Dec 06, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Juris Doctor Dual Programs


 

The William S. Boyd School of Law and the UNLV Colleges of Business, Education, and Urban Affairs offer the following Juris Doctor dual degree programs allowing students to be admitted to both programs to pursue the two degrees concurrently:

  • Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
  • Juris Doctor/ Master of of Social Work (JD/MSW)
  • Juris Doctor/Ph.D. in Education (JD/PhD)

For more information about your program, including your graduate program handbook and learning outcomes please visit the Degree Directory.

Learning outcomes for specific subplan tracks can be found below:

Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)

Pursued individually, the JD requires the completion of 89 credit hours and the MBA requires the completion of 48 credit hours. The dual JD/MBA requires the completion of 80 law credit hours and 30 business credit hours, as 15 credit hours of law courses are accepted toward the MBA and nine credit hours of business courses are accepted toward the JD.

Applicants to the JD/MBA program must apply for, and gain admission to, both the Boyd School of Law JD program and to the Lee Business School MBA program, respectively. For information on MBA program application procedures, interested individuals should contact the Lee Business School-MBA Program at (702) 895-3655 or visit their website at business.unlv.edu. When seeking admission to each of the two schools, applicants are asked to submit with each application a statement indicating their wish to pursue the dual JD/MBA degree.

While applications from current students in either program will be considered, students normally should secure admission to each program upon entering the university. However, petitions for admission to the dual JD/MBA program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.

Under American Bar Association standards, the Boyd School of Law cannot award credit for any course work taken prior to matriculation into the JD program. JD/MBA candidates therefore normally must enroll at the Boyd School of Law and complete one year of study before taking any MBA courses to be applied to the JD degree.

 

Business Administration Courses :  30 Total Credits

 

Required Law Courses: 44 Total Credits*

* First-year required courses are prerequisites to all upper-level law courses.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
   
Third Semester Lawyering Process Course
Upper-level writing-intensive course (one of various courses)
 
Directed Electives at Law School:  18 Total Credits*
                
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
    
  
  
  
    
  
  
  
      
  
  
  
  
  

Free Electives at Law School:

Students in the JD/MBA program must complete 18 other credits of “free” electives at the law school. These free electives may come from the list of directed electives or from any other elective offered at the law school. Students anticipating practice in a certain area are encouraged to refer to the Course Planning Guide in the Law School Student Policy Handbook for suggested course sequences.

Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work (JD/MSW)

Pursued individually, the JD requires the completion of 89 credit hours and the MSW requires the completion of 60 credit hours. The dual MSW/JD degree would require the completion of 80 law credit hours and 51 social work credit hours, as 9 hours of law courses are accepted toward the MSW and 9 hours of social work courses are accepted toward the JD.

Applicants to the JD/MSW degree program must apply for, and gain admission to, both the Boyd School of Law JD program and to the School of Social Work MSW program, respectively. Admission requirements are the same as those listed under the regular JD and MSW programs.

While applications from current students in either program will be considered, students normally should seek and satisfy admission to enter both programs upon entering the university. However, petitions requesting admission to the dual JD/MSW program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.

Those interested are encouraged to submit a request for permission to participate in the program, along with applications for admission, at the earliest possible time. Contact the William S. Boyd School of Law at (702) 895-4189 and the UNLV School of Social Work programs at (702) 895-3311 or http://socialwork.unlv.edu/ for further information on admissions requirements.

Required Social Work Courses:   51 credits
 
Required Law Courses:  44 credits*
First-year required courses are prerequisites to all upper-level law courses.
  
     
  
  
  
  
     
  
  
  
  
Third Semester Lawyering Process Course 3 credits
Upper-level writing-intensive course (one of various courses)
 
Free Electives at Law School: 24 credits
Students in the JD/MSW program must complete 24 other credits of “free” electives at the law school. These free electives may come from the list of directed electives or from any other elective offered at the law school. Students anticipating practice in a certain area are encouraged to refer to the Course Planning Guide in the Law School Student Policy Handbook for suggested course sequences.
 
MSW Electives:  9 credits
   
  
  
      
  
SW 792 - Cross-Cutting Issues in Child Welfare  
SW 793 - Child Welfare Policy and Services  
  
 
Directed Electives at Law School: 12 credits
Students in the JD/MSW program must successfully complete at least 12 credits from the following list.
            
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
           
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
          
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
    
  
  
  

 Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy in Education (JD/PhD)

The William S. Boyd School of Law and the UNLV College of Education offer a dual  Dual Degree: Doctor of Philosophy - Special Education & Juris Doctor  degree program that allows students admitted to both programs to pursue the two degrees concurrently. Individuals seeking this dual degree will obtain a J.D. degree and a Ph.D. one of the following:

  • Educational Psychology (with an emphasis in Foundations or School Psychology)
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Special Education

Pursued individually, the J.D. degree requires the completion of 89 credit hours and the Ph.D. degree requires the completion of a minimum of 67-72 (dependent upon program) credit hours.  The J.D./Ph.D. degree would require the completion of 80 law credit hours and a minimum of 54-63 (dependent upon program) education credit hours, as 9 hours of education courses are accepted toward the J.D. degree and 9-18 (dependent upon program) hours of law courses are accepted toward the Ph.D. degree.

Applicants to the J.D./Ph.D. degree program must apply for, and gain admission to both the Boyd School of Law J.D. program and to the College of Education Ph.D. program, respectively. For more information on the College of Education Ph.D. program application procedures, interested individuals should contact the College of Education at (702) 895-3375 or visit education.unlv.edu. When seeking admission to each of the two schools, applicants are asked to submit with each application a statement indicating their wish to pursue the dual J.D./Ph.D.

While applications from current students in either program will be considered, students normally should secure admission to each program upon entering the university.  However, petitions requesting admission to the dual J.D./Ph.D. program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.

Under American Bar Association standards, the Boyd School of Law cannot award credit for any coursework taken prior to matriculation into the J.D. program. J.D./Ph.D. candidates therefore normally must enroll at the Boyd School of Law and complete one year of study before taking any Ph.D. courses.

Required Law Courses: 44 Total Credits*

First-year required courses are prerequisites to all upper-level law courses.
  
  
  
  
    
  
  
  
   
   
   
 
Third Semester Lawyering Process Course
Upper-level writing-intensive course (one of various courses)
 
Directed Electives at Law School:  9 Total Credits
  
  
  
   
   
   
  
  
  
  
  
  
   
  
   
   
 
Free Electives at Law School:27 credits 
Students in the JD/Ph.D. program must complete 27 other credits of “free” electives at the law school. These “free” electives may come from the list of directed electives or from any other elective offered at the law school. Students anticipating practice in a certain area are encouraged to refer to the Course Planning Guide in the Law School Student Policy Handbook for suggested course sequences.

Curriculum: Doctor of Philosophy - Educational Psychology  

  • Research Methods Core Courses 15
  • Learning/Development Core Courses 10
  • Ph.D. Emphasis Area Courses* 12
  • Required Dissertation in Educational Psychology: 12
  • Specialization Strand Core Courses
  • Each specialization strand within the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology has a distinct set of core requirements.
  • Foundations Strand Core Courses 18
  • School Psychology Strand Core Courses 24

Ph.D. students are required to identify a special emphasis area in addition to the specialization strand coursework. For the JD/PhD program, this emphasis area will be comprised of 12 credits from the required law degree coursework.

Curriculum: Doctor of Philosophy - Higher Education  

  • Required Core Courses 18
  • Research Courses 12
  • Higher Education Electives 9
  • Dissertation in Higher Education Leadership 15

Curriculum: Doctor of Philosophy - Special Education  

  • Required Special Education Core Courses 26
  • Required Education Research Courses 15
  • Required Special Education Disability Studies Courses 10
  • Required Special Education Leadership Courses 9
  • Family Law 3
  • Required Dissertation in Special Education 12