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Here's what you'll study

Students enroll in selected courses with Syracuse University's School of Education, which is ranked among the best education graduate schools in the country. The joint degree program in Law and Cultural Foundations of Education features a concentration in Disability Studies and offers students the opportunity to earn a J.D. and M.S. in Education. Disability Studies applies legal, social, cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives to the study of disability in society.

This joint degree was the first of its kind in the nation. It will prepare you for a leadership role in the field of disability law and policy in such settings as federal and state government agencies, community service agencies, advocacy organizations, school districts, and law firms specializing in disability and/or education law.

Students may obtain the J.D. and M.S. in three years instead of the four necessary to earn both degrees independently.

Here's what you need to know

The College of Law is the primary school for students enrolled in a joint degree program at Syracuse University. For a joint degree in Education or Disabilities Studies, you will earn 72 law credits plus a minimum of 24 approved grad credits. Most joint degree programs may be completed in three years (six semesters) and, potentially, one summer. In all cases, both programs must be completed within four years.

Students seeking dual degrees must apply to both programs separately, and admission Syracuse University College of Law does not guarantee admission to other graduate programs. Students are required to complete their first year of study at the College of Law and candidates for joint degree programs must obtain advance approval from Syracuse University College of Law. The specific number of credits required for non-law graduate programs may vary depending on each student's previous academic background in the subject area.

In addition, joint degree students are charged College of Law tuition rates only, essentially offering the opportunity to earn two advanced degrees for the price of one.

For more information contact:

Law Admissions

College of Law
Admissions & Financial Aid
Suite 340 College of Law
Phone: 315.443.1962
Fax: 315.443.9568
Web: law.syr.edu
Email: admissions@law.syr.edu

JD/MS Cultural Foundations of Education

Professor Arlene Kanter
College of Law
Phone: 315.443.4582
Web: law.syr.edu
Email: kantera@law.syr.edu

Professor Steven Taylor
School of Education
Phone: 315.443.4484
Web: soeweb.syr.edu
Email: staylo01@syr.edu

Specific questions & inquiries
about joint law programs: 

Keri Foster
Associate Director
Office of Student Life
Suite 444 College of Law
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315.443.1146
Fax: 315.443.9719
Web: law.syr.edu
Email: studentlife@law.syr.edu

Here's where you'll spend a lot of your time

There are significant advantages to tackling your law degree in an environment that's integrated with a major university. Here are some of the places you'll be spending your time as you pursue your studies. In your spare time? Well, there's plenty of excitement to find here as well.

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Victoria Governali

Here's someone you might meet

Victoria M. Governali, 2L
Somers, NY

"I wanted to attend a law school that would provide me with a diverse curriculum and outstanding professors who really care.  I love the sense of school spirit and dedication to the student body."

 Here's what our students have to say

"Both growing up in Syracuse and the reputation of Syracuse University College of Law convinced me that I wanted to stay in my hometown and undergo my studies in one of upstate New York's most prestigious legal research facilities. The access to alumni and real world legal experiences here exceeds that of other law schools I toured during my application process. My interest in obtaining a dual degree was satisfied by the College of Law's relationships with both Syracuse University and neighboring Upstate University. As a non-traditional student, it was important for me to remain where I had strong ties to the community while still obtaining a high quality law degree that I can take with me wherever I practice. I am achieving all of these things by attending Syracuse University College of Law."

Megan Marcantonio, 3L
Syracuse, NY