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New programs coming to School of Law

January 28, 2011 : David Hylton/Liberty University News Service

Liberty University announced today the launch of a dual degree program, the first in the history of the school. The Graduate Senate also approved the Master of Arts in Public Policy, which will be launched after all the approval processes have been completed.

The dual degree program allows Liberty University School of Law students to obtain a master’s degree along with their law degree. These dual degree options include the Juris Doctorate/M.B.A., JD/M.Div., JD/M.A.R., JD/M.Ed., JD/Ed.S., JD/Ed.D., and JD/M.A.

School of Law Dean Mat Staver said the idea of offering dual degrees began after a self-study in 2009. For the past 18 months he met with deans and Liberty officials on making the program a reality.

After the approval processes have been completed, the plan is that the new M.A. in Public Policy will be provided by the School of Law and the Helms School of Government.

“This is the first program in the nation, to our knowledge, that will be provided using both the resources and expertise of the School of Law and the School of Government,” Staver said. “This is truly groundbreaking.”

The plan is to offer the new M.A. program online, Staver said, with intensives – weeklong courses – being held on campus. Intensives will include courses that discuss current issues, such as health care reform laws.

“We’ll bring in different people from around the country who are leaders and well known to teach the courses,” Staver said.

He said the new programs will equip students for careers in all levels of government, from mayors and city council members to legislators and campaign managers.

“We want to train Christian leaders as campaign leaders,” Staver said. “We want them to write and create laws that govern our society.”

The new programs come on the heels of the School of Law’s full accreditation approval by the American Bar Association in August 2010.