Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Foreign Service
J.D./M.S.F.S. degree candidates must satisfactorily complete course requirements for both the J.D. and M.S.F.S. degrees. In addition to the J.D. and M.S.F.S. degrees, a Joint Program Certificate will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the program.
The J.D./M.S.F.S. program requires completion of 115 academic credits (76 credits in law and 39 credits in M.S.F.S. courses). Nine credits of M.S.F.S. coursework will count towards the J.D. degree requirements, and 9 credits of J.D. coursework will count towards the M.S.F.S. degree requirements. The program also requires: (1) satisfactory performance on the M.S.F.S. oral proficiency in a foreign language examination; (2) a passing score on the M.S.F.S. oral examinations; (3) successful completion of the graduation requirements of both programs, including the M.S.F.S. internship requirement; (4) meeting the Law Center Residency Requirement; and (5) maintenance of a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00/4.00 in the M.S.F.S. program and the required minimum cumulative grade point average for the J.D. program (see the Juris Doctor Program chapter of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies).
The required 115 J.D./M.S.F.S. academic credits are distributed as follows:
31 credits in the required first-year law program;
15 credits of core M.S.F.S. courses: International Trade; International Finance; Globalization of Intersocietal Relations; International Relations: Theory and Practice; and Analytical and Statistical Skills;
21 credits in M.S.F.S. electives related to one of four broad divisional concentrations: (1) Global Business & Finance, (2) International Development, (3) Global Politics & Security, or (4) a self-designed concentration (subject to approval, including regional and comparative studies);
3-credit M.S.F.S. Workshop;
16 credits of International Law J.D. courses including: "International Law I: Introduction to International Law," 4 credits of International Law "core" courses, and 9 credits of International Law "core" and/or International Law "related" courses taken in the upperclass years (see Curriculum Guide course clusters); and
29 credits in additional upperclass law courses, including Professional Responsibility and successful completion of the legal writing requirement.
A typical distribution of the 115 academic credits in the J.D./M.S.F.S. Program is as follows:
First year: 24 M.S.F.S. credits
(Students are expected to complete a 15-20 hours/week internship during their first year)
Second year: 31 J.D. credits
Third Year: 21 J.D. credits, 9 M.S.F.S. credits
Fourth Year: 24 J.D. credits, 6 M.S.F.S. credits
For more detailed information, please read the J.D./M.S.F.S. Joint Degree Handbook.