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JD/MA in Sustainability Dual Degree

Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability

The Sustainability Graduate Programs and  Wake Forest University School of Law have designed a new JD/MA in sustainability dual degree program to provide students a pathway for succeeding in professional roles where legal scholarship and practice intersect with sustainability.

Students with the JD and MA in Sustainability will expand their potential work force networks, deepen their knowledge base, and cultivate leadership skills. Attorneys seeking to work in a sustainability related practice area will benefit greatly from foundational knowledge gained through coursework focusing on energy, environmental and sustainability related studies.


Candidates for the JD/MA in sustainability dual degree must apply both to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Law, following the admissions’ requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each program in order to pursue a dual degree. A joint committee consisting of faculty and staff both from the School of Law and the Sustainability Graduate Programs will make final determination about an applicant’s suitability for the dual degree.

Wake Forest students already enrolled in the JD program are encouraged to apply in the spring semester of their 1st year. Current students may apply after this time but completion of the program will not follow the traditional three year plan of study. Wake Forest students already enrolled in the School of Law JD degree program who decide to pursue the dual degree will complete an abbreviated application that includes a statement of interest and LSAT scores.


Plan of Study

This JD/MA in sustainability dual degree will require 78 hours of School of Law coursework, including requirements specific to the JD, and 22 hours of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences coursework and is designed to be completed in six semesters and one full summer session.

First Year Requirements

Second & Third Year Requirements

Summer Term

A four credit-hour internship or research thesis to be completed during the summer semester in between the 2nd and 3rd year.


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