Juris Doctor/Master of the Arts in Arab Studies

J.D./M.A.A.S. degree candidates must satisfactorily complete course requirements for both the J.D. and M.A.A.S. degrees. In addition to the J.D. and M.A.A.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 109 academic credits (79 credits of Law Center courses and 30 credits of M.A.A.S. work, with 6 credits of J.D. coursework counted toward the M.A.A.S. degree and 6 credits of M.A.A.S. coursework counted toward the J.D.). Candidates for this joint degree must meet the graduation requirements and satisfy the academic standards of both programs (for J.D. requirements, see the Juris Doctor Program chapter of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies), and must demonstrate advanced language ability through successful completion of the M.A.A.S. Arabic language oral and written proficiency examinations and successfully complete the oral comprehensive examination of the M.A.A.S. Program (or the thesis option).

Students may pursue the joint program toward the M.A. in Arab Studies/Juris Doctor from a number of different M.A.A.S. concentrations:

• M.A.A.S. concentration in Women/Gender (with law focus on Family Law or International/ Comparative Law – Human Rights);

• M.A.A.S. concentration in Politics (with law focus on International/Comparative Law – Human Rights, or on International/National Security Law); and

• M.A.A.S. concentration in Culture/Society – especially Islam/Islamic societies (with law focus on International/Comparative Law, Family Law, or Law and Other Disciplines).

Curriculum Outline

• 24 credits of M.A.A.S. coursework, or 18 credits plus intensive Arabic if necessary, taken during the first or second years of the joint program (see Language Requirement below);

• 30 credits of the required first-year law program taken during the first or second years of the joint program;

• 30 credits in further law courses including Professional Responsibility and successful completion of the legal writing requirement. Students matriculating in Fall 2016 or later must also complete 6 credits of experiential coursework. These courses are distributed among the third and fourth years;

• 19 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 12 other credits in international law or international law-related courses which complement the student’s area of concentration. These courses are taken in the third and fourth years. Students should focus their electives on their M.A.A.S. divisional concentration, integrating their interests in law and the Arab world; and

• 6-12 credits (depending on how many hours were completed in the first or second year) of M.A.A.S. coursework, taken in the second, third, and/or fourth years or during Summer sessions.

Language Requirement

The M.A. in Arab Studies program is distinct from the other School of Foreign Service Masters programs in that it builds intensive study of Arabic language (for those who need it) into its curriculum. Thus, the Arabic language requirement will have some bearing on the proposed joint J.D./M.A.A.S. program.

The first year may be pursued at either the Law Center or Main Campus, primarily depending on the student’s Arabic status. In most cases, the first year will be at the Law Center; in those cases in which the student has just completed a course of intensive Arabic language study prior to matriculation, such that a disruption in study of the language would be counterproductive, the student should start at the Main Campus in the appropriate level of Arabic. In all cases, before starting Main Campus coursework, a student should be at least at an intermediate level of Arabic, i.e., have completed one year or a Summer program in intensive beginning Arabic, totaling 12 credits. (Note that during the first two years of the program, students may only take courses at the Law Center or at Main Campus; they may not register for courses at both campuses in the same semester until their third and fourth years in the program.) 

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