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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 Liberty University School of Law. Certain law school courses will meet academic requirements necessary for graduation as recognized by these master's level programs. See the section below on Admission Requirements for more information.


School Of Law Degree Sequencing

To pursue non-law courses in the dual degree programs during fall and spring semesters requires approval of the law school's Registrar and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. 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 law school's Registrar and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Admissions Requirements
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 the 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.

Program Costs
Current Liberty University School of Law students pay a block rate for fall and spring semester classes. This currently includes non-J.D. courses taken in one of the dual-degree programs up to a total of an 18 hour cap for both programs. 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 how to effectively shape policy in governmental, legislative, political, communications, managerial, academic, and international relations areas.

Program Format
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.

Graduation Requirements
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.

Paralegal Studies 

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.