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The University of Wyoming's joint degree program combining a Juris Doctor with a Master's of Arts in Environment and Natural Resources results in students earning two degrees in three or four years. Coursework and thesis research provide exposure to interdisciplinary content, analytical tools, and program-solving skills used to address complex natural resource issues.
JD/MA students are frequently funded through faculty research funding (hourly). More information is relayed to first year law students during a joint degree information session, which is always provided during the first semester of law studies.
The first-year curriculum is the same as that of other law students in the JD program. Prior to the second year, our students pair with faculty advisors to design course plans and begin taking ENR classes. Joint degree students take one or two courses outside of the law school during each semester of the second, third, and possibly fourth year. Most students will also begin to develop a master’s project immediately after admission to the ENR program. Called a Plan B project, this culminating effort demonstrates the student’s understanding of interdisciplinary and applied ENR concepts, particularly where those overlap with specific aspects of law and policy. The joint degree program requires completion of a minimum of 30 academic credits, including 12 or more credits in law courses and 18 or more credits in ENR courses.
Students apply separately for admission to the Colleges of Law and Environment and Natural Resources Helga Otto Haub School. Students interested in pursuing a joint degree program, may not apply to the Environment and Natural Resources Helga Otto Haub School until they have been admitted to the College of Law. Once admitted to the JD program/College of Law, students interested in pursuing a joint degree program should schedule a meeting with an Admissions professional within the College of Law.
For questions about the Environment and Natural Resources Helga Otto Haub School, please e-mail email@example.com for more information, or reach out to Professor Temple Stoellinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.