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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 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, including opportunities in international trade and finance, immigration law, human rights advocacy, government service, and other related fields. Students must be admitted by both the School of Law and the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.

If you are a prospective law student, contact the KU Law Office of Admissions, 785-864-4378, admitlaw@ku.edu; orProfessor Vitaly Chernetsky​​, CREES, 785-864-2359,crees@ku.edu​.

If you are a current KU student, contact Professor Elizabeth Kronk Warner, law school, 785-864-1139,elizabeth.kronk@ku.edu; or Professor Vitaly Chernetsky​​, CREES, 785-864-2359, crees@ku.edu​.

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

9

9

REES courses required of all joint-degree candidates

9

6

Elective law courses

29

0

Elective REES courses

0

15

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 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

AND

Law 908 Evidence

3

Law 972 Professional Responsibility

2

II. Law courses required of all joint-degree candidates:
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:

International Trade

Credit hours

Law 864 Advanced International Trade Law

 3

Law 944 International Trade Law

 3

 

International Commerce

Credit hours

Law 900 Economic Development and Indigenous Nations

 2

Law 936 International Economic Law and Development

 3

Law 945 International Commerce and Investment

3

Law 977 Patent Law

3

 

Public International Law

Credit hours

Law 923 Immigration Law 

 3

Law 974 Public International Law

 3

Law 978 Refugee and Asylum Law 

3

Law 993 Public Health Law

3

 

Comparative Law

Credit hours

Law 879 Comparative Law

 3

Law 918 Islamic Law

 3

Environmental Law

Credit hours

Law 883 Biodiversity Law

 3

 

Other

Credit hours

Law 867 Law and the Arts

 3

Law 929 International Law Moot Court Competition

 2

Students may choose courses from this list to complete the remaining hours necessary to reach a total of 81 hours of law school credit.
 

M.A. Degree Requirements

A Master of Arts degree is awarded in 3 tracks: Russian, East European, and Ukrainian.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. At least 1 course in a REES-area advanced foreign language.
  2. 3 courses for a total of 9 credit hours, in the department or subject group of the student's special interest; at least 2 of these courses must be area specific.
    The 5 thematic areas are
    • Literature and the Arts
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Philosophy and Religion
    • Economics, Business, Geography
  3. 1 area course in each of the other 4 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

 

Law

REES

Total

First Year

29

0

29

Second Year

25

9

34

Third Year

22

9

31

Summer

5

6

11

Total Credits Earned

81

24

105

Law Credit Allowed

 

  9

9

REES Credit Allowed

9

 

9

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 Political Science 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 Political Science 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 Law School Catalog for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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