Guide to Dual Law Degree Programs
Types of Dual Law Degrees
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Tips on How to Choose a Dual Law Degree Right for You
Frequently Asked Questions on Dual Law Degrees
Dual law degrees allow aspiring lawyers and non-lawyer professionals to widen their fields of expertise. They’re designed for people with very specific career goals, who are willing or able to invest additional time and money into completing two degrees.
Dual law degrees generally require a hefty investment (in terms of money), but if you’re confident you would like to complete two degrees, they will ultimately save you time. They can enhance your understanding of your specialty—and may even make you more marketable in the job market.
To pursue a dual degree, you must be accepted by each program. The timeline for applying to the programs may overlap, or you may have to begin one program before applying to the second. Requirements vary by school, especially for cross-disciplinary degrees, so it’s best to check with each university separately.
Depending on the program, dual law degrees can take as little as 12 months to complete—and up to several years. For instance, Master of Legal Studies programs typically take 12 to 24 months to complete, but they can take two years when combined with another master’s program. On the other hand, full-time J.D. programs last for three years, or six semesters. When combined with an LL.M., they typically take seven semesters.