Program Requirements

The JD/MA program is three and a half years. Students must reserve at least 6 SIS credits to complete after JD graduation. During the first year of the program, students complete the required first-year law courses. Following the first year of law school, students take a minimum of 21 credit hours in the School of International Service. Part-time law students are also eligible to participate in the program.

Degree Requirements

  • 80 credit hours (minimum) from the law school
  • 21 credit hours (minimum) from SIS
  • Foreign language competence is required. The requirement is PROFICIENCY in a modern foreign language. There are a variety of ways to fulfill this requirement, including the TOR exam at the Center for Language Exploration, Acquistion 7 Research (CLEAR) http://www.american.edu/cas/clear/index.cfm. For more information on other options, students should contact the JD/MA academic advisor.
  • Comprehensive Exam
Degree Requirements for Joint JD/MA in International Affairs SIS WCL
Introduction to Theory in IR
     or
Approved Theory Course
(3)  
Approved Course in International Politics Field
(3)  
Legal Rhetoric   (4)

IR Methods:

Intro to Quantitative Analysis
     or
Approved Course in Methods
     or
Three 1 unit Methods Institutes

(3)  
Approved Course in International Business, Economic or Trade Law
  (3)
5 Units of General International Law Course Work   (5)

Related SIS Field (Electives)

Three courses in one established field
     or
Three courses in a field designed by the student and approved by the Director of the Program

(9)  

Writing/Research Requirement

SIS Thesis
     or
Substantial Research Paper and Co-op/Internship
     or
Two Substantial research papers

(3) (3)
Passing evaluation in one Comprehensive Examination associated with substantial research paper
   
Passing evaluation in one modern foreign language    
Total 36 credits 21 15