This dual degree program allows accepted applicants to obtain a Ph.D. in politics from the Graduate School of Arts and Science and a J.D. from the School of Law. Students must complete requirements for both programs but may count some courses toward both programs.
Students enroll each year either in the Department of Politics or in the School of Law, and separate funding must be obtained for both the Department of Politics and the School of Law years. The Ph.D. requires 72 points of coursework, of which 12 Law School points will be accepted. Up to 12 points of Graduate School credit will also be counted toward the J.D. degree. The joint degree, therefore, requires a total of 130 points (70 at the School of Law and 60 at the Graduate School of Arts and Science).
Because some of the credits earned in each program will count toward the other degree, it is possible to complete the course requirements for both degrees in five years of full-time study. Those interested in this dual degree must apply to and be accepted by both New York University School of Law and New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, either simultaneously or during the first year of study at the Law School.
For more information, please visit GSAS' Politics Bulletin and NYU School of Law J.D. Admissions page.