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J.D. Law/Master of Arts in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

This dual degree program is designed for those students who wish to study law and Russian, East European and Eurasian issues in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner. Students who expect to be involved in government service or legal practices with a Eastern European focus could benefit from this program.

The University of Texas is well positioned to offer a program of this nature. The Law School has long been considered to have one of the best faculties in the nation. Professors affiliated with the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies are recognized world-wide for their resources. The Tarlton Law Library is sixth largest academic law library in the United States.

Program Structure 

A student admitted to the Dual Degree Program must complete the normal first-year coursework at the School of Law during the first year of the program. This must be done before taking any courses relating to the Dual Degree Program.  No language coursework or courses pertaining to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (or other coursework beyond the normal first-year coursework of the JD program) may be taken in the first year of Law School.  Both degrees are awarded simultaneously upon completion of all requirements of the Dual Degree Program. Therefore, students should arrange their course schedules so that all requirements for both degrees are completed in the same semester. Generally speaking, a student with the requisite language background can obtain both degrees in eight semesters.  Students will complete 86 hours of coursework in the Law School and an additional 30-33 hours connected with the CREEES degree.

Law School

  • 8 core courses and one elective taken in the first year
  • one course on either Criminal Procedure (Investigation or Prosecution) or Constitional Law II
  • one course on Professional Responsibility
  • one Writing Seminar in Law
  • one professional skills course each year
  • additional electives

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

  • 3 hours of a Seminar in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies: Civilization and Cultures
  • 3 hours of Literature and Culture
  • 3 hours of Economics, History, or Government
  • 3 hours of Anthropology, Geography, or Sociology
  • 12 hours of Electives in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (18 hours for report option)
  • 6 hours of MA Thesis (two 3-hour courses) or 3 hours of MA Report
  • Proficiency through the fourth year of coursework in Russian or another language of the area covered by CREEES or proficiency at the ACTFL "Advanced"/ILR 2 level, as demonstrated in an Oral Proficiency Interview.

Language Requirements

Students are expected to possess proficiency in a language of the area (normally Russian, Czech, Polish or Serbo-Croatian) equal to three years of course work. This requirement may be met either through formal language study or by passing a proficiency examination administered by a University of Texas faculty member. Students are encouraged to achieve the required level of proficiency as early as possible. Those with no previous knowledge of a Slavic, East European or Central Asian language are advised to enroll in intensive language courses during the summer prior to beginning the Dual Degree Program.


Note: Before the completion of the MA degree, students are required to complete a 4th year (or equivalent) of formal language instruction and pass a proficiency examination in the area language of their choice at the ILR (Interagency Language Roundtable) Level 2 or ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages) Advanced level.

Additional Information

If you are interested in the Law / CREEES dual degree program, you should consult the UT Law School webpage.

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