an intermediate final degree, will normally be awarded at the same time as the J.D., and this will usually be at the end of the fourth year of work in the law school. A J.D. student will be eligible to receive the M.A. degree in Jurisprudence and Social Policy upon the satisfactory completion of the following quantitative and qualitative course requirements.

The student must have completed a program of study in the field of Jurisprudence and Social Policy of (1) at least 20 semester units and a thesis or (2) 24 semester units and the M.A. examination. These units may be from law courses or from courses taken outside the law school provided that none may be units used to satisfy the 85 semester units required for the J.D. These units, that is, must represent a separate and distinct program of study. In addition, as part of the program of study the student must have completed the first-semester JSP orientation seminar.