Dual-Degree Programs

Law/Business Administration

The University offers a dual degree program designed to provide its graduates with two degrees - Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration. This program reflects the interrelationships between law and business management. Its graduates will be better able to function as managers because of their familiarity with the legal framework within which business must operate. Alternatively, as attorneys, they can better serve the needs of business clients because of their appreciation of the business milieu. Students accepted into this program will be permitted to count 12 semester hours of work in the law school toward satisfaction of the degree requirements of the M.B.A. program and 12 semester hours of work in the M.B.A. program toward satisfaction of the degree requirements of the law school. Accordingly, successful participants will be able to complete the requirements for both degrees in four years. Applicants for this program must meet the admission standards of the law school and the graduate business school.

For information on the M.B.A. program, contact:

Director, M.B.A. Program,
Richard S. Reynolds Graduate School of Business,
E. Claiborne Robins School of Business,
University of Richmond, VA 23173.

Law/Health Administration

The delivery of health care services poses some of the most critical social, economic, and moral issues of our time. Lawyers representing individuals or health care providers confront myriad regulatory systems and issues fairly unique to this area. Health care policy makers and administrators are likewise concerned with the effective operation of entities within these regulatory confines and with the utility of these systems.

The dual degree program leads to the award of the Juris Doctor and Master of Health Administration degrees. The program integrates these two professional curricula. Participants are thus provided with the necessary expertise either to represent clients effectively within the health care industry or to function as policy makers or administrators who appreciate fully the legal environment within which they operate. Applicants for this program are required to meet the admission standards of both the law school and the Department of Health Administration. Typically, one semester's worth of dual degree work will be accepted.

For information regarding admission to the Department of Health Administration, contact:

M.H.A. Program Director
Department of Health Administration,
Virginia Commonwealth University
MCV Campus, P.O. Box 203,
Richmond, VA 23298.

When this four-year program is successfully completed, the Master of Health Administration degree is awarded by Virginia Commonwealth University, and the J.D. is awarded by the University of Richmond.

Law/Social Work

The dual degree program is designed to provide its graduates with two degrees--the Juris Doctor and the Master of Social Work--attesting to competency in both law and social work. It is expected that this program will bring together persons sensitive to both the legal and human elements in social and personal dysfunctions.

This program is designed to bring together two fields that call for knowledge and skills directed toward resolving human problems. This effort to integrate education in law and social work will draw on the contributions each can make to practice in both fields. A student who is accepted into the dual degree program will be permitted to count one semester's work in the law school toward meeting the graduation requirements in the School of Social Work at VCU, and one semester's work in the VCU School of Social Work toward meeting the graduation requirements of the law school. This will enable participants in the dual degree program to complete the requirements for the J.D. and the M.S.W. in four years. Applicants for this program are required to meet admission standards of both the law school and the VCU School of Social Work.

For information on admission to the School of Social Work, contact:

Director of Admissions,
School of Social Work,
Virginia Commonwealth University,
Richmond, VA 23284.

When this four-year program is successfully completed, the Master of Social Work is awarded by Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Juris Doctor is awarded by the University of Richmond.

Law/Public Administration

The dual degree program is designed to provide its graduates with two degrees--Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration--attesting to competency in both law and public administration. The program recognizes the role of law in public policy and public affairs, and prepares professionals versed in the values, knowledge, and skills of both fields, to bring an integrated base of competency to the work of government.

A student who is accepted into the dual degree program will be permitted to count one semester's work in the law school toward meeting the master's degree requirements in the Department of Public Administration at VCU and one semester's work in the VCU Department of Public Administration will be counted toward meeting the graduation requirements of the law school. This will enable participants in the dual degree program to complete the requirements for the J.D. and the M.P.A. degrees in four years. Applicants for this program are required to meet admission standards of both the law school and the VCU Department of Public Administration.

For information on admission to the Department of Public Administration, contact:

Director, Department of Public Administration,
Virginia Commonwealth University,
Suite 301, 923 W. Franklin St.,
Richmond, VA 23284-2028.

When this four-year program is successfully completed, the Master of Public Administration degree is awarded by Virginia Commonwealth University and the Juris Doctor is awarded by the University of Richmond.

Law/Urban Studies and Planning

The professions of planning and law address the concerns of social and economic equity through the institutions which help shape the direction of urban change. While lawyers often are concerned with the impact of legislation and judicial decisions on groups and individuals, planners concentrate on social, economic, and political impacts of land use with the aid of legal strategies to guide community growth and development. The Master of Urban and Regional Planning and Juris Doctor dual degree program integrates these two professional curricula to provide the necessary expertise to apply legal and planning analysis to the resolution of urban and regional policy issues and problems. Some areas of cooperation include the development and enforcement of land use and growth management controls, environmental protection strategies, housing and community development, and numerous health and welfare programs. The dual degree is a four-year program of study designed to equip graduates for a variety of professional positions including staff or legislative committees, government agencies and commissions, private consulting, neighborhood advocacy, directorships of planning and related agencies, and executive or legal aids to elected officials. Applicants for this program are required to meet the admission standards of both the law school and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at VCU. Typically, one semester's worth of dual degree work will be accepted toward the J.D. degree.

For information on admission to the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, contact:

Chair, Department of Urban Studies and Planning,
Virginia Commonwealth University,
812 West Franklin Street,
Richmond, VA 23284.

When the four-year program is successfully completed, the Master of Urban Studies and Regional Planning degree is awarded by Virginia Commonwealth University and the Juris Doctor is awarded by the University of Richmond.

Individual Dual Degree Programs

In addition to the dual degree programs described here, individually tailored programs can be created to meet special needs and interests of particular students. For example, in the past programs have been approved in biology and in history. Interested students should contact the law school dean's office.

Advising for Dual Degree Programs

Upon admission to dual degree programs, every student will be assigned an advisor in both schools to help plan courses of study that will include all requirements, plus elective courses that will best serve individual student interests.