The J.D./M.A., a joint program leading to the J.D. in the Marshall-Wythe School of Law and the M.A. in American Studies is designed to encourage the interdisciplinary study of law and other aspects of American society and culture. For some students, the program may foster investigation of American legal history within the broader framework of U.S. cultural and intellectual history. Others may pursue inquiries on broad historical or contemporary themes, exploring the interplay between law and culture in forming institutions, policies, and thought within the United States.
By combining law courses and electives, students will finish the J.D. in the requisite three years and then devote a final semester to completing courses and writing the M.A. thesis in American Studies. This letter has more details regarding the application to and requirements of this program.