Family and Child Sciences and Law

College of Law and the Department of Family & Child Sciences joint-degree program in Law and Family & Child Sciences, J.D./M.S., permits completion of both degree programs concurrently. Following admission to both colleges or departments, a joint-degree student is required to submit the necessary joint-degree application and receive approval from the faculty advisor at the College of Law and the faculty advisor in the Department of Family & Child Sciences to pursue the joint degree. Interested applicants normally begin their study at the College of Law. A joint-degree student who wishes to enroll for any coursework in the other college or department before completing the first-year of law school must obtain the prior written approval of the College of Law faculty program advisor. Current law students may also apply to the joint-degree program by the end of their first year in law school. Once enrolled in the first-year law curriculum they will then complete all necessary documentation through the Department of Family & Child Sciences as well as a joint-degree application before April 1st. All required documents should be returned to the College of Law Office of Admissions.

Applicants to the Department of Family & Child Sciences must have a bachelor’s degree and an upper division (junior and senior) grade point average of 3.0 or better. Applicants who have scored a 160 or better on the LSAT will have the GRE requirement waived.

Application and Degree Requirements