MA JD Dual Degree Program

Graduates of the MA/JD in Chinese Studies are likely to gain the attention of large international law firms with operations in China, or significant Chinese clients. The dual degree will also prepare students for employment opportunities "in-house" at multi-national corporations active in, or with, China. Numerous other opportunities exist, for example, at a full range of multilateral agencies, US government departments and NGOs, or in international trade.

Application Information
Applicants must gain separate and independent admission to both the University of Michigan Law School and the Center for Chinese Studies. Students must satisfy the requirements of each degree program and should consult with advisors in each school for the precise graduation requirements.

  • Law courses beyond first-year courses will not be offered in the summer term.
  • Students will not receive credit toward J.D. coursework taken prior to matriculation at the Law School.
  • When courses toward both degrees are taken in one term, tuition will be assessed at either the Law School or the Rackham Graduate School rate, whichever is higher.
  • At the beginning of their final year of study in the combined programs, students should submit a Dual Degree Course Elections Form for approval from both the Law School and the Center for Chinese Studies.

The dual-degree program is not open to students who have already earned either the MA in Chinese studies or JD. Students registered in the first year of either program may apply for the dual degree.

Application Deadline

  • January 3, Law School
  • January 10, Center for Chinese Studies

GRE/LSAT

  • GRE or LSAT is acceptable for admission to the Center for Chinese Studies
  • LSAT is required for admission to the Law School

Course Requirements
JD 82-credit-hour degree program:

  • Minimum of 70 credits must be earned in regularly scheduled Law School courses
  • Seminar course
  • One course in professional responsibility
  • One course in transnational law
  • One upper-class writing course
  • Up to 12 credit hours may be earned through courses taken in Chinese Studies

Center for Chinese Studies 24-credit-hour degree program:

  • Interdisciplinary seminars in Chinese Studies: CCS 501 (social science) and CCS 502 (humanities)
  • One course from the history department on Chinese history
  • One course focusing primarily on the imperial or pre-imperial period
  • One course focusing on modern China
  • MA thesis (may register for CCS 700)
  • Third-year-level Chinese language competency
  • Six credit hours may be earned through pre-approved courses taken in the Law School

Chinese Language Requirement

  • Students in the MA program in Chinese studies must complete third-year competence in reading and speaking Chinese.
  • Only fourth-year-level language classes can count toward the CCS degree credit requirement.
  • Students with limited prior language training are encouraged to apply for summer language study fellowships as a means to fulfill the language requirement.

Under special circumstances MA/JD dual-degree students can petition to be allowed to satisfy this requirement with only one semester of third-year Chinese.

For more information on this program contact:
Center for Chinese Studies Student Services Coordinator at 734.764.6308 or chinese.studies@umich.edu.

University of Michigan Law School, Student Services Program Coordinator at 734.615.0019 or law.dual.degrees@umich.edu.