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Degree Options

Small by design, our programs will help you become an astute and confident lawyer broadly educated in the skills, traditions, and ethics of practice. Because the law school shares its campus with other graduate schools, you have the opportunity to take advantage of all that Wake Forest University has to offer.

JD

In the first year, you’re assigned to a group of 40 students with whom you share all your classes. (There’s one exception—Legal Research and Writing, where you are in a class of only 20 students.) This approach fosters close relationships with students and professors. During this year you’ll cover the basic principles of Anglo-American jurisprudence. In the second and third years, only a few required courses remain. The rest of your coursework will be electives drawn from a wide array of courses, seminars, and clinical experiences.

JD/MA in Bioethics

Under the auspices of the Wake Forest University School of Law and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the dual Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Bioethics (JD/MA in Bioethics) degree program facilitates interdisciplinary and comparative study of law and bioethics and serves as excellent preparation for work in health law and policy. This program allows you to earn two advanced degrees in as little as 3 1/2 years.

JD/MA in Religion

The JD/MA in Religion program facilitates an interdisciplinary and comparative study of law and religion if your  academic or career interests require gaining competence in both disciplines.

JD/MBA

Offered jointly by the School of Law and the Schools of Business, the Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA) program allows you to combine the three-year law curriculum and the two-year business curriculum to complete both degrees in four years. The first two years are dedicated to the course requirements of both schools. The final two years of the JD/MBA program include other required courses in both programs and interdisciplinary study in areas of special interest at both schools.

JD/MDiv

The JD/MDiv program promotes an interdisciplinary conversation between religion and law, provides a different vocational perspective not found in the single law or divinity concentration, and enriches your professional knowledge and experience if you want to pursue careers in law or divinity.