Law Dual Degree Programs
For a handful of high-achieving students every year, earning two degrees in law – the JD and an LLM or other law master’s degree – from one of the world’s highest-ranked universities makes excellent academic and professional sense. Students who may wish to consider this unique opportunity include those who are interested in and otherwise eligible to become qualified to practice law abroad; students who plan to work for international organizations, NGOs, or international development agencies; and students who have a particular academic interest that can best be met by immersing themselves in courses and opportunities not available at Maurer or even in the United States.
Students applying to spend two semesters abroad must meet an even higher threshold for Study Abroad Committee approval. To be approved to spend one-third of one’s Maurer J.D. program elsewhere, students need to demonstrate, at minimum: a comprehensive plan for meeting all Maurer and bar requirements in their two years at Maurer; compelling academic, professional and personal arguments for spending two semesters away in the chosen location(s) and/or degree; and a GPA that exceeds the Maurer median and meets the requirements of the selected program(s). Dual-degree programs are normally undertaken in the 3L year, as many but not all international LLM degrees require at least two years of prior law study to be eligible.
Please be aware that, unlike non-degree semesters abroad, all but two of the dual degree programs offered through Maurer require that additional tuition fees be paid to the host university. Please discuss financial considerations with Paul Leopold before applying.
All dual degree applicants must first fill out the Maurer application by the February 3 deadline. If the dual degree program deadline is earlier than February 3, please discuss timing issues with Dean Davis.
For further information about any of the dual-degree programs, please contact: Lesley Davis, Assistant Dean for International Programs at