Degree Requirements

 
  • 80 credit hours (minimum) from the law school
  • 21 credit hours (minimum) from SIS
  • Non-credit Foreign Language Requirement: All SIS graduate students, including JD/MA students must fulfill the non-credit language requirement, which must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English. Proficiency is defined as:
  • reading proficiency at the intermediate level
  • ability to read an article written in the language with good comprehension using a dictionary only for specialized terminology
Please consult the SIS Graduate Advising website for information on additional ways to satisfy this requirement: http://www.american.edu/sis/gradadvising/language.cfm
  • Non-credit Professional Experience Requirement: JD/MA students must demonstrate evidence of professional experience relevant to their MA program. For more information: http://www.american.edu/sis/gradadvising/professional.cfm JD/MA students have additional ways to fulfill the professional experience requirement. Please consult the SIS JD/MA Graduate Academic Advisor for more information.
JD/MA DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
 
SIS Credits
WCL Credits
SIS COURSEWORK (21 CREDITS)
SIS Approved Theory Course
3
 
SIS Research and Professional Methods Course
SIS-600 International Affairs Statistics and Methods
OR An approved methods course
3
 
SIS Concentration
12
 
SIS Elective
3
 
WCL COURSEWORK (15 CREDITS)
WCL Legal Rhetoric
LAW-516 (2 credits)
LAW-517 (2 credits)
 
4
WCL Approved course in economics, international business, economics or trade law
 
3
WCL Approved International Law coursework
 
5
WCL Upper Level Writing Requirement
Required to be on an international topic
 
3
NON-CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
Certification of Professional Experience Requirement
See information above
 
 
Certification of proficiency (intermediate level) in modern foreign language
 
 
 
21 credits
15 credits
Total
36 credits

For any questions regarding the JD/MA Program, please contact the JD/MA Graduate Academic Advisor in the School of International Service: http://www.american.edu/sis/gradadvising/