I am presently a J.D. candidate at Georgia State. In applying to the M.A. program, must I go through all of the steps required of applicants not already enrolled in the J.D. program at the College of Law, such as taking the GRE?
For details of the MA application process, see the Philosophy Department website. The only “shortcut” available to currently enrolled Georgia State J.D. candidates is this: you may ask Tricia Rackliffe, the College of Law Registrar, to forward a copy of your J.D. application file to the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies Office. Your LSAT score may count in lieu of the GRE, and your LSDAS transcript can substitute for your undergraduate transcript.
Must I pay tuition for both programs? If not, may I elect to pay the lower M.A. tuition rather than J.D. tuition while I am enrolled in the joint program?
Students enrolled at Georgia State do not pay a flat tuition fee, but pay a per-credit-hour rate. Students enrolled in the Joint J.D./M.A. program will pay the per-credit-hour rate assigned by the College offering the course, plus the flat Mandatory Student Fee charged each semester.
Students enrolled in the Joint Program are eligible for Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) in the College of Law, and for Graduate Office Assistantships (GOAs), Graduate Learning Assitantships (GLAs), and Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs) in the Philosophy Department. Every effort will be made to secure a College of Law GRA position for each J.D./M.A. candidate, for each semester in which she is enrolled in the Joint Program and taking Law courses. No guarantees can be made, however, either as to availability or amount.
I'm in the J.D. program at Georgia State. I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to the joint program, but are there any cross-listed Philosophy courses that I may take for credit toward my J.D.?
The Philosophy graduate program does not offer evening classes. The Department has found almost no demand for courses at that time and much more demand for courses during the day.
I am a Georgia State Philosophy MA candidate. If I become a joint-degree candidate by enrolling in the J.D. program, may I get credit toward my J.D. for Philosophy courses I've already taken.
Yes, however, the College of Law does not normally permit enrollment in the joint degree program after a student has completed more than 20 semester hours
If I enroll in the Joint Program but later decide not to complete the M.A., will the Philosophy courses I've taken still count towards the degree requirements for the J.D.? Similarly, if I later decide not to complete the J.D., will the J.D. courses I've taken still count towards the degree requirements for the M.A.?
No credit hours for M.A. course work will be applied toward J.D. degree requirements until the M.A. degree is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing both degree requirements simultaneously or by completing the degree requirements for the M.A. first. Similarly, no credit hours of J.D. course work will be applied toward M.A. degree requirements until the J.D. degree is awarded. Students can satisfy this requirement by completing both degree requirements simultaneously or by completing the degree requirements for the J.D. first. As stated in the College of Law Bulletin, a law student must earn 90 semester hours of credit to qualify for the J.D. degree
I am a third year J.D. student planning to take the Bar exam this coming summer. Can I take part in the J.D./M.A. program without having to postpone taking the Bar?
Yes, but because you must have the J.D. to take the bar, see the answer to Q7 above.
I have the J.D. from GSU, may I enroll in the M.A. program and get credit towards the M.A. for my J.D. courses? Similarly, I have the M.A. from GSU, may I enroll in the J.D. program and get credit for my M.A. courses?
No. To participate in the program, J.D. candidates must be accepted and enroll in the M.A. program before they received the J.D.. Similarly, M.A. candidates must be accepted and enroll in the J.D. program before they received the M.A.