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J.D./M.A. in Criminal Justice Program


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The Juris Doctor (J.D.)/Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (M.A. in C.J.) joint degree program (J.D./M.A. in C.J. Program or Program) offers graduate students the opportunity to earn two graduate degrees evidencing the completion of the curriculum for the J.D. degree from the College of Law and the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree from the College of Social Justice and Human Service, Department of Criminal Justice, in an accelerated period of study (generally four years). The Program is designed for students who are interested in practicing criminal law, working as counsel to criminal justice or social service agencies, and for those interested in teaching criminal law who wish to have theoretical and practical knowledge in the law and in the field of criminal justice.

Description of the Curriculum

The J.D./M.A. in C.J. Program leads to the awarding of two degrees. The J.D. degree is awarded by the College of Law and the M.A. in C.J. degree is awarded by the Department of Criminal Justice.

Juris Doctor Degree

The College of Law requires the successful completion of 89 credit hours for the J.D. degree. Students in the J.D./M.A. in C.J. Program may apply up to 12 credit hours of courses completed in the Department of Criminal Justice toward satisfaction of the 89-hour requirement. In order for a M.A. in C.J. course to qualify for credit toward the J.D. degree, the student must earn a grade of B (3.0) or better.

The following M.A. in C.J. courses qualify for credit toward the J.D. degree:

CRIM 6000 Advanced Theories in Criminal Justice
CRIM 6100 Metropolitan Problems and the Criminal Justice System
CRIM 6300 Advanced Studies in Ethics and Criminal Justice
CRIM 6310 Juvenile Justice in the Metropolitan Community
CRIM 6320 Women, Crime and Criminal Justice
CRIM 6330 Advanced Victimology
CRIM 6340 Advanced Studies in Mental Illness, Crime and Criminal Justice
CRIM 6350 Advanced Comparative Criminal Justice
CRIM 6550 Criminal Justice System and Inequality
CRIM 6570 Civil and Criminal Liability in Criminal Justice
CRIM 6590 Administration of Criminal Justice
CRIM 6610 Corrections Policy and Administration

On written application by the student, and for good cause shown, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Law may substitute another M.A. in C.J. course for one on the approved list.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Degree

In order to be eligible for the M.A. in C.J. degree from the Department of Criminal Justice, a student must complete at least 33 credit hours, including 15 hours of core courses and 18 hours of elective courses. While a minimum of 24 credit hours must be earned in advanced criminal justice courses, students are permitted to take as many as 9 credit hours of elective courses outside of criminal justice with approval of the Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator. The student must also complete one of two capstone experiences. In addition, the Department of Criminal Justice will waive any prerequisites for a student who has completed their first year in the College of Law.

Students in the J.D./M.A. in C.J. Program may apply up to 12 credit hours of approved upper-level courses in the College of Law toward the completion of the 36 credit hours required for the M.A. in C.J. degree. In order for a College of Law course to qualify for credit toward the M.A. in C.J. degree, the student must earn a C (2.0) or better in a graded course, and a “Pass” or better in an ungraded course.

The following College of Law courses qualify for credit toward the M.A. in C.J. degree:

LAWA 9310 Evidence
LAWG 9030 Administrative Law
LAWG 9210 Criminal Procedure – Investigations
LAWI 9030 Death Penalty
LAWI 9280 Criminal Procedure – Adjudications
LAWI 9290 Cyberspace Law
LAWI 9380 Federal Courts and Federal Rights
LAWI 9660 Legislative Process and Drafting
LAWI 9680 State and Local Government Law and Taxation
LAWI 9810 Sentencing
LAWI 9940 White Collar Crime
LAWP 9000 Any seminar on a constitutional law topic

In addition, the following College of Law clinics qualify for the stated credits, up to a maximum of 6 credit hours, toward the M.A. in C.J. degree:

Criminal Law Practice Program or Advanced Criminal Law Practice Program, 4-6 credit hours
Domestic Violence & Juvenile Law Clinic, 4 credit hours
Public Service Externship Clinic, 1-5 credit hours, when the placement is in the criminal area, such as (but not limited to) with a selected attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office, or a selected attorney in the Public Defender’s Office.

On written application by the student, and for good cause shown, the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice may substitute another upper-level College of Law course for one on the approved list.

Administrative Arrangements

The J.D./M.A. in C.J. Program is jointly administered by the College of Law and the Department of Criminal Justice.  Both colleges shall coordinate and monitor any changes that could lead to an adjustment in the integrated curriculum.

Admissions

A student must apply and be admitted to the College of Law and the Department of Criminal Justice separately.  A student’s LSAT score will be accepted by the Department of Criminal Justice in lieu of a GRE score.  Each college’s decision to admit or not to admit is based solely on that college’s selection criteria. Additionally, if a student is enrolled in both colleges in any semester, the highest tuition rate will apply to all credit hours taken.

Advising

The College of Law, and the Department of Criminal Justice with the College of Graduate Studies, will provide academic advising to students in the J.D./M.A. in C.J. Program.

Awarding of Degrees and Credit

A student enrolled in the J.D./M.A. in C.J. Program will not receive either the J.D. or M.A. in C.J. degree until all work required for both degrees has been completed. A student who withdraws from the Program and remains in either the College of Law or the Department of Criminal Justice shall receive only so much credit for work in the other college as the Dean may authorize under the rules of that college. In addition, degrees must be awarded within time limits established by the College of Law, the Department of Criminal Justice, and the College of Graduate Studies.

Under American Bar Association guidelines, courses in the Department of Criminal Justice must be taken after a student’s initial enrollment in the College of Law to be eligible for credit toward the J.D. degree.

For more information, please contact:

College of Law
Jelani Jefferson Exum
Professor of Law and Advisor of JD/MA in Criminal Justice Program
419.530.2911
Jelani.Exum@utoledo.edu

College of Law
Geoffrey Rapp
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
419.530.2856
Geoffrey.Rapp@utoledo.edu

Department of Criminal Justice
Dr. Richard R. Johnson
Graduate Program Director, Criminal Justice
419.530.4639
Richard.Johnson4@utoledo.edu

The College of Law recommends that joint-degree students remain apprised of the requirements for each degree they are pursuing.  While the College of Law makes every effort to maintain timely information relating to the joint degree programs, because other colleges manage their own curricula and requirements, it is possible that information on this site could be out of date.  Please check the other college’s website relating to the joint degree for additional information.

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Last Updated: 1/5/17