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 three-year J.D. program offered by the School of Law and M.A. program offered 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.

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JD/MA in Economics Program Information

Learn more about admission requirements, degree requirements and the typical program format for the JD/MA in Economics joint degree program using the tabs below.

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.

Admission Requirements

The joint JD/MA 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 JD/MA 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 apply 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., ECON 520, ECON 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.

Degree Requirements

Total Credit Hours

Degree Requirements - total credit hours
Credit Hours Required:For JDFor MA
Law courses required for all JD candidates430
Law courses required for all joint degree candidates1212
Economics courses required of joint degree candidates918
Elective law courses260
Elective economics courses00
Minimum credit hours required9030

J.D. Requirements

The following law courses are required for all J.D. candidates. Learn more about J.D. Program Degree Requirements.

Law courses required for all J.D. Candidates
CourseCredit hours
First-Year Courses
LAW 804 Civil Procedure4
LAW 806 Introduction to Constitutional Law4
LAW 809 Contracts4
LAW 814 Criminal Law4
LAW 820 Lawyering Skills I2
LAW 821 Lawyering Skills II3
LAW 826 Property4
LAW 831 Torts I4
Upper-Level Courses
LAW 972 Professional Responsibility must be completed by the time a student finishes 60 hours.2
3 courses from among the following:
LAW 892 Business Organizations4
LAW 881 Conflict of Laws3
LAW 837 Contracts II/UCC Sales3
LAW 878 Criminal Procedure3
LAW 908 Evidence3
LAW 909 Family Law3
LAW 845 Jurisdiction3
LAW 873 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions3
LAW 996 Trusts and Estates4
In addition to all the JD/MA in Economics program course requirements, students must satisfy the law school's Upper-Level Writing Intensive Course Requirements and the Experiential Course Requirements.

JD/MA in Economics Joint Degree Candidate Requirements

The following table outlines courses that are required specifically for J.D./M.A. in Economics joint degree candidates.

Law courses required for all J.D./M.A. in Economics joint degree candidates
CourseCredit hours
4 courses from the following list:
LAW 863 Antitrust Law3
LAW 963 Energy Law and Policy3
LAW 913 Federal Income Taxation3
LAW 864 Advanced International Trade Law3
LAW 944 International Trade Law3
LAW 945 International Commerce & Investment3
LAW 939 Labor Law4
LAW 971 Product Liability3

Economics Requirements

The following table outlines economics courses required for all joint degree candidates. A maximum of 9 hours below the 700 level may be taken.

M.A. in Economics course requirements
CourseCredit hours
At least 9 elective credit hours subject to the approval of the Dept. of Economics9
Elementary Econometrics3
Survey of Microeconomics3
Survey of Macroeconomics3

Typical Program Format

The following table outlines the typical program format for students completing the JD/MA in Economics joint degree program. 

Typical program format
 Law SchoolEconomicsTotal
First Year29-29
Second Year25631
Third Year22628
Summer5611
 
Total Credit Earned811899
Law Credit Allowed-1212
Economics Credit Allowed9-9
Total Credit Allowed--21
Total Credit Required9030120

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.

Admission Requirements

The joint JD/MA 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 JD/MA 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 apply 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., ECON 520, ECON 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.

Degree Requirements

Total Credit Hours

Degree Requirements - total credit hours
Credit Hours Required:For JDFor MA
Law courses required for all JD candidates430
Law courses required for all joint degree candidates1212
Economics courses required of joint degree candidates918
Elective law courses260
Elective economics courses00
Minimum credit hours required9030

J.D. Requirements

The following law courses are required for all J.D. candidates. Learn more about J.D. Program Degree Requirements.

Law courses required for all J.D. Candidates
CourseCredit hours
First-Year Courses
LAW 804 Civil Procedure4
LAW 806 Introduction to Constitutional Law4
LAW 809 Contracts4
LAW 814 Criminal Law4
LAW 820 Lawyering Skills I2
LAW 821 Lawyering Skills II3
LAW 826 Property4
LAW 831 Torts I4
Upper-Level Courses
LAW 972 Professional Responsibility must be completed by the time a student finishes 60 hours.2
3 courses from among the following:
LAW 892 Business Organizations4
LAW 881 Conflict of Laws3
LAW 837 Contracts II/UCC Sales3
LAW 878 Criminal Procedure3
LAW 908 Evidence3
LAW 909 Family Law3
LAW 845 Jurisdiction3
LAW 873 Commercial Law: Secured Transactions3
LAW 996 Trusts and Estates4
In addition to all the JD/MA in Economics program course requirements, students must satisfy the law school's Upper-Level Writing Intensive Course Requirements and the Experiential Course Requirements.

JD/MA in Economics Joint Degree Candidate Requirements

The following table outlines courses that are required specifically for J.D./M.A. in Economics joint degree candidates.

Law courses required for all J.D./M.A. in Economics joint degree candidates
CourseCredit hours
4 courses from the following list:
LAW 863 Antitrust Law3
LAW 963 Energy Law and Policy3
LAW 913 Federal Income Taxation3
LAW 864 Advanced International Trade Law3
LAW 944 International Trade Law3
LAW 945 International Commerce & Investment3
LAW 939 Labor Law4
LAW 971 Product Liability3

Economics Requirements

The following table outlines economics courses required for all joint degree candidates. A maximum of 9 hours below the 700 level may be taken.

M.A. in Economics course requirements
CourseCredit hours
At least 9 elective credit hours subject to the approval of the Dept. of Economics9
Elementary Econometrics3
Survey of Microeconomics3
Survey of Macroeconomics3

Typical Program Format

The following table outlines the typical program format for students completing the JD/MA in Economics joint degree program. 

Typical program format
 Law SchoolEconomicsTotal
First Year29-29
Second Year25631
Third Year22628
Summer5611
 
Total Credit Earned811899
Law Credit Allowed-1212
Economics Credit Allowed9-9
Total Credit Allowed--21
Total Credit Required9030120

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.