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Overview of Joint Degree and Cooperative Programs


Stanford Law School makes it possible to earn a joint degree in as little as three years and at one–third the cost compared to other institutions through a unique dual–crediting system.

Dual–crediting works as follows:

The law school will accept a certain number of credits earned in another school or department toward a JD/MA or JD/MS. The other school or department also will accept a certain number of law school credits toward the joint degree. (To learn the number of dual credits acceptable for a particular degree, please see individual degree descriptions.) In virtually every case, dual–crediting makes a joint degree possible in three years—the general exceptions being programs that require a two–year Master's degree (e.g., JD/MBA, JD/MPP in International Policy Studies). In these cases, what would usually be a five–year degree becomes a four–year program.

Similar dual–crediting applies for students pursuing a JD/PhD. Other Stanford schools and departments will accept a certain number of law school credits toward the PhD, which enables most JD/PhD candidates to earn the degree in one and a half to two years less than would be possible at other institutions.

Please note: These are general guidelines. Credit requirements may vary from program to program, and from student to student. Schools and departments that partner with the law school in joint degrees may have specific requirements or limitations. To learn more, please check the specific degree in which you are interested.