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Overview of Joint Degree and Cooperative Programs

Admissions

To enter a joint degree program, you must be admitted separately to both Stanford Law and a participating Stanford school or department as well as to the particular joint degree program. You can opt to apply at virtually any time: concurrently with your initial application for admission to Stanford Law or after your first or second year in law school or in another Stanford department or school.

Not yet enrolled in any program at Stanford

If you have not yet enrolled in any program at Stanford, you may apply for admission to both schools or departments related to your joint degree simultaneously—for example, Stanford Law and the Department of Sociology for a joint degree in law and sociology. Be sure to note your interest in a joint degree on applications to both related programs. Once you've been admitted to both programs, you may petition for joint degree status.

Already enrolled in the law school or another Stanford program

If you have already enrolled in the law school or another Stanford program, you may apply to earn a joint degree at virtually any time. For example, you may decide during your first or second year in law school to pursue a joint degree in law and business. At that time, you may apply for admission to the business school, and inform both schools (law and business) of your intent to pursue a joint degree. Except for the JD/PhD in Psychology, which accepts only applications from students who have already begun law school, you may begin your studies in either department—law or non-law. However, if you start in the non-law department, the length of your joint degree program may be affected.