Dual Degree Programs
Liberty University School of Law offers the following degree programs for dual enrollment to qualified applicants who are students pursuing the J.D. program at Liberty University School of Law or alumni of the Liberty University School of Law. The master's level programs will recognize certain law school courses to meet academic requirements. See the section below on Admission Requirements for more information.
- Master of Arts in Human Services (M.A.) Children, Families, and the Law Cognate—degree completion plan
- Master of Arts in History (M.A.), Thesis or Non-Thesis—degree completion plan (non-thesis) degree completion plan (thesis)
- Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)—degree completion plan
- Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.) Educational Law Cognate—degree completion plan
- Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Educational Law Cognate—degree completion plan
- Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Educational Law Concentration—degree completion plan
- Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) Law Studies Cognate—degree completion plan
- Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Law Studies Concentration—degree completion plan
- Master of Arts in Public Policy—degree completion plan
School Of Law Degree Sequencing
To pursue non-law courses in the dual degree programs during fall and spring semesters requires approval of the School of Law’s Registrar and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A Liberty Law student is able to pursue the non-law courses in a dual degree during Liberty University’s winter sessions and summer sessions. First-year law students are not permitted to take non-JD courses. It is the purview of the administration to limit a dual degree participant’s academic load while actively pursuing a J.D. if the current course load hinders the participant’s course of study in the J.D. For further questions about the sequencing of a dual degree program see the School of Law’s Registrar and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
The dual degree programs are available for enrollment to students pursuing the J.D. program in the Liberty University School of Law or alumni of Liberty University School of Law. The applicant must apply to and be accepted by the appropriate Liberty University Graduate School entity having met all that school’s admission requirements for the non-J.D. degree. As each department will have a distinct set of admission requirements, consult the School of Law’s Registrar for details on specific criteria. The applicant makes application for a particular dual degree through the School of Law’s Registrar.
Current Liberty University School of Law students pay a flat fee for fall and spring semester classes. This currently includes non-J.D. courses taken in one of the dual-degree programs up to an 18 hour cap. Taking non-J.D. courses during a fall and/or spring semester requires approval from the School of Law’s Registrar and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Students enrolled in non-J.D. courses during the winter and/or summer terms will pay the tuition rate for the non-J.D. dual-degree program as published in the Expenses and Financial Policy section of this Catalog. Courses taken during the winter and/or summer terms are not covered by the School of Law tuition rate.
Joint Degree Program
The Master of Arts in Public Policy is a joint venture of Liberty University School of Law and Liberty University’s Helms School of Government. This program provides graduate level training pointedly designed to "impact the world" by training Christ-centered statesmen, leaders, scholars and policy makers. The MAPP professors are statesmen, leaders and policy makers who embody a Christ-centered philosophy and are committed to teach students to effectively shape policy in governmental, legislative, political, communications, managerial, academic, and international relations areas.
The Master of Arts in Public Policy is also offered as a dual degree for qualifying students as specified above under the heading, Dual Degree Programs.
The M.A. in Public Policy will be offered entirely online with a few optional residential intensive sessions typically during times when the law school is not in session, such as during the breaks or summer months.
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as stated in the Liberty University Graduate Catalog, M.A. in Public Policy graduates must:
- Complete 39 total hours; 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
- Students must complete all work for the degree within six years of initial enrollment of the program.
- Online students are required to take the graduate writing assessment.
- Submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester.
Liberty University School of Law offers two non-JD undergraduate online programs in the field of Paralegal Studies. Interested students should consider a Bachelor of Science or Associate of Arts degree in Paralegal Studies. They are designed to teach students how to be proficient in the areas of legal research and writing while honing communication skills; to be able to demonstrate knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, federal and state court systems, and civil and criminal legal processes; and evaluate legal issues from a distinctively Christian worldview. Prospective applicants should review and follow the admissions procedures as stated in the Undergraduate Admissions—Online Programs and the academic guidelines found in the Academic Information and Policies – Online Program sections of the Liberty University Undergraduate Catalog. Other pertinent information such as expenses and financial policy can be found in the Catalog as well.
- Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies—degree completion plan
- Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies—degree completion plan