UT Law Launches New Dual-Degree 3-Year J.D. Program

    Dual-degree JD's are often a popular option among students considering law school. However, one detractor many of these potential dual-degree applicants cite is the extra year that following this educational path takes. Although four years is still one less than what it would take to obtain each of these degrees separately, many students find themselves antsy during that final fourth year, raring to jump into the job market and start making use of their newfound knowledge. A new program at the University of Texas - Austin Law School aims to quell that anxiousness.

    From the ABA Journal website:

    A new dual degree program being launched at the University of Texas at Austin will award both a juris doctor degree and a master of science and information studies degree after a three-year program of study.

    "The program results from the recognition that not only is digital information changing the practice of law, increasing reliance on digital information is changing our understanding of ownership, copyright, creativity and privacy," the school says in a press release.

    The first students will start classes this fall. They can earn the two degrees in three years by spending one summer studying, explains a university web page on the dual degree program.

    This is a very interesting take on the dual-degree J.D. options, not only in the material covered, but also in the time it will take to complete. Traditionally, dual-degree J.D. programs (such as a J.D./MBA or a J.D./MA) take four years to complete; this degree can be completed in three years with only an additional summer's study.

    WHAT DO YOU THINK: Is this new J.D./MA combination destined to take off? Will more schools pick up this dual-degree option and/or the shortened dual-degree time frame?

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