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JD/MED in Law and Education Policy with the School of Education

Educational leaders are looking to the law more than ever for answers to complex policy issues. In conjunction with the School of Education, the School of Law offers a dual JD/Master of Education in Education Policy. The program is designed to produce legal professionals equipped to be effective advocates for social justice and seeking enhanced expertise in crafting policy to advance effective educational goals. You'll have the advantage of Loyola’s strengths in education policy and our expertise in children’s rights and education law.

You will achieve all learning outcomes of both the JD and MEd degrees. Your studies in each program will be enhanced by designing a curriculum tailored to your interests and career goals.

Curriculum

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:

Year One

Fall and Spring Semesters

Full time Law program, 27 credits

In the Spring semester take Philosophy of Education or a 3 credit education course in elective slot

Year Two

Fall Semester

10-12 credits of Law School coursework

  • Advocacy
  • 3 elective courses

6 credits of Education coursework

  • Introduction to Educational Policy Analysis
  • Sociology of Education

Spring Semester

8-9 credits of Law School coursework

  • Education law and Policy
  • 2 elective courses

6 credits of Education coursework

  • History of American Education
  • Introduction to Educational Research

Year Three

Fall Semester

9-11 credits of Law School coursework

  • Practicum or Clinic (Education Law Practicum, ChildLaw Clinic, Legislation and Policy Clinic)
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Elective Course

3 credits of Education coursework

  • Statistical Analysis

Spring Semester

8-10 credits of Law School coursework

6 credits of Education coursework

  • Program Evaluation
  • Urban Analysis (or elective course)
Degree Requirements

To earn a dual JD/MEd degree, you must complete a total of 89 credit hours, including 65 law school credit hours and 24 education credit hours. The dual degree can be completed 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 (up to two each semester).

Admission

Applicants for the dual JD/MEd program must apply separately for admission to the School of Education's MEd in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies program and the School of Law, indicating intent to pursue a dual degree.

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.

FAQs

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/MEd students are able to pursue careers and tackle challenges in providing a fair and equitable education for all children, including direct representation and advocacy on behalf of children and policy work with governmental and educational institutions.

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 MEd 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)
Students may be permitted to enter a dual degree program as late as the beginning of their final year of law studies, however they may not be eligible for the full range of benefits of the program. Students will not be permitted to enter a dual degree program in their final semester. In all cases, dual degree students must alert the School of Law's Office of Financial Aid.