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JD/PhD Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students in the joint JD/Ph.D. program will meet the degree requirements for both the Juris Doctor and the Doctorate in Criminology and Justice Policy. The Ph.D. requires 32 credits for students entering with a Master’s degree and 50 credit hours for students entering with a Bachelor’s degree, as well as passing 3 qualifying examinations. The JD requires 34 semester hours and 53 quarter credits, as well as 4 completed co-ops. Students who independently prepare and teach a full-semester-length course in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice will be able to use that work to fulfill their 4th and final Law co-op requirement.

Degree Plan

Students will be immersed in the School of Law during their first academic year. The first Law Co-op will be taken during the summer following year 1 in the joint program. The second year of study will be comprised of all required courses in SCCJ, followed by the end-of-first-year Foundations Exam. Year 3 and the following summer will consist of 3 semesters of coursework and 2 Co-ops in the Law School. Students will engage in their second qualifying exam and work towards their dissertation in SCCJ in years 4–6. During this time, students also take their final Co-op in the law school or substitute a full-semester-length independently taught CJ course. This schedule is aimed towards integrating knowledge acquisition in both programs.

Summer Fall Winter Spring
Year 1 Law Law
Year 2 Law Co-op CJ CJ
Year 3 Law Law Co-op Law Law Co-op
Year 4 Law CJ CJ
Year 5 Law Co-op* CJ CJ
Year 6 CJ CJ

*Students may prepare and independently teach a CJ course for the 4th and final Law Co-op

Courses required for the joint JD/PhD degree can be found on CourseLeaf.