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Testimonials

“The MA (Econ) /JD program at Queen’s is a unique experience. I have  found that the study of economics and law complement each other creating a distinct perspective of the law and a set of analytical skills that are in high demand in the legal and economic professions. This program is both challenging and highly rewarding, not to mention, two degrees can be obtained in a short three years. I would strongly encourage all potential candidates to apply.”

Gillian Schafer, Queen’s M.A. (Econ) (2011), J.D. (2013)

 

Program Contact

Admission Enquiries - Faculty of Law
Jane Emrich, Assistant Dean of Students
Email: jane.emrich@queensu.ca
Web: http://law.queensu.ca/prospectiveStudents/combined/JDMA Econ.html

Economics: www.econ.queensu.ca/academics/graduate

 

Program Overview

Queen’s University’s Department of Economics and Faculty of Law have partnered to offer a combined program that allows students to obtain both a Master of Arts in Economics (M.A.) and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in three years.

Opportunities

The program provides highly-focused interdisciplinary training for students interested in the many areas where law and economic analysis intersect, for example international trade law and policy, corporate law and policy, competition law and policy, environmental and resource management and tax law and policy.

Career paths – employment opportunities

Combined M.A./J.D. students will receive excellent training and gain a strong comparative advantage to pursue both  general legal careers as well as specialized legal work that requires knowledge of economic theory and social science methods, high-level policy work and academia.

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.A. (Economics)/ J.D. (Law): Combined total of 3 years (1 for MA, 2 for J.D.).

Method of Completion

  • In the first year, students register full time in the School of Graduate Studies and complete the requirements for a Masters in Economics (Pattern II), as well as some 1st year JD courses for Law.
  • In the Spring/Summer of the first year, students complete the M.A. essay requirement and may also take some of their economics courses at this time. • In the 2nd year , students register full time with the Faculty of Law, and complete a full load of law courses, including the remaining core 1st year law courses.
  • In the 3rd year students register full time with the Faculty of Law and complete any remaining law requirements.
Fields of study and Supervisors

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Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Students in the combined program pay tuition according to their registration status and are similarly eligible for the financial support and funding available to students in the M.A. and J.D. programs respectively. For further financial information research departments website.

Application Prerequisites

Separate applications to both the School of Graduate Studies and to OLSAS for admission into the JD degree program are required. Applicants should indicate that they wish to be considered for the combined program in both their M.A. and J.D. applications. Late applications may be considered, but early applications are encouraged.

For Economics: Economics applications are due by January 15,and must bemade through the School of Graduate Studies (https://eservices.queensu.ca/apps/sgsapp). Applicants must provide the following documents in support of their application:

  • Completion of the online application through the School of Graduate Studies
  • 2 academic references
  • 2 copies of your official transcripts
  • If applicable, an acceptable score on an approved English facility test such as aTOEFL  paper based or iBT score.
  • If required a GRE test score
  • Please note that in the academic back ground section we require a list of your five most recent courses and marks in economics, math, or statistics.

For Law: Law applications are due November 1st, for admission in September and must be made through the Ontario Law School Applications Service (OLSAS: www.ouac.on.ca/olsas). Applicants must provide the following documents in support of their applications:

  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended, including those attended as a visiting student on exchange or on a study abroad program;
  • Official LSAT score(s);
  • A personal statement;
  • Confidential letters of reference;
  • If applicable, an acceptable score on an approved English facility test such as a TOEFL paper based or iBT score.
  • Supplementary documentation to support the basis of the claim in the Aboriginal and Access sub-categories, as necessary.

Academic Prerequisites

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the M.A. (Economics) and the J.D. degree programs.

For Economics:

  • Completion of an Honours B.A. in Economics or a related field (e.g. Math, Physics). Most students admitted to the M.A. will have a B+ average as a minimum.
  • Most successful applicants have undergraduate credits in statistics and quantitative methods for economics, intermediate and advanced micro- and macroeconomic theory, and two or three further upper-year courses in economics, plus courses in linear algebra and differential and integral calculus.
  • applicants whose previous degree is not from a Canadian or U.S. university are required to submit the results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For details on GRE testing see: www.ets.org/gre.

For Law:

  • Most successful J.D. applicants will generally have at least a B+ cumulative average and an A- average in the final two years of their undergraduate program. • All applicants must write the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Minimum LSAT score to be considered for admission to this program would be 160 (80th) percentile. For details on the LSAT see their web-site: www.LSAC.org
  • Foreign academic transcripts not in English must be evaluated by WES with equivalents specified for degree, credits and grades attained.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the M.A. (Economics) and the J.D. degree

programs.

For Economics:

• Completion of an Honours B.A. in Economics or a related field (e.g. Math, Physics). Most students admitted to the M.A. will have a B+ average as a minimum.

• Most successful applicants have undergraduate credits in statistics and quantitative methods for economics, intermediate and advanced micro- and macroeconomic theory, and two or three

further upper-year courses in economics, plus courses in linear algebra and differential and integral calculus.

• applicants whose previous degree is not from a Canadian or U.S. university are required to submit the results from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For details on GRE testing see: www.ets.org/gre.

For Law:

• Most successful J.D. applicants will generally have at least a B+ cumulative average and an A- average in the final two years of their undergraduate program. • All applicants must write the Law School

Admission Test (LSAT). Minimum LSAT score to be considered for admission to this program would be 160 (80th) percentile. For details on the LSAT see their web-site: www.LSAC.org

• Foreign academic transcripts not in English must be evaluated by WES with equivalents specified for degree, credits and grades attained.

For Both:

  • If applicable an acceptable score on an approved English facility test is also required (eg TOEFL). For details on TOEFL testing see: www.ets.org/toefl.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

  • Economics: January 15
  • Law: November 1

Separate Application requirements for the two programs. See application

 

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - MA (298 KB)