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 of Law Center courses and 39 credits of M.S.F.S. work, with 9 credits of M.S.F.S. coursework counted towards the J.D. degree and 9 credits of J.D. coursework counted towards the M.S.F.S. degree). The program also requires:
- satisfactory performance on the M.S.F.S. oral proficiency in a foreign language examination;
- a passing score on the M.S.F.S. oral examinations;
- successful completion of the graduation requirements of both programs, including the M.S.F.S. internship requirement; and
- 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:
- 30 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:
- Global Business & Finance,
- International Development,
- Global Politics & Security, or
- 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” (3 credits),
- 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 (please visit the Curriculum Guide, click on the ‘Curriculum’ tab, and under the J.D. courses drop down menu select J.D./M.S.F.S. (International Law Core) or (International Law Related) for a listing of eligible courses); and
- 30 credits in additional J.D. courses, including:
- a Professional Responsibility course and
- successful completion of the upperclass legal writing requirement.
- Students matriculating in Fall 2016 or later must also complete 6 credits of experiential coursework.
Typical Credit Distribution
A typical distribution of the 115 academic credits in the J.D./M.S.F.S. Program:
- First Year: 24 M.S.F.S. credits (and students are expected to complete a 15-20 hours/week M.S.F.S. 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.