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Government and Politics/Law, Master of Arts/Juris Doctor

Government and Politics

Overview

In conjunction with the School of Law, The Department of Government and Politics offers a dual M.A./J.D. program. At the end of three years of graduate study, including at least one summer, you may graduate with both the Master of Arts and the Juris Doctor degree.

You must apply separately to the School of Law and the Graduate Division of St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and meet all requirements for admission to both programs as set forth in the respective Bulletins.

If you are currently enrolled in the School of Law, you may apply prior to completion of your second year of study. You may, however, need to spend an additional semester or more in full-time study for the M.A. If you are currently enrolled in the M.A. program, you may also apply for the dual degree. 

The Deans of both schools must approve the course of study for all M.A./J.D. students.

Contact

Fred P. Cocozzelli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Government and Politics
St. John Hall, Room 234L
718-990-5267
[email protected]

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Admission

You must apply separately to the School of Law and the Graduate Division of St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and meet all requirements for admission to both programs as set forth in the respective Bulletins

Please see the Graduate Admission and J.D. Admissions sections of the website for more information. 

Courses

Students, in consultation with the M.A./J.D. committee and the approval of the Dean of the Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences, may apply up to 9 credits taken as part of the Law School curriculum toward the M.A. degree. Alternately, in consultation with the M.A./J.D. committee and the approval of the Dean of the School of Law, students may apply up to 9 credits from the Department of Government and Politics toward credits required for the J.D.

In planning a course of study suitable for each student, the following shall apply:

  • Students will not enroll in any M.A. courses during their first year of study in the School of Law.
     
  • Satisfactory progress in the School of Law shall also satisfy the M.A. residency requirement.
     
  • Students will be obliged to take a total of at least 3 credits of Government and Politics graduate study during each of the fall and spring semesters of their second year and third years of law school studies (12 credits minimum).
     
  • All M.A./J.D. students must take the Comprehensive Examination (GOV 500) in Government and Politics no earlier than the last semester of course work and within one year of the completion of all course work, language and residency requirements.
 J.D. ProgramM.A. Program
(Thesis)
M.A. Program
(Non-thesis)
J.D. Credits75--
M.A. Credits-2424
Credits towards both degrees9 or99
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Totals:843333

Students electing the thesis or non-thesis option for the M.A. will complete at least 108 semester hours for their dual degree program.