To qualify for the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (JD), a student must meet the following requirements:
The following courses are required: Law 321, 421, or 621; 423 or 523; 427 or 527; 431 or 531; 332; 433 or 533; 434 or 534; 181C, 281C, 381C, or 481C; 285 or 385; 297S, 397S, or 497S; and such other courses as the dean and faculty of the School of Law may specify. To avoid scholastic difficulty, the student should complete all required work except the seminar before the final semester.
To graduate from the School of Law, a student must take and pass during the second or third year at least one three-semester-hour writing seminar (Law 397S). Writing seminars are small classes that emphasize writing and group discussion. Each writing seminar involves written work by the student that embodies the results of research. Students may take additional writing seminars if space is available.
The degree of Master of Laws (LLM) is awarded to students who have completed a rigorous program of coursework and research. The program leading to the degree is designed for students of high ability seeking academic work beyond the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree or its equivalent. Specific information about the graduate program and application forms are available from the Director of Graduate Studies, School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin, 727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas 78705-3299, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Law and the University's Language and Area Center for Latin American Studies offer a curriculum in Latin American and international law for the Master of Laws degree. The one-year program takes advantage of the unique faculty talents and course offerings of the University to add a special focus to the existing LLM program. It is designed for highly qualified legal practitioners and scholars from both the United States and abroad who seek to increase their understanding of the transnational legal environment in the Americas. The curriculum addresses such matters as international trade and investment, international human rights, international environmental law, legal problems of the United States-Mexico border region, and specific legal regimes of Mexico and other Latin American states.
Applicants are considered for admission to candidacy for the degree by the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Law. Complete applications must be submitted by February 1 prior to the fall semester in which the applicant seeks to begin the program. Generally, candidates are admitted for the fall semester only.
For each candidate, a specific program of coursework and research is developed to meet degree requirements and the candidate's needs and interests. The program must include
Candidates must maintain a grade point average of at least 1.80 to continue in the program and must have an average of at least 1.90 at the end of the final semester to receive an LLM degree. They must complete the Master of Laws degree requirements within one calendar year of beginning graduate law study at the University unless, in unusual circumstances, the Graduate Studies Committee grants an extension.
The University also has approval to offer the degree of Master of Comparative Jurisprudence, but this degree program is inactive.
Together with other units of the University, the School of Law offers joint degree programs that lead simultaneously to the JD and the following degrees.
Master of Business Administration. This program is designed to train qualified students for careers in business or the legal profession or both. Students must complete at least 134 semester hours of coursework to earn the two degrees. Generally, the first year of coursework is taken entirely in the School of Law and the second year is taken entirely in the Graduate School of Business.
Master of Public Affairs. This program is designed to train qualified students for careers at any level of government and in government-related areas of the private sector or the legal profession. Students register in one school during year I of the program and in the other during year II; in years III and IV the student may take courses in both schools.
Master of Arts with a major in Latin American studies. This program is designed for students who wish to study law and Latin American issues in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner. Generally, a student with the requisite language background can obtain both degrees in eight semesters. A student admitted to the joint program must complete the normal first-year coursework in the law school during the first year of the program, before taking any courses in the joint program.
Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning. This four-year program is designed to train students for careers in which knowledge of planning methodology and process, coupled with the analytic skills and professional expertise of lawyers, are essential. Students register in the School of Law during the first year of the program.
Master of Arts with a major in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies. This program combines study of law with interdisciplinary area studies and language. It responds to an increased need in both public and private sectors for legal specialists with a thorough understanding of the culture, economics, geography, history, and politics of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. This program takes approximately four years; the first year must be taken in the School of Law.
Master of Arts with a major in Middle Eastern studies. This program responds to the increased need in both public and private sectors for legal specialists with a thorough understanding of the economics, geography, history, politics, language, and culture of the Middle East and North Africa.
Joint JD/PhD programs. Formal joint degree programs have not been established between the School of Law and every graduate program. However, the School of Law and the Graduate School have established paths by which students may earn two degrees; for example, a student might pursue both the JD and a PhD in economics, government, or philosophy. The law school will endeavor to accommodate the scheduling problems that may arise for these students and to smooth the path toward acquiring the two degrees. Students interested in designing a two-degree program should contact the School of Law and the appropriate academic department for information.
For information about the joint programs, write to the School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin, 727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas 78705-3299.
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