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About the Joint Degree

The first of its kind in the nation, the J.D./M.A. program provides students a unique opportunity to engage in a rigorous, interdisciplinary, and feminist study of law and social justice. The University of Cincinnati’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and the College of Law are two of the oldest and most respected programs in the country and remain on the cutting edge in the studies of gender, sexuality, race and social justice.

Students in the J.D./M.A. program earn both degrees over the course of four years. In so doing, they take courses in both programs, develop their own research projects, and have the opportunity to put their learning to use in a variety of settings. Our students have helped survivors of domestic abuse, advocated for greater LGBTQ rights in Ohio, and worked in national feminist legal organizations such as the National Women’s Law Center, Equality Now, and Legal Momentum.

Joint degree students follow a plan of study and enhance their educational experiences in the “real world” in a variety of ways through other opportunities and programming offered by the joint degree program.

Application Procedures

Applicants must apply separately to and meet admission requirements of both programs. Applicants are required to submit an LSAT score; the M.A. program will waive the GRE requirement for applicants demonstrating they are applying to the J.D./M.A. program. Joint degree students usually spend their first year in the WGSS Department, their second year in the College of Law, and complete the remaining years with a mix of coursework in both programs. Students pursuing a joint degree meet regularly with College of Law and WGSS faculty to discuss their course plans.

Applications and more information are available from the College of Law and the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, P.O. Box 210164, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0164, (513) 556-6778.

For More Information

For more information contact any of the following faculty members:

College of Law Faculty

Kristin Kalsem
Professor of Law
Affiliated Faculty, WGSS Department

Verna Williams
Professor of Law
Affiliated Faculty, WGSS Department

WGSS Faculty

Amy Lind
Mary Ellen Heintz Associate Professor
Graduate Director WGSS Department

Deborah T. Meem
Head of WGSS Department
Professor of English and WGSS