The right of children to an education is a global concern. In conjunction with the School of Education, the School of Law offers a dual JD/MA in Law and Comparative Education. A combination of legal analysis and knowledge related to children's legal rights at both a national and international level enables you to effectively advocate in the interest of social justice. You will focus on conducting original research at the intersection of education law and policy to improve education practices.
You will achieve all learning outcomes of both the JD and MA in Comparative Education degrees. Your studies in each program will be enhanced by designing a curriculum tailored to your interests and career goals.
You will work with your advisors to plot your course sequence based on admission time, career goals, and course availability. Here is a sample plan:
Fall and Spring Semesters
Full time Law program, 27 credits
In Spring semester take Comparative Education or a 3 credit Education course in the elective slot
9-11 credits of Law School coursework
- 3 elective courses
- Philosophy of Education or Sociology of Education
- Research Methods
8-9 credits of Law School coursework
- Education Law and Policy
- 2 elective courses
- Philosophy of Education or History of American Education
- Advanced Seminar Elective
9-11 credits of Law School coursework
- Practicum or clinic (Education Law Practicum, ChildLaw Clinic, Legislation and Policy Clinic)
- Professional Responsibility
- Elective course
8-10 credits of Law School elective coursework
3 credits of Education Advanced Seminar Elective coursework and complete MA Thesis research and writing
To earn a dual JD/MA in Law and Comparative Education degree, you must complete 89 credit hours, including 65 law credit hours and 24 education credit hours. The dual degree can be earned in three years of concentrated study. You will spend your first year as a full-time law student and take one education course in the spring semester. JD foundational course requirements and skills and experiential course requirements will be taken in the second and third years, concurrent with several education courses. Completing course requirements by taking one or more summer classes is highly recommended. The MA degree requires successful defense of a thesis for which students must conduct independent, original research. The JD and MA degrees are awarded concurrently upon the successful completion of degree requirements for both programs.
To be eligible for the dual-degree program, a prospective student must apply to and be admitted to both the Graduate School's MA in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies program and the School of Law's JD Law program independently.
Tuition and Fees
The School of Law and Loyola's Office of Student Financial Assistance are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their legal education at Loyola affordable.
With proper planning, you can benefit from tuition adjustments. The University's Student Business Office (SBO) will calculate the tuition of each dual degree student. School of Law financial awards are applied to School of Law tuition only.
Why would I want to consider a dual degree program?
By pursuing two degrees through the dual degree program, you may obtain both degrees simultaneously in less time than if you pursued the degrees separately. Dual JD/MA students are prepared for careers analyzing and developing sound educational policy with a special focus on international education.
How does the academic advising system work?
At the School of Law, each dual degree student will be matched with an appropriate law school professor who will serve as the academic advisor for the student. Advising with respect to the MA program will be coordinated with the School of Education.
What are the prerequisites for a dual degree?
Dual degree students must be admitted to each school. Once admitted to the School of Law, students complete their first year law courses and one education course during the first year. If you begin coursework in education first, the School of Law will accept credits for non-law courses taken during the summer before your first year of law courses.
When do I need to do when I decide to enter the program?
Individuals admitted to the School of Law should declare their dual degree status at the earliest possible time:
- Upon admission (at the Office of Admissions)
- Upon entry into the law school (at the School of Law)
- Later in your law studies (at the School of Law Registrar)