Jun 26, 2022  
UofM 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
UofM 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy/Juris Doctor, (B.A./J.D.)


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Program objectives for a B.A./J.D. in Philosophy are to: (a) provide training in analytic and logical thinking, (b) learn how to read difficult texts and assess arguments, (c) conduct research, develop arguments, and present them clearly in speech and writing, (d) learn logical and analytic reasoning in preparation for the LSAT, (e) explore contemporary legal, political, and moral issues that are pertinent to legal professionals.

Note: While the combined BA/JD program is designed to accelerate the time to graduation, enrolling in the 3+3 program at the BA level does not automatically grant admission to the JD program. All admission decisions are based upon a holistic assessment of all application materials submitted. If admitted, 3+3 students will start as first-year law students at the beginning of what would have been their senior year. These students will complete their upper-division philosophy electives by taking first-year law school courses: Legal Methods 1, Legal Methods 2, Torts 1. They will complete their upper-division electives by taking Civil Procedure 1, Civil Procedure 2, Property 1, Property 2, Contracts 1, Contracts 2, Criminal Law. Unsuccessful applicants will complete their undergraduate degree in philosophy as seniors, and may apply to law school following the usual timeline and procedures.

University General Education Program (41 hours)


See University General Education Program  for the General Education requirements.

College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)


The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements  are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements that are listed above.

The Major (30 hours)


Completion of 30 semester hours in philosophy courses including:

Typical 6 Year Philosophy BA/JD Sequence


Freshman Year


Sophomore Year


Junior Year


First Semester

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (3)
  • UD PHIL Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Semester Totals 15 hrs

Second Semester

  • Fine Arts B.A.** (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Semester Totals 13 hrs

 

Senior Year


First Semester

  • UD PHIL Elective - Legal Methods 1 (3)
  • UD PHIL Elective - Torts 1 (3)
  • UD Elective - Civil Procedure 1 (3)
  • UD Elective - Property 1 (3)
  • UD Elective - Contracts 1 (3)

Semester Totals 15 hrs

Second Semester

UD PHIL Elective - Legal Methods 2 (credited towards PHIL major (2 hour course))

UD Elective - Torts 2 (3)

UD Elective - Civil Procedure 2 (2)

UD Elective - Property 2 (3)

UD Elective - Contracts 2 (2)

UD Elective - Criminal Law (3)

Semester Totals 15 hrs

Total Hours through Year Four: 120

 

Year Five and Six


Fall Year Five

Typical Law school curriculum

Spring Year Five

Typical Law school curriculum

Fall Year Six

Typical Law school curriculum

Spring Year Six

Typical Law school curriculum

 

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