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Overview of Joint Degree and Cooperative Programs

Stanford Advantage

My Stanford joint degree prepared me for legal practice in a world increasingly defined by the interaction of disparate legal, economic, social, and cultural forces. My study of one discipline inspired, expanded, and enlightened my study of the other. 

– Ashley Conrad Walter, JD/MA in Law and Religious Studies, '09

Comprehensive Excellence

No other law school can match the breadth of excellence Stanford Law offers students who want to study across disciplines. Stanford University ranks in the top 10 in 17 academic categories; in the top five in 15 academic categories; and in the top three in 13 of 17 categories—a record of consistent excellence that no other university in the world comes close to matching.


At Stanford Law, joint degree opportunities are not limited to formal programs. You can create a tailored joint degree program in practically any discipline offered at Stanford University or earn your non–law degree at a different university.

Time and Cost

Most Stanford JD/MA degrees can be completed in three years. Most JD/PhDs can be completed in one and a half to two years less time and, more important, at one–third the cost required at other institutions. To learn more, please read about Stanford's dual–crediting system and tuition and financial aid.

Twice the Expertise

Stanford Law joint degree students benefit from the wisdom of two faculties and the guidance of two faculty mentors—one from the law school and one from their discipline of choice.

Pursuing two courses of study has given me a broad set of tools for understanding conflicts in the international arena. I'll be uniquely well prepared to assist in resolving both domestic and international disputes. – Matt Steinberg, JD/MA in Law and Diplomacy (MALD Fletcher School, Tufts University), '09

Flexible Application

To pursue a joint degree, you must apply to both Stanford Law and the school or department in which you wish to specialize. You can apply for a joint degree program when the time is right for you: when you initially apply to Stanford Law, or after your first or second year in the law school or in another Stanford department or school.