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Law and Economics (J.D./M.S.)

The College of Law and Department of Economics joint-degree program in Law and Economics, J.D./M.S., permits completion of both degree programs concurrently. Following admission to both colleges or departments, a joint-degree student is required to submit the necessary joint-degree application and receive approval from the faculty advisor at the College of Law and the faculty advisor in the Department of Economics to pursue the joint degree.  Interested applicants normally begin their study at the College of Law. A joint-degree student who wishes to enroll for any course work in the other college or department before completing the first-year of law school must obtain the prior written approval of the College of Law faculty program advisor.  Current law students may also apply to the joint-degree program by the end of 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. In addition, applicants must have a substantial background in economics, usually demonstrated in intermediate microeconomics, intermediate macroeconomics and econometrics.

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