Apply for the Joint Degree Program

4 Years = 2 Degrees

William & Mary Law School allows students to pursue two degrees simultaneously. Students enrolling in the J.D. program may also apply for admission to:

  • The Mason School of Business for a Master of Business Administration degree (J.D./M.B.A.)
  • The Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy for the Master of Public Policy degree (J.D./M.P.P.)
  • The American Studies Program for the Master of Arts in American Studies (J.D./M.A.)

With these opportunities, students are able to obtain two degrees in four years instead of the five years it would take otherwise. Students must be independently admitted to William & Mary Law School and the graduate program of their choice. Therefore, you will need to apply to each school individually; your admission to one program will have no effect on your admission to the other program.

To apply to the law school, joint degree applicants should follow the same guidelines for first-year J.D. applicants with the following option. Applicants concurrently applying to another William & Mary graduate program or already enrolled in a William & Mary graduate program may submit their Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score in lieu of an LSAT score. For these students, no LSAT is required; however, please note that every student who has taken the LSAT must submit that score as well. All applicants to the J.D. program must register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and have all undergraduate and graduate transcripts sent to LSAC. The CAS report is required from all applicants regardless of whether they take the GRE, GMAT, LSAT or any combination of these. The Law School will automatically receive all valid LSAT scores on the CAS report.

Candidates who are enrolled initially in the joint degree program must declare by May 15 their intent to begin the first year of study in either the Law School or the joint program. Students who are already enrolled at one school and accept a position at the other school must submit their intention to enroll in the joint degree program and the designated semester chosen to enroll in the joint school to the Associate Dean for Administration at the Law School and the Director of Admission of the joint program by April 1 of the year entering the joint degree program.