Degree Programs

Joint Degree Program

Degrees in Law and Religion

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion offers six degree programs for students interested in a close study of the field of law and religion.  Three of these are joint degree programs open to college graduates. Two are advanced law programs open to law school graduates, and one is a master-level program open to college graduates.  

Doctor of Law/Master of Theological Studies (JD/MTS)

Doctor of Law/Master of Divinity (JD/MDiv)

Doctor of Law/Doctor of Philosophy (JD/PhD)

Master of Laws (LLM)

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

Juris Master (JM)

Students in all six degree programs have an array of law and religion courses available to them.  Some of these courses are cross-listed, and can be taken for law, theology, or graduate school credit.  Some courses are offered in one school, and can be taken through cross-registration.

All law and religion students are welcomed into the CSLR community.  This provides ample opportunity to interact with law and religion faculty, to engage in social and academic events with other law and religion students, to participate in the CSLR’s public forms and research projects, and to be eligible for research fellowships and summer internships.

Law and religion graduates pursue a wide range of professional vocations.  Some practice law with large or small firms, with local, state, and federal governments, or with public interest groups in America and abroad.  Others pursue ordained ministry or work within the administration or polity of religious organizations.  Others associate with non-profit agencies, non-governmental organizations, and human rights or religious freedom advocacy groups.  Others work in prison fellowship organizations, social welfare ministries, mediation and arbitration centers, charitable organizations, or foundations.  Others pursue teaching careers in law schools, theology schools, colleges, and universities.  The choice of career depends as much upon a candidate’s own individual interests and talents as it does upon the job market.  All the degree programs provide flexibility for students to experiment with their interests and to tailor a program of study suited to their long term professional aspirations. 

"I'm fascinated by how the law almost unconsciously inherits and adopts its norms from religious thinking and how it can then turn around and influence religion by pushing back on boundaries."

–Mark Aaron Goldfeder
LLM 2012 and SJD 2013

–Brian Green
JD/MTS 2011

"I chose to pursue a joint degree because I wanted to understand what justice could and should mean from both the practical side (law) but also the theoretical side (religion and ethics). This taught me to ask the questions necessary to help someone but also to listen to what the person really wants and needs--vital skills for my work in public interest law."

–Jennifer Williams
JD/MTS 2012