M.A. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy

The M.A. degree in Jurisprudence and Social Policy  is only available to current Berkeley Law J.D. students or JSP Ph.D. students. Applicants interested in applying to the M.A. must follow the same application procedures as for the Ph.D. but indicate that you are interested in the master's program at the end of the application.

A minimum of two semesters of academic residence is required for the M.A. degree. In order to obtain the degree, students must pursue one of two plans. Plan I requires at least twenty semester units of upper division or graduate courses and a thesis. Plan II, preferred by the program, requires at least twenty-four units of upper division or graduate courses and a comprehensive M.A. examination. Whatever plan is chosen, students must have taken, as part of their course work: JSP Orientation Seminar, 2 JSP “Foundation” Seminars, Research Design (Methods) Course, and two basic law courses.

The master’s examination is an oral examination conducted by an Examination committee appointed by the Chair of the JSP Program. For this examination the student should prepare a file of papers written for core courses or individual study and submit copies of the file to the examination committee at least two weeks before the examination. Students are expected to take the examination during the semester in which they will complete the 24 semester units required by the Graduate Division.