Dual Program with Law Degree
The Manship School of Mass Communication and the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center are one of only a handful of schools in the U.S. that offer a dual degree in mass communication (Master of Mass Communication, M.M.C.) and law (both the Juris Doctor, J.D. and the Diploma in Civil Law, D.C.L.). The dual degree program allows students to earn both degrees concurrently in four years. The LSU Law Center is Louisiana’s flagship state law school and consistently ranks in the Top 20 as a Best Value Law School by Pre-Law Magazine.
Dual Program Curriculum
Students may begin the program in either the Law Center or the Manship School, but one of the first two years of the program must be devoted exclusively to the first year of the J.D. program at the Law Center. Thereafter, students may take a combination of law and mass communication courses and complete the M.M.C. thesis requirement near the end of the fourth year of the concurrent program. Although the two degree programs remain separate from one another, the concurrent program accelerates the completion of both degrees because of each school’s recognition of credit hours earned for course work completed in the other. The Law Center accepts nine credit hours of mass communication course work as elective credits toward the J.D. degree, and the Manship School accepts nine credit hours of law course work as elective credits toward the M.M.C. degree.
The concurrent program is designed to appeal both to those students who wish to specialize in First Amendment and communications law as practicing lawyers and to those who wish to work as professionals in mass communication in fields related to law.
Applicants to the program must be separately admitted into the J.D. and M.M.C. programs.
To apply to the Manship School, applicants submit a statement of purpose, resume, writing sample and transcripts from all prior universities or colleges attended. We need recommendation letters from three people familiar with your academic and/or professional work. We prefer to see GRE scores above 152 verbal & quantitative and above 4.0 analytical writing. If using the LSAT, we follow the same minimum requirements as the Law Center. For TOEFL we prefer scores above 100 on the internet-based test.
When you complete the online application:
- Make sure you choose Mass Communication as your degree program (NOT Communication Studies)
- The LSU institution code for the GRE and TOEFL is 6373
- Encourage your recommenders to submit letters to the online system. If they insist on paper, they can mail letters to: Attn: Graduate Program, Manship School of Mass Communication, Journalism Building, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.
Deadline: We accept applications year round for either a fall or spring program start. For fall, we consider applications between January and June. For spring, we consider applications between July and November.
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