Enter a joint program and earn two degrees in four years — not the five years it would take otherwise. William & Mary law students can pursue a degree in law and a second degree in one of the following:
Policy on Ad Hoc Joint Degrees
Students who wish to create an ad hoc joint degree with another institution may petition to do so by contacting [[lajac1, Liz Jackson]], Associate Dean. Such an arrangement must be approved by both schools before the student matriculates at the second institution.
A student wishing to complete an ad hoc joint degree must be independently admitted to each program. If approved to pursue the degrees jointly, the student must complete both degrees in four years and must complete 75 law credits (65 graded), all Law School required courses, and all requirements of the other program. Five semesters must be spent in residence at the Law School and three semesters will be spent in residence at the other institution.
Approved students pay tuition and fees to the Law School during the five semesters in which they are in residence. Any Law School scholarship funds or aid awarded will be available only during the five semesters in which a student is in residence at the Law School.
Petitions will be reviewed by the Academic Advisory Committee, which may grant or deny petitions in its sole discretion. Although each petition is considered on its own merits, the Committee shall be guided by (1) an assessment of the applicant’s ability to successfully complete both degrees, (2) the intellectual and academic rigor of the other program, (3) the relevance of the other program to advancement of the applicant’s legal/professional training, and (4) the proposed plan for completing both degrees’ requirements in four years.
Students whose petitions to create an ad hoc joint degree are approved prior to matriculation at both schools must declare by May 1 their intent to begin the first year of study in either the Law School or the other program. Students who are already enrolled at one school when their petitions are approved must confirm their intention to pursue a joint degree by March 1.
All approved ad hoc joint degree students must confirm with Dean Jackson the proposed plan of completion of both degrees, including fulfillment of all Law School requirements.