The dual M.A./J.D. degree program in law and Latin American and Caribbean Studies provides training in foreign cultures to prepare law students for international careers and for dealing with Latin American and Caribbean businesses and clients in the United States. In-depth knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean history, politics, society, and political economy adds a valuable intellectual dimension to the training of law students who plan to practice international private and public law or corporate law for foreign clients. The dual M.A./J.D. degree requires a total of 94 points for the two degrees and can be completed in three to four years. Candidates for the dual degree submit separate applications to the Graduate School of Arts and Science and the School of Law. Detailed information regarding residency requirements and credit distribution can be obtained by contacting the director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; at the Law School, contact Amy Chu, Director of Academic Services for the J.D. Division, at (212) 998 6020.
The JD requires that the student satisfy the New York State residence requirement of six semesters of full-time study with a majority of credits in day division courses (commencing before 6 p.m.). Students must register for at least one semester or summer session through GSAS.
The School of Law requires 82 credits of study for the JD. However, in the dual MA/JD degree, 12 credits for courses taken at GSAS will be applied in satisfaction of this requirement.
The Graduate School requires 32 points of study for the MA. However, in the dual MA/JD degree, 8 points for courses taken in the School of Law will be applied in satisfaction of this requirement.
Students, therefore, take a total of 94 credits for the two degrees. For these purposes only, the Law School "credit" will be equated with the Graduate School "point".
The first year of the dual MA/JD degree is spent fulfilling requirements in the Law School. The student must plan the remainder of the program with the appropriate advisor in each school. In the Graduate School, the advisor is the Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), Professor Jill Lane. In the Law School, the advisor is Danielle Insalaco, Director of Academic Services for the J.D. Division.
Eight courses (32 credits) are required for the M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. JD/MA (Latin American/Caribbean Studies) candidates will include among their courses:
A. Two core courses (8 points) in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (see 3.1.1. for course descriptions):
B. Four courses (16 points) offered by GSAS. Please check the most recent NYU directory of classes for offered courses.