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, including demonstrating relevant foreign language ability through successful completion of the M.A.G.E.S. written and oral language examinations, and successfully completing the oral examination of the M.A.G.E.S. Program  (for more information about J.D. requirements, see the Juris Doctor Program chapter of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies).

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 (typically taken in the first or second year of the joint program): GEST 547: The European Economy; GEST 541: German and European History; GEST 590: The European Union; GEST 510: Theorizing Culture; and GEST 545: International Affairs of Europe;
  • 46 credits in further law courses in the third and fourth years, including:
    • a course in professional responsibility;
    • the upperclass writing requirement;
    • 6 credits of experiential coursework (1 credit may be earned in the optional first-year Week One simulation course);
    • International Law I: Introduction to International Law (may be taken as a J.D. first-year elective);
    • 13 credits in further international law courses, of which at least 9 credits should complement the student’s area concentration (these courses may also satisfy the upperclass writing requirement or experiential credit requirement).
  • 24 credits of additional M.A.G.E.S. coursework, including: 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.

A student can begin the joint program in either the J.D. program or the M.A.G.E.S. program, but must complete one year exclusively in each. In the third and fourth years, students may take courses at both programs concurrently. Students considering participating in the Law Center’s Global Law Scholars Program (GLS) are advised to begin with their M.A.G.E.S. studies in order to complete their upperclass GLS seminars with their cohort.