J.D./M.S. Dual Degree Program
If your interest lies in Intellectual Property and Patent Law, the JD/MS dual degree program is perfect for you! This program offers a student who has been admitted to The University of Toledo College of Law and one of The University of Toledo College of Engineering Master of Science Programs the opportunity to complete requirements for both the JD and the MS degrees through a program of integrated curriculum in an accelerated period of study. The program is designed for full-time students who have an undergraduate degree in Engineering or its equivalent. Students with a non-engineering undergraduate degree will be required to complete all prerequisite courses required by the College of Engineering, depending upon the nature of the undergraduate degree.
The University of Toledo College of Law and College of Engineering will be responsible for the administration of the dual degree program. The College of Law and the College of Engineering shall coordinate and continue to monitor any changes in curriculum in the respective colleges that might lead to an adjustment of crossover credit courses within each college.
Students apply for the dual degree program using both the College of Law standard application form and the graduate school application form. A joint admission committee consisting of members from both colleges will review those College of Law applications that request dual admission. Although admission to both colleges is required before the student can begin the joint degree program, a student can begin a program in one college and later add the dual-degree program. In this case, only courses completed after admission to the dual-degree program can be counted towards the degree requirements in the discipline.
The College of Law and the College of Engineering, with the College of Graduate Studies, will administer and advise with regard to that school's curriculum, requirements, and guidelines. Within the College of Engineering, advising is handled within the individual department of enrollment and coordinated through the Associate Dean for Engineering Graduate Studies. A dual program oversight committee will review policies and monitor the progress of students toward the dual degree completion.
Awarding of Degrees and Credits
A student enrolled in the dual degree program will not receive either the JD or MS degree until all the work required for both degrees has been completed. A student who withdraws from the dual degree program and remains in either the College of Law or College of Engineering shall receive only so much credit for work in the other college as the Dean may authorize under the rules of that College.
No credit for work in the other college shall be awarded unless the student achieves what is a "passing grade" in the college offering the course. In addition, degrees must be awarded within time limits established by the College of Graduate Studies, the College of Law, and the College of Engineering.
Description of the Curriculum
The integrated program and curriculum leads to the awarding of two degrees. The Juris Doctor degree will be awarded by The University of Toledo College of Law and the MS degree will be awarded by the University of Toledo College of Engineering.
Masters of Science in Engineering Degree: To fulfill requirements for the M.S. degree with Thesis/Project Option, 30 semester hours at graduate level are required, while 36 semester hours at graduate level are required for the coursework-only option. Students in the joint program may apply up to 12 semester hours of non-first year course work at the College of Law towards meeting the M.S. degree requirements. With the M.S. `Thesis/Project option, students must complete 18 semester hours at the graduate level from the College of Engineering including 9 hours of M.S. Thesis or 6 hours of M.S. Project. With the M.S. Coursework-only option, students must complete 24 semester hours at the graduate level from the College of Engineering. The credit of 12 semester hours from the College of Law would be determined in consultation with the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies of The University of Toledo College of Engineering.
Juris Doctor Degree: The College of Law requires the successful completion of 89 semester hours. The dual degree program would permit up to 12 semester hours of core courses done in the College of Engineering to be applied towards the satisfaction of the 89-hour requirement. The 12 hours of course work from the College of Engineering would be determined in consultation with the Associate Dean of the University of Toledo College of Law.
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