JD/MA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies


This program combines into four years and one summer of full-time study the Juris Doctor (JD) program offered by the School of Law and the Master of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program offered by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Growing U.S. interaction with the REES region provides a need for lawyers with active knowledge and skills in the target language, culture, and political and legal tradition. In addition to a greater ability to work with clients from various backgrounds, a joint degree in law and Russian, East European and Eurasian studies opens many doors for its recipients. Opportunities may be available in international trade and finance, immigration law, human rights advocacy, government service, and other related fields.

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JD/MA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program Information

Learn more about admission requirements, degree requirements and the typical program format for the JD/MA in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies 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

Students must be admitted by both the School of Law and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Degree Requirements

The tables below outline the requirements for this joint degree program.

Total Credit Hours

Degree Requirements - total credit hours
Credit Hours Required:For J.D.For M.A.
Law courses required of all J.D. candidates430
Law courses required of all joint degree candidates99
REES courses required of all joint degree candidates96
Elective law courses290
Elective REES courses015
Minimum 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 Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program course requirements, students must satisfy the law school's Upper-Level Writing Intensive Course Requirements and the Experiential Course Requirements.

Students must complete all required first-year courses (29 credit hours) during their first year of law school enrollment. In addition to these course requirements, the School of Law has an upper-class writing requirement, a residence requirement, and a time limit for completion of the degree. Please refer to the current School of Law Catalog for details.

JD/MA REES Joint Degree Candidate Requirements

In addition to the 43 credit hours of coursework required of all law students, JD/MA REES students must complete an additional 12 credit hours in any two of the following areas of concentration:

Law courses required for JD/MA REES joint degree candidates
CourseCredit hours
International Trade
LAW 864 Advanced International Trade Law3
LAW 944 International Trade Law3
International Commerce
LAW 945 International Commerce and Investment3
LAW 977 Patent Law3
Public International Law
LAW 923 Immigration Law 3
LAW 974 Public International Law3
LAW 978 Asylum and Refugee Law3
Comparative Law
LAW 879 Comparative Law3
LAW 918 Islamic Law3
Environmental Law
LAW 883 Biodiversity Law3
Other
LAW 929 International Law Moot Court Competition2

M.A. Degree Requirements

A Master of Arts degree is awarded in three tracks: Russian, East European and Ukrainian.

Requirements for the Degree
  1. At least one course in a REES-area advanced foreign language.
  2. Three courses for a total of 9 credit hours, in the department or subject group of the student's special interest; at least two of these courses must be area specific.

    The five thematic areas are:
    • Literature and the Arts
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy and Religion
    • Economics, Business, Geography
     
  3. One area course in each of the other four subject groupings, for a total of 12 hours.
  4. Successful completion of REES 898 and REES 899, an interdisciplinary M.A. seminar (6 credit hours), develops advanced research skills. REES 898, which is normally taken at the beginning of the degree program, emphasizes learning the tools and methods necessary to study this region of the world. In REES 899, students write an interdisciplinary research paper using materials in the student’s chosen target language. Before enrolling in REES 899, the student must have completed an advanced language course in the target language.
  5. Pass a comprehensive examination in addition to regular course examinations. Information about opportunities and requirements for graduate work with a Russian or East European concentration in any department at KU may be obtained from the department.

Typical Program Format

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 Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies 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 Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies degree.

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 School of Law academic catalog for details.

 

Typical program format
 LawREESTotal
First Year29029
Second Year25934
Third Year22931
Summer5611
 
Total Credit Earned8124105
Law Credit Allowed-99
REES Credit Allowed9-9
Total Credit Required9030120

Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted by both the School of Law and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

Degree Requirements

The tables below outline the requirements for this joint degree program.

Total Credit Hours

Degree Requirements - total credit hours
Credit Hours Required:For J.D.For M.A.
Law courses required of all J.D. candidates430
Law courses required of all joint degree candidates99
REES courses required of all joint degree candidates96
Elective law courses290
Elective REES courses015
Minimum 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 Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program course requirements, students must satisfy the law school's Upper-Level Writing Intensive Course Requirements and the Experiential Course Requirements.

Students must complete all required first-year courses (29 credit hours) during their first year of law school enrollment. In addition to these course requirements, the School of Law has an upper-class writing requirement, a residence requirement, and a time limit for completion of the degree. Please refer to the current School of Law Catalog for details.

JD/MA REES Joint Degree Candidate Requirements

In addition to the 43 credit hours of coursework required of all law students, JD/MA REES students must complete an additional 12 credit hours in any two of the following areas of concentration:

Law courses required for JD/MA REES joint degree candidates
CourseCredit hours
International Trade
LAW 864 Advanced International Trade Law3
LAW 944 International Trade Law3
International Commerce
LAW 945 International Commerce and Investment3
LAW 977 Patent Law3
Public International Law
LAW 923 Immigration Law 3
LAW 974 Public International Law3
LAW 978 Asylum and Refugee Law3
Comparative Law
LAW 879 Comparative Law3
LAW 918 Islamic Law3
Environmental Law
LAW 883 Biodiversity Law3
Other
LAW 929 International Law Moot Court Competition2

M.A. Degree Requirements

A Master of Arts degree is awarded in three tracks: Russian, East European and Ukrainian.

Requirements for the Degree
  1. At least one course in a REES-area advanced foreign language.
  2. Three courses for a total of 9 credit hours, in the department or subject group of the student's special interest; at least two of these courses must be area specific.

    The five thematic areas are:
    • Literature and the Arts
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy and Religion
    • Economics, Business, Geography
     
  3. One area course in each of the other four subject groupings, for a total of 12 hours.
  4. Successful completion of REES 898 and REES 899, an interdisciplinary M.A. seminar (6 credit hours), develops advanced research skills. REES 898, which is normally taken at the beginning of the degree program, emphasizes learning the tools and methods necessary to study this region of the world. In REES 899, students write an interdisciplinary research paper using materials in the student’s chosen target language. Before enrolling in REES 899, the student must have completed an advanced language course in the target language.
  5. Pass a comprehensive examination in addition to regular course examinations. Information about opportunities and requirements for graduate work with a Russian or East European concentration in any department at KU may be obtained from the department.

Typical Program Format

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 Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies 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 Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies degree.

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 School of Law academic catalog for details.

 

Typical program format
 LawREESTotal
First Year29029
Second Year25934
Third Year22931
Summer5611
 
Total Credit Earned8124105
Law Credit Allowed-99
REES Credit Allowed9-9
Total Credit Required9030120