Concurrent Degree in Law

Concurrent JD/MS and JD/PhD degree options are available with any of the three option areas. Cross-recognition of courses allows a JD/MS to be completed in four years and a JD/PhD in six years.


Entry Requirements

Completion of requirements for admission to both the College of Law and the specific Water Resources option area. Students are required to apply separately to the College of Law and the College of Graduate Studies, Water Resources Program, and on acceptance to each college, must apply to the concurrent degree program. Acceptance to both colleges does not have to occur simultaneously. A Steering Committee consisting of the Director of the Water Resources Program, the Associate Dean for Administration and Students of the College of Law, one non-law member of the Water Resources faculty and one member of the Law faculty will make admission decisions to the concurrent degree program.

Common Courses

The following courses are required of both M.S. and Ph.D. students in all of the Water Resources Tracks.

WR 501 Water Resources Seminar (1 cr.)

WR 506 Interdisciplinary Methods in Water Resources (3 cr.)

WR 507 Integrated Water Resources Projects (3 cr.)

A 500- level (or 900- level LAW) elective in an option area outside the chosen option area: Engineering & Science, Science & Management, or Law or Management & Policy Option Areas (3 cr for PhD)

Core Courses

As specified for the particular Water Resources Track for the M.S. or Ph.D. and as required by the Law School for a J.D.

Electives

The student and faculty committee will select courses appropriate to satisfy the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and College of Law.

Concurrent Degree Details

Students in the Water Resources concurrent J.D. track must meet all graduation requirements set forth by the College of Graduate Studies for the M.S. or PhD degrees and the College of Law for the J.D.

A total of 18 credits may be double counted for a J.D./M.S. concurrent degree, and a total of 21 credits may be double counted for a J.D./Ph.D. concurrent degree under the following guidelines:

No more than 12 credits of M.S. and Ph.D. graduate school credits are allowed toward the J.D. degree. The student’s advisor in the College of Law must approve the courses. Courses must be complementary in water law.

No more than 6 credits from Law are allowed toward the M.S. degree in Engineering & Science and Science & Management option areas, no more than 12 credits towards the M.S. degree in Law, Management & Policy option area, and no more than 9 credits toward the Ph.D. degree from the following list:

Law 906 Natural Resources Law Seminar (3 cr.)

Law 907 Administrative Law (3 cr.)

Law 934 Land Use Law and Planning (3 cr.)

Law 937 Wildlife Law and Policy (3 cr.)

Law 938 International Environmental and Water Law (3 cr.)

Law 939 Law, Science and the Environmental Law (2 cr.)

Law 942 Water Law I (1 cr.)

Law 946 Water and Energy Policy Seminar (2 cr.)

Law 947 Environmental Law (3 cr.)

Law 948 Natural Resource Law and Policy (Public Lands) (3 cr.)

Law 949 Native American Law (3 cr.)

Law 951 Environmental Policy (3 cr.)

Law 969 Water Law II (3 cr.)

Law 979 Native American Natural Resources Law (3 cr.)

Satisfactory completion of both degrees is required to qualify for the exchange credit, the degrees are granted concurrently. The first year of study for either an M.S. or Ph.D. student must be exclusively in the College of Law. M.S. students are required to write a thesis. Ph.D. students are required to write a dissertation. If the student fails to complete the M.S. or Ph.D. program, only 6 credits are allowed toward the J.D. degree. If a student fails to complete the J.D. degree, the student must satisfy all requirements for the particular option area in the Water Resources Program.

To ensure that each thesis/dissertation is interdisciplinary, the Water Resources Program requires the following:

1. Committee RequirementsEach Committee shall be composed of members from more than one discipline.
  • For the Masters a minimum of three members is required; for the Ph.D. a minimum of four members is required.
  • All committee members must approve the interdisciplinary component(s) of the thesis/dissertation proposal by signing the Interdisciplinary Thesis/Dissertation Proposal Approval Form.
  • All committee members must approve the interdisciplinary component(s) of the thesis/dissertation at the time of the defense by signing the Interdisciplinary Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form.

2. Thesis Requirements
  • Each thesis/dissertation shall reflect integration beyond a single discipline. Integration can be done throughout the entire thesis/dissertation, or through a separate interdisciplinary chapter (possibly co-authored) that specifically integrates methods and/or information from at least two distinct disciplines to advance the argument(s) in the thesis/dissertation. All chapters shall be connected into a coherent whole.
  • Each student shall evaluate the interdisciplinarity of their thesis/dissertation as part of the Interdisciplinary Thesis/Dissertation Approval Form, prior to the defense.