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JD/MAcc Dual Degree

Students who have been admitted separately to the School of Law and to the Master of Accountancy program may apply for permission to study concurrently for both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Accountancy degrees. Permission must be obtained from both the School of Law and the School of Accountancy, ordinarily prior to entry into the second year curriculum of the School of Law.

Completion of the concurrent programs requires successful completion of 90 semester hours of law courses and 30 semester hours of courses that meet Master of Accountancy requirements. However, in consultation with the Director of the Master of Accountancy Program, students may use up to nine of the 90 law school hours as part of the 30 hours required for the Master of Accountancy program. (In other words, up to nine hours may be shared between the two programs, thereby shortening the time to degree completion.) Students may select no more than 6 hours of coursework at the 400-level.

General Admission Procedure

Students begin a concurrent degree program upon the successful completion of their first year of law school. Admission to a concurrent degree program is subject to the approval of the Associate Dean of the School of Law and the Director of the Masters of Accountancy Program. Students interested in participating in a concurrent degree program should apply to both programs and begin making plans for participation during the Spring semester of their first year of law study after their fall grades have been received.

Once students have met with the Associate Dean of the Law School and the Director of the MAcc Program, they must complete the Law School's Concurrent Degree Program Application Form and turn it in to the School of Law Registrar’s Office. Students will be notified of their acceptance or rejection for participation in the concurrent degree program to the end of the Spring semester of their first year of law school.

Participation in a concurrent degree program is contingent upon compliance with applicable rules in the law school and School of Accountancy. This includes maintaining a 2.6 GPA in law school work while participating in the MAcc program. Failure to comply with applicable rules and policies may result in the student being withdrawn from the non-law program.