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Graduate Programs

Combined Juris Doctor/Master of Arts Program

Note: Applicants must meet the admission requirements to the Economics MA to be considered for admission.

This program is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in areas that require some sophistication in economics, such as, competition policy, commercial contracting, mergers and acquisitions, business organization, tax policy, environmental law and international trade regulation.

The program allows a student to complete both the JD and the 8-month MA program in three years of academic study rather than the four years required to receive the degrees separately. (Note that this program cannot be combined with any of the collaborative programs.) Applicants must apply to each program separately but indicate on their applications that they wish to be considered for the Combined JD/MA Program. They will be considered for the Combined Program after they have secured independent admission to both the JD and MA programs. They will be registered in the Faculty of Law for all three years of the program and in the Department of Economics as well for the last two.

In the first year of the program students complete all first year courses of the JD program at the Faculty of Law.

Students complete a minimum of 2.5 FCEs in economics in year two of the program, including ECO1010 (note that this course starts in mid-August, three weeks earlier than the other Fall courses in Economics).

The following courses must be completed by all students over the course of the program.

  • ECO1010, an intensive preparatory course in mathematics and statistics for MA Regular students, which meets daily for three weeks beginning in mid-August (at the start of the second year).
  • ECO1200, a one-semester course in Microeconomic Theory
  • ECO1100, a one-semester course in Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECO1400, a one-semester course in Econometrics
  • ECO1950 (Economic Analysis of Law)
  • Any other two semester-courses in economics, subject to the approval of the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies. The following courses are recommended and will receive automatic approval:
    • ECO3300 (International Trade)
    • ECO1500 (Financial Economics I)
    • ECO2600 (Public Economics I)
    • ECO2601 (Public Economics II)
    • ECO3900 (Industrial Organization I)
    • ECO3901 (Industrial Organization II)
  • Forty-five law credits, including two of the following courses (number of credits in parentheses):
    • Law 339H Advanced Bankruptcy Law (3)
    • Law 408H Bankruptcy (3)
    • Law 579H Competition Law and Intellectual Property (3)
    • Law 312H Competition Policy (3)
    • Law 326H Contested Corporate Transactions (3)
    • Law 310H Corporate Income Tax Law (4)
    • Law 239H Environmental Law (3)
    • Law 351H Introduction to Law and Development (3)
    • Law 285H International Trade Regulation (3)
    • Law 349H International Taxation (3)
    • Law 399Y Law and Economics Workshop Seminar (2)
    • Law 243H Law, Institutions and Development (3)
    • Law 318H Secured Transactions (4)
    • Law 293H Securities Regulation (4)
    • Law 300H The Art of the Deal (3)
    • Law 356H Powering the Green Economy?: New Directions in Energy Regulation (3)
    • Law 371H The Law of International Business and Finance Transactions (4)
    • Law 216H Venture Capital Financing (3)
If a course is not be offered in some year, substitutions may be made with the approval of the Combined Program Director.

Students must satisfy the requirements for each degree program. They will be registered in the Combined Program as follows:

Year One Faculty of Law Full Time
Year Two Faculty of Law Part Time
Department of Economics Full Time
Year Three Faculty of Law Full Time
Department of Economics Part Time

Students enrolled in the joint programs must complete the requirements of both programs in order to graduate. No diploma will be awarded until all of the requirements for the joint programs are fulfilled.