JD/MA in Economics
There has been a recent trend toward substantial use of economic analysis in many areas of the law (e.g., regulated industries, environmental law, torts, consumer law and labor law). The purpose of the joint-degree program leading to the J.D. and M.A. in economics is to develop a student’s understanding and appreciation of the converging disciplines of law and economics.
The program combines into three years and one summer session the normal three-year J.D. program offered by the School of Law and the program offered for the M.A. through the Department of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students in the program complete 81 credits in law and 18 credits in economics. Near the end of the course of study, each candidate must successfully pass a written comprehensive examination administered by the Department of Economics. The J.D. and M.A. diplomas will be awarded concurrently after completion of the joint-degree program requirements.
The joint J.D./M.A. program is open to those who have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and whose undergraduate record indicates that the applicant has the capacity to complete the law and economics programs. Applicants for the J.D./M.A. in economics program must meet the admissions requirements of the School of Law, the Department of Economics and the Graduate School. Applicants must apply and be admitted to each school separately prior to entrance into the first year of the program.
The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is the only required entrance examination for applicants. All undergraduate prerequisite courses (e.g., Economics 520, Economics 522, Math 121, Math 122 and Math 526) also apply. A student who enters the program while enrolled in the first year of the J.D. or M.A. in economics curriculum must consult and obtain approval from both the School of Law and the Department of Economics. No student may enter the program after completing more than 32 credits in the School of Law or 12 credits in the Department of Economics.
|Law courses required of all J.D. candidates||37||0|
|Law courses required of all joint-degree candidates||11||12|
|Economics courses required of all joint-degree candidates||9||18|
|Elective law courses||33||0|
|Elective economics courses||0||0|
|Minimum hours required||90||30|
I. Law courses required of all J.D. candidates:
|First Year||Upper Class|
|Course||Credit Hours||Course||Credit Hours|
|Law 804 Civil Procedure||4||Law 873 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions
Law 874 Commercial Law: Payment Systems
|Law 806 Intro. to Constitutional Law||4||Law 908 Evidence||3|
|Law 809 Contracts||4||Law 972 Professional Responsibility||2|
|Law 814 Criminal Law||4|
|Law 820 Lawyering Skills I||2|
|Law 821 Lawyering Skills II||3|
|Law 826 Property||4|
|Law 831 Torts I||4|
Law courses required of all joint-degree candidates:
|Choice of four of the following:|
|Energy Law and Policy||3|
|Federal Income Taxation||3|
|Adv. International Trade Law||3|
|International Trade Law||3|
|International Commerce & Investment||3|
|International Econ. Law & Development||3|
|Research Workshop (if topic is approved by Assoc. Dean in Law and Dept. of Econ. in advance)||3|
III. Economics courses required of all joint-degree candidates (a maximum of 9 hours below the 700 level must be taken):
|At least 9 elective credit hours subject to the approval of the Dept. of Economics||9|
|Survey of Microeconomics||3|
|Survey of Macroeconomics||3|
|Total Credits Earned||81||18||99|
|Law Credit Allowed||12||12|
|Economics Credit Allowed||9||9|
|Total Credit Allowed||21|
|Total Credit Required||90||30||120|
The University of Kansas Graduate School Catalog states specifically that all course work toward any master’s degree requires a B (or 3.0) cumulative grade point average for the award of the degree. Students should understand that the grades received in any law courses that are credited toward fulfillment of the M.A. in economics degree requirements are incorporated into the M.A. grade point average, which ultimately must be B (3.0) for the award of the M.A. in economics degree.
All joint-degree students also must fulfill the upper-class writing requirement and the Professional Skills requirement in the School of Law. Please see the current Law School Catalog for details.