Master of Science/Doctor of Jurisprudence
The joint M.S.-J.D. degree is structured so that qualified students can obtain a non-thesis M.S. degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics and a J.D. degree from the Law School in four years, rather than the five that would be required if each degree were pursued separately.
This degree provides students who want to practice law in an agricultural and/or natural resource setting with graduate training in economics as applied to rural areas and/or the natural resource sector.
The minimum 36 hours for the M.S. portion includes 3 hours of Master's Research Paper (AAEC 6301) which are required from both Agricultural and Applied Economics and from Law. Those who select this option must be admitted to both the Law School and the Graduate School. The LSAT exam may be taken in lieu of the GRE.
The student's graduate committee will conduct an oral examination after all other requirements for the degree have been completed. The chairperson of the student's graduate committee must establish an examination date and notify the other members of the student's graduate committee and faculty in the department at least 5 working days prior to the final examination. The student is expected to defend the thesis or M.S. research paper and demonstrate an ability to discuss issues of importance in the chosen areas of specialization.