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Dual Degree Law and Theology

Candler offers dual degrees with either the Master of Divinity or the Master of Theological Studies and a Juris Doctor degree in conjunction with Emory’s School of Law.

The MDiv/JD is a five-year degree, while the MTS/JD is a four-year degree, both one year shorter than if the theology and law degrees were pursued separately. Students typically begin their studies with their first year at Candler, spend their second year at the Law School, and then alternate between the schools for their remaining time. Financing is coordinated between the two schools.

Applicants apply to Candler and Emory Law School separately, and if accepted to both schools, can enroll in the dual degree program. Applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered by Law Services of Newtown, Penn. Students must apply to take the test directly to: Law Services, Box 2001, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940, www.lsac.org, 215.968.1001.

Emory also requires use of the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) provided by Law Services. The LSDAS submits an unofficial copy of the applicant's college transcript, along with the report containing the LSAT score, to the law school.

Degree Requirements

MDiv/JD
In order to meet degree requirements for the MDiv, the student must complete a minimum of 73 hours at Candler. All requirements are the same as a traditional MDiv student but with fewer elective hours. In order to meet degree requirements for the JD, the student must complete a minimum of 79 hours at the School of Law.

MTS/JD
In order to meet degree requirements for the MTS, the student must complete a minimum of 39 hours at Candler, including either the MTS Thesis or MTS Integrative Paper completed as part of the MTS capstone course. All requirements are the same as a traditional MTS student but with fewer elective hours. In order to meet degree requirements for the JD, the student must complete a minimum of 79 hours at the School of Law.