J.D./M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The J.D./M.A. clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) option is intended for law students who are interested in becoming licensed mental health counselors in the state of Indiana or other states offering the licensure option. This program combines the 90-credit J.D. with a 60-credit M.A. CMHC. Because each degree recognizes coursework completed for the other, the total credits amount to 132–138. This program serves students having a variety of goals related to the growing integration of law and psychology, including:

  • legal practice with a focus in mental health and social service (e.g., legal expert for mental health centers);
  • mental health and social service administration where understanding of the law and ability to interact with legal systems is required (e.g., director of a social service agency);
  • government employment dealing with regulatory procedures and laws that impact mental health and social service agencies, professionals, and clients;
  • legal work for national, regional, or state mental health organizations and associations;
  • understanding of issues pertinent to the practice and enhancement of mediation using standard counseling techniques;
  • positions that, for whatever reason, require credibility within the mental health professions.

Program Requirements
Law School students are encouraged to begin coursework in psychology two to three semesters prior to beginning studies in the law program. The J.D. and M.A. need not be awarded simultaneously; rather, they are presented when the requirements for each degree are fulfilled. Students in the M.A. CMHC degree program should plan a minimum of one or two additional semesters beyond the third year of law school.


J.D./M.A. CMHC (in addition to meeting the J.D. requirements:)
Core Requirements 39 credits
COUN 545 Community & Health Counseling 3 credits
COUN 570 Assessment in Counseling: Testing & Appraisal 3 credits
COUN 620 Human Development: Biological & Learned Bases of Behavior 3 credits
COUN 625 Social & Cultural Bases of Behavior 3 credits
COUN 635 Introduction to Psychopathology 3 credits
COUN 642 Advanced Psychopathology 3 credits
COUN 660 Helping Relationships: Counseling Theories 3 credits
COUN 662 Helping Relationships: Counseling Processes 3 credits
COUN 664 Career Counseling: Appraisal & Intervention 3 credits
COUN 668 Group Counseling 3 credits
COUN 693 Foundations of Professional & Ethical Issues in Counseling 3 credits
COUN 694 Counseling Proseminar (4 semesters) 0 credits
COUN 602 Research Methods 3 credits
PSY 700 Law & Psychology: Integrative Project 3 credits
Experiential Training 12 credits
One practicum, one internship, and one advanced internship must be completed. Select law clinics and externships may substitute for the counseling practicum with the approval of the psychology department.
Electives 9 credits
Law: select six credits from the following:
LAW 245 Intellectual Assessment 3 credits
LAW 485 Assessment of Social & Emotional Functioning 2 credits
LAW 486 Advanced Topics in Counseling 3 credits
LAW 487 Independent Study 3 credits
LAW 488 Psychology & Law 2 credits
LAW 495 B Special Topics in Psychology (with departmental approval) 3 credits
LAW 495K Special Topics in Psychology (with departmental approval) 3 credits
LAW 662 Legal Clinic 2-3 credits
Psychology/Counseling: 3 credits from the list of approved courses (see electives for the M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum in the Graduate Catalog)

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

Click on the “Prospective Students” link to learn more about applying for a degree program.