In combining the philosophical study of bioethics with the study of law, you will acquire the perspective, knowledge, and expertise that will equip you to provide leadership concerning the bioethical issues faced by institutions such as state and federal agencies, healthcare organizations, research and educational institutions, corporations (national and multinational), human rights organizations, medical insurers, and religious bodies.
Students completing the program will receive a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in Law and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Philosophy, with a concentration in Bioethics.
Through the combined degrees program, the two degrees can be obtained with a total of 108 earned credits, as compared with the 120 credits required if the degrees are obtained separately.
Up to six credits of health law courses can be counted toward both the 90 credits required for the J.D. in Law and the 30 credits required for the M.A. in Philosophy.
Additionally, if a student successfully petitions to complete a 6 cr. thesis or research project addressing legal and philosophical aspects of a bioethical issue, it may also count for the senior law paper requirement unless one is electing to submit a law review note. Students who complete the combined degrees program will also receive 6 credits toward the 90 credits required for the JD in Law.
Below is a sample schedule that shows how the curricular requirements for both degrees can be met in the combined degrees program for the Bioethics concentration:
Below is a sample schedule that shows how the curricular requirements for both degrees can be met in the combined degrees program for the Bioethics concentration.
(Italicized courses are counted toward both degrees)
Law Program: 31 credits
Law Program: 6 credits
Second Year & Summer
Philosophy M.A. Program: 14 credits; Law Program: 13 credits
Third Year & Summer
Philosophy M.A. Program: 11 credits; Law program: 18 credits
Philosophy M.A. Program: 6 credits; Law Program: 16 credits
Graduate Program Director & Advisor, Professor Chad Carmichael, email@example.com