Dual MD/JD Program
The dual degree MD/JD program links the MD with a JD degree at a top law school providing graduates with a full law degree in the concentration of their choice. This six-year program is designed for students interested in both clinical medicine and the legal aspects of medicine, and the elective curriculum can be tailored to fit the needs and goals of the graduate. Career paths for those holding both degrees may include working on a wide array of health law or policy issues, such as health care legislation, or programs to end health disparities. It could also include hospital administration, or practice areas such as medical licensing, and patent law; or intellectual property issues related to medical research and technologies, or workman’s compensation law.
The MD/JD program is conducted under the joint auspices of the School of Medicine and the School of Law. Students complete the first three years pursuing the standard medical school curriculum and then spend their fourth and fifth years fully integrated into the JD program at the School of Law. During the fourth year, students take 30 credit hours of law courses, and during the fifth year take 28 credit hours, completing the full core of required courses for JD education. In the sixth year, students complete their remaining clinical medical course elective requirements and 16 course credits at the School of Law, with tailored electives in their concentration of choice.
To earn both degrees, students must successfully complete the required classroom and clinical coursework for the MD, the required coursework for the JD, and electives in the MD and JD fields to fulfill a total of 85 credit hours between the two programs. Students must earn the grade of Pass or Honors in all MD courses and must pass all JD courses to successfully complete the program.
The MD is awarded by the BU School of Medicine, and the JD is awarded by the BU Graduate School of Law.
Requirements for the MD/JD program are the same as the traditional MD program (course requirements, MCAT, essays, etc.) plus applicants must meet the admission requirements of BU Law School, including the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). We recommend that the LSAT be completed as early in the process as is convenient for the applicant. Students traditionally sit for this examination and submit their dual degree application sometime during their second year of medical school.
Students should express their interest in the MD/JD program when they apply to medical school or can apply any time during their first three years at BUSM. We recommend that interested students contact Megan Sandel, MD, MPH, Program Director, MD/JD Dual Degree Program (617-414-3680) and/or the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, School of Law (617-358-1800) to discuss the program as early as they identify their potential interest.
In addition to the usual medical school application requirements, applicants for this combined degree program must submit materials to the Law School. Visit the BU School of Law website for specific details.
Applicants should attach a letter to both the School of Medicine and School of Law stating that they are applying to the combined MD/JD program. It is most common for students to apply to the MD/JD program after they have begun medical school. As noted above, interested students should contact Dr. Sandel and/or the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for more information