Dual Latin American Studies Master's and Law Degree Program The dual degree program allows a student to earn a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies (M.A.) and a Juris Doctor degree in Law (J.D.) in four years. Students in this program typically take one year of graduate coursework in Latin American Studies (a minimum of 18 units) after their first year of coursework required for the J.D. The remaining units are completed along with their law courses in their third and fourth years in the program. LAS Requirements for the MA/JD The interdisciplinary Master's program in Latin American Studies (LAS) combines two fields of study, Spanish and Portuguese language skills, an introductory seminar to Latin American Studies (LAS 500), a core LAS research seminar (LAS 596a), and an optional thesis or elective coursework for a total of 36 graduate units. Students pursuing the dual degree program in LAS and Law are expected to fulfill these basic requirements incorporating the modifications outlined below. Twenty-one to 24 graduate units are chosen from two areas of concentration with 12 to 15 units in the primary area and 9 units in the secondary area. Recommended areas include History, Political Science, Anthropology, Geography and Regional Development, Brazil Studies and Mexico Studies. Up to 9 units of comparative or international law courses (considered by advisors in both programs to be theoretically relevant to issues concerning Mexico or Latin America) can be counted as a secondary concentration in international law. The Introduction to Latin American Studies Seminar (LAS 500) must be taken during the first (fall) semester of LAS coursework. The LAS Research Seminar (LAS 596a) is typically taken after completing one or more years of LAS coursework. A three-credit internship experience is considered an integral part of the program and is strongly encouraged. The clinical teaching program in law offers similar practical training. A law clinic with an inter-American focus, therefore, would be an acceptable substitute for LAS internship credit. A thesis, although not required, is strongly recommended and can include the three units for the substantial paper required for the law program. Moreover, an enhancement of the substantial paper can be considered a thesis for Latin American Studies and earn three additional units toward LAS thesis credit. In sum, a student enrolled in the dual degree program may count 15 units of law credit toward the 36 graduate units required for the M.A. in Latin American Studies: 9 units of international law coursework, 3 units for the substantial paper, and 3 units for the law clinic. Law College Requirements (consult Law School for changes or modifications) Students must complete 30 required units during their first year of law school. Additionally, students must complete Evidence (4 units), The Legal Profession (2 units), and an advanced writing seminar - the substantial paper (3 units) prior to graduation. A total of 85 units are required for the J.D. Up to 15 units of M.A. credit may be counted toward the 85-unit requirement. Dual Degree Program The Dual Degree in Law and Latin American Studies will be granted upon the completion of a minimum of 106 units in Law and Latin American Studies and related fields and by meeting the minimum Portuguese and Spanish language requirements. The requirements are summarized as follows: Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (Dual Program) 3 units for LAS 500 - Introduction to Latin American Studies 12 units in primary discipline or thematic area (15 units if thesis option is not pursued) 9 units international law courses 3 units internship (Law Clinic) 3 units for LAS 596a - Research Seminar 6 units thesis (including 3 law units for substantial paper) Language requirement met by Spanish 330 and Portuguese 305 or Spanish 251 and Portuguese 325 or equivalency exam _______ 36 units total Master of Arts in Latin American Studies (Regular Program) 3 units for LAS 500 - Introduction to Latin American Studies 15 units in primary discipline or thematic area 9 units in secondary area 3 units for LAS 596a - Research Seminar 6 units for thesis option or 6 elective units (may include internship units) Language requirement met by Spanish 330 and Portuguese 305 or Spanish 251 and Portuguese 325 or equivalency exam _______ 36 units total Juris Doctorate 30 units first year requirements 9 units other requirements (Evidence, Legal Profession, and Substantial Paper) 15 units for M.A. credit applied to J.D. 9 units international law courses 3 units Law Clinic (LAS internship) 19 units other law electives ______ 85 units total Sample Course of Study First Year Fall Semester Units Law 600 Contracts 5 Law 601a Legal Process and Civil Procedure 3 Law 603a Legal Research 1 Law 603b Legal Writing 1 Law 604a Torts 2 Law 606 Constitutional Law 3 TOTAL: 15 Spring Semester Law 601b Legal Process and Civil Procedure 2 Law 602 Criminal Procedure 4 Law 604b Torts 3 Law 605 Property 5 Law 607 Appellate Practice and Moot Court 1 TOTAL: 15 Second Year Fall Semester LAS 500 Intro to Latin American Studies 3 ********** course from area of concentration 3 ********** """"" 3 Port 305 Portuguese for Spanish speakers 3 TOTAL: 12 (9 grad) Spring Semester ********* course from area of concentration 3 ********* """"" 3 ********* international law course * 3 TOTAL: 9 *International Law courses cross-listed with LAS include: Law 666 - Law of European Union and NAFTA; LAW 659 - Intl Human Rights Law; Law 670 - Public Intl Law; Law 696L - Intl Trade Law. Others to be cross-listed include: Indigenous Human Rights and Comparative Commercial Law. Third and Fourth Years Courses from both programs to include: 9 units of law requirements, 19 units of law electives, 6 units Latin American-related international law courses, 3 units of LAS research seminar, 3 units of Law Clinic/LAS Internship, 6 units of substantial paper/LAS thesis.
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