Juris Doctor/Master of the Arts in German and European Studies
J.D./M.A.G.E.S. degree candidates must satisfactorily complete course requirements for both the J.D. and M.A.G.E.S. degrees. In addition to the J.D. and M.A.G.E.S. degrees, a Joint Program Certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program. Students undertake a four-year course of study comprising a minimum of 115 academic credits: 76 Law Center credits and 39 credits of M.A.G.E.S. work, with 9 credits of J.D. course work counted toward the M.A.G.E.S. and 9 credits of M.A.G.E.S. course work counted toward the J.D. Candidates for this joint degree must meet the graduation requirements of both programs, including the Law Center Residency Requirement (see the Juris Doctor Program chapter of the Bulletin) and satisfy the academic standards of the two programs including: maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00/4.00 in their M.A.G.E.S. program and the required minimum cumulative grade point average for the J.D. program (see the Juris Doctor Program chapter of the Bulletin), demonstrate relevant foreign language ability through successful completion of the M.A.G.E.S. written and oral language examinations, and successfully complete the oral examination of the M.A.G.E.S. Program.
• 31 credits of required first year law program (normally taken in the first or second years of the joint program);
• 15 credits of required M.A.G.E.S. coursework normally taken in the second year of the joint program: GERM 510: Theorizing Culture; INAF 590: International Relations in Europe; GEST 541: Modern German and European History; GEST 547: Politics in Europe and the EU; and GEST 590: The European Union;
• 29 credits in further law courses including Professional Responsibility and successful completion of the legal writing requirement. These courses are distributed among the third and fourth years;
• 16 credits in international law courses including: 3 credits in the required course: International Law I: Introduction to International Law; 4 credits in further international law courses; and 9 other credits in international law or international law-related courses which complement the student’s area concentration. These courses are taken in the third and fourth years;
• 24 credits of additional M.A.G.E.S. coursework, taken in the second, third, and/or fourth years which includes: 3 M.A.G.E.S. Directed Elective courses chosen from the disciplines of Comparative Politics, Cultural Studies, Economics, International Relations, or History; 4 M.A.G.E.S. elective courses; and a final 3-credit core course, the M.A.G.E.S. capstone experience, GEST 980: MAGES Master’s Project Seminar; and
• M.A.G.E.S. first and second foreign language exams and M.A.G.E.S. oral examination.