Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers. If you have questions not answered here, contact Silas Allard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Can I apply to the joint-degree program during my first year in the law school or theology school?
- How does financial aid work for the joint degree?
- What does it mean to be “in residence” at a school? Is this different from taking classes?
- Can I take classes in both schools at the same time?
- How do I register for classes as a joint-degree student?
Q) Can I apply to the joint degree program during my first year in the law school or theology school?
A) Being “in residence” means that you are counted as a current student at that school. You cannot be in residence at more than one school simultaneously, so each semester you must choose a school of residence. Being in residence affects which school’s tuition you pay and which school’s financial aid you receive. When you are in residence at the law school, you pay law school tuition and receive law school financial aid. When you are in residence at the theology school, you pay theology school tuition and receive theology school financial aid.
Being in residence at one school does not prevent you from taking classes in another school. You can, for example, be in residence at the law school while carrying 9 hours of law credit and 6 hours of theology credit. Note, however, that the first year of the JD and the first year of the MDiv program are preset and do not allow for variation.
Q) How do I register for classes as a joint-degree student?
A) First, it is important to remember that you register through the school where you will be in residence. So, if you are registering for fall semester, and you will be in residence at the law school for fall semester, then you register using the law school's procedures. This is true whether you are registering for law or theology classes; all registration is done through the school where you will be in residence.
At the law school, joint-degree students are assigned a pre-registration period. During the joint degree pre-registration period, you will be sent an online form to complete with your desired classes. Remember, you should indicate both law and theology classes you want to enroll in on this form. The law registrar will then enroll you in those courses for the upcoming semester. If you need to add/change/or drop courses, you should contact the registrar at email@example.com.
At the theology school, joint-degree students should email the registrar, Shelly Hart, with their desired courses in both the theology school and the law school by the Monday before pre-registration. Shelly Hart’s contact information is below.
For more information about registration, contact the registrars of both schools:
The law school registrar is Katherine Hinson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The theology school registrar is Shelly Hart (email@example.com).