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Joint Degree Programs

The joint-degree program is designed to be completed in six years. Law and economics students are fully funded by a competitive package of fellowship support covering both tuition and stipend. Vanderbilt Law School offers a range of joint-degree programs in conjunction with other graduate schools at Vanderbilt University. Joint-degree programs require that students apply separately to and be accepted by both schools, and financial aid is awarded and administered by each school separately. The exception to that rule is Law & Economics, which has a unified admission process and where students receive fellowship support covering both tuition and stipend for the full program of study.

J.D. / Ph.D, Law and Economics - Law & Economics Program

Joint-degree students pursue a Ph.D. in law and economics and a J.D. concurrently in a fully integrated law and economics curriculum and are fully funded by a competitive package of fellowship support covering both tuition and stipend. The joint-degree program is designed to be completed in six years.

J.D. / Ph.D. in Neuroscience

Vanderbilt University, headquarters of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, is a leading institution for the study of law and neuroscience.

The J.D. / Ph.D. Neuroscience dual degree program requires separate applications and independent admission to the Vanderbilt Law School J.D. program and Vanderbilt’s Neuroscience Graduate Program.  Applicants who have expressed interest in the dual degree in both applications and who are admitted independently to both programs are subsequently considered for an individualized course of study and research that would meet dual degree requirements.  Information and application procedures are available at the Prospective Students pages for Vanderbilt Law School and the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.

J.D. / M.B.A. � Owen Graduate School of Management

Students accepted by both schools earn both degrees in four years. For more information on applying to Owen, contact the Owen School of Management's Office of Admissions via email,, or (800) 288-OWEN (6936).

J.D./ M.Div. (Masters of Divinity) and J.D. / M.T.S. (Masters of Theological Studies) � Vanderbilt Divinity School

Students accepted by both schools can earn the J.D./M.T.S. in four years or the J.D./M.Div. in five years. For more information about these programs, complete the Divinity School's online web form or contact the Divinity School Office of Admissions at or by phone at 615-343-3963 .

J.D./M.D. - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

This program allows students accepted at both schools to complete both degrees in six years. For more information, contact the law school's Admissions office via email at

J.D./M.P.P. (Masters in Public Policy) , Peabody College

Students accepted at both schools can earn both degrees in four years. The M.P.P. is a multidisciplinary program that provides you with a scholarly and applied understanding of the public policy process as it relates to education. The coursework serves as preparation for careers in policy analysis and public service leadership for governmental and/or private institutions.

LL.M. / Law & Business certificate / Law & Business Program

LL.M. students can earn a certificate of specialization in Law and Business by extending their one-year LL.M. studies for a second year through an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum created by the law school in conjunction with Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. This program allows students to study U.S. business law, management techniques, corporate finance and accounting, and the legal principles that affect them. LL.M. students can apply for "special student" status at any point after admission to the LL.M. Program to pursue the Law & Business program.

LL.M./M.A. in Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University Graduate School

This two-year program requires 11 hours of course work in the law school, 24 hours of course work in Latin American Studies, and a thesis for 6 hours credit. Students normally pursue their course work over the first three semesters, devoting the bulk of their time in the fourth semester of study to the completion of the thesis. Students are enrolled in each school for two semesters. For more information, email us at

Customized Joint-Degree Programs

Students who wish to pursue a joint degree program with a graduate program with which the law school has no formal joint degree arrangements can propose a customized joint-degree program. In all cases, prospective students must seek and gain acceptance to both the law school and the other graduate program. Decisions regarding admission to the law school and the graduate program are made independently. For more information, contact the Law School Admissions Office at