Law, Juris Doctor / Economics, Doctor of Philosophy

JD / Eco PhD: Introduction


The Combined Degree Program (CDP) in Law, Juris Doctor / Economics, Doctor of Philosophy allows a student to complete all the requirements for the Juris Doctor (JD) program and all the requirements for the PhD progr​​am (except a dissertation) in four years rather than the five years it would take to acquire them independently​. In Years 5 and 6, students will complete ​a dissertation.

For a general description of CDPs, see General Regulations section 1.4.3​.


Law, Juris Doctor / Economics, Doctor of Philosophy

Juris Doctor Program
Faculty of Law

Doctor of Philosophy in Economics Program
Department of Economics

JD / Eco PhD: Application Process

  • Applicants must apply to the JD program, the PhD program, and the CDP.

  • Applicants must gain independent admission to the JD program and the PhD program in Economics before they may be considered for admission to the CDP.

JD / Eco PhD: Requirements

​Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the JD program, the ​School of Graduate Studies, and the PhD program.

  • Please see the contact informatio​​n to find details on each program’s admission requirements.​

Academic Path to Completion​

Every CDP involves a specific combination of approved degree programs. The CDP requirements build on those of the two separate degree programs. Each CDP has a unique pattern of academic activity year by year.​



​​Specific Requirements

  • Year 1 JD program requireme​nts.
  • ​Complete all Year 1 courses of the JD program at the Faculty of Law.
  • PhD program requirements.
  • ​Students normally complete ECO 1011H (0.5 full-course equivalent [FCE]) plus 3.0 FCEs as follows: ECO 2020H and ECO 2030H, macroeconomics (ECO 2021H and ECO 2031H), and econometrics (ECO 2400H and ECO 2401H).
  • Complete theory comprehensive exams.
  • PhD and JD program requirements.​
  • Complete an additional 3.0 FCEs in economics courses including the required courses for a major field and minor field.
  • Complete a field comprehensive exam in the major field.​
  • Complete 0.5 FCE in law and economics.
  • Participate in the full-year continuous course ECO 4060Y Graduate Research Seminar.
  • Complete the Year 2 economics paper.
  • Complete 14 to 16 JD credit hours.

  • ​JD program requirements.
  • Complete 28 to 32 JD credit hours including the extended paper requirement in law.
5 and 6
  • PhD program requirements.
  • ​Complete a PhD dissertation.​
  • It is expected, but not required, that a student's dissertation committee will include a member of the Faculty of Law.

Program Length

​6 years

Time Limit

8 years