Law, Juris Doctor / Political Science, Doctor of Philosophy

JD / Pol PhD: Introduction


The Combined Degree Program (CDP) in Law, Juris Doctor / Poli​tical Science, Doctor of Philosophy is designed for stud​ents interested in studying the intersection of law and political science. The CDP permits completion of both the Juris Doctor (JD) and PhD degrees at least one year sooner than it would take to acquire them independently.

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


Law, Juris Doctor / Political Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Juris Doctor Program
Faculty of Law

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science
Department of Political Science

JD / Pol 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 / Pol 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.
  • ​​PhD program requirements.
  • ​Students complete coursework and exams required for the PhD program.
  • Specific requirements will vary based on the student’s choice of fields and whether a PhD student is admitted via direct entry.
​3 and 4
  • ​JD program requirements.
  • ​​Complete 48 JD credits including the Directed Research Program.
  • Any language requirements for the PhD must be completed by the end of Year 4.
5 and 6

  • ​PhD program requirements.
  • ​​Complete any remaining PhD program requirements and also a PhD thesis.