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Combined M.A. (Economics)/J.D. Program
The Senate of Queen's University approved the M.A.(Economics)-Juris Doctor combined degree program on November 27th, 2008.

Queen's University's Faculty of Law and Department of Economics have partnered to offer a combined program that allows students to obtain both a J.D. and an M.A. degree in three years. The program provides highly-focused interdisciplinary training for students interested in the many areas where law and economic analysis intersect, for example international trade law and policy, corporate law and policy, competition law and policy, environmental and resource management and tax law and policy. Combined M.A.-J.D. students will receive excellent training and gain a strong comparative advantage to pursue careers in specialized legal work that requires knowledge of economic theory and social science methods, high-level policy work and academia.  

Students will follow the general requirements for a standard M.A. in Economics under the coursework and M.A. essay option (see Program Pattern II in the School of Graduate Studies and Research Calendar at Students will receive credit for specified law courses which will serve as two of the required seven courses for the M.A. degree. Students will also receive upper-year credit in the J.D. program for the equivalent of one term's enrollment (15 credits). This credit will be restricted to courses selected from those within approved Economics Department offerings. Students must complete a minimum of 45 additional upper-year credits within Queen's Faculty of Law, which may include courses offered at the Queen's International Study Centre in the Global Law Spring Programs.

Program Requirements and Structure
1 In the first year, students register full-time in the School of Graduate Studies and complete the following courses:
a The three economics courses ECON-810 Microeconomic Theory, ECON-852 Quantitative Methods and ECON-848 Economic Analysis of Law.
b Any two other graduate economics courses with a sufficient connection to law, subject to the approval of the Graduate Coordinator (Economics) in consultation with the Combined Program Director (Law). The following courses are illustrative of courses that would satisfy the requirement: ECON-825 International Trade; ECON-835 Development Economics; ECON-837/437 Cost-Benefit Analysis; ECON-840 Public Economics I; ECON-841 Public Economics II; ECON-845 Industrial Organization I; ECON-846 Industrial Organization II; ECON-870 Finance Theory; ECON-890 Natural Resource Economics; and ECON-891 Environmental Economics.
c The four law courses LAW-140/141/142 Public Law, LAW-150/151/152 Constitutional Law, LAW-160/161/162/163/164 Contracts and LAW-115/116/117 Introduction to Legal Research.

2 In the spring/summer term of the first year, students will complete the M.A. Essay requirement. Students may also elect to take some of their economics courses during the spring term.

3 In the second year of the program, students register full-time in the Faculty of Law, taking a full course load of between 14 and 17 credits per term. Students must complete the remaining courses from the required first-year law curriculum as follows:  LAW-180/181 Property Law; LAW-190/191/192/193 Tort Law; and LAW-170/171/172 Criminal Law.

4 In the third year, students must register full-time in the Faculty of Law. Students must ensure that they complete the following additional requirements for the combined program and the J.D. degree during the second and third years:
a Two upper-year law courses with a substantial connection to law and economics. Given changes in course offerings from year to year, the list of approved courses is to be determined annually by the Combined Program Director (Law) in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator (Econ). The following list is illustrative of some three-credit courses that would satisfy the requirement, based on course offerings for 2010-11:  LAW-454 International Economic Law; LAW-511 Corporate Taxation; LAW-512 Corporate Finance; LAW-608 Advanced Corporate Law; LAW-448 Securities Regulation; LAW-441 Commercial Law; LAW-560 Labour Law and LAW-517 Environmental Protection Law. Note that this list is illustrative only. Students who wish to pursue specialization in other areas within the law and economics tradition in areas such as criminal law and family law could also be easily accommodated within existing law course offerings.
b The following J.D. degree requirements:  Mandatory Course Requirement (LAW-225 Civil Procedure); Advocacy Requirement; Practice Skills Requirement; and Substantial Term Paper Requirement.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Students in the combined M.A./J.D. program pay tuition as graduate students in their first year and as J.D. students in the second and third years of the program. Students in the combined program are eligible, according to their registration status, for the financial support and funding available to students in the M.A. and J.D. programs respectively.

For further financial information, see:

Contact Information

Department of Economics
Dunning Hall, Queen's University
Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6
Phone:  (613)533-2250
Fax:  (613)533-6668
Graduate Coordinator: Professor Huw Lloyd-Ellis
Contact Email: (Department Page) (Program Gateway)

Faculty of Law
128 Union Street
Macdonald Hall, Queen's University
Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6
Phone: (613)533-2220
Fax: (613)533-6509
Combined Program Director:  Professor Cherie Metcalf
Contact Email:

J.D. Admissions: Jane Emrich (Assistant Dean of Students)
Contact Email:

For admissions information see Admission - Admission to the J.D. Program-First Year - Combined M.A. (Economics)/J.D.  Program.

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