The JD/MA program enables students to obtain both a JD through Duke Law School and an MA in Bioethics & Science Policy in three years and one summer.
Students typically apply to the joint degree program during the first semester of their 1L year (application deadline October 15) and begin taking one or more MA courses during the second semester. During the summer after their 1L year, students undertake their capstone projects. Past students have done their capstones in general counsels’ offices, law firms, university legal offices, research institutes, corporations and non-profits.
Overall, students complete 12 graduate credits from the MA core curriculum, 75 Duke Law School credits (instead of the usual 87 credits for single degree students), 15 elective law credits from our JD/MA electives and 9 graduate credits for the capstone project.
How to apply to the JD/MA program: