Doctor of Philosophy in Education (JD/PhD)

General

Program Description

The William S. Boyd School of Law and the UNLV College of Education offer a dual Juris Doctor/PhD in Education (JD/PhD) degree program that allows students admitted to both programs to pursue the two degrees concurrently.

Credit Requirements

Pursued individually, the JD degree requires the completion of 89 credit hours and the PhD degree requires the completion of a minimum of 67-72 (dependent upon program) credit hours.  The JD/PhD degree would require the completion of 83 law credit hours and a minimum of 54-63 (dependent upon program) education credit hours, as 9 hours of education courses are accepted toward the JD degree and 9-18 (dependent upon program) hours of law courses are accepted toward the PhD degree.

Application & Matriculation

Dual degree students receive the JD degree and the transfer of PhD credits only when both degree programs are completed. A dual degree student who does not finish the PhD degree will be able to count just six credits of PhD or other graduate course work toward the JD degree.

Applicants to the JD/PhD degree program must apply for, and gain admission to, both the Boyd School of Law JD program and to the College of Education PhD program, respectively. 

Applicants must include a statement in each application indicating the desire to pursue the dual JD/PhD degree.

While applications from current students in either program will be considered, students normally should secure admission to each program upon entering the university.  However, petitions requesting admission to the dual JD/PhD program from students at more advanced stages in either program will be considered.

Under American Bar Association standards, the Boyd School of Law cannot award credit for any coursework taken prior to matriculation into the JD program. JD/PhD candidates therefore normally must enroll at the Boyd School of Law and complete on year of study before taking any PhD courses.

Last updated Sep 2020

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The mission of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law is to serve the State of Nevada and the national and international legal and academic communities by developing and maintaining an innovative and ... Read More

The mission of the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law is to serve the State of Nevada and the national and international legal and academic communities by developing and maintaining an innovative and excellent educational program that will train ethical and effective lawyers and leaders for Nevada and for the legal profession; to stress community service, professionalism and the roles, responsibilities, skills, and values of lawyers; to produce excellent scholarship for the benefit of the State, the profession, and the academy; to involve students and faculty in community service projects in ways that will benefit our State; and to provide leadership for Nevada on important issues of public policy, dispute resolution, the law and legal practice. In seeking to fulfill this mission, the Boyd School of Law aspires to become a model community, one in which the people of the law school will deal with one another professionally, respectfully, and with a view to maximizing the potential of each participant in this exciting educational enterprise. Read less