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Joint Degree Programs

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The University of Montana School of Law currently offers three joint degree programs:

JD MASTERS OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Law and Business Administration

The joint program in law and business administration allows students to take advantage of the real world need for a combination of business and law and to complete their J.D. and M.B.A. in a shorter period of time than would be required if the degrees were taken consecutively without the joint program. The first year of study is as a full-time student in the School of Law. During the second and third years, students complete both law and business courses. Students who wish to participate in the joint program must satisfy the admission requirements for both the School of Business Administration M.B.A. Program and the Law School J.D. Program. Application to the Law program requires taking the LSAT and the GMAT is required by the M.B.A. program. A student may request enrollment in the joint program at any time; however, these programs are simultaneous and students will benefit from enrolling early in each program.

For further information and application materials regarding this program, please contact:

Simona Stan, Director
Master's Program of Business Administration
School of Business Administration
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
simona.stan@business.umt.edu
406.243.6027

If you wish to pursue a joint degree program, please notify the Associate Dean of the School of Law as soon as you decide to do so, but in no case later than the beginning of your second year of law school.

Please be aware that you are not permitted to take any non-law credits in addition to the 6 non-law (9 in the joint J.D./M.B.A. program) credits you take as part of the joint degree program.

For the non-law credits you wish to take as part of any of the joint degree programs, you must specify these courses with the Academic Standards Committee before you take the courses. No retroactive selection is permitted.

How the J.D./M.B.A. Credit is Earned

The J.D./M.B.A. degree shall be earned in three years, using the following sequence:

  • The first year as a full-time student in the School of Law.
    ** No M.B.A. classes may be taken during this first academic year.**
  • The second and third years devoted to both law and business courses.

The J.D./M.B.A. credits are earned in the following way:

  • The School of Law shall accept toward its degree nine credits earned in the M.B.A. program.
  • The M.B.A. program shall accept toward its M.B.A. degree nine credits earned in the School of Law.
  • Law students must notify the School of Law's Academic Standards Committee of which M.B.A. courses they plan to take for law credit the semester before they take the course(s). 

JD MASTERS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Law and Public Administration

Under the joint program in Law and Public Administration, a student may complete two separate degrees, the Juris Doctor and the Master of Public Administration, in a shorter period of time than would be required if the degrees were taken consecutively. The heart of the program is reciprocity between the Law School and the Graduate School involving a specific number of credit hours.

The purpose of the joint program is to provide a public law option for students anticipating careers as governmental administrators. It is increasingly apparent that managers in both the private and public sectors are constantly involved with programs requiring legal knowledge. At the same time, lawyers are increasingly being called upon to perform management tasks, particularly in government agencies. The joint J.D./M.P.A. program is appropriate for those students who would find it helpful in their career objectives to be cross trained.

In order to be admitted to the joint degree program, a student must separately apply and be admitted to both the School of Law and the Graduate School. It is possible for a student to be enrolled in one program and later seek enrollment in the complementary program. Application to the Law program requires taking the LSAT and the GRE is required by the M.P.A. program.

The J.D. and M.P.A. degrees can be earned in as little as four years. The first two years are normally spent as a full-time student in the School of Law. The third year is then spent as a full-time student in the Public Administration program. The Public Administration work can be undertaken at The University of Montana, or in the inter-university Helena M.P.A. program. The final year would be devoted to the third-year courses at the School of Law. The student has the option, however, of completing the Public Administration portion of the program during the fourth year, i.e., upon completion of the J.D. degree. All requirements of both programs must be met. However, the School of Law accepts toward its 90-credit degree, six semester hours of approved credit earned in the Public Administration program, and the Public Administration program accepts a maximum of ten semester hours of approved Law School credit toward the M.P.A. degree.

The 36 semester credits for the Public Administration part of the joint program normally will consist of 27 Political Science core curriculum credits and nine semester hours of Law School courses.

Because the specific needs of each student in the joint program differ, every effort will be made by the Law School and the Department of Political Science to tailor the program to the individual student's requirements. The Law School Associate Dean will serve as student advisor for the course of study taken at the Law School. The Director of the M.P.A. program will serve as the advisor for the M.P.A. aspects of the program.

For further information and application materials regarding the M.P.A. program, contact:

Professor Jeffrey Greene

Department of Political Science

The University of Montana

Missoula, MT 59812

jeffrey.greene@umontana.edu

406.243.6181

If you wish to pursue a joint degree program, please notify the Associate Dean of the School of Law as soon as you decide to do so, but in no case later than the beginning of your second year of law school.

Please be aware that you are not permitted to take any non-law credits in addition to the 6 non-law (9 in the joint J.D./M.B.A. program) credits you take as part of the joint degree program.

For the non-law credits you wish to take as part of any of the joint degree programs, you must specify these courses with the Academic Standards Committee before you take the courses. No retroactive selection is permitted.

How the J.D./M.P.A. Credit is Earned

The J.D./M.P.A. degree shall be earned in four years, and the customary sequence is:

  • The first two years as a full-time student in the School of Law.  No M.P.A. courses may be taken during the first academic year.
  • The third year as a full-time student in the public administration program.
  • The fourth year devoted to third-year courses in the School of Law.

The J.D./M.P.A. credits are earned in the following way:

  • The School of Law shall accept toward its degree six semester hours of approved credit earned in the Public Administration program.
  • Law students must notify the School of Law's Academic Standards Committee of which M.P.A. courses they plan to take for law credit the semester before they take the course(s).
  • The Public Administration program shall accept toward the M.P.A. degree a maximum of 9 approved credits earned in the School of Law.
  • Students electing the field practicum option under the Public Administration program are not required to earn the required 4 credits in the School of Law clinical program.

J.D. Courses for the M.P.A. Degree

Suggested for the M.P.A. program are 9 credits from among the following (all 3-credit courses):

Other law course may also count toward the MPA degree at the discretion of the Director of the MPA Program.


JD MASTERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Law and Environmental Studies

Because the world of environmental law is inherently interdisciplinary, the environmental lawyer of the 21st century will benefit from an education that reaches beyond the bounds of traditional law school. Environmental legal problems invariably involve scientific, policy or ethical issues, and The University of Montana-Missoula is uniquely qualified to bridge the legal, social and physical sciences. We have combined a strong environmental and natural resources law curriculum with an established graduate program in environmental studies to provide the Joint Program in Law and Environmental Studies. Students completing the Joint Program in Law and Environmental Studies will receive two degrees: the Juris Doctor and the Masters of Science in Environmental Studies.

The Environmental Studies Program (EVST) was established as an interdisciplinary graduate program at UM in 1970. The EVST Program allows students to select an area of focus that may range from policy to hard science. Students, with their academic advisers, design their own programs of study, choosing from courses throughout the University.

Students enrolled in the Joint J.D./EVST Program can earn both degrees in as little as four years. Students will normally spend the first two years as full-time law students. The third and fourth years will normally consist of courses in both the School of Law and the EVST Program.

Students who wish to participate in the Joint J.D./EVST Program must satisfy the normal admission requirements for both the Graduate School, Environmental Studies Program and the School of Law. Students must apply independently to each program, indicating their interest in the Joint J.D./EVST Program. Please note: the deadline for application to the Graduate School Environmental Studies Program is February 1.

For further information and application materials regarding the Environmental Studies Program, please contact:

Environmental Studies Program
The University of Montana
Rankin Hall
Missoula, MT 59812
406.243.6273

If you wish to pursue a joint degree program, please notify the Associate Dean of the School of Law as soon as you decide to do so, but in no case later than the beginning of your second year of law school.

Please be aware that you are not permitted to take any non-law credits in addition to the 6 non-law (9 in the joint J.D./M.B.A. program) credits you take as part of the joint degree program.

For the non-law credits you wish to take as part of any of the joint degree programs, you must specify these courses with the Academic Standards Committee before you take the courses. No retroactive selection is permitted.

How the J.D./EVST Credit is Earned

The J.D./EVST degree may be earned in as little as four years and the customary sequence is:

  • The first two years as a full-time student in the School of Law.  

    No EVST courses may be taken during the first academic year of law school.

  • The third and fourth years devoted to courses in both the School of Law and the EVST program.

The J.D./EVST credits are earned in the following way:

  • The School of Law shall accept toward its degree six hours of approved credit earned in the EVST program.
  • Law students must notify the School of Law's Academic Standards Committee of which EVST courses they plan to take for law credit the semester before they take the course(s).
  • The EVST program shall accept toward the EVST master's degree the following courses:

Introduction to Environmental Law