Dual Degree Programs
Dual degree programs serve three purposes:
- Cross-disciplinary training ensures greater preparedness for a variety of career choices both in the law and on its periphery;
- Substantive knowledge gained in non-law fields broadens students' perspectives on legal problems; and,
- Dual qualifications heighten graduates' competitiveness in terms of employment opportunities and remuneration.
The dual degree programs available at Touro Law are:
J.D./M.S.W. State University of New York at Stony Brook
Offered by the School of Social Welfare, Health Sciences Center at State University of New York at Stony Brook, the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) promotes integration of the disciplines of law and social work. The curriculum incorporates professional education in both fields, thereby addressing the relationships among legal doctrine, legal process, and social service.
The M.S.W. involves extensive clinical training and ordinarily requires 64 credits. Taken in conjunction with the J.D., the dual degree's load represents a savings of 24 credits, for a total of 128 credits (88 + 64 - 24). The specific allocation of cross-transfer credit between the two institutions is dictated by the site for supervision of the final thesis.
J.D./M.P.A. with LIU-Post
The J.D./M.P.A. creates rewarding opportunities in law firms, health care facilities, insurance companies, public interest organizations, and government agencies. Offered by the Health Care and Public Administration Department in the College of Management at LIU-Post, the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Health Care provides theoretical grounding and practical experience in the administration of health care. The program's unique strengths include mastery of organizational processes, management structures, and policy analysis.
Taken alone, the M.P.A. requires successful completion of 48 credits; as part of the dual degrees program, where 12 credits are transferred in each direction, the M.P.A. credit total is 36 (48-12) and the J.D. credit total is 76 (88-12), for a combined credit total of 112.
J.D./M.B.A. with LIU-Post
J.D./M.B.A. degrees prepare students for challenging careers in law offices, corporations, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and consulting firms. Offered by the College of Management's School of Business at LIU-Post, the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) supplements the J.D. with a strong theoretical grounding in the principles of business administration.
The total credits for completion of the M.B.A. varies according to the amount, if any, of advanced standing granted for undergraduate work, but the maximum number of credits required is 48. Since the J.D. ordinarily requires 88 credits, someone receiving the degrees separately would complete a total of 136 (88 J.D. credits and 48 M.B.A. credits). For a dual degrees candidate, the reciprocal transfer (9 credits in each direction) reduces the combined credit total to no more than 118.