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The Saint Louis University School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences jointly administer our graduate dual-degree program in law and sociology.

About the Program

SLU’s J.D./M.A. in sociology program is one of the only dual degrees of its kind in the United States, attracting students from across the country. This specialized dual-degree program focuses on the relationship between law and society, combining the advantages of legal training and social science research.

This program typically takes four years to complete, with students earning both a Juris Doctor and a Master of Arts in sociology.

Curriculum and Program Details

You’ll spend the first year of this dual-degree program completing the School of Law’s basic curriculum. During the following semesters, you’ll complete coursework for both law and sociology. You’ll complete the usual curriculum for each program, totaling 106 hours of coursework, with nine law credits applying to the M.A. and nine sociology credits applying to the J.D.

  • Michael J. Kolnik, J.D.
  • Richard Colignon, Ph.D.

Combining a degree in law with a degree in sociology gives you a competitive advantage over peers with only one of these degrees. You will be well-positioned to utilize your legal, administrative and research knowledge in a wide range of policy areas such as mental health, economic development, environmental sustainability, civil rights, immigration, international human rights and employment discrimination.

Application Process

You must be admitted to both the School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences, meeting the requirements for both the law program and sociology program, to pursue this dual degree.

Two separate graduate school applications are required. You may apply to both schools concurrently, or you may begin law school and apply to the College of Arts and Sciences during your first year.

Apply to the School of Law

Apply to the College of Arts and Sciences

Application Deadlines

Applications to the School of Law are due by Feb. 1. Applications to the College of Arts and Sciences for this program are due by April 1.