Dual M.A./J.D. in LAS/Law

 

The dual degree program allows a student to earn a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies (M.A.) and a Juris Doctor degree in Law (J.D.) in four years. It is an ideal option for students interested in going into immigration or human rights law. Students in this program typically take one year of graduate coursework in Latin American Studies (a minimum of 18 units) after their first year of coursework required for the J.D. The remaining units are completed along with their law courses in their third and fourth years in the program.

The Dual Degree in Law and Latin American Studies will be granted upon the completion of a minimum of 106 units in Law and Latin American Studies and related fields and by meeting the minimum Portuguese and Spanish language requirements. The requirements are summarized as follows:

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (Dual Program)

·    3 units for LAS 500 - Introduction to Latin American Studies

·    12 units in primary discipline or thematic area (15 units if thesis option is not pursued)

·    9 units international law courses

·    3 units internship (Law Clinic)

·    3 units for LAS 596a - Research Seminar

·    6 units thesis (including 3 law units for substantial paper)

·    Language requirement met by Spanish 330 and Portuguese 305 or Spanish 251 and Portuguese 325 or equivalency exam

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36 units total

Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (Regular Program)

·    3 units for LAS 500 - Introduction to Latin American Studies

·    15 units in primary discipline or thematic area

·    9 units in secondary area

·    3 units for LAS 596a - Research Seminar

·    6 units for thesis option or 6 elective units (may include internship units)

·    Language requirement met by Spanish 330 and Portuguese 305 or Spanish 251 and Portuguese 325 or equivalency exam

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36 units total

Juris Doctorate

·    30 units first year requirements

·    9 units other requirements (Evidence, Legal Profession, and Substantial Paper)

·    15 units for M.A. credit applied to J.D.

·    9 units international law courses

·    3 units Law Clinic (LAS internship)

·    19 units other law electives

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85 units total

With questions, contact Colin Deeds (LAS) at colind@email.arizona.edu or Michael Brooks (Law) brooks@email.arizona.edu.