Joint-Degree Programs

New York Law School recognizes that the diverse academic, professional, and community service experiences of our students sometimes lead to a desire to combine law study with advanced study in another academic discipline. Therefore, we offer joint-degree programs that enable students to pursue both subjects more rigorously than either the J.D. or the master’s degree alone would allow.

We offer two formalized joint-degree programs: J.D./M.B.A. with the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College of the City University of New York and J.D./M.A. in Forensic Psychology with John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. New York Law School will work on an individual basis with students who wish to combine their J.D. with an advanced degree in other subjects at other institutions provided that the other institution is also willing to work with us.


Program Structure and Benefits

The joint J.D./M.B.A. program allows students to pursue both law and business subjects more rigorously than either the M.B.A. or the J.D. degrees alone would allow. This more thorough study of the connections between law and business enables joint-degree students to make a special contribution to the law or business environment in which they will be working.

Students pursue the joint M.B.A./J.D. program on a full-time or part-time basis. Student may receive up to nine transfer credits toward the 48-credit M.B.A. degree for appropriate course work completed in the law school. Similarly, students may receive up to nine transfer credits toward the 86-credit J.D. degree for appropriate course work completed in the business school. Because of this shared course credit, full-time students can complete the joint J.D./M.B.A. program in approximately four years, including summers. Part-time students can complete the joint J.D./M.B.A. program in approximately five and one-half years, including summers.

Certain preliminary courses may be required for M.B.A. students who have not had equivalent preparation prior to enrollment at Baruch. Standards of the American Bar Association do not allow coursework taken prior to matriculation in the J.D. degree to be transferred or credited toward the J.D.; thus courses completed prior to J.D. matriculation cannot be used in credit-sharing.

Students begin their course work at New York Law School, and will generally spend one year at one institution, the next year at the other institution, and divide their remaining time between the two institutions. Program coordinators at each school will assist students in meeting the special needs arising from the different dates of enrollment and registration in the respective institutions. Students must meet the separate academic, residency, and financial requirements at each school.

There is no prescribed program of courses for the joint degree, thereby allowing flexibility for individual goals and schedules. Course sequences are determined by consultation with academic advisors from both the J.D. and M.B.A. programs. The J.D. and M.B.A. degrees are conferred after degree requirements at both institutions are completed. Students who elect to complete one degree before (or instead of) the other degree must complete the conventional requirements for the degree that is being sought.

Admission to the J.D. program is for fall entry only.

Applying to the Joint-Degree Program

Prospective students must submit separate applications to business school and law school, and satisfy each school’s admissions requirements, including satisfactory scores on the GMAT or GRE and LSAT exams.The MBA program also requires two years of work experience, post-Bachelor’s degree. Applicants may apply to business school and law school concurrently, or apply to one school during the first year of full-time enrollment in the other school (or the equivalent for part-time students). Students who seek to enter the joint program at some later point in their M.B.A. or J.D. program require approval of the program coordinators in each school.

Students admitted concurrently to business and law school will enroll in one school and defer admission to the other school, depending upon where they decide to spend their first year (or the equivalent). Students will inform the appropriate admissions office to defer enrollment. Admission to Baruch may be deferred for up to three semesters, provided students have been registered in New York Law School during that time period. (Admissions records are kept for 18 months.) All students should meet with the M.B.A. and J.D. program coordinators to discuss the requirements for the joint program and complete a program worksheet.

Courses to Take in the M.B.A Program

The M.B.A. degree program requires 48 credits: 18 credits of foundational skills courses, 9 credits of functional skills courses, 18 credits of elective course work, and the Business Consulting capstone. In general, students in the J.D./M.B.A. program transfer nine credits of law school course work toward their general electives. All law courses are completed at New York Law School.

Costs and Financial Assistance

Costs are paid to each institution based on enrollment in a given term. Financial aid is available at both schools, but students may not apply for aid from more than one school for the same period of enrollment. J.D./M.B.A. candidates are eligible for all forms of Law School aid, including New York Law School’s generous merit scholarship programs.

Students should get in touch with the financial aid offices in both the law and business schools for information. Students cannot apply for financial aid through more than one school for the same period of enrollment. For information about financial aid at Zicklin, contact the Financial Aid Office, 646.312.1360. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to students studying at Baruch full-time.

Career Possibilities

Possible positions include: legal counsel; corporate secretary; liaison to outside counsel; liaison to financial institutions; and general administrative assistant to a CEO/CFO. Possible fields include: accounting; insurance; shareholder relations; labor relations; real estate; business policy and general strategy, including risk analysis; legislative relations; lobbying; international relations and trade; community relations; advertising; and intellectual property aspects of e-commerce and the Internet.

About Baruch College and Zicklin School of Business

Baruch College is part of a tradition that dates back more than 160 years to the founding of the Free Academy, the very first free public institution of higher education in the nation. Today, a thriving, urban, multicultural institution and a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY), Baruch attracts motivated students from more than 170 countries.

The Zicklin School of Business was established in 1919 as City College’s School of Business and Civic Administration, which offered its first M.B.A. program in 1920. The Zicklin School routinely wins national and international recognition for innovation, excellence, diversity, and value. Recent recognition from U.S. News & World Report ranks Zicklin’s M.B.A. program number one in financial value at graduation.

For additional information and application materials contact:

Zicklin Graduate Admissions Office
151 East 25th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)
Zicklin Graduate Admissions Office
Eighth Floor, Room 820

T: 646.312.1300
F: 646.312.1301

J.D./M.A. in Forensic Psychology

The J.D./M.A. joint-degree program offers qualified students the opportunity to earn both a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from New York Law School and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, both of which may be completed in as little as four years.

The joint-degree program capitalizes on New York Law School’s nationally renowned expertise in mental disability law with John Jay College’s highly recognized specialization in forensic psychology, to develop lawyers who will be uniquely trained to advocate for persons with mental disabilities as practitioners, policy makers, and legal scholars. Graduates will also be able to work as M.A. psychologists exempt from doctoral-level licensure in limited New York State civil service job settings, and as M.A. psychologists in various other states, depending upon their licensing laws.

Program Structure and Benefits

The focus of the program is on forensic psychology and mental disability law. The curriculum is composed of the existing required and elective courses for the M.A. and for the J.D., requiring a combined total of 128 credits, including 42 credits for the completion of the M.A. in Forensic Psychology and 86 credits for the completion of the J.D. program. However, 12 credits of New York Law School courses in mental disability law, completed as online courses, will be credited toward both the J.D. and the M.A. programs. Likewise, 12 M.A. credits from the John Jay College Forensic Psychology program will be credited toward both the M.A. and the J.D. Thus, with 24 credits applied through the joint-degree program, the actual number of credits taken will be 104. For a full-time student, the result is graduation with both degrees in four years rather than five.

Students will begin their training in the J.D. program for the first year. The second year will be exclusively in the M.A.program. Students may then mix courses between courses in the third and fourth years.

The M.A. in Forensic Psychology will consist of 24 required credits; 15 forensic elective credits, including 12 credits from the New York Law School Mental Disability Law track; and 3 credits of externship. The J.D. will consist of 40 required credits, 12 credits from Mental Disability Law Studies, 12 credits transferred from the John Jay College M.A. in Forensic Psychology program, and 22 additional Law School elective credits.

A typical course sequence might look like this:

First Year (New York Law School)

  • Criminal Law
  • Contracts
  • Torts
  • Legal Practice I & II
  • Property
  • Civil Procedure
  • Legislation and Regulation

Second Year (John Jay College)

  • Mental Health Professionals & the Law
  • Research Methods
  • Psychopathology
  • Statistics
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Criminal Psychological Assessment
  • Advanced Forensic Assessment
  • Clinical Interviewing

Third Year (both)

  • Survey of Mental Disability Law
  • Forensic Psychology Elective
  • Constitutional Law
  • Two NYLS Electives
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Evidence
  • Mental Disability Law program elective

Fourth Year (both)

  • Two NYLS Mental disability Law program electives
  • Five additional NYLS electives (including fulfilling the Writing Requirement)
  • John Jay College Externship

Applying to the Joint-Degree Program

Candidates must submit separate applications to both programs, fulfilling the admission requirements for each. The M.A. program requires a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate minimum G.P.A. of 3.0; a GRE with a minimum score of 1000 combined in Verbal and Quantitative (or the equivalent percentile on the LSAT); a minimum of 12 combined psychology credits in undergraduate and graduate coursework; Statistics and Research Methods, both of which can be taken upon admission to the program; personal statement; and recommendations. For additional information on Graduate Admission at John Jay College, click here.

Admission to the J.D. program is only for fall entry. The New York Law School J.D. admission process is competitive; additional information is found here.

Career Possibilities

Attorneys with a specialization in forensic psychology and mental disability law may consider work with nonprofit organizations or public interest law firms, representing individual clients denied services or rights, or advocating for systematic change, or in offices specializing in the defense or prosecution of criminal defendants. They may represent persons with mental disabilities regarding commitment to psychiatric hospital, institutional rights issues, deinstitutionalization questions, informed consent, guardianship, access to community services, and all issues in the criminal justice system that relate to defendants with mental disabilities. They may also work for nonprofit corporations such as hospitals or government agencies at the state or federal level. Some possibilities include departments of mental health and disability, human services, state juvenile and adult correctional services, health services, and various mental health profession regulatory agencies.

About John Jay College of Criminal Justice

In the mid-1950s, civic leaders at the the New York City Police Department became increasingly aware of the growing complexity of police work, not only in the internal administration and operation of the department, but also in the ongoing relations between police and the community. In response to these concerns, a Police Science Program was established in 1954 at the then Baruch School of Business and Public Administration of City College. This program emphasized a strong liberal arts curriculum as the basis of a sound police education.

Over the next decade, the program grew substantially, attracting larger and larger numbers of students. By 1964 a special committee convened the Board of Higher Education recommended the establishment of an independent degree-granting school of police science. The College of Police Science of the City University of New York (CUNY) was thus established, and in September 1965 it admitted its first class of students.

Within a year it became clear that the name assigned to the College did not adequately represent the mission of the College. In recognition of its broad educational objective in the process of criminal justice, development of leadership, and emphasis on professional achievement in public service, the College was renamed John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in honor of the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Today, a thriving, urban, multicultural institution and a senior college of CUNY, John Jay attracts motivated students of proven achievement who have the intellectual acuity, moral commitment, and professional competence to confront the challenges of crime, justice, and public safety in a free society. Their ability and drive, along with the superb, professional education for which John Jay is known have established the College’s national and international reputation for excellence in criminal justice and public service education.

For additional information and application materials, contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
The City University of New York
445 West 59th Street, Room 1101N
New York, NY 10019
T: 212.237.8863

Joint-Degree Coordinator for M.A.
James Wulach, Ph.D., J.D.
T: 212.237.8782