Dual Degree MA/JD

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lavenderb181
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Dual Degree MA/JD

Postby lavenderb181 » Wed May 11, 2011 12:46 pm

I have questions about JD/MA programs, specifically with an MA in an "area studies" (like middle east studies, for example).

Are there many law students that do these dual programs? How does admissions view applicants applying to dual degree programs (do they even care?). I also just read this TLS article http://www.top-law-schools.com/introduc ... egree.html about JD/MA and overall the tone seemed pretty negative. It said that some (employers) consider JD/MA like two "half" degrees - any thoughts on this? Particularly interested in the JD/MA Middle East studies programs at UT and Michigan.

Thanks!

emjay
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Re: Dual Degree MA/JD

Postby emjay » Thu May 12, 2011 1:26 pm

Bump. Interested in the same thing.

Also, is there any negative consequence to going for an MA in addition to JD if you're doing it simply for pleasure? I heard dual degrees can sometimes be looked down upon in hiring, but what if I just want the extra degree because I love studying the subject and it is worth the extra year, money to me?

lavenderb181
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Re: Dual Degree MA/JD

Postby lavenderb181 » Thu May 12, 2011 1:35 pm

emjay, it seems we are in similar positions. I am primarily interested in the MA for personal/academic reasons and don't really have any illusions of it launching me into "international law" (hint hint I don't need people's commentary on this). I am also hopeful that I could get a scholarship for the MA for one year.
If admitted into MA/JD program, is it okay to just decide to do the JD? For most school it seems like you are admitted to the programs through completely separately admissions processes, and have to take mostly or all law courses your first year....

emjay
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Re: Dual Degree MA/JD

Postby emjay » Thu May 12, 2011 1:45 pm

Yes, I think we are in similar positions especially since I'm also looking into an MA in Middle Eastern Studies because I can't get enough of that stuff but I don't necessarily want to make it my career. I know I could just work on my Arabic fluency on my own and just read books on the subject, but I think studying this at a university and getting an advanced degree in the subject would be much more gratifying and enriching.

I'm not sure if you can back out of the MA program once you accept their offer of admission, so I would ask the school about that.




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