Joint Degree Program with Pace Law School
A joint degree in Women’s History and Law is offered in cooperation with Pace University Law School. Students in this program earn both a Master of Arts and a Juris Doctor. By taking courses that count toward both degrees, students in the joint program can earn the M.A. and the J.D. in four years of full-time study. This program may also be completed on a part-time basis. If you are interested in the joint degree program, you must apply separately to each school. Once admitted to both, you qualify for the joint degree. Requirements for the two degrees include a total of 120 credits, 20 of which are applicable to both programs. Each school accepts up to 12 selected credits from the other school to satisfy requirements.
Full-time students can earn both degrees in four years (instead of five). Part-time students are also welcome. The joint degree program requires a total of 120 credits, 20 of which are applicable to both programs.
- Upgraded career possibilities
Many people hold law degrees, but few also have a graduate degree in women’s history from a highly prestigious institution. The combination will open many doors. Increased impact in advocacy. The two degrees empower graduates to advocate for women from a position of greater authority.
- Enhanced capacity for critical thinking and intellectual work
Some people find that a legal education is too narrowly focused. By training their minds in two disciplines—law and history—graduates of the joint degree program greatly enhance their ability to think and write.
- Increased knowledge of women’s issues and history
Few law school courses focus on women’s issues and even fewer focus on history. This background broadens the context for both thought and action.
- The Sarah Lawrence experience
Sarah Lawrence is well known for its unique approach to teaching. Students flourish in our challenging environment of small seminars, independent study and one-on-one mentoring.
Opportunities for Graduates
Admission and Financial Aid
To qualify for the joint program, students must apply separately to each school. Financial aid applications also must be made to each school. (You may receive financial aid from only one school per semester.)
About Pace Law School
Located in White Plains, New York, some 25 miles north of New York City, Pace University School of Law was founded in 1976. The school is known for its excellence in various emerging areas of law. Pace Law School emphasizes the Socratic Method and experiential teaching through clinics, simulation courses and externships.
Students in the joint-degree program have the opportunity to participate in the Women’s Justice Center based at Pace Law School, which hosts various programs, sponsors research and represents hundreds of victims of domestic violence each year.
For More Information
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