Duke Law adds Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in International Development Policy dual degree

December 4, 2008Duke Law News

Dec. 4, 2008 — Students applying for admission at Duke Law School may now explore a new opportunity: a dual degree in International Development Policy. Building on an internationally-recognized program in international and comparative law, the Law School will partner with the Sanford Institute’s Center for International Development to offer a diverse set of courses aimed at preparing graduates to meet multi-disciplinary challenges in a professionally sophisticated and forward-thinking way.

Students in the program will develop a familiarity with different institutional conceptualizations including “rule of law,” “rights-based approaches to development,” and, more broadly, “good governance.” These students will bring a broader perspective to the social, cultural, and political dimensions of legal legitimacy and will be prepared for entrepreneurial service, human rights work, and other innovations in both the “hard” and “soft” policy arenas.

The Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in International Development may be completed in three years of study. The student would enter Law School as a Summer Starter in June with other dual degree students and would complete 72 credits of law school course work including six credits with a focus on international or comparative issues, 24 credits of International Development Policy coursework, and six credits of International Development Policy ungraded research.