Students interested in the joint degree must meet all admission requirements for each school and must submit separate applications to each school. Students should consult Dodge College about current requirements for the MFA admissions application. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or above upon completion of the first-year law curriculum in order to proceed into the second year JD/MFA combined curriculum.
Students in the JD/MFA program will be "housed" in the law school. Their financial aid will be handled by the law school's Director of Financial Aid and they will register for course work with the law school's Registrar. However, each program will appoint an advisor for students and that advisor will counsel students on progress to the respective degrees as well as changes or updates within each school. The advisor for the JD portion of the program is Professor Kathy Heller, and the advisor for the MFA component is Professor Alex Rose.
Students interested in the JD/MFA program should discuss the special terms of scholarships and tuition with the Financial Aid Office or Admissions Office of the School of Law. (Should a student abandon either the JD or the MFA, such student will pay the tuition for the program in which he/she continues.) The renewal of a law scholarship after the 1st year will be based on the scholarship policy in effect at the time the student matriculated. Law scholarships are not available for summer courses.
Note: The Law School has, in addition to completion of a certain number of credits and specific required courses, a residency requirement. Law students must complete six units of residency. A JD/MFA program must be carefully constructed to allow students to meet their residency requirements. Students are cautioned that any self-initiated deviations from the schedule could result in difficulty meeting residency requirements.
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