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Dual Degree Programs

Dual degrees are offered in conjunction with many other schools and departments at UNC and Duke. Students must be admitted to both schools, and students can only be given credit toward the Juris Doctor degree for course work taken after the student has matriculated in the UNC School of Law, as per ABA Standard Interpretation 304-5.

The law school recommends that dual-degree students remain apprised of the requirements for each degree they are pursuing. The law school makes every effort to maintain timely information relating to dual degrees, but because other schools and departments manage their own curricula and requirements, it is possible that information on this site could be out of date. Check the other school or department's website relating to the dual degree for additional information.

J.D./Master of Arts in Sports Administration (M.S.A.)

The combined Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Sports Administration degrees may be earned through the UNC School of Law and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Admission to the School of Law, the Graduate School, and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science must be gained independently.

A candidate must successfully complete the combination of 86 credit hours in law, of which six may come from graduate programs outside the law school (including three from Exercise and Sport Science), and 30 credit hours, including three from the law school, and an internship in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Students must spend the first two years of the program enrolled at the School of Law.

J.D./Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Program Design

The M.B.A./J.D. dual degree program will consist of a minimum of four (4) academic years of full-time study requiring students to complete a minimum of 63.0 credit hours through UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School for the degree of Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and a minimum of 74 credit hours through UNC School of Law for the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.).

M.B.A. dual degree students are eligible to receive a maximum of 12.0 credit hours of elective credits towards their M.B.A. degree requirements from courses completed within the J.D. Program. J.D. dual degree students are eligible to receive a maximum of 12 elective credit hours towards their J.D. degree requirements from courses completed within the M.B.A. Program.

Core curriculum and degree requirements are established by each respective program.

Students are required to spend one entire academic year of full-time enrollment in each program, completing the first year core curriculum of each program in its entirety, and then may pursue two years of joint study (year three and four) completing remaining graduation requirements across both programs. Students may also elect to complete two full years of study within the J.D. program before matriculating into the M.B.A. Program. All dual degree students are required to be enrolled in a minimum of one elective course per semester, per degree program, during the fourth year of study.

Application

Separate applications are required for each degree program and each degree program is responsible for setting its own admission standards and requirements. Applicants should apply to each dual degree program concurrently though individual applications may be submitted by students currently enrolled in either the M.B.A. or J.D. programs.

Students seeking the M.B.A./J.D. dual degree must be successfully admitted to each program and admitted students may receive either a one-year admission deferment (a two year deferment is available for students electing two consecutive years of full-time study in the J.D. program) within one program so they may begin their course of study in the other program.

Program in Law, Medicine & Healthcare (Including J.D./M.P.H. Concurrent Degree Program)

The UNC School of Law offers courses in health law and related fields. In addition, second- and third-year law students, with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the instructor, may enroll in certain courses at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine.

Application

Students interested in pursuing a specialized career in health law or in a more intensive and supervised program of course work and research related to medicine and health care may apply for the combined degrees of J.D. and Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Admission to both schools must be gained independently. Both degrees must be awarded concurrently, even if the requirements for one degree are satisfied first, in order to maintain eligibility for the benefits of the dual degree program.

Students may apply to the dual degree program before entering or after matriculating in the Law School. Students who apply prior to accepting an offer of admission from the Law School must take the GRE in order to apply to the M.P.H. program. Students who are enrolled in the Law School may submit their LSAT scores in lieu of taking the GRE. The M.P.H. is a professional degree intended for those who hold or are pursuing a doctoral-level professional degree, such as the J.D. A dual degree student who fails to complete the requirements for the J.D. degree no longer is eligible for the M.P.H. degree program, but may ask to change to the M.S.P.H. or M.H.A (two-year) program and, if approved, all Health Policy and Management courses already taken will count toward that degree. A student who fails to complete the M.P.H. requirements remains eligible for the J.D. degree, but will lose the benefit of cross-counting courses as explained below.

Completion of Dual Degree Program

In order to receive the J.D. degree, a candidate must successfully complete 86 semester hours in the Law School. Upon enrollment in the dual degree program, up to nine credits from the School of Public Health may be cross-counted toward the J.D. degree, subject to the provisions set forth below. In order to receive the M.P.H. degree, a candidate must successfully complete 42 hours in the School of Public Health. Upon enrollment in the dual degree program, up to eight credits from the Law School may be cross-counted toward the M.P.H. degree, subject to the provisions set forth below. As a result, enrollment in the dual degree program allows students to complete both degrees in less time than pursuing each degree separately.

Ordinarily, dual-degree students begin with the Law School's prescribed first-year curriculum. Following their first (1L) or second (2L) year at the Law School, students spend a year in residence at the School of Public Health and at least one summer in a selected field-training experience. The fourth year is spent completing the remaining requirements of both programs, including the M.P.H. Master’s Paper. The preference is for J.D. students to complete both the 1L and 2L years prior to spending a year at the School of Public Health.

J.D./Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)

The combined J.D. and Master of Public Administration degrees may be earned in four years of class work and an additional three months of internship by enrollment in the joint degree program of the UNC School of Law and the UNC Master of Public Administration program. Admission to the law school and the M.P.A. program must be gained independently.

A total of 86 semester hours is required for the J.D., including up to nine hours of coursework drawn from the M.P.A. curriculum. A total of 54 semester hours is required for the M.P.A., including up to 15 hours from the J.D. curriculum. Thus, both degrees can be completed in a total of 116 semester hours, with prior approval of a joint degree plan of study. All degree requirements from both schools must be completed before the degrees are awarded.

J.D./Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) (with Duke University)

The combined J.D. and Master of Public Policy degrees may be earned in four years by enrollment in the joint program of the UNC School of Law school and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Admission to each school must be gained independently. Students may apply to both schools at the outset. If accepted to both programs, students generally begin at Duke (where they complete the first year) and defer entrance to the law school (where they take their first year after completing the first year of public policy courses at Duke).

Students may also apply to Duke during their first year of law school (and would then take their first full year of course work at Duke following their completion of the first law school year at UNC). The third and fourth years are spent primarily in the law school, with one additional public policy elective course and a six-hour thesis requirement (Master's Project) to be completed at Duke during this period.

A candidate must successfully complete a combination of 74 semester hours in the law school and 39 semester hours in the school of public policy. All degree requirements from both schools must be completed before the degrees are awarded.

J.D./Master of Regional Planning (M.R.P.)

The combined J.D. and Master of Regional Planning degrees may be earned in four years, including one summer session, by enrollment in the joint program of the UNC School of Law and the Department of City and Regional Planning. Admission to each school must be gained independently.

All of the prescribed first-year curriculum of the law school must be taken as a unit, and certain planning courses are required. The remainder of the curriculum is completely elective, subject to the approval of a joint faculty committee from both schools. A candidate must successfully complete the combination of 74 semester hours in the law school and 36 semester hours in the Department of City and Regional Planning. All degree requirements from both schools must be completed before the degrees are awarded.

Material describing the program in greater detail is available from the Admissions Office or from the Chairman, Department of City and Regional Planning, New East Building, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.

J.D./Master of Science in Library Science or Master of Science in Information Science (M.S.L.S.) (M.S.I.S.)

The combined J.D. and Master of Science in Library Science or Master of Science in Information Science degrees may be earned at the UNC School of Law and the School of Information and Library Science. Admission to the law school and the School of Information and Library Science must be gained independently. The combined degrees require 113 credit hours over four years of study. All degree requirements from both schools must be completed before the degrees are awarded.

J.D./Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

The combined J.D. and Master of Social Work degrees may be earned at the UNC School of Law and the School of Social Work. Admission to the law school and the M.S.W. program must be gained independently. A candidate for the joint degree must successfully complete the combination of 74 hours in the law school and 50 hours in the school of social work. Field work is an essential component of the course of study leading to the M.S.W. All degree requirements from both schools must be completed before the degrees are awarded.

J.D./Master of Arts in Mass Communication

The combined J.D. and Master of Arts in Mass Communication degrees may be earned at the UNC School of Law and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Admission to the law school and the master's program in the school of journalism must be gained independently. Applicants admitted to both programs will be strongly advised to defer admission to the journalism school's master's program for one year and complete the first year of required coursework in the law school. Admitted students are required to advise the journalism school in writing of their intent to begin the dual-degree program and request to defer admission to its master's program. Students complete 74 hours of law courses and 21 in journalism and mass communication.

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