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Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL

Which joint degree programs does the Law Center offer?

Georgetown Law Center offers 16 joint degree programs in conjunction with graduate programs at either Georgetown University's main campus or Johns Hopkins University.

J.D./Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
J.D./Master of Science in Foreign Service (M.S.F.S.)
J.D./Master of Arts in Arab Studies (M.A.A.S.)
J.D./Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (M.A.E.R.E.S.)
J.D./Master of Arts in German and European Studies (M.A.G.E.S.)
J.D./Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (M.A.L.A.S.)
J.D./Master of Arts in Security Studies (M.A.S.S.P.)
J.D./Ph.D. in Government
J.D./M.A. or J.D./Ph.D. in Philosophy
J.D./Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)
J.D./Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)*
J.D./LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law**
J.D./LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation**
J.D./LL.M. in National Security Law**
J.D./LL.M. in Taxation**
J.D./LL.M. in Environmental Law**

*Georgetown Law offers the J.D./Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University. 

**Students who participate in one of the J.D./LL.M. joint degree programs and take the requisite number of qualifying courses during their J.D. studies will be able to complete an LL.M. degree in only one additional semester. Students generally apply to these joint degree programs during the summer following their 2L or 3E year. For more information, please visit the Joint J.D./LL.M. Degrees webpage

May any of the joint degree programs be pursued on a part-time basis?

The J.D./M.A.S.S.P., J.D./M.A.L.A.S., J.D./M.A.R.E.E.S., J.D./M.A. in Philosophy, and J.D./Government programs offer a full-time program and a part-time evening program. The J.D./M.P.H., J.D./M.P.P., J.D./M.S.F.S., J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.A.G.E.S., J.D./ M.A.A.S. and J.D./Ph.D. in Philosophy are full-time programs only.

May I pursue another degree in addition to the J.D. that is not a part of the Joint Degree Program?

Yes, you may request permission to pursue a concurrent degree at another institution while enrolled at the Law Center. Students approved to complete concurrent degree coursework in a non-law graduate program at another institution are permitted to transfer in up to 6 credits of concurrent degree coursework toward their J.D. degree requirements. For more information on the feasibility of pursuing a concurrent degree, please contact the Office of J.D. Academic Services at (202) 662-9041.

ADMISSIONS

For joint degrees offered in conjunction with Georgetown University's graduate programs and business school and the J.D./M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University, applicants must be independently admitted to both programs. With the exception of the J.D./M.P.P. program, students must be admitted by their first year in either program to participate in the joint degree. First-year J.D. students may find more information about admissions to these programs here.

Students interested in pursuing a J.D./LL.M. apply during the summer of their 2L or 3E year. For more information, please visit the Joint J.D./LL.M. Degrees webpage.

TUITION/FINANCIAL AID

Do I pay Law Center tuition rates or graduate school rates for the joint degree programs?

J.D./M.S.F.S., J.D./M.A.A.S., J.D./M.A.R.E.E.S, J.D./M.A.G.E.S., J.D./M.A.L.A.S., J.D./M.A.S.S.P., and J.D./M.P.P. students pay Georgetown Law tuition for their first year in the J.D. program. These joint degree students will pay Georgetown University's Graduate School tuition during the one year when they take courses exclusively at the Main Campus. Subsequently (during the third and fourth year), when they take courses on both campuses, they will pay Georgetown Law tuition.

J.D./M.B.A. students pay Georgetown Law tuition for their first year in the J.D. program. J.D./M.B.A. students will then pay full-time M.B.A. tuition for their first year in the M.B.A. program. Thereafter, J.D./M.B.A. students pay Georgetown Law tuition in the years when they take courses on both campuses. This is typically the third and fourth years of the joint degree program.

J.D./Ph.D. in Government or Philosophy (full-time students):
Prior to completing all J.D. courses and at least 24 credits in government or philosophy, students will pay Georgetown Law tuition.
After completing all J.D. courses and at least 24 credits in government or philosophy, students will pay Graduate School tuition.

J.D./Ph.D. in Government or Philosophy (part-time students):
Prior to completing all J.D. courses and at least 24 credits in government or philosophy, students will pay the Georgetown Law part-time per-credit rate for all courses.
After completing all J.D. courses and at least 24 credits in government or philosophy, students will pay Graduate School tuition.

J.D./M.P.H.
While at Georgetown Law, students will pay Georgetown Law tuition (to Georgetown Law).
While at Johns Hopkins, students will pay Johns Hopkins tuition (to Johns Hopkins).

Note: Students enrolled in joint degree programs may be charged additional fees for language labs or other courses necessary to earn their degree.

Do I apply for financial aid through the Law Center or the graduate school?

Which school handles your financial aid depends on the joint degree program in which you are enrolled. Please check with the Financial Aid Office at both schools.

CURRICULUM

Does a student in the joint program have the same graduation requirements as other J.D. students?

The requirements generally are the same (e.g., completion of all first-year J.D. courses; a Professional Responsibility course; successful completion of the upperclass legal writing requirement; and the Law Center's Residency Requirement). In addition, all J.D. students must successfully complete at least 85 credits in order to graduate. Depending on the program, 6-9 credits of joint program coursework will be counted toward the 85 J.D. credits needed to graduate.  With that said, some joint degree programs have additional requirements, including completion specific coursework (please visit the individual joint degree webpage for more detailed information). 

What steps do students need to take to ensure that Main Campus credits are counted toward the J.D. degree?

Students in the J.D./M.A.A.S., J.D./M.A.L.A.S., J.D./M.A.S.S.P., and J.D./M.P.H. programs are allowed to transfer 6 credits of graduate coursework toward their J.D. degree. Students in the J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.S.F.S., J.D./M.A.E.R.E.S., J.D./M.A.G.E.S., J.D./M.P.P., J.D./Ph.D. in Government; and J.D./Ph.D. in Philosophy programs are allowed to transfer 9 credits of graduate coursework toward their J.D. degree. The Office of the Registrar will add those credits in the student's final year of the joint program.

Can a student take a required law course for the joint degree on a pass/fail basis?

No. All required law courses in the joint degree program must be taken for a grade. The Pass/Fail policy is available for review online.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Would doing a joint degree limit extracurricular opportunities at the Law Center such as participation in journal, Barrister's Council, or a student organization?

Generally, no, a joint degree will not limit your opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities at the Law Center. However, please be advised that there are typically no special accommodations made for joint degree students who apply to participate in these activities.

COMMUTING

How do I commute to Main Campus?

Students may use the GUTS shuttle to get back and forth between Georgetown Law Center and the Main Campus. Students with a valid GoCard may ride any GUTS route at no charge. The shuttle between Georgetown Law Center and the Main Campus runs every hour to hour and a half. In addition, the university runs more frequent shuttles to the metro stations at Dupont Circle (Metro's Red line) and Rosslyn (Metro's Blue and Orange lines). The GUTS schedule and NextGUTS tool are available online.

Another popular and inexpensive commuting option is the DC Circulator bus system. For route maps, fare information and Next-Bus information, for the DC Circulator and other Metro bus routes, please refer to http://www.wmata.com.

Parking in Georgetown Law lots is very limited, so joint degree students, like all law students, may not always find a space. Law Center students may pay to park in the McDonough garage on level P2 on a space available basis, if they have registered their car with and obtained a hangtag from the Law Center's parking office. GoCards issued by the Law Center are automatically programmed to allow them access to the garage, and to deduct the parking fee of $8.00 per entry. Parking for students at the Law Center garage tends to fill up on weekdays during the semester by 9:30 a.m. Students may access the garage for free after 5:00 p.m. on weeknights and on the weekends.

When you register your car with the Law Center Parking Office, please confirm your GoCard has been programmed to allow you access to the McDonough garage. The Law Center's Parking Office is located in McDonough 154 and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excepts holidays. Their phone number is (202) 662-9331.

The Main Campus does not permit student parking. Students may however pay (in cash) to park in a garage as a visitor if a space is available.

IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION

Joint Degree Admissions Contact Information:

Office of Admissions
Joint Degree Programs
McDonough Hall, Suite 589
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: (202) 662-9010
Fax: (202) 662-9439
E-mail: admis@law.georgetown.edu

Joint Degree Programs Contact Information:

Office of J.D. Academic Services
Georgetown University Law Center
Email: jdas@law.georgetown.edu
Phone: (202) 662-9041

Ellis Duncan (J.D./LL.M. joint degrees in Securities & Financial Regulation and Taxation)
Director, Graduate Tax Program
Georgetown University Law Center
Email: ged5@law.georgetown.edu
Phone: (202) 662-4056

Tina Drake Zimmerman (J.D./ LL.M. joint degrees in International Business & Economic Law (IBEL) and National Security Law)
Program Director, LL.M. in National Security Law and U.S.-Trained Students
Georgetown University Law Center
Email: drake@law.georgetown.edu
Phone: (202) 662-9660

Other Frequently-Dialed Offices:
Financial Aid Office: (202) 662-9210
Office of Career Services: (202) 662-9300
Office of the Registrar: (202) 662-9220

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