The School of Law and the McIntire School of Commerce offer a dual degree program, which permits the dual degree student to earn both the J.D. and the M.S. in Accounting degrees in seven semesters instead of the eight that would normally be required if the degrees were earned separately. Dual degree candidates must secure admission to each school through the regular admissions process.
After completing the first year of law school, dual degree students are free to take courses from both the law school and the McIntire School as their schedules permit, however students must meet all of the requirements specified by the respective schools. Students may earn up to twelve of the 86 credit hours required for the J.D. degree by successfully completing courses in the M.S. in Accounting program, and up to six of the 30 credit hours required for the M.S. in Accounting degree by successfully completing courses in the law school.
As a general principle, the McIntire School will accept any law course as long as it does not duplicate knowledge that the student received at the McIntire School or prior to admission (e.g., basic business law). Likewise, the law school will accept any graduate accounting course as long as it does not duplicate knowledge that the student received at the law school or prior to admission (e.g., basic tax). As a control factor, students in the combined program must get courses approved by their law school and McIntire School faculty advisors. The law school faculty advisor for this program is Professor Thomas R. White III and the McIntire School of Commerce faculty advisor is Professor Roger Martin.