Director of Graduate Admissions
Participants in the JD/MSAL Joint Degree Program
must spend their first year in the School of Law. Once the student has
completed the required first year courses in the School of Law, he or
she may then take courses in both the JD and MSAL programs.
the School of Law operates on a semester system and the rest of the
university operates on a quarter system, joint program participants must
carefully coordinate their schedules with the Associate Dean for
Students in the School of Law and the Program Coordinator for MSAL in
the College of Arts and Sciences.
The length of time required to
complete the joint degree program is between 3 and 4 years for full-time
students. Students in the joint program are required to complete 90
semester credits for the JD degree and 48 quarter credits for the MSAL
In the joint degree program, students can satisfy the
requirements for each degree by using a specified number of crossover
credits to be chosen from a list of approved courses in each school.
This allows the student, whether full-time or part-time, to complete the
two degrees in a shorter period of time than if the student sought to
obtain the JD and MSAL degrees independently.
Of the 90 semester
credits required for the JD degree, 10 semester credits can be satisfied
by 15 quarter credits chosen from a list of specified courses from the
MSAL program (listed below).
Of the 48 quarter credits required for
the MSAL degree, a student enrolled in the joint degree program may
satisfy up to 12 of the quarter credits with 8 semester credits earned
in the law school from a list of approved courses (listed below).
Joint degree students
will be required to take Sports Law in the School of Law. One quarter
credit is the equivalent of .67 semester credits. So, for example, a 3
quarter credit crossover MSAL course could be used to satisfy 2 semester
credits for the JD degree.
The following courses can be used to satisfy credit towards the
Juris Doctorate and Master of Sports Administration and Leadership
degrees. Not all courses are offered each quarter, semester, or year,
and some courses may require particular sequencing or have
prerequisites. Crossover credit will not be granted for courses that are
substantially similar to courses already taken in the other school.