The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the Levin College of Urban Affairs jointly offer students the opportunity to pursue both a J.D. and a M.A.E.S. (Master of Arts in Environmental Studies) in four years of full-time study. Because each college will grant credit for courses taken in the other college, students may complete the two degrees concurrently in less time than would be required to do the degrees sequentially. Students in this dual degree program must fulfill all specific course requirements for the J.D.; however, 10 semester hours from the College of Urban Affairs will be applied towards the 90 semester hours required for the J.D. degree. See also Graduate Programs.
Applicants who are not currently enrolled in either individual degree program must apply for admission to both programs independently. Students who enroll in this manner will spend their first year taking courses exclusively in the College of Law, and their second year primarily in the College of Urban Affairs. Thereafter, they will take courses in both colleges. Students already enrolled in either individual degree program may still apply to the other program to obtain the dual degree. Law students must apply to the MAES prior to the completion of 60 credits in law. Graduate students in environmental studies must enroll at the law school before they have earned 24 credits in the MAES program. Law students seeking admission to the dual degree program should call the Graduate Studies Academic Advisor at the College of Urban Affairs at (216) 687-7522 for information about the program and admissions procedures. They will need to submit an application, available online, to the College of Graduate Studies. Please contact Professor Heidi Gorovitz Robertson, LB 130, 216/687-9264, with questions, or to discuss a course of study.