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Interdisciplinary Courses

Law school students may take up to six credits of graduate-level courses at other Rutgers’ divisions for credit toward a J.D. degree. An allowance of nine credits of interdisciplinary work is reserved for those students in dual-degree masters programs who complete that program prior to or contemporaneous with earning the J.D. degree (12 credits in the joint M.B.A., M.S.W., M.C.R.P., M.D. and Ph.D. programs). Along with your registration materials is a list of suggestions; they are only suggestions. You may consult Dean Rothman about your choices.

Interdisciplinary courses intended to meet J.D. academic requirements must have been approved in advance of registration by Dean Rothman. Permission is based on the following criteria: (1) the course must be reasonably related to the law, (2) the course may not duplicate a course offered in the law school curriculum, or be one that the student has taken prior to entering law school, and (3) the course cannot be a core-type course. Students working simultaneously toward two degrees, such as J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, must make sure that they are carrying sufficient credits for J.D. residency requirement purposes. Also note - the New York State Bar Examiners do not accept asynchronous on-line courses as courses they recognize toward completion of the 84 credits of Law-related coursework toward a J.D. Thus, if any of the credits you plan to earn in another discipline will be needed to fulfill your graduation requirement of credits, be sure that the method of instruction is not one that will prevent you from sitting for a bar examination you will want to take.  

Courses taken prior to enrollment at the law school can never be considered towards J.D. requirements. No law student may take a course at another school, even a course not for credit, toward a J.D. without prior approval from Dean Rothman. Outside courses are subject to the school’s maximum credit limit (16 for full-time students, 12 for part-time students).

Note that while up to six credits of interdisciplinary credits (or more in a joint degree program) may be applied toward the J.D. degree, these credits are not law courses, and therefore will not be applied toward the 60 credits that must be earned in non-clinical, in-class, law courses required for graduation.