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Joint Programs | MS/Law

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Students must secure permission from both academic units to pursue degrees in those units as part of a joint degree program. JD/MS students may elect to begin their course of study in either the Law school or the Computer Science Department. Students must be enrolled full time in the Law School for the first year of law school. Otherwise, enrollment may be in the graduate school or the Law school and students may choose courses from either program regardless of where enrolled. Students must satisfy the requirements for both the JD and the MS degrees as specified in the Stanford Bulletin or elsewhere.

No more than 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of approved courses may be counted toward both degrees. No more than 24 semester (36 quarter) hours of courses that originate outside the Law School may count toward the Law degree. To the extent that courses under this joint degree program originate outside of the Law school but count toward the Law degree, the Law school credits permitted under Section 17(1) of the Law school regulations shall be reduced on a unit-per-unit basis, but not below zero.

The maximum number of Law school credits that may be counted toward the MS in Computer Science is the greater of:

  • 8 semester (12 quarter) hours;
  • Or the maximum number of hours from courses outside of the department that MS candidates in Computer Science are permitted to count toward the MS in the case of a particular student’s individual program.

Note: Tuition and financial aid arrangements will normally be through the school in which the student is then enrolled. 

Getting Started

Information about Graduate Education at Stanford is available through the Stanford Office of the Vice Provost of Graduate Education.

Law School Application