Joint Degree Programs

UCLA Law has long been a leader in the interdisciplinary study of law.  The school’s joint degree programs are an important component of this interdisciplinary focus. Through our joint degree programs, students augment their legal education and gain specialized training and expertise that will prepare them for wide-ranging professional pursuits.

Formal Joint Degree Programs

Students at UCLA Law may choose to pursue one of the eight formal joint degree programs we offer in cooperation with other distinguished UCLA professional schools and departments. Our formal joint degree programs include: Law and Afro-American Studies, Law and American Indian Studies, Law and Management, Law and Philosophy, Law and Public Health, Law and Public Policy, Law and Social Welfare, and Law and Urban Planning.

Individually-Tailored Joint Degree Programs

Students may also elect to design and individually-tailored joint degree program, drawing from the multiple disciplines in UCLA’s vast curriculum, or seek approval for a joint degree program with another high-quality school or university.
In the past, the School of Law has approved programs that offer concurrent plans of study over four years leading to a J.D. and an M. A. with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and the Woodrow Wilson School of International Studies at Princeton University. Students interested in pursuing these joint degree programs will also need to gain individual approval from those institutions.

How to Apply

To pursue one of our formal joint degree programs, students must apply both to UCLA Law and directly to the other school. Applicants should contact the appropriate graduate school or department to obtain its application, and must meet the department's requirements and deadlines. Students interested in creating an individualized joint degree program, or pursuing a joint degree program with another university, will work with the Dean of Students Office during their first or second years of law school to seek approval for the joint degree.