Enter a combination 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:
Combination Degree Policy and Guidelines
Apply and be admitted to each program. (Admission to one program will not affect admission to the other.)
- Apply to the Law School by March 1.
- Apply to the Combination Program by stated deadline.
If you're initially accepted to both schools, you can start your program at either, but you need to make the choice and inform both schools of your decision by May 15. Do so by contacting each school's Associate Dean or Director of Admissions.
You may also apply for a combination degree after you've become a law student. If you're accepted into the other program, then contact the Law School's Associate Dean and the other program's Director of Admission by May 15.
Plan of Study
- Start at either program – during the first year of each, you’ll only take courses in that program. You must complete the first year of one before you move to the other program.
- You’ll take a combination of law and business courses in your final two years.
- If a course is cross-listed law with the combination program, you must declare to which program the credits will belong at the time you register in the course. Under no circumstance may you move the course from law to the combination program or combination course to law after the exam period for the term you are taking the course begins.
- If the course is not cross-listed please declare to the Law School registrar upon registration to which degree the course will belong.
- Regardless of where you are taking classes, you'll always retain the rights of a student at each school.
- Earn 75 law credits.
- You may not apply non-law credit hours to your law degree.
- 65 of your credits for graduation must be in William & Mary Law School courses graded by a letter grade (ie, A, B, C).
- Complete the first- and second-year Law School course requirements.
- Beginning with Class of 2021, earn a minimum cumulative law GPA of 2.5 at the end of the first term of legal study. A student who has not achieved a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the end of the first year of legal study will be dismissed for academic deficiency.
- To be able to continue in residence at the Law School as a 2L or 3L, a student must maintain a term and cumulative grade point average of 2.3.
- Comply with all combination program requirements.
Tuition and Fees
- Pay tuition and fees at the rate determined by each program's matriculation semester and agreement.
- If you’re eligible, you can be considered for available scholarship funds at either school.
- If you receive Law School scholarship funds or aid, they are not available during the semesters you’re paying tuition to the other program.
- Educational loan applications are processed by the Office of Student Financial Aid for the College of William & Mary.
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 [[edchas, Eric Chason]], Vice 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 typically 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 Chason the proposed plan of completion of both degrees, including fulfillment of all Law School requirements.