About the Degree

The Juris Doctor and Master of Divinity dual degree aims to meet the needs of a changing legal profession. The program models engagement and professionalism through academic excellence and a thorough commitment to service.

This five-year dual degree program provides a vocational perspective different from that available in separate law or divinity degree concentrations. The program also enriches the learning and experience of students who want to pursue careers in either discipline. The dual degree curriculum meets standards set by the accrediting bodies of each partner.

How to Apply

Candidates for the dual degree must apply both to the School of Law and the School of Divinity, following the admissions requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each program in order to pursue a dual degree.

Plan of Study and Requirements

Students in the dual degree program must complete all requirements of each program. Students may choose to complete their first two years of study in either the School of Divinity or the School of Law. Two additional years of study are then undertaken in the alternate school. The fifth and final year includes dual degree electives offered each academic year as determined and scheduled by each school. Upon successful completion of the dual degree requirements, students receive both the Juris Doctor and the Master of Divinity degrees.

When undertaken as part of the dual JD/MDiv program, the MDiv degree requires completion of 62 hours of divinity coursework including the degree requirements prescribed by the divinity school for graduation. When undertaken as part of the dual JD/MDiv program, the JD degree requires completion of 75 hours of law coursework including the degree requirements prescribed by the law school for graduation.

Policies and Procedures

Students will be assigned a faculty advisor from each school, and are required to meet with their advisors at least once during each semester of the five-year program. Course selection is made in consultation with advisors.

During the fifth year of the program, students register in and pay tuition to the School of Divinity during one semester, subsequently registering in and paying tuition to the School of Law during the remaining semester. During the School of Divinity fifth-year semester, students may take courses in the School of Divinity, courses cross-listed with the School of Law, or courses offered by other schools or departments of the University as approved by the School of Divinity. A similar process applies to the School of Law fifth-year semester.

Students in the School of Law must maintain at least a 73 average during each academic year enrolled in order to remain academically eligible for the School of Law. A student who earns at least a 73 average but ranks in the lowest 20 percent of the class at the end of the first year of the program will be strongly advised to take courses during the final three semesters in the School of Law that cover subjects related to the Bar Examination.

Continuing eligibility in the Master of Divinity program is outlined in the School of Divinity’s Continuation Policy.

Accreditation Information

Wake Forest University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Wake Forest University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website https://www.sacscoc.org.

Wake Forest University School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.