New York Law School offers joint-degree programs that enable students to pursue law and another subject more rigorously than either a J.D. or a master’s degree alone would allow.
We offer two formalized joint-degree programs: a J.D./M.B.A. with the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and a J.D./M.A. in Forensic Psychology with John Jay College of Criminal Justice of CUNY. In addition, NYLS 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.
The J.D./M.B.A. program allows students to pursue both law and business subjects on a full-time or part-time basis.
Students may receive up to 9 transfer credits toward the 48-credit M.B.A. degree for appropriate coursework completed at NYLS and up to 9 transfer credits toward the 86-credit J.D. degree for appropriate coursework completed at Baruch. 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, and part-time students can complete the program in approximately five and a half years, including summers.
There is no prescribed program of courses for the joint degree, thereby allowing flexibility for individual goals and schedules. Students must meet the separate academic, residency, and financial requirements at each school. 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.
J.D./M.A. in Forensic Psychology
The J.D./M.A. program capitalizes on NYLS’s 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 people with mental disabilities as practitioners, policymakers, 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.
Students may pursue the joint J.D./M.A. program on a full-time or part-time basis. The joint-degree curriculum requires 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 NYLS courses in mental disability law and 12 M.A. credits from the John Jay College Forensic Psychology program will be credited towards both the M.A. and the J.D. With those 24 credits applied through the joint-degree program, the total number of credits taken will be 104. For a full-time student, the result is graduation with both degrees in approximately four years rather than five.