​JD/MA Peace and Law Dual Degree Program

Strengthen your case for making peace.

Your Motivation

An increasingly globalized world calls for specialists who can think beyond one area of expertise to solve problems. This is your chance to deepen your knowledge of law and policy while gaining a unique understanding of the historical, institutional and cultural factors that drive modern conflict, injustice, oppression and poverty. Our JD/MA Peace and Law Dual Degree Program is the only one of its kind, setting an innovative precedent for future changemakers.

Our Foundation

Our concurrent degree program combines a JD from the University of San Diego's School of Law and an MA in Peace and Justice (MAPJ) from the Kroc School of Peace Studies. The JD/MA Peace and Law Dual Degree is designed as a four-year commitment. 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.

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The Outcome

This dual degree program is an excellent fit for students interested in issues of immigration, human rights or mediation; those who plan to advise a global clientele; those who wish to take a lawyer's route to influencing policy; and public interest lawyers seeking to tackle broader questions of social justice using both legal and policy frameworks. We envision these graduates out in the world working for the United Nations, founding socially-responsible startups, serving as consultants for international rule of law programming, combating human trafficking with an NGO, serving as diplomats and foreign service officer and other careers in myriad sectors that need peace-minded problem solvers.