Joint Degree Programs

Law & African-American Studies

The UCLA School of Law and UCLA’s Department of African-American Studies offer a four-year, concurrent degree program leading to both a J.D. and an M.A. in African-American Studies. This is the first program of its kind in the country. Graduates of the program will be equipped to practice law with a fuller understanding of its intersections with the historical, social and cultural dimensions of the African-American experience, and to provide essential social and political leadership within or for the Black community.

JURIS DOCTOR/MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES (M.A.) (School of Law and Department of African-American Studies)

  • A four-year program (120 weeks of residency credit).
  • Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the Juris Doctor degree including eighty-seven (87) semester units of mandatory first-year, Professional Responsibility and upper-division elective courses, is required.
  • Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the Master's degree in African-American Studies, including required coursework, written thesis and fulfillment of a foreign language requirement, is required. 

For more detailed information about Joint Degree Requirements, please see the Summary of Academic Standards.

Information about the African-American Studies portion of the Joint Degree Program:
J.D./M.A. African-American Studies
(310) 825-7403