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Joint-Degree Programs

Loyola has a number of options for students who wish to pursue interdisciplinary studies.  Our joint degree programs create a comprehensive curriculum in multiple areas of study.

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Application Requirements

Juris Doctor/LL.M.

Loyola students have the option of completing a joint J.D./LL.M. in seven semesters. Students must apply and be accepted into both programs by the beginning of their last semester in the J.D. program. Scholarships and financial aid are available. The LL.M. is offered in three areas of concentration: Environmental Law, Health Law & Administration, and Immigration Law.

To apply, please submit a statement of interest, a transcript, and one letter of recommendation via email to Director of Law Records, Tori Luwisch-deLaureal. Scholarships and financial aid are available and will be awarded following acceptance.

* 3Ls and 4Ls graduating in May 2020 must apply by April 15th to be eligible. Joint degree students will complete their requirements for the J.D. in the spring semester and may sit for a bar examination in summer before returning to complete the LL.M. semester.

 

To learn about the curriculum for each LL.M. program, please see the links below:

Environmental Law

Health Law & Administration

Immigration Law

 

To learn more about the joint J.D./LL.M., please contact the director of each program:

Environmental Law: Marianne Cufone

Health Law & Administration: Ann Koppel

Immigration Law: Professor Isabel Medina

Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration

The Juris Doctor (JD)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed for those students seeking advanced education in business administration in addition to an education in the law.

Normal degree requirements of 90 semester hours (Juris Doctor) and 40 semester hours (Master of Business Administration) are complemented and reduced to 81 semester hours (Juris Doctor) and 31 semester hours (Master of Business Administration). Each program is reduced by nine semester hours because each program accepts, as part of its elective requirements, nine semester hours from the other program.

Academic requirements

You must apply to each program separately. You are considered a J.D./M.B.A. student only after you have been admitted to both programs.

The College of Law accepts the nine semester hours from the College of Business only after the entire 30 semester hours of required graduate business administration courses have been successfully completed. The College of Business accepts the nine semester hours from the College of Law only after the 81 semester hours of law courses have been successfully completed. Students must successfully complete all required courses in both programs.

Academic Standards

Upon completion of the program, you will be awarded two separate degrees. Since the joint program outlined above makes them mutually dependent, the requirements for both must be completed before either degree can be awarded.

Students participating in the joint program must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.3 (4.0 scale) in the College of Law and 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the College of Business.

Students failing to meet all of the requirements of the program are awarded the Juris Doctor or the Master of Business Administration degree only if they fulfill the requirements for the individual degree as outlined in the College of Law or Business Administration bulletin, respectively.

The anticipated time frame for the completion of the combined JD/MBA program is four academic years for full-time students.

For more information concerning the Master of Business Administration program, please consult the College of Business Graduate Bulletin, or contact Graduate Admissions Counselor Christina Morales at (504) 864-7953 or mba@loyno.edu.

Juris Doctor / Master of Public Administration

The Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration program is designed for those seeking an advanced degree in the field of governmental administration. The program is interdisciplinary, with equal participation from the College of Urban and Public Affairs, the College of Business Administration, and the Department of Political Science at the University of New Orleans.

Applicants for this joint program must apply separately to the College of Law and to the UNO College of Urban and Public Affairs. The schools together will determine whether the applicant is eligible for the combined program.

Academic Requirements

You must apply to each program separately. You are considered a J.D./M.P.A. student only after you have been admitted to both programs.

The College of Law accepts the nine semester hours from the College of Business only after the entire 30 semester hours of required graduate business administration courses have been successfully completed. The College of Business accepts the nine semester hours from the College of Law only after the 81 semester hours of law courses have been successfully completed. Students must successfully complete all required courses in both programs.

Academic Standards

The nine hours of credit earned at UNO in the MPA program will count toward the total earned hours at Loyola, but will not affect the student's cumulative Loyola grade point average. No credit will be awarded for a course taken in the UNO/MPA program unless the grade is at least equal to a C+ on the Loyola grading scale. No credit will be accepted until a student has successfully completed the first year of study at Loyola with an average of 2.3 or better. The student must maintain an average of 3.0 or better in the MPA program.

Students failing to meet all of the requirements of the program are awarded either the Juris Doctor or Master of Public Administration degree only if they fulfill the requirements for the individual degree as outlined in the College of Law or UNO Graduate bulletin, respectively.

For more information on the Master of Public Administration program, please contact Dr. John Kiefer at jkiefer@uno.edu or 504-280-3842.

Juris Doctor / Master of Urban and Regional Planning

The Juris Doctor /Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program is designed for those seeking professional training in planning cities and regions with specific emphasis given to their social, economic, environmental, political and physical aspects, as well as the interaction of these factors in addition to a law education.

The MURP Program is offered by the University of New Orleans (UNO) Department of Planning and Urban studies. The objective of the program is to prepare students to be planners in city, regional, state and federal planning agencies; private consulting firms and public service organizations; and other public or private institutions.

Applicants for this joint program must apply separately to the College of Law and University of New Orleans College of Urban and Public Affairs, and must be accepted individually to both. The schools together will determine whether the applicant is eligible for the combined program.

Academic Requirements

Normal degree requirements of 90 semester hours (JD) and 45 credit hours, including a three- to six-hour thesis (MURP), are complemented and reduced to 81 semester hours (JD) and 36 credit hours (MURP), plus the thesis. Each program is thus reduced by nine semester hours as each accepts, as part of its requirements, nine semester hours from the other program.

Upon completion of the program, the student will be awarded two separate degrees. The requirements for both must be completed, however, before either degree can be awarded. A student will not be allowed to enroll in Loyola law school courses in Clinical Seminar, Legal Research or Independent Study.

Academic Standards

The nine hours of credit earned at UNO in the MURP program will count toward the total earned hours at Loyola but will not affect the student's cumulative Loyola grade point average. No credit will be awarded for a course taken in the UNO/MURP program unless the grade is at least equal to a C+ on the Loyola grading scale. No credit will be accepted until a student has successfully completed the first year of study at Loyola with an average of 2.3 or better. The student must maintain an average of 3.0 or better in the MURP program.

Students failing to meet all of the requirements of the program are awarded either the Juris Doctor or Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree only if they fulfill the requirements for the individual degree as outlined in the College of Law or UNO graduate bulletin, respectively.

For more information on the Master of Urban and Regional Planning, please contact Dr. Marla Nelson, University of New Orleans, at mnelson@uno.edu or 504-580-3110.