The Law School and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan offer a dual degree program that enables students to pursue concurrent work in Law and Business Administration. The program is arranged so all requirements for both degrees can be completed in four years of enrollment.
Law students who have pursued the dual program in Law and Business Administration have cited the professional flexibility provided by substantive knowledge of two distinct fields, as well as the intrinsic intellectual interest of studying very different subjects from different academic approaches and emphases.
The Law School and the Center for Chinese Studies within the Rackham School of Graduate Studies offer a dual degree program that will lead to both the JD and MA degrees. Through this program, all requirements for both degrees can be completed in 3.5 to 4 years of concurrent enrollment.
With this program, the University of Michigan Law School combines with the world-renowned Center for Chinese Studies as Michigan to become one of the nation's leading centers for the study of Chinese law. The Law and Chinese Studies dual degree recognizes the growing need for specialists who combine training in law with substantive knowledge of the language, culture, politics, economics, and history of the Chinese world. Students completing the dual degree are better prepared to operate in an ever-globalizing world.
The dual degree program in Law and Economics enables a small number of highly qualified students to pursue simultaneous work in both disciplines. The program is designed to enable students to substantially reduce the time usually required to earn the two degrees separately, and to encourage meaningful integration of work in both fields. Completion of all requirements for both the JD and PhD in Economics is possible within five years, although most students require a greater amount of time. Timely completion of the program will ordinarily require at least two summers in residence.
Students in the dual degree program receive superb training in legal and economic analysis, as well as informed insight into some of the most complex and difficult problems confronting government leaders, business executives, and scholars today. Graduates of the program are particularly well prepared for university teaching and research in both fields. Recent graduates of the program have also chosen to work as practicing economists, either in government or in private consulting firms. Those graduates who choose to practice law are uniquely well prepared to handle cases in administrative, antitrust, corporate, securities, commercial, labor, and environmental law.
The Law School and the School of Information offer a dual degree program, allowing students the opportunity to concurrently pursue the JD and the MSI degrees. Students completing the requirements for the MSI may focus on one of two tracks: Library Information Services with an emphasis on law-related settings, or Information Economics with emphasis on management and policy. The program is designed so all requirements for both degrees can be completed in eight terms of enrollment.This dual degree program is one of only a few of its type offered by comparable educational institutions. Although the applications of this dual degree are numerous, it will be most desirable to those who wish to develop an expertise in intellectual property (IP) as it relates to cyberspace and other technological advances. Those students planning a career in library science or information services will also find this dual program of special interest. The Law School offers numerous courses of interest to JD/MSI students including Copyright, Intellectual Property, Patent Law, International Law, Antitrust, Labor Law, Trademarks and Unfair Competition, and Protection of Technology. The Law School also offers a number of relevant seminars including Cyberspace and the Law, Financing, Intellectual Property, and Property Theory. Career opportunities are available in the public and private sector including the U.S. Justice Department, "boutique" IP firms throughout the country, and in the library science or information service fields.
Rackham School of Graduate Studies
The Law School and the Center for Japanese Studies within the Rackham School of Graduate Studies offer a dual degree program that will lead to both the JD and MA degrees. Through this program, all requirements for both degrees can be completed in 3.5 to 4 years of concurrent enrollment.
With this program, the University of Michigan Law School has become one of the nation's leading centers for the study of Japanese law. The Law and Japanese Studies dual degree recognizes the growing need for specialists who combine training in law with substantive knowledge of the language, culture, and history of Japan. Students completing the dual degree are better prepared to operate in an international environment.
Students may pursue concurrent work in the Rackham School of Graduate Studies program in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MMENAS) through the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the Law School, leading to the MA and JD degrees. Through this program, all requirements for both degrees can be completed in 3.5 to 4 years of concurrent enrollment.
This dual program recognizes the growing need for specialists who combine training in law with substantive knowledge of the language, culture, and history of the Middle East and North Africa. The program also gives students the opportunity to take advantage of expanding employment opportunities brought about by increased U.S. governmental and commercial relations with the countries of this region.
The Law School and the School of Environment and Sustainability within the Rackham School of Graduate Studies offer a dual degree program that allows interested students the opportunity to study concurrently for the JD and MS in Natural Resources degrees. The goal of this program is to encourage more effective integration of knowledge of natural resources and environmental problems with the methodology and skills of the lawyer. The program is designed so all requirements for both degrees can be completed in four years.
Career options for program graduates are quite varied. Among the alumni, one has served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of the Interior supervising the implementation of natural resource laws and regulations; another has been a member of the legal staff of a large power company; and a third has served as director of a major state environmental action council. The dual JD/MS program might also be attractive to students interested in the practice of law for corporate clients who are engaged in the use of natural resources, and to students who foresee careers in trial practice in which use of expert witnesses in the fields of ecology and natural resources may be necessary.
The Law School and the School of Public Health offer two dual degree programs, offering students the opportunity to pursue a Law and Master of Public Health Policy dual degree or a Law and Master of Health Services Administration dual degree. Both programs are designed so all requirements for the degrees can be completed in four years.The JD/MPH program emphasizes public health policy and the development of practical skills and knowledge for use in future public health policy decision-making. The JD/MHSA dual degree focuses on important issues in health care management, policy, and research.The Law School offers a number of courses in these areas including Administrative Law; Health Law; Law and Medicine; Insurance Law; and Law, Medicine, and Society. The Law School also offers a number of related seminars including Bioethics and the Law; Health Care: The Firm, the Market and the Law; and Law and the Elderly. All of these Law School offerings complement work done in the School of Public Health.
The Law School and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy within the Rackham School of Graduate Studies offer a dual degree program that is designed primarily for persons seeking responsible policy and administrative positions in the public sector. The program is highly selective; students enrolled in the dual degree program receive both a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a JD from the Law School upon completion of the graduation requirements of both schools. This can be done in approximately four years. Many Michigan JD/MPP students pursue the dual degrees because of an interest in joining a governmental relations law practice or other policy-oriented organizations.
The Law School and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies dual program leads to a JD and an MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The program is offered in recognition of the growing need for specialists who combine training in law with area expertise on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. By coordinating the course requirements of the two programs, both can be completed in 3.5 years without diminishing the quality or scope of either.
This dual degree program, offered by the Law School and the School of Social Work, offers students the opportunity to work toward both the JD and the Master of Social Work. The program is designed so all requirements can be completed in four years.Students who obtain a dual degree in Law and Social Work often choose a career in family law, family policy, social policy, or social welfare. Graduates of the program work in the juvenile courts, in mental health policy reform at the state level, as consultants in child custody matters, and serve on boards of social welfare agencies.
The Law School and the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, through its Urban and Regional Planning Program, offer a dual degree program that enables qualified students to pursue concurrent work in Law and Urban and Regional Planning, leading to the Law and Master of Urban Planning degrees. Students can complete all requirements for both degrees in eight terms of enrollment.This dual degree program is for students who want to focus on concerns that intersect both Law and Urban and Regional Planning, such as community development, real estate development, land use planning and regulation, and environmental planning and regulation. Other areas of interest include legislative work related to housing, land use, economic development, taxation, transportation, and immigration.The Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning's Certificate in Real Estate Development offers graduate students the opportunity to supplement their major areas of study with specific knowledge about the making of good urban settlements without pursuing a master's degree in Urban Planning. Students can complete the requirements for this certificate during the normal six terms of law study.
The aim of the Certificate program is to give students guidance in how to bring about development that has a positive effect on the built environment. Students graduate with the knowledge to shape the built environment in ways that enhance the quality of life and conserve the natural environment.
The Law School and the Department of Political Science within the Rackham School of Graduate Studies offers a dual degree program in Law and World Politics which leads to two degrees: the JD and a Master of Arts in Political Science. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in world affairs. Students can complete all requirements for both degrees in 3.5 years.
Careers might be pursued with internationally-oriented law firms, national ministries of defense or foreign affairs, international governmental organizations, multinational corporations, and the news media.
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