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 credits of Law Center courses and 39 credits of M.A.G.E.S. work, with 9 credits of J.D. coursework counted toward the M.A.G.E.S. degree and 9 credits of M.A.G.E.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 more information about J.D. requirements, see the Juris Doctor Program chapter of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies). Joint degree candidates must also 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.

Curriculum Outline

  • 30 credits of required first year law program (typically 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;
  • 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 credits are distributed among the third and fourth years (one credit of experiential coursework may be completed in the optional Week One course in the first year at the Law Center);
  • 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 typically taken in the third and fourth years (International Law I may be taken as a first-year elective or as a summer course);
  • 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.