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Degree Programs

J.D. Program

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is a post-baccalaureate program designed for those who wish to practice law. Traditionally, the 90-credit hour program takes three years to complete. Students who enroll in two continuous summer sessions may be eligible to graduate in two and one-half years. This program is a full-time, day-time program with fall admission only. This program is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

M.L.S. Program

The Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree is a post-baccalaureate degree designed for those who wish to obtain an advanced knowledge of the law and the U.S. legal system but do not wish to become lawyers. The School of Law offers the M.L.S. degree in two forms: a general M.L.S. with a custom-designed curriculum and a specialized M.L.S. in Health Law and Policy.

L.L.M. Program

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree is recognized in legal education as the first advanced degree beyond the Juris Doctor (J.D.). The School of Law offers the LL.M. degree in two forms: a general LL.M. with a custom-designed curriculum and a specialized LL.M. in Health Law and Policy.

Joint Degree Programs

Students begin a joint degree program upon the successful completion of their first year of law school. Admission to a joint degree program is subject to the approval of the Associate Dean of the School of Law and the program representative in the non-law department. Students must gain admission to both programs.