Law, Juris Doctor / Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy

JD / Phl PhD: Introduction


The Combined Degree Program (CDP) in Law, Juris Doctor / Philosophy, Doctor of Philosop​hy enables students to pursue a deep ​investigation of the complex issues that lie at the intersection between law and philosophy. The CDP permits completion of both the Juris Doctor (JD) and PhD degrees one year sooner than it would take to acquire them independently. At the end of that period, the student will have completed the JD degree and reached the dissertation stage of the PhD in Philosophy.

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


Law, Juris Doctor / Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy​

Juris Doctor Program
Faculty of Law

Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

JD / Phl PhD: Application Process

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

  • Applicants must gain independent admission to both the JD and PhD programs before they may be considered for admission to the CDP.​

JD / Phl 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 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.
  • PhD program requirements.
  • Complete 48 JD credits including a moot, a perspective course, and an international/comparative/transnational (ICT) perspective course.
  • 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in Philosophy courses, which will count as 8 JD credits toward the total JD credits required.
  • ​PhD program requirements.
  • ​Complete any remaining courses in the PhD program.
  • Complete area and language exams required for the PhD program.
​5 and 6
  • ​​PhD program requirements.
  • ​​​Complete any remaining PhD program requirements and a PhD thesis.