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Joint MA in Education/JD in Law

The School of Law and the Graduate School of Education offer a three-year joint program leading to a JD degree from the Law School combined with an MA degree from the Graduate School of Education. Knowledge of the law and the tools of legal analysis are imperative to crafting educational policy and school reform strategies. Educational policymakers, administrators, and practitioners increasingly turn to lawyers as they negotiate an ever-more complex policy environment, in which state and federal agencies are involved in local decision making in unprecedented ways. In turn, lawyers must understand how schools function as complex organizations and must master the basic tools policy analysts use when tackling social problems. Stanford’s joint JD/MA in education program prepares leaders and scholars to address these challenges. JD/MA students begin their course of study in the School of Law. A number of courses taken in either the Law School or the Graduate School of Education may count towards the JD and the MA.

For additional information please contact the JD/MA Program Advisor, Professor William Koski, at

Candidates to the MA/JD Joint Degree Program are required to submit the Application for Admission to the Joint Degree Program with the Graduate School of Education (GSE).