Law, Juris Doctor / English, Master of Arts

JD / Eng MA: Introduction


The Combined Degree Program (CDP) in Law​, Juris Doctor / English, Master of Arts is designed for students interested in studying the intersections of law and literature. The CDP permits the completion of both degrees in three years rather than the four years it would take to acquire them independently.

Applicants must apply to each program separately; they should indicate on their applications that they wish to be considered for the CDP. The MA program in English must be completed by coursework, not by thesis.

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


Law, Juris Doctor / English, Master of Arts​​

Juris Doctor Program
Faculty of Law

Master of Arts Program
Department of English

JD / Eng MA: Application Process

  • Applicants must apply to the Juris Doctor (JD) program, the MA program, and the CDP.

  • Students are considered for the CDP after they have secured independent admission to the JD and MA programs.​​

JD / Eng MA: Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • Please see the contact information 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 requirements.
  • Complete all Year 1 courses of the JD program at the Faculty of Law.
​2 and 3
  • ​​JD program requirements.
  • MA program requirements.
  • Complete 44 JD credits including a moot, an extended paper, a perspective course, and an international/comparative/transnational (ICT) course. Students graduating in 2017 or later must complete 45 JD credits.
  • 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) toward the MA program requirements (1.5 FCE in each of Years 2 and 3) including ENG 6999Y, and at least 1.0 FCE in law and literature program courses.
  • Complete a JD Directed Research project (at least 3 JD credits) or an MA English reading course (0.5 FCE) on a topic related to law and literature.

Program Length

3 years

Time Limit

4 years