Concurrent Degree Program

The University of Washington encourages students to take full advantage of the University's unique position as a leading research institution and to consider one of the many dual-degree programs available. Enrollment in either a formal dual-degree program or an informal concurrent degree program at the University permits a student to proceed in a coordinated way toward sequential completion of both degrees in a shortened period of time. The breadth of programs available through the Graduate School and professional schools will satisfy almost every academic interest.

The practice of law has become increasingly complex, requiring lawyers to think broadly as problem-solvers. Concurrent or joint degree programs permit students to personalize their study of law by adding knowledge, skills, and analytical tools from other disciplines:

  • Students interested in administrative, legislative, or governmental service may want to consider concurrent enrollment in the Master of Public Administration program at the Evans School of Public Affairs.
  • Concurrent enrollment in the Master in Public Health in Public Health Genetics program prepares law school graduates to deal with complex ethical, policy, and legal issues related to health care.
  • Concurrent enrollment in the Master in Health Administration allows law students to master theoretical knowledge and analytical skills applicable to management roles in "real world" health care settings.
  • Concurrent enrollment in the Master in Public Health in Health Services allows law students to gain analytical and practical skills to improve the public's health and the quality of health care services.
  • Concurrent enrollment in the Master of Social Work program allows law students to explore issues related to child and family services, anti-poverty programs, and the prevention and resolution of complex societal problems.
  • Students interested in international and comparative law may want to consider a Master of Arts in International Studies from the Jackson School of International StudiesThe interdisciplinary approach of the Jackson School supports expertise in regional, cross-cultural, and transnational studies.
  • Students can combine professional education in business and law through a concurrent J.D./M.B.A program. The M.B.A. program from the Foster Business School provides a solid foundation in accounting, finance, operations, management, and information systems, and permits students to develop expertise in global trade and entrepreneurship.

Law students may also want to consider a concurrent enrollment in one of the School of Law's LL.M. programs. Interested students should contact the directors of the Asian and Comparative Law Program, the Health Law, the Intellectual Property and Policy Program, the Law of Sustainable International Development Program, or the Graduate Program in Taxation.

Application Process

A student must apply for admission separately to both the Graduate School and the School of Law. First-year law students are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School and for joint-program status. Some candidates who are accepted to concurrent programs may choose to begin the master's program first. This allows them to go straight through the JD program in three years with their JD class.

Curriculum Planning

The Law J.D. Program begins in the Autumn Quarter only, and students must take the required first-year courses all at the same time; in the second and third years of the law program, the student may combine law courses and courses in the graduate discipline. The actual planning of the course sequence for a concurrent degree program generally takes place during the student's first year in law school. Students wishing to pursue a concurrent degree program should pay careful attention to the limits on non-law course credit set out in the General Bulletin.

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