Jurisprudence, Law, and Society (B.A.) (Combined B.A./M.A. Law and Governance)

A Combined Degree program enables undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year, which can be counted towards the completion of both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements.  The ability to take these "swing courses" allows students to earn both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shortened period of time, typically within five years.  Undergraduate students interested in this option can find more information regarding program requirements on the University's Combined Programs website.

Program Requirements

Students in this combined degree program must complete the requirements for:

Jurisprudence, Law and Society Major (B.A.)

Law and Governance (M.A.)

Graduate Swing Courses

A combined degree program allows students to complete 6-12 graduate credits ("graduate swing courses") while enrolled as an undergraduate. These courses count for both their bachelor and master’s degrees.  Graduate swing courses will count toward undergraduate free electives, unless noted otherwise.

The Graduate Swing Courses for this program:

Required Courses
LAWS 500United States Legal System3
LAWS 503Research Methods and Analysis3
LAWS 513Ethical and Professional Issues in the Legal Environment3
Complete one course from the following:3
Statutory and Regulatory Analysis
Private Civil Responsibility: Contracts and Torts
Administrative Law
Entertainment Law
Trademark Law
Intellectual Property: Copyright, Licensing, and Advertising
Negotiation Theory and Practice
Mediation Theory and Practice
Arbitration and Other Alternative Adjudicative Processes
Conflict Management and Peer Mediation in Schools
Dispute Resolution in the Workplace
Law Office Financial Management
Advanced Conflict Management
Bullying Prevention
Legal Information Management
Human Rights Law
International Law and Transnational Legal Issues
Legal Aspects of Human Resource Management
Private Sector Compliance With Public Regulations
Field Experience in Law and Governance
Cooperative Education in Law and Governance
Independent Study in Law and Governance
Environmental Law and Policy
Special Topics in Law and Governance
The Third World in the International System
International Relations
The International Political Economy
Globalization and Security
U.S.Immigration: Law and Politics
Politics of Terrorism
Total Credits12

Recommended Roadmap to Degree(s)

This recommended five-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within five years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.


First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
 4 6
Total Credits 10