J.D./ M.A. in English

In 1991, the Law School and the Department of English at Notre Dame  instituted a program that allows J.D. students to earn an M.A. in English. To complete the M.A., you must take 21 hours of English courses and can count 9 hours of courses within the J.D. curriculum toward the M.A. degree. Normally, as a J.D./M.A. student you will pursue the non-research M.A.; if you opt for the research M.A. you must complete the additional 6 credit hours of thesis research.

Since the Law School allows 9 hours of electives, you may complete 9 of the required 21 hours of course work in English during the regular three-year course of study toward the J.D. You can complete the other 12 hours by enrolling for an additional semester after completing the J.D.

Upon admission to the joint program, you will create a program of study with the advice of the Director of Graduate Studies in English and the Assistant Dean for Students in the Law School. This joint program of studies is coordinated by the Graduate School.

The program is open only to students already admitted to the Law School. Program participants must be admitted to the program through the procedures of the Graduate School and the Department of English.

For an application, please contact the Graduate School.