Current Students

JD-PhD Admissions Information for Law Students

For current law students who apply and gain acceptance into the JD-PhD Program:

Admissions

  • Current law students may apply to the JD-PhD program during either their first or second year of law school by completing the JD-PhD program application and by adhering to normal deadlines and procedures.

Program Format

  • Current law students who successfully gain admission to the JD-PhD program must complete their first two years of law school before commencing their studies in the Graduate School. This holds regardless of whether or not a current law student is accepted during their first or second year of law school.
  • Similar to students who enter the program externally, these students will have only two years in residence at the Law School. Following the first two years, law students will be granted 14 hours of credit through coursework at the Graduate School and 12 hours of credit toward senior research upon completion of their dissertation toward the JD degree.
  • If a student decides to withdraw from the Graduate School and only complete the JD program, they may return to the Law School to complete a full 3rd year of the JD program.

Funding

  • During the two years in residence at the Law School, grant and scholarship funding will continue at the same level as it was awarded at entry to the JD program. Thereafter, the Graduate School will provide its normal PhD program student funding.

JD-PhD Admissions Information for Doctoral Students

For current doctoral students who apply and gain acceptance into the JD-PhD Program:

Admissions

  • Current doctoral students may apply to the JD-PhD program during either the first or second year of their doctoral program by completing the Law School application and adhering to normal deadlines, requirements, and procedures. Students must notify their director of graduate study and the associate dean of the Graduate School of their intent to apply for the combined program.

Program Format

  • Current doctoral students who successfully gain admission to the JD-PhD program must complete their first two years at the Graduate School before commencing their studies at the Law School
  • Similar to students who enter the program externally, these students will have only two years in residence at the Law School. Following the first two years, law students will be granted 14 hours of credit through coursework at the Graduate School and 12 hours of credit toward senior research upon completion of their dissertation toward the JD degree.
  • If a student decides to withdraw from the Graduate School and only complete the JD Program, they may pursue the Law School degree solely and will be subject to the stated financial and academic requirements of the Law School.

Funding

  • Funding will operate in exactly the same manner as it would for an external JD-PhD candidate.