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.

If you are a prospective law student, contact the KU Law Office of Admissions, 785-864-4378, admitlaw@ku.edu; or Kate Pleskac, Graduate Academic Advisor, 785-864-5563 econgrad@ku.edu.

If you are a current KU student, contact Assistant Dean Leah Terranova, law school, 785-864-4357, leaht@ku.edu; or Kate Pleskac, economics' Graduate Academic Advisor, 785-864-5563, econgrad@ku.edu

Admission 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.

Degree Requirements

  Credit Hours
  J.D. M.A.
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:

First Year
Course Credit hours
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
Upper Class
3 courses from among the following:
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:

Course Credit hours
4 courses from among the following:
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

III. Economics courses required of all joint-degree candidates (a maximum of 9 hours below the 700 level may be taken):

Course Credit hours
At least 9 elective credit hours subject to the approval of the Dept. of Economics 9
Elementary Econometrics 3
Survey of Microeconomics 3
Survey of Macroeconomics 3

Typical Program Format

  Law Economics Total
First Year 29 0 29
Second Year 25 6 31
Third Year 22 6 28
Summer 5 6 11
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.




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