Dual Degree Programs
Dual degree programs serve three purposes:
- Cross-disciplinary training ensures greater preparedness for a variety of career choices both in the law and on its periphery;
- Substantive knowledge gained in non-law fields broadens students' perspectives on legal problems; and,
- Dual qualifications heighten graduates' competitiveness in terms of employment opportunities and remuneration.
The dual degree programs available at Touro Law are:
J.D./M.B.A. degrees prepare students for challenging careers in law offices, corporations, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and consulting firms. Offered by the College of Management's School of Business at Long Island University
, the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) supplements the J.D. with a strong theoretical grounding in the principles of business administration.
The total credits for completion of the M.B.A. varies according to the amount, if any, of advanced standing granted for undergraduate work, but the maximum number of credits required is 48. Since the J.D. ordinarily requires 88 credits, someone receiving the degrees separately would complete a total of 136 (88 J.D. credits and 48 M.B.A. credits). For a dual degrees candidate, the reciprocal transfer (nine credits in each direction) reduces the combined credit total to no more than 118.
J.D./M.B.A. Dowling College
Dowling College offers a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree that addresses the fundamentals of business administration. As part of a J.D./M.B.A. program, it fosters an understanding of issues at the intersection of law and business. In addition to the M.B.A. in General Management, the School of Business allows the choice of subspecialties in Corporate Finance, Information System Management, and Public Management.
Dowling College may require a student from a non-business background to complete certain prerequisites in order to begin the M.B.A. program, but the degree requires only 36 credits for graduation. When taken in conjunction with the J.D., therefore, the reciprocal transfer is nine credits in each direction, for a dual degrees total of 106 credits (79 J.D. credits and 27 M.B.A. credits).
J.D./M.P.A. (Health Care) LIU-Post
The J.D./M.P.A. creates rewarding opportunities in law firms, health care facilities, insurance companies, public interest organizations, and government agencies. Offered by the Health Care and Public Administration Department in the College of Management at Long Island University, the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Health Care provides theoretical grounding and practical experience in the administration of health care. The program's unique strengths include mastery of organizational processes, management structures, and policy analysis.
Taken alone, the M.P.A. requires successful completion of 48 credits; as part of the dual degrees program, where 12 credits are transferred in each direction, the M.P.A. credit total is 36 and the J.D. credit total is 76, for a combined credit total of 112.
J.D./M.S.W. State University of New York at Stony Brook
Offered by the School of Social Welfare, Health Sciences Center at State University of New York at Stony Brook, the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) promotes integration of the disciplines of law and social work. The curriculum incorporates professional education in both fields, thereby addressing the relationships among legal doctrine, legal process, and social service.
The M.S.W. involves extensive clinical training and ordinarily requires 64 credits. Taken in conjunction with the J.D., the dual degrees load represents a savings of 30 credits, for a total of 122 credits (88 + 64 - 30). The specific allocation of cross-transfer credit between the two institutions is dictated by the site for supervision of the final thesis.