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What to Keep in Mind When Considering a Joint Degree

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For students interested in completing a second program degree in addition to their J.D. degree, it is always a good idea to create a general plan and timeline for completing both degrees. The simplest way to think about a joint degree program is that admissions, degree requirements, tuition, and degree conferral are all separate. The only aspect that is joint is the double-counting of some number of credits between the two programs.

Questions to Ask and Find Out:

  • Is the GRE required for the second program?
  • Must joint degree study first start on the J.D. side?
  • If there is one, what is the application deadline for the second program?
  • Does the second program offer any scholarship possibilities?
  • Is an internship or capstone project required for the second program?
  • Are there any possible J.D. courses, externships, clinics, or other activities that might require special consideration from a course load and scheduling perspective?

Students also need to make sure they have completed any additional J.D. course requirements which exist for some of our joint degree programs.

Timing

Students will typically apply to the second program during their first year of law school, and begin taking courses in the second program as well as in the JD program during their second year.

Most students participating in a joint degree program will need an extra semester, or perhaps two to complete both degrees. For many programs, it will be possible to complete the JD program at the end of the third year allowing students to graduate with their law school cohort.

Financial Aid

The Law School Financial Aid Office handles the files for students in joint degree programs until the JD degree has been completed. At that time, the students file is transferred to the University of Miami’s Financial Aid Office. Law School scholarships may only be applied to JD tuition (with the exception of the Mariano Scholarship for the Triple Degree program).

For More Information

For joint Master's and Doctoral degrees*, please contact Sandra Abraham, Executive Liaison for Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives.
E-mail: sabraham@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-4030

* For additional information on joint JD/LLM programs, please see respective program pages for contact information.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION
Sandra Abraham

For joint Master's and Doctoral degrees*, please contact Sandra Abraham, Executive Liaison for Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives.

E-mail: sabraham@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-4030

* For additional information on joint JD/LLM programs, please see respective program pages for contact information.