In addition to separate degree programs in Law and English Literature and Language, the Law School and the Graduate School also offer a joint program of study leading to the degrees of Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Arts in English Literature and Language. The joint degree program allows a student to complete the requirements for both degrees in three or four years.
The MA in English Literature and Language is committed to the importance of reading with sensitivity and understanding and of writing clearly and concisely. The Literature component offers a comprehensive view of the literary wealth of English and American traditions within a global critical perspective, introducing students to international literature and current literary criticism. The program challenges lawyers to sharpen their analytical, critical thinking, and communications skills – all of which are essential to success in the legal profession.
To satisfy the 90 hours of law for the J.D. degree and the 36 hours of English for the M.A. degree, 12 hours of law courses are transferred as elective credit to the M.A. degree and 6 hours of English are transferred as elective credit towards the J.D. degree. Thus, the degrees may be earned with the completion of 108 hours of law and English credits, 18 hours less than the normal requirement.
The first year of study consists of law courses. During the second and third years, students complete the remaining law courses and appropriate English courses.
Admission to the joint program requires application to both Schools, although application to the Graduate School need not be made until the student begins Law School. An acceptable LSAT score may be substituted for the GRE.
Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of English courses at St. Mary’s University exclusive of prerequisites.