Joint Degree Programs

Nebraska Law offers several joint degree programs for students interested in pursuing an additional course of study outside of the law college. Pursuit of a dual degree typically results in a 4 year course of study that concludes in receiving both a juris doctor degree and a masters degree.

Juris Doctor / Masters in Public Accountancy

The Law/Accounting joint degree program is designed for students with accounting backgrounds who are especially interested in tax-related matters. Jointly administered by the College of Law and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Accountancy, students who complete the program will take a wide breadth of courses in both accounting and law.

Juris Doctor / Masters in Business Administration

The joint JD/MBA program is designed to integrate the depth of a law degree with the business-focused MBA program at UNL. The program will benefit the lawyer that wishes to serve businesses in a traditional practice setting or in-house, and will also enrich the business person and entrepreneur. The person completing this program will develop the ability to maneuver within the U.S. legal system while also better understanding the intricacies of business operations and financial matters.

Juris Doctor / Masters of Community & Regional Planning

The increasing complexity of issues relating to physical, economic, and social well-being in the world today and in the future calls for broader knowledge and greater depth of understanding by decision makers who are attempting to resolve those issues.

The intent of this joint degree program is to prepare students for a variety of professional roles including but not limited to:

  • land use planning and growth management
  • city planning and management
  • land development
  • human services planning
  • advocacy planning
  • environmental planning and management
  • mediation and conflict resolution
Juris Doctorate / Master of Arts in Social Gerontology

The Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Social Gerontology joint degree program (“J.D./M.A.”) is designed for law students who desire to develop a unique expertise and knowledge in the field of elder law, or who are considering an administrative position in the area of gerontology and seek to bring a legal perspective to their administrative work.

Juris Doctor / Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications

The world of journalism and the world of law are closely interrelated. Students who study the role of media in a globalized world will confront legal structures and processes. Students who seek a law degree will often encounter processes in the media and need to understand the role of journalism in a democratic society. Students in each discipline can benefit from a better and more sophisticated understanding of the structures and processes of the other.

Juris Doctor / Master of Arts in Political Science

The world of government and politics and the world of law are closely interrelated. Students who study political institutions and processes will confront legal structures and processes. Students who seek a law degree will often encounter political institutions and processes. Students in each discipline can benefit from a better and more sophisticated understanding of the structures and processes of the other.

Juris Doctor / Law and Psychology

The Law/Psychology program at UNL is the world’s oldest integrated program of its kind and a leading center for education and research in the interdisciplinary study of Psychology and Law. Since its inception in 1974, the program has trained scholars who engage in basic and applied research and writing on psychosocial issues related to the law. Graduates of the program hold academic positions in law schools, psychology departments, criminal justice programs, as well as positions in industry think-tanks, consulting firms, and law practices. The program remains unusual in this field due to the breadth of training given to students who can specialize in virtually any area of psycholegal studies.

Juris Doctor / Master of Public Health Joint Degree Program

The Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health joint degree program (“JD/MPH”) is designed to prepare students for a variety of professional roles in which the knowledge, skills and expertise in law, public health and health care systems are important.

Public health, public policy, and biomedical ethics are at the forefront of issues in America today. Ongoing efforts at health care reform by policymakers require lawyers with health care expertise to generate legal solutions to issues of health care access and quality, patient protection, and privacy. The work environment is emerging as a significant factor in health, prompting fresh attention to city planning and land use regulation. Occupational injuries continue to plague America’s workforce. Environmental degradation threatens the health of future generations. A JD/MPH degree can prepare graduates for leadership in the myriad public health issues confronted by society.