Degree Programs For Associates in Law
Associates in Law may enroll in either the LL.M. or the J.S.D. program while serving as associates. This combined program is for outstanding law graduates who intend to become legal academics. Applicants interested in the Associates in Law program and a graduate law degree program must complete and submit an application for the Associates program as well as a separate application for the degree program.
The J.S.D.-Associate Program
J.S.D.-Associates receive two-year appointments and remain in residence for two academic years. During the first year, they enroll in the J.S.D. Workshop. In the fall term of both academic years, they serve as associates, teaching legal research and writing to first-year J.D. or LL.M. students. The spring terms and intervening summer are available for research on the doctoral dissertation. J.S.D. candidates may participate in additional courses or seminars relating to their particular interests.
By completing suitable writing, a J.S.D. candidate can earn the LL.M. degree while in residence (see the requirements for the LL.M. by Writing under “The LL.M.-Associate Program,” below). J.S.D.-Associates have five academic years from completion of the residence requirement to complete the dissertation and the oral defense and thus qualify for the J.S.D. degree. (For more information please visit the J.S.D. Program website).
The LL.M.-Associate Program
LL.M.-Associates receive two-year appointments and remain in residence for two academic years. They earn six points of academic credit for their fall semester teaching responsibilities and undertake at least four points of academic work in that semester either as supervised research, coursework, or a combination of the two, and are expected to take a minimum of 10 points in the spring semester. LL.M.-Associates undertaking supervised research must identify and secure the agreement of a faculty member to act as faculty supervisor for their research projects.
LL.M.-Associates can earn their degree in one of the following ways:
- Entirely on the basis of research and writing (LL.M. by Writing). By the end of the second year of the associateship, the associate must produce a very substantial publishable piece of original research and writing that is equivalent to a lead article in a law review. A faculty supervisor shall determine the article's conformity to the magnitude and quality of this requirement, along with a second faculty reader not previously involved in the associate's research. The associate must identify and secure the agreement of a faculty member to act in the capacity of faculty supervisor, and must produce a detailed outline of the research project during the spring semester of the first year of the associateship. Associates who earn the LL.M. by Writing will not be graded on a letter basis for their writing but rather on a credit/fail basis;
- In the same manner as other LL.M. candidates, i.e., by taking a regular course load of 24 points, of which a maximum of eight points may consist of writing credit (click here for additional information); or
- Through a combination of coursework and more than 8 points of research and writing credit for a total of at least 24 points. The associate must identify and secure the agreement of a faculty member to act in the capacity of faculty supervisor for each research and writing project. The associate and the faculty supervisor must determine the appropriate number of points to award to each project, and must arrange an appropriate timetable for its accomplishment. Associates who earn the LL.M. by combining coursework and writing will earn letter grades for their coursework but not for the writing, which will be graded on a credit/fail basis.