Water Resources Concurrent J.D. Degree

Entry Requirements

Completion of requirements for admission to both the College of Law and the specific Water Resources option area is required for (M.S. and Ph.D.) admission to earn the Water Resources Concurrent J.D. Degree. Students are required to apply separately to the College of Law and to the Water Resources Program in the College of Graduate Studies, and on acceptance to each college, must apply to the concurrent degree program. Acceptance to both colleges does not have to occur simultaneously. A Steering Committee consisting of the Director of the Water Resources Program, the Associate Dean for Administration and Students of the College of Law, one non-law member of the Water Resources faculty, and one member of the Law faculty makes admission decisions to the concurrent degree program.

Common/Core Courses

All students seeking to earn the Water Resources concurrent J.D. degree are required to complete coursework as specified for the particular Water Resources Option Area for the M.S. or Ph.D., as well as coursework required by the Law School for a J.D.

Elective Courses

The student and faculty committee will select courses appropriate to satisfy the requirements of the Water Resources Program in the College of Graduate Studies and the J.D. in the College of Law.

Concurrent Degree Details

Students in the Water Resources concurrent J.D. track must meet all graduation requirements set forth by the College of Graduate Studies for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees and the College of Law for the J.D. Each student shall have a "graduate committee." The student’s graduate committee must meet the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and must have at least one member from the faculty of the College of Law.

A total of 18 credits may be double counted for a J.D./M.S. concurrent degree, and a total of 21 credits may be double counted for a J.D./Ph.D. concurrent degree under the following guidelines:

  • No more than 12 credits of M.S. and Ph.D. graduate school credit are allowed toward the J.D. degree. The courses must be approved by the student’s advisor in the College of Law with the following guidelines: Courses approved for credit toward a J.D. must be complementary to an emphasis in water law, must enhance the candidates ability to serve clients and the legal profession in the area of water law, and must not be the equivalent substantive coverage to a course offered in the College of Law and available to the student.
  • No more than 6 credits from Law are allowed toward the M.S. degree in Engineering & Science and Science & Management option areas, no more than 12 credits towards the M.S. degree in Law, Management & Policy option area, and no more than 9 credits toward the Ph.D. degree from the following list:
    LAW 906Natural Resource Law Seminar3
    LAW 907Administrative Law3
    LAW 934Land-Use Law and Planning3
    LAW 937Wildlife Law and Policy3
    LAW 938International Environmental and Water Law3
    LAW 939Law, Science, and the Environment2
    LAW 942Water Law I1-2
    LAW 946Water and Energy Policy Seminar2
    LAW 947Environmental Law3
    LAW 948Public Lands and Resources Law3
    LAW 949Native American Law3
    LAW 951Environmental Policy3
    LAW 969Water Law II2
    LAW 979Native American Natural Resource Law3

Satisfactory completion of both degrees is required to qualify for the exchange credit, the degrees are granted concurrently. The first year of study for concurrent M.S. or Ph.D. students must be exclusively in the College of Law. M.S. students are required to write a thesis. Ph.D. students are required to write a dissertation. If the student fails to complete the M.S. or Ph.D. in Water Resources, only 6 credits from the Water Resources Program are allowed toward the J.D. degree. If a student fails to complete the J.D. degree, the student must satisfy all requirements for the particular option area in the Water Resources Program to receive the M.S. or Ph.D. degree.

Questions regarding the concurrent degree program should be addressed to the Water Resources Program Coordinator (208-885-6113) or to the College of Law (208-885-6423).