University of San Diego School of Law
Advocate Fall 2017 Issue

Peace, Justice and Law

USD Launches One-of-a-Kind Dual Degree Program in Law and Peace Studies

In Fall 2016, USD School of Law established a firstof- its-kind concurrent degree program that combines a JD from the law school and an MA in Peace and Justice (JD-MAP J) from the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. The JD/MA Peace and Law Dual Degree, designed as a four-year commitment, sets an innovative precedent for peace-minded problem solvers and future changemakers. Students spend the first year completing required coursework through the law school. The second year is devoted to Peace Studies coursework, and the final two years involve a hybrid curriculum from both schools.

The dual-degree program aims to prepare students interested in careers in immigration, human rights or alternative dispute resolution; and provide them with the learning and skills to serve a global clientele, influence public policy and promote social justice.

“History shows that there cannot be true peace without justice,” Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo said. “This dual-degree program will train lawyers who will have the knowledge and skills to be effective advocates for the rule of law and human rights. I am excited about this collaboration between the School of Law and the Kroc School of Peace Studies."