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. Students first apply to the School of Law. Once admitted, the student can then appoly to the M.A. in economics program during the first year of Law school.
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||43||0|
|Law courses required of all joint-degree candidates||12||12|
|Economics courses required of all joint-degree candidates||9||18|
|Elective law courses||26||0|
|Elective economics courses||0||0|
|Minimum hours required||90||30|
I. Law courses required of all J.D. candidates:
|Law 804 Civil Procedure||4|
|Law 806 Intro. to Constitutional Law||4|
|Law 809 Contracts||4|
|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|
|3 courses from among the following:|
|Law 865 Business Associations I||3|
|Law 892 Business Organizations||4|
|Law 881 Conflict of Laws||3|
|Law 878 Criminal Procedure||3|
|Law 909 Family Law||3|
|Law 845 Jurisdiction||3|
|Law 837 Contracts II/ UCC Sales||3|
|Law 873 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions||3|
|Law 996 Trusts and Estates||4|
|Law 908 Evidence||3|
|Law 972 Professional Responsibility||2|
II. Law courses required of all joint-degree candidates:
|4 courses from among the following:|
|Law 858 Agriculture Law and Contemporary Food Production and Safety Issues||1|
|Law 863 Antitrust Law||3|
|Law 963 Energy Law and Policy||3|
|Law 913 Federal Income Taxation||3|
|Law 864 Advanced International Trade Law||3|
|Law 944 International Trade Law||3|
|Law 945 International Commerce & Investment||3|
|Law 939 Labor Law||4|
|Law 971 Product Liability||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 may 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 that degree candidates are not eligible to graduate if the graduate grade-point average (GPA) is lower than 3.0 in all courses acceptable for graduate credit. However, students should understand that the grades received in law courses that are credited toward fulfillment of the M.A. in economics degree are not incorporated into the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences' grade point average, which ultimately must be B (3.0) for the M.A. in economics degree to be awarded.
All joint-degree students also must fulfill the Upper-Level Writing Intensive course requirements and the Experiential course requirements in the School of Law. Please see the current Law School Catalog for details.
Students must conclude their joint degree program enrolled in courses offered in the law school. In all cases, students must receive their joint degrees concurrently.