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College of Law

Florida State University


Economics and Law

The College of Law and Department of Economics joint-degree program in Law and Applied Economics, J.D./M.S., permits completion of both degree programs concurrently. Following admission to either program, a joint-degree student is required to submit the necessary joint-degree application. Interested applicants normally begin their study at the College of Law. A joint-degree student who wishes to enroll for any coursework in the other college or department before completing the first-year of law school must obtain prior written approval from the College of Law. Current law students may also apply to the joint-degree program by the deadline during their first year in law school. Interested applicants normally begin their study at the College of Law. Once enrolled in the first-year law curriculum, interested applicants will then complete all necessary documentation for the Department of Economics, as well as a joint-degree application, before March 15th of the first year at the law school. All required documents should be returned to the College of Law Office of Admissions.

Applicants to the Department of Economics must have a bachelor’s degree, an upper division (junior and senior) grade point average of 3.0 or better and a minimum score of 148 on the verbal and 148 on the quantitative portions of the GRE. Admitted students normally exceed the minimum requirements substantially. All students need to have one semester of calculus and one semester of statistics. In addition, applicants must have a substantial background in economics, demonstrated by coursework in intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics and econometrics. Please see the Department of Economics M.S. in Applied Economics website for further information.