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					          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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