Joint Law/MA in Psychology

The JD/MA Psychology augments the JD with a 30-credit MA in psychology. This program requires a total of 108 credits for both degrees and provides a general foundation in theories of personality and counseling. Coursework in professional issues and ethics for mental health counselors, as well as integrative work in law and psychology, is also required. This program is suited for law students whose practice may require understanding of and sensitivity to psychosocial issues (family law, mental health, children, the elderly, social services, etc.), but may also benefit others planning to work in settings where an understanding of human behavior is advantageous. This degree does not prepare students as mental health professionals.


JD/MA Psychology (in addition to meeting the JD requirements)
Core Requirements
15 credits
COUN 660 Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories
3 cr
COUN 693
Foundations of Professional & Ethical Issues in Counseling
3 cr
PSY 700
Law & Psychology: Integrative Project
3 cr
Select six credits from the following:
LAW 245
Pretrial Skills
3 cr
LAW 285
Race Relations & the Constitution
2 cr
LAW 485
Family Law
3 cr
LAW 486
Law & Health Care Process
3 cr
LAW 487
Elder Law
3 cr
LAW 488
Selected Topics in Elder Law
2 cr
LAW 495B
Children & the Law
3 cr
LAW 495K Alternative Dispute Resolution
3 cr
LAW 662
Legal Clinic
2-3 cr
Electives in Psychology/Counseling
15 cr

More information on the program can be found in the Graduate Catalog and Student Handbook.

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