Dual Degree and Certificate Programs

Many students are interested in broadening their legal education by obtaining a dual or joint degree. Advanced study in two disciplines gives some students more options in their professional careers. Temple Law School provides students with the opportunity to obtain a joint or dual degree through several different programs and in a variety of disciplines.

J.D./M.P.H. Degrees

Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Department of Public Health in the College of Health Professions offer a dual degree program leading to the conferral of both the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) upon graduation. Click here for more information about the J.D./M.P.H. program.

J.D./M.B.A. Degree

Temple University Beasley School of Law and the Fox School of Business and Management cooperatively offer a dual degree program leading to the conferral of the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degrees upon graduation.

The J.D./M.B.A. programs offer you an opportunity to earn a J.D. and an M.B.A. with fewer hours of course work than would be required if the two degrees were earned separately. Candidates receive two separate degrees upon graduation: a J.D. from the Law School and an M.B.A. from the Fox School of Business and Management. The graduation requirements from each school must be met separately. A J.D./M.B.A. student must complete all requirements for both degrees before either degree can be awarded.

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Certificate in Business Law

Students who want to develop their knowledge in business while pursuing a law degree, but are not considering a J.D./M.B.A., may be interested in the Law School's Certificate in Business Law program. The Certificate in Business Law is designed for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business or an extensive background in business. While pursuing their J.D. degrees, students in the Certificate in Business Law program take: 12 to 15 credits of MBA courses, including Statistics, Accounting, and Finance (6 to 9 credits are transferred to J.D.), 18 credits of business related law courses, and receive a notation on their transcript. Application to the Certificate in Business Law program is made during the Spring semester of the first year in law school.

Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation

The Certificate in Trial Advocacy and Litigation is designed for students who want to concentrate in and develop a deeper understanding of advocacy. Based on our award-winning Integrated Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), the structured, hands-on curriculum is designed to give students the skills and judgement they will need to succeed in today's legal landscape. Certificate students will learn the secrets of brilliant trial lawyers straight from the source - and then have the chance to master their skills in one of our rigorous clinical experiences. To earn the certificate, students must take 22upper-level credits in advocacy and litigation courses, including in an approved clincial, as well as attend lectures from the LL.M. in Trial Advocacy curriculum. For more details and to learn more click here.

Individually Designed Dual Degrees

In addition to the J.D./M.B.A. program, the law school will consider requests to pursue dual degrees (e.g., a J.D./M.A. in history, political science, psychology, or religion) on an individualized basis. Students wishing to pursue an individualized dual degree program must submit a written proposal to the law school's dual degree committee for approval. Candidates must apply to each program separately and must complete the first year course of law studies before taking any non-law courses. For information on J.D. admissions, please contact the law school admissions office. For information on Temple University graduate school programs, please visit the Temple University Graduate School web site.

J.D./LL.M. Degrees

Temple University School of Law offers a variety of Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees which can be earned after completion of the J.D. program. Students with a focused interest in Taxation may want to take advantage of the J.D./LL.M. in Taxation, and for those students with an interest in international law, the J.D./LL.M. in Transnational Law. In both programs, credits earned while a J.D. student can be applied to the LL.M. degree. An LL.M. degree may be earned with as little as one additional semester of full time study beyond the J.D., or students may study on a part time basis while practicing law.