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M.A./J.D. Admissions

Joint Degree in Law and International Policy  Studies

Combining the strengths of Stanford Law School (SLS) with International Policy Studies (IPS), this joint degree provides students with the analytical tools and skills to function as lawyers, advocates, and policymakers on diverse international issues.

Recipients of Stanford's joint J.D. and IPS M.A. degree are prepared to practice law in the public sector as government officials, as lawyers working for nongovernmental organizations in such fields as international human rights and international environmental law, or in the private sector representing clients in transnational domains particularly sensitive to matters of public policy.

Apply to the Joint J.D./M.A. Program
 

Degree Requirements

You must fulfill the degree requirements for each program as outlined in the academic policies from each school for the year in which you begin the required curriculum.  

J.D. Requirements

M.A. Requirements
 

Overview

J.D. Units

111
80 units from SLS courses
31 units from SLS or non-SLS courses

M.A. Units

73
Up to 22 units from Law courses

Units that can be applied across 
the two degree programs

53

Time to Complete

12 academic quarters (4 years)

Timeline

Year

Program

Coursework

1

Stanford Law School

L1 Curriculum

2

Stanford Law School & IPS

L2 Curriculum & IPS Core

3

Stanford Law School & IPS

L3 Curriculum & IPS Core/Electives

4

IPS

IPS Capstone & Electives

 

How to Apply

There are three options for applying to the joint J.D./M.A. degree program:

Apply as an external applicant to both degree programs

Apply as a current Stanford student in the Law School

  • IPS has one application deadline per year in early January.  Please see How to Apply for details.
  • After admittance to the Law School, current students may apply to a joint program during their first or second year through an internal process.  
  • Law students must submit the following materials to IPS:
  1. Copy of law school application (please ask the Law School Registrar's Office to send this to Jonathan Achter)
  2. Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages, double spaced)
  3. Letter of recommendation from a Stanford professor
  4. Current transcript (can be official or unofficial)

Apply as a current Stanford student in International Policy Studies