The combined curriculum leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies is designed to permit the student to complete both degrees over a maximum of four years instead of the five years that would normally be required to complete the two degrees separately.
This program is designed for those students interested in pursuing careers in the environmental field from either a law or policy perspective. Students in the environmental studies program develop skills that are in high demand.
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Entry into the Dual Degree Program can occur in one of two ways:
Applicants who are not currently enrolled in either the JD or the MA in Environmental Studies degree program must apply for admission to both the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Law concurrently and follow the normal procedures of the respective colleges. Application for admission must be specifically for the Dual Degree Program. Students who enroll in this manner will spend their first year taking courses exclusively in the JD program and their second year taking courses exclusively in the MA in Environmental Studies program. In the third and fourth years students will take courses in both degree programs.
Applicants who are currently enrolled in either the JD or the MA in Environmental Studies degree program must apply for admission to the other degree program prior to the completion of 60 credit hours in the JD program or 24 credit hours in the MA in Environmental Studies program. Students who enroll in this manner will be advised as to how to schedule the remainder of their courses in the Dual Degree Program. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to take more than eight years to complete the combined programs.
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The Dual Degree Program requires a total of four academic years. The Juris Doctor requirements are fulfilled by completion of 80 credit hoursof work in the College of Law, including all required courses, and the transfer of 10 credit hours from courses taken in the Master of Arts in Environmental Studies program. The Master of Arts in Environmental Studies requirements are fulfilled by completion of 44 credit hours of courses in the College of Urban Affairs, including all required courses, and the transfer of the equivalent of eight credit hours from courses taken in the College of Law.
In order to ensure that the degree requirements of both programs are fully maintained, while at the same time permitting the saving of a full academic year, students who pursue the Dual Degree Program will not be permitted to take courses outside either the College of Law or the Master of Arts in Environmental Studies program for credit toward either degree.
All requirements for both programs must be completed before either degree is awarded. If a student elects to receive one degree before completing the requirements of the other degree, forfeiture of some transfer credit will result and the student will no longer be in the Dual Degree Program.