Juris Doctor/Masters of Library & Information Science
Dual Degree Program

The School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT) and the School of Law offer an integrated program in which students may obtain both an MA degree in library and information science from SISLT and a JD degree from the School of Law. Although an MA degree in library and information science normally requires two years of study, and a JD requires three, many students will be able to complete the program in four years.

The program outlined here meets requirements for the JD degree with 45credit hours in required courses, 38 credit hours in elective courses within the School of Law, and 6 elective credit hours in library and information science, for a total of 89 credit hours. Requirements for the MA degree in library and information science are met with 36 credit hours of courses within SISLT and 6 elective credit hours within the school of Law. The detailed program of study in library and information science is also subject to approval by the student's SISLT advisor.

School of Law Required Courses

(89 hours required for graduation)

First Year

Second Year Second or Third Year

Library and Information Science Required Courses

(Hours required for graduation - 42)

  • IS&LT 7301 - Introduction to Information Technologies (3)
  • IS&LT 7312- Principles of Cataloging and Classification (3) OR IS&LT 7302 Organization of Information (3)
  • IS&LT 7313 - Managing Collections & Access (3)
  • IS&LT 7314 - Reference Sources and Services (3)
  • IS&LT 7315 - Management of Information Agencies (3)

(This information is current as of Spring 2011. For the most current information on courses and requirements, please visit http://lis.missouri.edu/.)

Comprehensive Examination

All students write a comprehensive examination in their last semester. Students may be eligible to take the examination the semester before graduation upon approval from their adviser and the examination committee.

Law Library Practicum
JD/MA dual degree candidates are also required to take IS&LT 7381 Practicum in an Information Agency (3 credit hours). The practicum assignment must be in a law library. Students who successfully complete a graduate law library assistantship at the University of Missouri- Columbia School of Law Library are not required to take IS&LT 7381.

Law School Electives

Of the 89 hours of law credit required for graduation, 45 hours of which are required, students must take at least 83 hours of law credit. Therefore, of the 44 hours of elective credit in law remaining to fulfill the degree requirements, up to 6 hours may be elective IS&LT credit hours. Recommended law electives for the JD/MA include:

Library and Information Science Electives

Students must take a total of at least 36 credit hours of IS&LT credit and 6 elective law credit hours. The detailed program of study is subject to approval by the student's IS&LT adviser and by the Director of Graduate Studies. Library and information science electives must include 15 credit hours of courses at the 9000 level or higher. Recommended IS&LT 9000 level or higher electives for the JD/MA include:

  • 9420 Information in the Disciplines (3)
  • 9408 Information Policy (3)
  • 9410 Copyright & Libraries
  • 9423 Ethics & Information
  • 9085 Problems (may be taken in conjunction with 5875 Research)

Towards fulfillment of these credit hours, JD/MA candidates may take IS&LT 9085 Problems (Independent directed study on a topic in information science and learning technologies) in conjunction with 5875 Research. The law faculty member overseeing 5875 Research shall be responsible for determining whether the project satisfies the requirements of 5875 Research, considering those requirements as they apply to all other law students. Generally, credit under 5875 Research is appropriate only for a paper of substantial length on a topic related to law.

Sample Course of Study

The following course of study demonstrates how a student might design a program to complete the Dual Degree requirements in four years. This is not a contract. Actual course offerings and requirements are subject to change. Official course lists and requirements are available from the departments. Students are strongly advised to consult with academic advisers at both Schools before designing a personal course of study.

Application Procedure

Applicants to the Dual Degree Program must submit formal applications for admission to the School of Law and to the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies accompanied by a statement requesting permission to pursue the Dual Degree Program. Students must meet the requirements for admission to both programs. Contact the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, 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.

Year 1:
First year required law courses (31 credit hours)
Summer IS&LT courses (6 credit hours)

Year 2:
Fall/Winter IS&LT courses (21 - 24 credit hours)
Fall/Winter law courses (6 credit hours)
Summer law courses (6 credit hours)

Year 3:
Second year required law courses/electives (23-24 credit hours)
IS&LT 7381 Practicum in Information Agency
[Law Library] (3 credit hours) IS&LT course (3 credit hours)

Year 4:
Third year required law courses/electives
(23-24 credit hours)
IS&LT course (6-9 credit hours)

Regulations

  1. Students whose prior background does not allow them to undertake the program specified above may be admitted contingent on their completing additional courses for which they may not receive graduate credit.
  2. A Dual Degree candidate who subsequently decides to pursue only one of these degrees must complete degree requirements subject to the same rules as a student not pursuing a dual degree.
  3. Law students who receive credit under the Dual Degree Program for taking IS&LT courses may not receive credit for taking other classes outside the School of Law.
  4. Student honors and class ranks at the School of Law will be computed based on classes enrolled in as law classes.
  5. The School of Law cannot award credit for any class taken before matriculation at the School of Law. Dual Degree candidates must therefore enroll at the School of Law before taking any IS&LT courses to be counted toward the JD degree.
  6. The School of Information Science and Learning Technologies and the School of Law reserve the right to limit participation in the program, including dismissal. Those interested are encouraged to submit a request for permission to participate in the program, along with applications for admission, at the earliest possible time.
  7. The listing of courses does not constitute a binding commitment that the courses will be offered during the student=s course of study or that the graduation requirements will remain unchanged.
  8. Students in the dual-degree program are subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to all students at the School of Law and the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies.

More Information

University of Missouri-Columbia
School of Information Science & Learning Technologies
303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
School of Law Office of Admissions,
103 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65211