Law/Political Science

The Saint Louis University School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences jointly administer our graduate dual-degree program in law and political science.


About the Program

This specialized program focuses on the relationship between law and political science. You’ll be able to earn a J.D. and M.A. in political science in about four years — faster than completing the two degrees separately. You’ll be able to choose a concentration within political science, including American politics, international affairs, public policy, gender and politics, or political theory.

Curriculum and Program Requirements

It will take about four years to complete both degrees as part of this program. You’ll spend your first year in the School of Law, then begin coursework in law and political science.

You’ll complete the usual curriculum for each program, except that 18 total credits will be counted toward the completion of both degrees: nine law credits will apply toward the 30 hours required for the master’s degree, and nine political science credits will apply toward the 91 hours needed for the Juris Doctor degree.

Faculty
  • Michael J. Kolnik, J.D.
  • J.D. Bowen, Ph.D.
Careers

A dual degree in law and political science makes you highly marketable for careers at federal and state agencies or in law enforcement. Graduates may also pursue positions within a political campaign, at a public interest organization, or within policy development, human resources or regulatory affairs.


Application Process

You must be admitted to both the Saint Louis University School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences, meeting the requirements for both the law program and political science program, to pursue this dual degree.

Two separate graduate school applications are required. You may apply to both schools concurrently, or you may begin law school and apply to the College of Arts and Sciences during your first year.

Apply to the School of Law

Apply to the College of Arts and Sciences