The Department of Economics and the School of Law offer an integrated program in which students may obtain both an MA degree in economics and a JD degree from the School of Law. Although an MA degree in economics normally requires two years of study, and a JD requires three, many students will be able to complete the program in four years.
Applicants to the Dual Degree Program must submit formal applications for admission to the School of Law and to the Department of Economics, accompanied by a statement requesting permission to pursue the Dual Degree Program. Students must meet the requirements for admission to both programs. Contact the Department of Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Law for further information on admissions requirements. Both applications and the request must normally be submitted before a student has substantially completed the requirements of either program. However, petitions requesting admission to the Dual Degree Program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.
Degree Requirement Summary
The program outlined here meets requirements for the JD degree with 83 hours of law credit, and 6 elective credit hours in economics, for a total of 89 credit hours. Requirements for the MA degree in economics are met with 24 credit hours of courses in the Department of Economics and 6 elective credit hours within the School of Law. The detailed program of study in economics is also subject to approval by the student's advisor in the Department of Economics and by the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics.
The curriculum has been designed so that law and essentials in economics are addressed, followed by specialized courses in the upper levels. Students in the dual-degree program normally will spend their first year at the law school taking the traditional first-year law school curriculum. During the remainder of the program, students will take courses both in the School of Law and the Department of Economics.
5010, 5015 Civil Procedure (5)
5020, 5025 Contracts (6)
5035 Criminal Law (4)
5050 Property (5)
5070 Torts (5)
5080 Legal Research and Writing (2)
5085 Advocacy and Research (2)
5095 Lawyering (2)
5220 Constitutional Law (4)
5260 Evidence (4)
5240 Criminal Procedure (3)
5280 Professional Responsibility (3)
Law electives - 38 credits
Economics electives - 6 credits
*Students who are dismissed and readmitted or who otherwise are placed on probation at the end of the fall semester will be required to take Legal Reasoning, a course designed to assist students in meeting the graduation requirements. Those students in Legal Reasoning will not take Advocacy & Research until their second year.
Students must take a total of at least 83 hours of law credit. The required course of study includes 45 hours of law credit. Therefore, students must take 38 hours of elective credit in law to fulfill the degree requirements. At least 6 credit hours must be taken from this list:
5340 Antitrust Law (3)
5460 Corporate Finance (3)
5540 Employment Discrimination (3)
5650 International Business Transactions (2-3)
5700 Land Use Controls (3)
5715 Law & Economics (3)
5795 Modern Payment Systems (3)
5870 Remedies (3)
5365 Bankruptcy (3)
5465 Corporate Taxation (3)
5545 Environmental Law (3)
5675 International Tax (3)
5725 Law & Social Science (2-3)
5785 Mergers & Acquisitions (3)
5835 Products Liability (2)
30 hours required for graduation
ECON 8370 Mathematics for Economics (3)
ECON 8451 Microeconomic Theory (3)
ECON 8453 Macroeconomic Theory (3)
ECON 8413 Research Workshop I (3)
ECON 8472 Econometric Methods I (3)
ECON 8473 Applied Econometrics (3)
STAT 7710 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics (3)
Students are required to complete an MA paper in economics, normally undertaken in conjunction with Economics 8413.
Students must take a total of 24 credit hours of courses in Economics and Statistics. At least 15 credit hours must be numbered 8000 or higher with no more than three hours of ECON 8085. At least 3 credit hours of electives must be selected from 7000-level or higher courses in Economics (in addition to 18 hours of required courses). Note that enrollment in 9000-level courses may require consent of the instructor. The detailed program of study is subject to approval by the student’s advisor in the Department of Economics and by the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics.
Student honors and class ranks at the School of Law will be computed on classes enrolled in as law courses.