Joint MA/JD in Law and Education

Stanford University

M.A. On Campus
36 months
22740 USD/year
22740 USD/year
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The School of Law and the Graduate School of Education offer a three-year joint program leading to a JD degree from the Law School combined with an MA degree from the Graduate School of Education. Knowledge of the law and the tools of legal analysis are imperative to crafting educational policy and school reform strategies.  The Joint MA/JD in Law and Education is offered by Stanford University.


Educational policymakers, administrators, and practitioners increasingly turn to lawyers as they negotiate an ever-more complex policy environment, in which state and federal agencies are involved in local decision making in unprecedented ways. In turn, lawyers must understand how schools function as complex organizations and must master the basic tools policy analysts use when tackling social problems.

Stanford University Joint MA/JD in Law and Education program prepares leaders and scholars to address these challenges. JD/MA students begin their course of study in the School of Law. A number of courses taken in either the Law School or the Graduate School of Education may count towards the JD and the MA.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • One in Five: The Law, Policy, and Politics of Campus Sexual Assault
  • Environmental & Resource Challenges on Native American Lands
  • Pre-field Course for Alternative Spring Break
  • Introduction to International Human Rights
  • Law and Inequality
  • Dilemmas of Regulating Race and Inequality in American Society
  • Human Rights Advocacy
  • Guns, Drugs, Abortion, and Empirical Evaluation of Law and Policy
  • Public Service Internship Preparation
  • Work and Family
  • Hip Hop as a Universal Language
  • Language, Identity, and the Power of Public Discourse
  • Public Education and Schooling: The Great Equalizer or the Fiercely Competitive Field?

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must hold, or expect to hold before enrollment at Stanford, a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association.
  • Applicants from institutions outside the U.S. must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. See minimum level of study required of International applicants.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English.
  • International students enrolled must be able to read English with ease, understand rapid idiomatic English as used in lectures and group discussions. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11370 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    22740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11370 USD per semester and a duration of 36 months.

Regular quarterly tuition


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Joint MA/JD in Law and Education
Stanford University


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